Mountain museum drawing attraction of researchers
POKHARA: The International Mountain Museum based in Pokhara Sub-metropolis has become a centre of prime attraction especially for researchers interested in mountain tourism of late.
The museum constructed by Nepal Mountaineering Association at the cost of around Rs 113.5 million is increasingly luring national and international researchers and tourists aspiring for taking joy of adventurous tourism events and recreation.
It is learnt that the mountain museum stretching over 6.5 ropani of land on the premise of total around 100 ropani had come into operation since 2006.
Association Chairperson Aang Chhering Sherpa shared that the efforts were being made to incorporate many aspects of mountain tourism in the museum keeping in mind the convenience and interest of visitors. He informed that the museum has provided comprehensive information about total 1,913 high mountains including 8000 metre-above 14 highest peaks of Nepal, 40 peaks with the range of 7,500-7,999 metres and 503 summits from 6,000 to 6,999 metres.
“One can obtain complete information about the highest peaks of the world under one roof”, he said, adding that works are being done to develop replica of all 8,000 metres above peaks in the museum.
As many as 1,235,440 tourists have so far visited the museum which generated an income of around Rs 104 million from the sale of ticket, informed Association’s first vice-chair and Museum Coordinator Santabir Lama.
The visitors have been found excited for the opportunity to see and touch the rock-made replica of world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, and stone-carved structures imported from outside. Besides, the museum has exhibited several materials showcasing mountain related activities of different countries including India, Pakistan, China, Japan, Slovenia, Taiwan, Australia, Britain, America, Israel and Korea.
It has also put documents of several international conference with commitments and signatures of global stakeholders for the reforms of mountainous and hilly regions.
The museum sources said that the trend of students visiting the museum for research and study of the mountain tourism from national and international educational institute is on the rise lately. RSS