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Cho-La Pass at Khumjung becoming risky

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SOLUKHUMBU — The Cho-La Pass at Khumjung in Solukhumbu is becoming riskier in lack of adequate infrastructure.

There are not even arrow boards showing directions in this area which is covered with snow year round, due to which foreign tourists lose way and their life.

The Cho-La Pass is on the way to the Mt Everest base camp from the Gokyo lake, one of the famous tourist area in Solukhumbu district.

Located at an altitude of 5,420 metres from the mean sea level, Cho-La Pass is considered one of the most risky in the district. More, the trail leading to the pass is not in good condition.

Tourism entrepreneur Mingmar Sherpa stated that there is no trace of the trail on the snowfield as the topography keeps on changing due to the annual global warming. The route in the area has become more treacherous due to the glacier melting and the formation of glacial lakes and crevasses, he added

Some of the foreign trekkers and climbers visiting through the Cho-La Pass have gone missing as the track is covered by the snowfall.

The pass is dangerous for the visitors as they have to cross mounds of snow, said tourism entrepreneur Ram Bamjan.

Entrepreneurs have demanded managing iron rod and plastic ropes at some places of the pass for the safety of the visitors. Visitors who want to visit Gokyo and Everest Base Camp also should cross the pass.

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4th Mountain Festival marked

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POKHARA — The 4th Mountain Festival 2017 was organised at International Mountain Museum in Pokhara to mark the International Mountain Day.

The United Nations has recognized December 11 as the International Mountain Day. The theme for the day for this was: Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger and Migration.

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has organised the the two-day-long event in coordination with Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board, ICIMOD, USAID, and NMA Annapurna Chapter.

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The event includes several exhibition stalls representing lifestyle and cultures of mountains, according to Santa Bir Lama, president of NMA.

Lama said John Reinhard from the US was awarded Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal for his contribution in the field of mountaineering during the event.

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