Kathmandu, May 3
In a bid to promote domestic tourism in Namche, the gateway to Mount Everest, the Namche Festival 2012 is going to be held on May 27-29 in the Sherpa capital.
The event is being held on the occasion of the 5th International Sagarmatha Day.
The International Sagarmatha Day is being observed every year on May 29 to commemorate the first human ascent of the world’s highest mountain. Legendary climbers late Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa had made it to the summit of the mountain on May 29, 1953.
Organizing a press conference here in the Capital, the organizers of the Namche festival informed that the festival was organized to attract the domestic tourists in Namche and Sagarmatha region.
Though thousands of international tourists visit the Everest region annually, the number of domestic tourists visiting the region is quite nominal, said Nima Tashi Sherpa, coordinator of the festival organizing committee.
The Namche Festival has expected to be fruitful in attracting more domestic tourists to Namche and entire Everest region, he said.
Namche lies at an altitude of 3,440 metres above sea level. A breathtaking view of Mount Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Amadablum and other beautiful mountains could be seen from Namche Bazaar.
One can reach Namche in a two-day trek from Lukla.
According to Sherpa, local food festivals, cultural demonstrations, paragliding, one-day hiking, among others, will be the main attractions of the three-day festival.
The organizers have expected more than 500 domestic tourists to visit Namche during the festival.