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International Mountaineering Museum - Pokhara

International Mountain Museum in Pokhara

INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN MESEUM

- A museum is an institution which collects, documents, preserves, exhibits and interprets material evidence and associated information for the public benefit

The Himalaya is the greatest mountain system in the world. It stretches 2400 km from east to west between Nanga Parbat and Namcha Barwa peaks. Most find such an immense range of mountains hard to envisage because the scale is beyond one's experience.

Cradled among the mountains in the central Himalaya with profusion of high peaks lies the kingdom of Nepal. Of the fourteen peaks in the world that exceed 8,000 meters no fewer than eight of them are in Nepal, including Mt. Everest the highest in the world.

The mystery of the unknown, sheer beauty of majestic peaks and above all, an urge to experience the challenge of climbing world's highest mountains have attracted thousands of climbers to the Himalayan slopes.

The first tentative steps towards Himalayan climbing were taken in 1920's, and several expedition teams were able to make important exploration and significant progress in climbing Mt. Everest, Nanga Parbat, K2, and Kanchenjunga. However, it was only after the opening of the Nepal Himalaya, followed by the successful ascents of the first peak over 8000m - Annapurna I by Maurice Herzog and Luis Lachenal in 1950 and Mt. Everest in 1953 by Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and New Zealander Edmund Hillary, the mountaineering activities in the Himalaya started to gain wider popularity.

About International Mountain Museum
Land Area : 100 Ropanies (5.10 Hectares, 12.58 Acres)
Land purchase by NMA on : 4th Aug 1985, costs Nrs.12000.00 per Ropani
Foundation Stone : Laid on 1st Nov. 1995 by the Honb’l Minister for
Tourism Mr. Chakra Prasad Bastola
Soft Opening : On 29th May 2002 by the famous climbers
Ms. Junko Tabei and Mr. Appa Sherpa, graced by
Honb’l Minister for culture, tourism and civil aviation Mr. Bal Bahadur K.C.
Grand Opening : 05th Feb 2004 by the Rt. Honb’l Prime Minister - Mr. Surya Bahadur Thapa
Plinth area of Building : 3110 Sq. Mt.
Total Display and facility area : 4250 Sq Mt
Total Cost :Approx. NPR. 100 million has been invested for the establishment of museum and its premises including land purchase, Landscaping, Access roads, Compound walls and living museum etc.

Definition of the Museum:
A museum is an institution which collects, documents, preserves, exhibits and interprets material evidence and associated information for the public benefit.

Why in Pokhara:
To help decentralization of development.
Pokhara is the second tourism destination of the country.
It is a gateway to mountains and world famous trekking routes.
First eight thousander summited by French on Annapurna I.

Objectives:
Collection, documentation and display of the natural history and culture of the Himalayas and the world mountains.
Record and document chronicles of mountain activities in the Himalayas and other International mountain ranges.
Function as an educational and center for research on anthropology, sociology, mountaineers, ecology for the researchers, tourists, students and general public.

About the galleries:
The theme of this museum is to cover the information and exhibits related with the Man, Mountain and Mountain activities around the world. The whole display area of the museum is based and divided on the above theme therefore the galleries are as follows:

A. Mountain People Gallery:
It introduces the customs, tradition, heritage, culture and way of life of the world mountain peoples.

B. Mountain Gallery:
This gallery presents the geological facts about the origin of world mountain system, the gallery displays and gives explanations on the subjects like geology, glaciology, rivers originated from the mountain or glacial fade rivers, mineral deposits and flora fauna etc.

C. Mountain Activities Gallery:
It comprises the historical ascents and explorations in and around mountain areas, skiing, hunting, trekking and kayaking etc. And it also displays the development of the climbing gears and required equipments for mountaineering, climbing and other mountain activities.

D. Associates' Gallery:
The presentation of various activities carried out by different Ingo's and NGO's in and around mountain areas e.g.:- KMTNC, IUCN, ICIMOD, WWF are displayed and explained in this gallery.

Research Center:
The museum supposed to act as a research center, it already started to collect, document and exhibit of the artifacts, books, journals and audio/video research works covering the areas of man, mountain and mountain activities

Museum Opening Time Table: 09.30 AM till 5.30 PM (Closed on Tuesday)
Museum Entrance Fee Details: Rs 300/- Per Person for Foreigners Nationality & Rs 100/- for Nepali Citizen

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