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Written By:  KSAA    |   Published Date:  15-May-2013

Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee Official Program in Khumbu.




Sagarmatha Diamond Jubilee Conference

Sunday 26th May 2013

Khumjung School, Solukhumbu, Nepal.

The conference inauguration ceremony will take place at the Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Park at the eastern end of the Khumjung Village.


6th Sagarmatha Tourism Coordination Forum (STCF) Meeting

Monday 27th May 2013

Khumjung School, Khumjung VDC



Executing Agencies: Sagarmatha Diamond Jubilee Program Committee 

Implementing Agencies: Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Khumjung School Alumni Association (KSAA), SNP Buffer Zone Management Committee (SNPBZMC)

Collaborating Agencies: Khumjung School Management Committee (KMC), Khumjung Youth Group (KYG). Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), Everest Summiteers Association (ESA), Khumjung Youth Group.


  1. Background

Sagarmatha Region is one of the most important mountaineering and trekking destination of Nepal.  To protect the unique natural and cultural heritage of the region from impacts of tourism and promote the region for sustainable tourism, the area is declared as a national park in 1976. Recognizing natural grandeur and scientific value of the Sagarmatha and its surrounding socio-ecosystem, UNESO has inscribed the Sagarmatha National Park in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1979. 

The Sagarmatha region has been providing recreational opportunity to the global community and generating economic opportunities to the people and government of Nepal for nearly six decades. The successful scaling of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay on 29 May 1953 has been the historic event that introduced the Mt. Everest Region to the global community which stimulated Nepal's tourism industry.

2013 is the 60th anniversary of the climbing of Mt. Everest. The government and people of Nepal wishes to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the ascent Everest from 26-27 May 2013 amidst various programs. The goal of the celebration is to promote sustainable tourism.


2. Activities Proposed  

This program entails detailed plans, programs, schedules and budget for the successful implementation of the two day activities to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ascent of Everest. The two day program will include a Diamond Jubilee Conference and the 6th Sagarmatha Tourism Forum Meeting. Both programs will take place in Khumjung, Khumjung Village, and Solukhumbu, Nepal.

2.1. Sagarmatha Diamond Jubilee Conference   

On 26 May 2013, a Sagarmatha Diamond Jubilee "Conference on Environment and Tourism" will take place at Khumjung School auditorium. The program will be participated by international delegates, national participants from central, district and local levels.  The title of the Conference is "Celebrating Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee for Sustainable Tourism and Environment."

The inauguration ceremony of the Conference will take place at the Sir Edmund Hillary Memorial Park located at the eastern edge of the Khumjung village.  This location offers an excellent view of Imja Valley with Mt. Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam in the background. Participants will gather early (8 am) at the park to enjoy magnificent mountains views, take photographs and enjoy the clean environment of the Khumbu. Approximately 200-300 people are expected to attend the opening ceremony.

His Holiness Nawang Tenzin Zangbu (Rinpoche of Tengboche Monastery) will grace the inauguration ceremony and will perform Serkyim Puja to appease mountain deities and remove obstacles. This will be followed by a tree planting program to promote conservation of the Himalayan environment. National and international dignitaries will be invited to plant native species Himalayan fir, birch and rhododendrons. The auspicious snow-lion dance and traditional Sherpa dances will be performed simultaneously. Time permitting, selected delegates will give their short remarks during the opening ceremony which is expected to end 10:30 am. The conference participants will be led to the Khumjung School auditorium by Sherpa sili dancers. This procession will take about 15 minutes.

The conference presentations will begin at 11 am in the presence of 150-200 people. They will include international, central, district and local level participants.  Local representatives will include NGO and CBO representatives, School children, teachers and interested villagers.

A local representative will welcome the conference guests.  This will be followed by invitation and introduction of the speakers. Traditional khatas will be offered to the central and international guests. Deliberations will be moderated by a person appointed by the organizers. A panel of commentator will be selected to ask questions and offer comments.

Conference participants will be served lunch at different local lodges at 1 pm.

At 2 pm the conference will reconvene and remaining speakers will make their presentations followed by questions and comment sessions. The program will conclude at 5 pm. Participants will stay in various lodges in the beautiful green village of Khumjung and enjoy the local hospitality.

Emergency health support unit will be organized by Khunde Hospital and Khumjung Youth Group.

Next morning, the national, international, district, and local participant who are not part of the STCF meeting next day will depart.


2.2 The 6th Sagarmatha Tourism Coordination Forum (STCF) Meeting

6th STCF meeting is will take place on the morning of 27 May 2013 at 8:30 am. A total of 50 to 60 selected participants from the central, district and local level will attend the meeting. Central level participants include representatives of government and non-government organizations involved in tourism and conservation (MoTCA, DNPWC, NMA, TAAN, NTB, DNPWC, ESA, Guides and Instructors Associations). The District level participants will include administrators and decision makers (CDO, LDO, DSP, DFO) and others. Maximum of 10-15 District level representatives are expected at the STCF meeting.

The overall goal of the STCF meeting is to increase the sustainability and resiliency of Sagarmatha tourism through multi-stakeholder participation. To achieve the goal, STCF participants will discuss emerging challenges and identify solutions to be implemented. The concept of STCF was proposed by the Sagarmatha National Park and Tourism Plan (2007-2011) prepared with joint collaboration MoFSC and MoTCA to address the challenges of reconciling tourism with conservation in the Khumbu Region. This is a lose forum of key tourism actors.

The 5th STCF meeting was held in Namche in May 2012 during the Namche Festival. The outcome of the previous meeting will be reviewed and discussed. During the STCF meeting, various organizational representatives will get the opportunity to present their view on Sagarmatha tourism and their respective role in it.

STCF meeting is a working meeting and will be informal. Intensive discussions and group exercises will be organized to produce results. Groups exercise will be based on specific and emerging themes and the outcomes of the group discussions will be presented at the plenary for further comments and feedbacks. The STCF meeting is expected to produce a series of recommendations to improve the Sagarmatha tourism situation.

A team of professional will be engaged in compiling the conference report and the compilation will be submitted to the Diamond Jubilee Secretariat for publication and dissemination.  


3. Participants Expected in the different events:


Inauguration    (26 May 2013)           


(26 May 2013)

STCF Meeting

(27 May 2013)

International delegates 




Central level  participants 




District Representatives