By Rup Narayan Dhakal : Baglung—Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has marked the 63rd Mt. Manaslu and 59th Mt. Dhaulagiri Summit Days at Lamidanda of Bhakunde in Nepal’s Baglung district on Monday.
Gandaki Province tourism ministry, Baglung Municipality Office and Atithi Satkar Homestay (ASH) Bhakundey have collectively supported the program promoted by Nepal Tourism Board. A group of tourism entrepreneurs from Pokhara including TAAN WRA family and media persons had reached Bhkunde where they resorted in homestays on Sunday night and celebrated summit days with villagers on the lap of Mt. Dhaulagir in next morning.
Bhakundey’s Lamidanda which is a part of Baglung Municipality- 10 is some 12 km south-east from Maldhunga that falls along the Bhupi Sherchan Highway aka Pokhara-Baglung road.
As per the information, Mt. Manaslu (8,163m), which is also known as the killer mountain is the 8th highest mountain among the 14th highest mountains in the world. That mountain was first scaled by Toshio Imanishi and Gyalzen Norbu from Japanese expedition team on May 9, 1956. The mountain that also means the mountain of the sprits falls in Manang and Gorkha districts.
Similarly, the world’s 7th tallest mountain Dhaulagiri (8,167m) was first summited by Swiss, Austrian and Nepali expedition team on May 13, 1960. Kurt Diemberger, A. Schelbert, E. Forrer, Nawang Dorjey and Nyima Dorje were in that expedition.
Addressing the summit days’ celebration ceremony, Gandaki Province assembly member Indra Lal Sapkota stressed on the need of quality homestays instead of developing number of homestays in that province. He also added that the Bhakundey region is famous for many potential tourism destinations like Gajako Daha, Baraha Lake, Bhakundey hilltop and Bhairabsthan.
At the same time, Baglung Municipality Mayor Janakraj Paudel claimed that he is serious in the holistic development of Bhakundey region. TAAN WRA Pokhara Chairman Hari Bhujel reminded that his organization have been promoting many such villages as tourism destinations for years. He also vowed that TAAN WRA won’t leave any stone unturned to support the Bhakundey region in the days to come too.
TAAN WRA Pokhara supported Rs 15,000 to Atithi Satkar Homestay of Bhakundey where 9 households conduct such hospitality business. Meanwhile TAAN WRA Pokhara also supported a stretcher to Baglung Municipality.
Pokhara Tourism Council Chairman Chirinjibi Pokhrel, Gandaki Province Tourism Department Chief Kritan Raj Paudel, NTB Pokhara officer Maniraj Lamichhane, Federation of Nepali Journalists Baglung chairman, ASH chairman Khim Thapa and TAAN WRA Pokhara joint secretary Uday Subedi delivered their views during the ceremony coordinated by TAAN WRA Pokhara executive member Bishwahang Rai.