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Nepal’s women mountaineer journos boost tourism through photo exhibit

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Artists wearing traditional costumes take part in a parade during the celebration of the Republic Day in Kathmandu, Nepal, on May 29, 2018. Xinhua/Sulav Shrestha

KATHMANDU (Xinhua) – In a bid to contribute to Nepal’s tourism through series of spectacular photos of the world’s highest peak, the team of “First Women Journalists Qomolangma Expedition-2018” organised a photo exhibition in Kathmandu.

The five-day exhibition entitled Women on Top which ended on Tuesday featured more than 50 photographs covering the journey of female journalists who successfully scaled Qomolangma in May this year with the slogan “Unified Voice for Equity.”

The exhibition was held in the premise of Nepal Tourism Board as part of its photoNepal campaign, and the sideline event of the 16th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival.

From the popular Khumbu Icefall to the treacherous spots, crevasses, extensive rope and ladder crossings and moments of the climbers to the magnificent close view of mountains, the photos on display created an instant imagination of the Qomolangma and appeal to visit the place.

United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Nepal Valerie Julliand, who termed the exhibition as very impressive, was among around 5000 visitors. “You all are fantastic. Women on top, always,” she commented about the exhibition.

The exhibition comes at a time when Nepal has announced 2020 as Visit Nepal Year with a target of welcoming 2 million foreign tourists. To support the campaign, the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has been organising activities such as photo exhibitions every month to showcase the country’s rich natural and cultural beauty.

Sudhan Subedi, an officer at NTB, told Xinhua that “Mountains always hold a special attraction among the people, thus the exhibition is able to provide a vivid picture of its exquisiteness. We have also promoted the photos through social media, so it will attract the foreign tourists and support the tourism industry.”

Many of the school and college students also visited the exhibition and expressed their willingness to visit the base camp in the future, with some even showing interest in climbing the peak.

The expedition team comprised five journalists working in different Nepali media organisations, namely Rosha Basnet, Kalpana Maharjan, Deurali Chamling, Rojita Buddhacharya and Priya Laxmi Karki. Four of the five journalists have successfully scaled the peak.

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