KATMANDU, DECEMBER 13
The Gandaki Alpine Club is ready to organize the very first nationwide âClimbing Festivalâ in Tanahu District.
The six-day festival will be held from December 22 to 27 in Bimalnagar district.
According to Narendra Shahi, president of the brand new Gandaki Alpine Club, the slogan of the event is âRevolution for Mountaineering in Gandaki Provinceâ.
GAC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization registered under the NGO Law of Nepal and established by a team of experienced and dedicated mountaineers to promote the mountain tourism sector in Gandaki Province.
âSince Nepal’s tourism sector has been negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the many goals of the event is also to revive the sector in the post-Covid-19 context,â said Shahi.
Along with the climbing festival, GAC also holds a kayaking competition in the Marshyangdi River.
âIt will be a very memorable event for all the participants as well as for the local people as it is the first of its kind in the region,â said Shahi, adding: âInitially we think there will be more than 200 climbers and more than 400 mountaineering enthusiasts from National to International level. “
The climbing route is rough and difficult, and full of adventurers, so it is an alternative way to promote the possibilities of adventure tourism in Nepal, according to Shahi.
Bimalnagar Climbing Wall also known as Chun Pahara (Limestone Cliff) located at the premises of Siddha Gufa in Bandipur. It is located 130 km west of Kathmandu and 70 km east of Pokhara.
For more than a decade of operation, this high cliff has successfully attracted tourists for various adventure sports such as rock climbing and abseiling.
This climbing wall was created in memory of the famous IMFGA climber, the late Iman Singh Gurung in 2007.
The “Chundhunga” of Bimalnagar – the limestone rock was one of the first rocks ever developed – starting with one of the most classic lines in Nepal – “Iman ko Samjhana ma” – a route opened by mountain guides Nepalese in memory of Iman Gurung – one of the founders of the National Association of Mountain Guides of Nepal (NNMGA).
The well-known Bimalnagar Natural Climbing Wall has seen so much development and is currently the best sport climbing rock in Nepal and has the toughest sport climbs in Nepal.
The Bimalnager climbing site was first explored by the team from the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA) with the coordination of the National Association of Mountain Guides of Nepal (NNMGA).
It was first explored in 2006 by a team of IFMGA mountain guides – Padam Ghale, Sunar Bahadur Gurung, Prem Bahadur Gurung and Shree Maharjan.
“To climb the wall, a route is set up along which a climber leads and can be from the simplest to the most difficult routes while there are up to 27 climbing routes in the region in which the Cobra route is considered one of the most difficult and there are many national and international daredevils trying to conquer the route, âsaid Shahi.
The GAC team will ensure the safety measures to create climbing routes ethically and not alternating the existing environment.
âBy hosting this event, we aim to put Nepal on the map not only as a mountaineering and trekking destination, but also as a must-see destination for rock climbing,â he added.