First National Climbing Level To Be Held From Dec 22 – The Himalayan Times – Nepal’s No.1 English Daily Newspaper

KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 13

The Gandaki Alpine Club is set to hold the first-ever national-level “Climbing Festival” 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 new Gandaki Alpine Club, the slogan of the event is “Revolution for mountaineering in the province of Gandaki”.

GAC is a non-profit and apolitical organization registered under the NGO Act of Nepal and established by a team of experienced and dedicated mountaineers to promote the mountain tourism sector in Gandaki Province.

“As the tourism sector in Nepal has been affected by the Covid 19 pandemic, one of the many objectives of the event is also to revive the sector in the post-Covid-19 context,” Shahi said.

Along with the rock climbing festival, GAC also organizes a kayaking competition in the Marshyangdi River at the same time.

“It will be a very memorable event for all participants as well as the local people as it is the first of its kind in the region,” Shahi said, adding, “Initially, we believe there will be over 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 opportunities for adventure tourism in Nepal, according to Shahi.

Bimalnagar rock 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 successfully attracts tourists for various adventure sports like rock climbing and abseiling.

This climbing wall was created in 2007 in memory of the famous IMFGA climbing guide Iman Singh Gurung.

The ‘Chundhunga’ of Bimalnagar – the limestone rock was one of the first rocks ever developed – starting with one of Nepal’s most classic lines – ‘Iman ko Samjhana ma’ – a route opened by mountain guides in memory of Iman Gurung – one of the founders of the Nepal National Mountain Guides Association (NNMGA).

The well-known rock climbing natural wall of Bimalnagar has seen so much development and is currently the best rock for sport climbing in Nepal and has the toughest sport climbs in Nepal.

The Bimalnager climbing site was first explored by the International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) team with the coordination of the Nepal National Mountain Guides Association (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 toughest and many national and international daredevils are trying to conquer the route,” Shahi said.

The GAC team will ensure the safety measures to create climbing routes in an ethical manner and without altering the existing environment.

“By organizing this event, we aim to put Nepal on the map not only as a mountaineering and trekking destination, but also as a must-visit destination for rock climbing,” he added.

Virginia F. Goins