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UIAA-UAAA GA held at Kathmandu, Nepal
Meetings with Other Associations/Federations/Officials held
on 11th and 14th Oct 2011

 

During visit to Nepal the ACP delegation comprising Lt Col Manzoor Hussain  (Retd) President ACP and Mr Ayaz Ahmad Shigri, Member Executive ACP Council and Vice President of Pakistan Association of the Adventure Tour Operators held meetings with following:-

  1. China Mountaineering Association (CMA)  The CMA Delegation comprising its Vice President and Mr Li Guo wei, of the Foreign Exchange Deptt CMA discussed details of the joint China Pak mountaineering expedition to Spantik or Passu peaks planned for 2012. Besides other matters of bilateral interest were also discussed



  2. Iranian Mountaineering and Sports Climbing Federation (IM&SCF) Mr Mahmoud Shoaei, President (IM&SCF) discussed bilateral issues with President ACP who also offered condolence over the tragic accident of Ms Leila Esfanyari on Gasherbrum II in July 2011. ACP and the IM&SCF agreed to launch mutual youth exchange programmes in 2012.  ACP, on the occasion, assured its fullest cooperation to the Iranian mountaineers visiting Pakistan.

  3. Embassy of Pakistan at Kathmandu, Nepal The ACP delegation called on the Mr Ahmar Ismail Charge D’Affairs, the acting Ambassador and informed him about the ACP and the proceedings of the UIAA and UAAA meetings at Kathmandu. Various issues pertaining to mountaineering in Pakistan and the close cooperation needed with Nepal to attract more mountain tourism to Pakistan were also discussed. The Military Attache Col Mumtaz Hussain was also present on the occasion. Later President ACP presented the ACP shield to the Embassy and souvenirs to both the Embassy officials.




  4. Himalayan Rescue Association The ACP delegation visited the office of the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) in Kathmandu and held discussion with Mr Santa Subba, Chairman and Mr Bikram Neupane, IP Chairman of HRA. Both the HRA officials explained the complex helicopter based rescue system for visiting mountaineers and trekkers being followed in Nepal. ACP discussed various issues involved in the rescue system including insurance and the helicopter evacuation costs involved. In Nepal all the mountain rescue system is being handled by private sector with numerous aviation companies providing the rescue helicopters and other fixed wing aircrafts. After the discussion mutual exchange of shields and souvenirs took place. ACP President thanked both the chairmen for the detailed briefing of the prevalent rescue system in Nepal.



  5. Nepal Mountaineering Association       The ACP delegation called on the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) office in Kathmandu and were received by Mr Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, President NMA and Mr Ang Tshering Sherpa, former President NMA and UAAA, and congratulated them on the successfully holding the UIAA and UAAA General Assemblies in Kathmandu. Both sides discussed mutual issues concerning mountain tourism in the Himalayan host countries. President ACP emphasised that host mountaineering countries ie, Nepal, China, India and Pakistan should re-establish joint forum to consider various issues facing mountain tourism in the region and formulate joint strategies for the international mountain tourism visitors as was done more than ten years back and also to gain more strength at the UIAA level. The matter of Honorary Membership at UIAA also came under discussion. Bilateral matters including training of mountaineers and mountain tourism personnel were also discussed in detail. President ACP thanked NMA for the hospitality and care provided during the GA.



  6. Ministry of Tourism ,Govt of Nepal        The ACP delegation called on Mr Hari Prasad Bashyal Joint Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Government of Nepal, the official incharge of the mountaineering and trekking in Nepal,  in his office and discussed matters concerning mountain tourism amongst the host countries including rules and regulations and liaison officers accompanying the visiting expeditions. The Joint Secretary appreciated the simplified zoning system, lesser royalties and liaison officers system being followed in Pakistan and discussed various suggestions put forward by President ACP in simplifying the same procedures in Nepal. He also strongly supported joint collaboration between the Himalayan countries in matters of mountain tourism. Mr Zimba Zangbu Sharpa, President ACP was also present during the meeting.