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Visit of ACP Delegation to the International Mountain Museum, Pokhara, Nepal


President ACP Lt Col Manzoor Hussain (Retd) accompanied by Mr Ayaz Ahmad Shigri, Member ACP Executive Council visited International Mountain Museum (IMM) located at Pokhara (half an hour flight from Kathmandu) on 12th Oct 2011. The visit was arranged through the kind courtesy of President NMA. On arrival ACP delegation first paid homage to all those mountaineers who lost their lives in the Himalayas while climbing, at the Cairn erected in their memory. After placing pebbles on the Cairn the ACP delegation observed one minute silence.

The delegation was received by Mr Bal Prasad Rai, Chief Administrator IMM who presented Khatar to the delegation and personally guided the delegation through the Museum. The International Mountain Museum occupies an area of 6 acres of land and the building covers an area of 4,600 sq ft under one roof and receives more than 60,000 visitors in a year. The double storey high structure has three sections ie, Mountain People, Mountains and Mountain Activity. Besides, it has an audio video room and few side galleries. In the mountain section all the eight thousander peaks are displayed, however captions of Pakistani peaks were not correct which was pointed out to the Chief Administrator. All the mountains were displayed in blown up photographs and models as well. After the visit the President ACP held discussion with the Museum Director and he agreed to the setting up setting up a Pakistan section at the Museum which will house the photographs, models and computer based media display for Pakistani peaks above 8000 metres and other peaks as well. President also discussed space for the proposed Pakistan display area. The delegation spent about five hrs in the Museum. President ACP thanked Mr Rai, Chief Administrator IMM for the hospitality and excellent care extended to ACP delegation during the visit. President ACP also thanked President NMA for arranging the visit.