KATHMANDU, Nov 27: Photos of the French climber Maurice Herzog and the first successful Annapurna ascent were handed over to the International Mountain Museum in Pokhara earlier on Friday by French Ambassador to Nepal François-Xavier Léger. Minister for Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment of the Gandaki Province, Bikash Lamsal, and the members of the Nepal Mountaineering Association were present on the occasion.
In his remarks, Ambassador Léger recollected the important contribution of Nepali Sherpas to the success of the mission and termed it a Franco-Nepali expedition. Ambassador Léger also read out a message from Elizabeth Herzog, spouse of late Maurice Herzog, in which she thanked the Nepali authorities and the museum for providing a space which is a tribute to both the Nepali and the French members of the expedition team.
Addressing the function, Minister Lamsal recalled the importance of Herzog’s expedition in the development of tourism in Nepal and how he helped spread the word about Annapurna and Nepal throughout the world through his book “Annapurna”.