KAVRE, Aug 13: Names of trekkers, mountaineers and support staff, who lost their lives during trekking and mountaineering activities in Nepal, will be inscribed on a monument atop a hill in Timal Region (1900 meters) of Kavre if things go as planned.
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is working on a plan to build tourism memorial park in Timal of Kavre. Along with the monument, the proposed park will have a museum showcasing culture and heritage of Tamang, a plantation area, where family member of deceased can plant a tree in memory of the departed souls, and picnic spot, among others.
“We are sending a technical team comprising of architects, geologists and engineers to Timal within a month to prepare blueprint of the park,” Karna Bahadur Lama, the general secretary of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), told Republica.
Local community forest users' group has already consented to provide 7 hectare (140 ropani) of land to TAAN to implement the project. TAAN plans to involve government agencies, I/NGOs and local stakeholders in the project.
“The park will be a unique tourism product as family members of deceased trekkers and mountaineers can visit the park and also plant a tree in the memory of the departed souls. It will give a whole new identity to the trekking and mountaineering profession,” added Lama. “The park will also showcase Tamang culture and heritage as well as artifacts of trekking and mountaineering sector. There will also be a picnic spot for sustainability of the park.”
Lama, who hails from the Timal Region, is the promoter of Himalayan Yetiland Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd.
TAAN has said that it will start collecting names of deceased trekkers, mountaineers and Nepali support staff very soon. It plans to lay foundation stone of the park within next four months after completing a detailed project report.
Realizing that Timal Region, which has immense tourism potentials, was not receiving sufficient visitors, TAAN had explored the region four years ago. It has branded two trekking trails in the area - the Great Buddhist Master Trail and Mahabharat Rhododendron Trek.
The major attraction of the Great Buddhist Masters Trail is the Rimpoche Cave, where Guru Padmasambhav is believed to have meditated in the eighth century. Similarly, the Mahabharat Rhododendron Trek passes through higher reaches of the Maharabharat Range in Kavre and Sindhuli districts.