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Mountain run to create awareness towards climate change

world Updated: Feb 10, 2009 14:07 IST
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In an effort to create awareness towards the danger of melting snow and bursting glacial lakes on Himalayan peaks due to climate change, Nepal Tourism Board will organise a 42 km run at Khambhu hills as part of famous ‘Khambu festival´ in June.

We hope that the interaction between experts and the local stakeholders of the climate will build strong cooperation which is vital for the success of future projects and for their mutual benefit, said Prachanda Man Shrestha, Chief Executive Officer of Nepal Tourism Board.

The Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) Action Run 2009 will begin from Imja lake at the altitude of 5,010 metres on June 18 and culminate at Khumjung village in North east Nepal the next day, said Dawa Steven Sherpa, chief coordinator of the event.

Organised with the collaboration of non governmental organisation Initiatives for Development and Eco Action Support (IDEAS), the event will also include various cultural programmes and food festivals to showcase the tradition of the local Sherpa community.

Sherwi Yondhen Tshokpa, a group of Sherpa students, is also taking part in the event.