March 6, Kathmandu. To promote adventure tourism in Nepal, Nepali cyclist Mangal Kumar Lama has decided to travel alone from Kangchenjunga in the east to Simikot Hills in the far west.
The Lama, who set out on a cycle tour, was given farewell to the tourism board on Sunday. Organized by Nepal Tourism Board and GHT on Wheels, various organizations have assisted in the yatra. The Lama’s journey will be 1700 km long.
In the farewell ceremony organized at the Tourism Board, Lumbini Industries, Commerce and Supplies Minister Ajay Shah said that Nepal has a lot of potential for adventure tourism. He also said that the state government has always been positive in promoting adventure tourism.
Board’s vice-chairman Chandra Rizal said that adventure tourism is the identity of Nepal. Board director Maniraj Lamichhane said that the board is organizing various programs to promote adventure tourism.
The cyclist Lama said he was embarking on a difficult and risky journey to identify the country rather than his identity, adding that such programs required the support of the Board and other government bodies. According to the organisers, the Lama will start a cycle yatra from Kangchenjunga on April 3 and this journey will last for 60 to 70 days. Llama is a professional mountain biker. He has participated in various competitions organized in the country and abroad.