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Nepal Information

Nepal Information

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Nepal Information

Nepal is a wonderful country of highly varied and rich geography, ethnicity and creed. The mountainous north holds more than eight thousand metres high of the world’s ten highest mountains, including the highest, Mount Everest.

The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized. By some measures, Hinduism is practised by a greater majority of people in Nepal than in any other country. The natural scenery, high mountains, unparalleled cultural heritage and numerous specialities have made Nepal a recognized destination in the world tourism record with a distinct image of its own.

However, the development of tourism is limited in number and within the certain areas of the country only. The new government has shown greater concerns about the real value of tourism and its role in contributing to economic growth, poverty alleviation, equity and overall tourism development in the country.

Therefore, the government is placing a high priority on the tourism sector in its new economic development policy. As there is a favourable political situation in the country, the government is all geared towards an economic revolution in next 10 years for the up-liftmen of the masses. In this connection, the government of Nepal in consultation with Nepalese Tourism Industry, concerned organizations and experts decided to launch a national tourism campaign.

Goddess of the Sky

Called Chomolungma (“goddess mother of the world”) in Tibet and Sagarmatha (“goddess of the sky”) in Nepal Mount Everest once went by the pedestrian name of Peak XV among Westerners. That was before surveyors established that it was the highest mountain on Earth, a fact that came as something of a surprise—Peak XV had seemed lost in the crowd of other formidable Himalayan peaks, many of which gave the illusion of greater height.

The Great Trigonometrical Survey Arbitrates

In 1852 the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India measured Everest’s elevation as 29,002 feet above sea level. This figure remained the officially accepted height for more than one hundred years. In 1955 it was adjusted by a mere 26 feet to 29,028 (8,848 m).
The mountain received its official name in 1865 in honour of Sir George Everest, the British Surveyor General from 1830—1843 who had mapped the Indian subcontinent. He had some reservations about having his name bestowed on the peak, arguing that the mountain should retain its local appellation, the standard policy of geographical societies.

The Andes Muscle In On the Action

Before the Survey of Nepal, a number of other mountains ranked supreme in the eyes of the world. In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the Andean peak Chimborazo was considered the highest. At a relatively unremarkable 20,561 feet (6,310 m), it is in fact nowhere near the highest, surpassed by about thirty other Andean peaks and several dozens in the Himalayas. In 1809, the Himalayan peak Dhaulagiri (26,810 ft.; 8,172 m) was declared the ultimate, only to be shunted aside in 1840 by Kanchenjunga (28,208 ft.; 8,598 m), which today ranks third. Everest’s status has been unrivalled for the last century-and-a-half, but not without a few threats.

 

Everest Undergoes a Growth Spurt

Everest ‘s official height was Revised in 1999. On May 5, 1999, a team of nine climbers summited Everest, armed with state-of-the-art satellite measuring devices. Six months later the results of their survey were announced: Everest is in fact 29,035 feet (8,850 meters)—six feet or two meters higher than the last official (1955) measurement.
It is remarkable how accurate all the official measurements of Everest have been. Conducted 147 years earlier, the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India in 1852 recorded Everest’s height at 29,002 feet—a mere 33 feet off the mark.

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