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Himalayan Mountaineering and Tourism Meets

( Held in different Himalayan regions )

Himalayan Mountaineering and Tourism Meet was instituted in 1973 by Air India and Indian Mountaineering Foundation. The first meet was held in Darjeeling in 1973 which attracted almost all celebrity mountaineers of the world. It included Sir Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, John Hunt, Maurice Herzog, Chris Bonington. Norman Dyhrefurth, Henirich Harrer and Captain M.S. Kohli.
The Second Mountaineering and Tourism Meet was held at New Delhi in May, 1983, to coincide with the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. It was inaugurated by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. This too attracted leading mountaineers of the world. Thereafter, these meet were held every alternate year.
The 1985 meet in Mussoorie, which coincided with the 40th Anniversary of the Indian ascent of Mount Everest was a memorable event.
In 1989 when Captain M S Kohli took over as President of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation and the HET was founded the same year. the HET decided to hold these meets annually. These meets thereafter became most crucial in regard to the environmental problems of the Himalayas. Sir Edmund Hillary and other trustees regularly attended these meets. HET journals were brought out regularly and the awareness about problems of the Himalayan environment spread fast. Some of these international conferences were held at Katmandu, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angles and Chamonix. The presence of the greatest living legends of Himalayas resulted in worldwide publicity putting Himalayan environment in great focus.

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