January 5, 2011
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Below are photos from the International Mountain Museum (IMM) in Pokhara, Nepal. This museum explains all about the 14 highest mountains in the world…all of them are at least 8,000 meters in height! Those interested in mountaineering would come to Pokhara as most of the trekking routes start from there.
Out of the top 14 mountains, 8 are within Nepal! Since 1920 (when mountaineering was still new to the world) many researchers would come to this beautiful country to do research on things like how the mountains were formed…what the exact height of the mountain is…what minerals can be found there etc.
The Museum Hall building covers a total floor area of 4242 sq. meters of the total 12.5 acres of the land owned by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) for the IMM Project. There are 2 main exhibition halls: Hall of the Great Himalaya and Hall of World Mountains.
These halls exhibited mannequins of famous climbers, the original gear and equipment that they had used (of many of the first Himalayan ascents!), graphical posters of the top 14 mountains and geological findings amongst many others. It is a big building and it covers quite an extensive range of things inc. the different ethnic groups of Nepal and a showroom of what a Tibetan monastery prayer hall looks like.
In one of the sections of the Museum Hall is a small exhibition on Yetis!
Yeti sightings were so common amongst mountaineers that the NMA decided to collect all the information on Yetis from Himalayan mountaineers and compile them into a short display. The display tells stories about the thoughts and beliefs of famous researchers and writers, and the remarks of the local people who had encountered Yetis. I am not interested in mountain climbing at all, but I like this part of the Museum tremendously. Would love to check it out.
There are individual photos of each wall display. Do take a look!
(click on the individual photos to enlarge)
I certainly do not agree with their conclusions. But it’s ok. Even my assistant Monlam spotted a Yeti when he was in Tibet he told me. It is very common to sight them in Tibet. Tibetans do not make a big deal of it as they KNOW YETIS exist.
The photos were taken by one of my students who went there recently. I mean no infringements. I have posted this here strictly for non-commercial reasons, but to share with my friends.
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