Nepal is to mark the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Mount Everest with a series of special programmes.
Running from May 26 to May 29, renowned Everest summiteers will be invited to take part in the festivities as the country rejoices in the highest mountain on Earth.
There will be an Everest Marathon in Solukhumbu, as well as 'familiarisation' trips for high level national and international dignitaries to the Everest region.
Nepal's tourist body is also planning to promote destinations, including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Manakamana and Muktinath, as it aims to show off the country's many wonders.
Soft adventure activities such as white-water rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultra-light aircraft flying and bungee jumping will be endorsed, while the Great Himalayan Trail across the east and west mountainous belts of Nepal has also been introduced for adventure seekers.
The country has always been popular as a recreational, shopping and pilgrimage destination, with the tranquil scenery a Shangri-La for many.
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