Timings : 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Entry Fee : Foreigner: NPR 500
SAARC Nation: NPR 250
Nepali: NPR 100
Student: NPR 50
Resident Visa: NPR 250
Garden: NPR 30
The International Mountain Museum in Pokhara has a stunning collection of artefacts, original gears, stories and photographs of the mountains, their inhabitants' and the explorers who climbed some of the highest peaks in the world. The museum gives you a description of the people living in the Himalayas and the 14 highest peaks and their most famous expeditions. It also includes some exhibits from other mountain areas such as Slovenia and Japan.
International Mountain Museum was established in 1995 by Nepal Mountaineering Association to maintain a record and document the history, evolution, development and the legendary achievements in mountaineering. Every section of the museum is designed to highlight commendable accomplishments of famous mountaineers in the majestic Himalayas and around the world.
1. Mountain People Gallery
As you begin the journey, you are led to the Mountain People Gallery which has an impressive display of artefacts arranged systematically. This is the first gallery where you will get to explore the lifestyle, culture and traditions of the inhabitants of the region. Before entering this part of the museum, you are shown a short documentary in the video hall. This video serves as a prelude to the exhibits in the gallery. The entire journey after the screening of the video makes the walk through the room more interesting and relatable.
2. Mountain Gallery
As you proceed further, you are led to the Mountain Gallery where you can find the geological history and other detailed information on the mountains. Plant and animal replicas, rock samples and photographs from the tallest peaks climbed so far have been exhibited here. Most of these artefacts were donated generously by prominent personalities who are passionate about the mountains, the sport and the museum.
3. Mountain Activities Gallery
The next section is dedicated entirely to the activities on the mountains and is called the Mountain Activities Gallery which has the exhibits of apparel, gear, equipment and photographs of the numerous mountain expeditions that took place in the region. Artefacts from the French expedition up the Annapurna led by Maurice Herzog in 1950, the one completed by Junko Tabei, the first woman from Japan to climb Mt. Everest, by Timanishi who was one of the first summiteers to climb Manaslu and the British expeditions to Mount Everest that were carried out between 1921 and 1953 are properly displayed in separate sections in the gallery. A stunning collection of photographs of all the peaks that were conquered by the courageous mountaineers is a must-see here. This section also gives insights into the mythical mammal, Yeti, a humungous brown bear. Stories and photographs of the signs and footprints that the mammal is believed to have left behind are also exhibited.
3. Associates Gallery
After this floor is explored, visitors are taken to the Associates Gallery on the first floor where there are displays of the socio-economic life of the region. The collection spans across different periods in the past and highlights some important phases. Insights into the plans for the future that will help conserve the biodiversity and evolution of the people in the region can also be found here. This draws quite a few researchers and enthusiasts who seek information to bring about a positive change through their studies and innovations.
The museum has a library with an impressive collection of books about the Himalayas and other mountains, the achievements of famous mountaineers, books on popular expeditions, about regional biodiversity, its geology, culture, traditions, etc. You can even find some rare books donated by passionate mountaineers to the library.
The museum complex also has a Gorkha Village Restaurant that caters to the visitors and serves delicious regional cuisine and a souvenir shop where mementoes and gifts can be purchased. There is a well-maintained garden and lush green lawn with a wall designed to give a first-hand feel to amateur climbers. It has a 9.5 metre tall climbable model of Mount Manaslu and another 21-metre wall that can be climbed.
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