The Rolwaling Conference:

"Mountain Hazards, Mountain Tourism"
Mountain Legacy
RC Venue
RC Agenda
Hillary Medal
Mountain Legacy Institute
Himalayan Journal of Sciences
Mt. Everest Summiters Club
About Rolwaling
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This event has been cancelled. Registrants will be contacted to arrange for refunds. We are currently working on plans for an online e-conference on mountain hazards and mountain tourism, as well as a symposium at Na, just below Tsho Rolpa in the upper Rolwaling Valley. Plans for a Rolwaling Mountain Legacy Institute are going forward. Please contact us if you wish to collaborate in these efforts.

On November 4-5 (Sat. and Sun.), 2006, Mountain Legacy will host a symposium on mountain hazards as they relate to mountain tourism. Prior to the conference, Mountain Legacy will lead a tea-house trek to Tsho Rolpa, a moraine-dammed glacial lake that has been the subject of panic and controversy for fifteen years.

The Rolwaling Conference
Mountain Hazards, Mountain Tourism
November 4-5, 2006

Agenda The larger purpose of the event is to scrutinize the state of our understanding and ability to forecast large-scale natural hazards in remote mountainous destinations and to develop strategies for the mitigation of these hazards that will take into account the losses and disruption incurred by inaccurate predictions.

A specific area of major attention will be the hazard of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs), and, as a geographic example, Rolwaling Valley, Nepal. However, the scope of the conference is global and not limited to any particular hazard.

Presentations will cover:

  • Tsho Rolpa and tourism in Rolwaling
  • Prediction and mitigation of earthquake, mass-wasting, avalanche, flood
  • The impact of climate change on mountain hazards
  • Adventure tourism, mountaineering, and the pursuit of danger
  • Proposal for a Rolwaling Mountain Legacy Institute, and its proposed role in research on and development of tourism in an unstable and remote destination.

Keynote Address "Fools Rush In: Perceptions of Himalayan Hazards," by Prof. Jack D. Ives, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Featured Presentation "Glacial hazard assessment and risk management: lessons from Tsho Rolpa and new perspectives," by Professor John M. Reynolds, Managing Director, Reynolds Geo-Sciences, Ltd. (RGSL) Article about Reynolds in Prof. John Reynolds and RGSL featured in the North Wales Profile Business Magazine, May 2006, Issue 3

Venue Hotel de l'Annapurna (5 stars), 140 Durbar Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal

Registration Fee $30. Includes lunch and dinner on Nov. 4, and lunch on Nov. 5. A limited number of registration fee subsidies will be available. There will be no subsidies of travel or other expenses. You may register online or by email.

Payment Once you register, you will receive an email invoice from Mountain Legacy. Payments can be made securely through Paypal to this email address:

You do not need your own Paypal account. You will be able to pay by credit or debit card or directly from your bank account if it is based in the US.

Hillary Medal On the occasion of the Rolwaling Conference, Mountain Legacy will present the second Hillary Medal "for remarkable service in the conservation of culture and nature in remote mountainous regions." Nominations are now being accepted; the deadline for complete dossiers is September 29, 2006.

architects without The Sir Edmund Hillary Medal is sponsored by Architects Without Frontiers (AWF), a not-for-profit organization based in Australia. AWF aims to assist in the rebuilding of cities and communities in need, irrespective of their race, religion, gender or political affiliation. AWF currently provides design and construction services in Nepal, Bosnia-Herzegovina, East Timor, Australia, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan. Please see AWFs Web site for additional information:

Call for Participants This conference is intended for tourism planners and professionals; researchers; anyone with an interest in Rolwaling Valley, tourism development, mountain studies. Proposals for papers, displays, or other presentations on pertinent topics are welcome.

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Seth Sicroff,
Program Coordinator, Mountain Legacy

Dr. Beau Beza
Chair, Hillary Medal Selection Committee
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University
School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning
Environment and Planning Unit
Melbourne, Australia

Kumar P Mainali
Arjun Adhikari
Editors, Himalayan Journal of Sciences

The Rolwaling Conference is organized in collaboration with the Mount Everest Summiteers Club of Rolwaling

More details to be posted soon.

The Rolwaling Conference is sponsored by the Himalayan Journal of Sciences,
a peer-reviewed journal published in Kathmandu.

The Himalayan Journal of Sciences is proud to announce publication of the second edition Himalayan Perceptions by Jack D. Ives. It includes twelve pages of color plates that do not appear in the first edition. This handsome volume will be priced at $29.50, but it is available at the pre-publication price of $22.50. Dr. Ives has kindly offered to contribute all proceeds to Himalayan Journal of Sciences.

In Nepal, contact Arjun Adhikari at

In the USA, contact
Kumar P. Mainali at
Dept. of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences
Mail Stop No. 604
University of Toledo 2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606-3328

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