KATHMANDU: At a time when Nepal is trying to bring in one million tourists by declaring Nepal Tourism Year 2011, Baden Powell peak of Rasuwa, which is named after Baden Powell—the father of the World Scout Movement—has been the centre of attraction.
The government had renamed 5,890-meter-high Urkema peak as Baden Powell peak that falls along Langtang Himalayan Range before the name of Scout’s founder Biden Powell in 2007 on the occasion of the centenary celebrations of the foundation of the World Scout Movement.
An increasing number of World Scout members are arriving in Nepal to visit as well as climb the mushroom shaped Baden Powell peak—the centre of devotion of around 40 million Scout members, according to Nepal Scout.
It takes seven days to reach Baden Powell peak through off-the-beaten trekking route surrounded by pristine beauty from Kathmandu to Kakani and Syabru Besi to Kyangjin (3,800 meters).
As of now, 15 Scout members from Australia, Singapore, England, Finland, South Korea, New Zealand and Taiwan have already scaled Mt Baden Powell and hundreds have come to see the peak, said Chief Commissioner of Nepal Scout Shree Ram Lamichhane.
According to Nepal Scout, many Scout members of several countries have been receiving climbing training and some members have registered their names to climb the peak.
Lamichhane said Nepal Scout is trying to bring in at least five percent members of World Scout in Nepal through promotional campaigns to take them to Baden Powell peak. If this attempt bears fruit, it will greatly contribute to the development of Nepal’s tourism, he said.
The growing popularity of Baden Powell peak among World Scout members has also helped in putting the trekking trail leading to the mountain in the world map and improving economic condition of villagers living in Rasuwa district, he added.