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Trekking guide training gets underway

February 20 , 2015

Trekking guide training gets underway

A 35-day trekking guide training kicked off at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) on February 20. The training is being conducted by NATHM in the coordination of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). A total of 750 workers from different trekking agencies are participated in the training in the first phase. Another 750 will participate in the training in the second phase. Speaking at the orientation class organized on Friday, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the training has been organized to produce trained and professional workforce for the trekking sector. "We will launch a separate course…

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TAAN Lhosar celebrated with gusto

February 18 , 2015

TAAN Lhosar celebrated with gusto

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a cultural and fun-filled event named 'TAAN Lhosar 2015' in Thamel, Kathmandu, on February 17 to celebrate Lhosar – the New Year festival of different ethnic groups. The program began with a colorful cultural procession. Different ethnic groups, mainly Sherpas, Tamangs, Gurungs and Magars, participated in the procession flaunting their typical attire and jewelries. They were playing traditional musical instruments like Madal, Tungna, Khaijadi and Damphu, among others. The rally started from Tridevi Marg and passed through different parts of Thamel before concluding into a formal program. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for…

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TAAN Lhosar Festival to be organized in Thamel

February 10 , 2015

TAAN Lhosar Festival to be organized in Thamel

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has decided to celebrate TAAN Lhosar Festival in Thamel on February 17. Speaking at a press meet organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, TAAN officials said preparations for the festival were at the final stage. In the past years, TAAN used to celebrate Lhosar festival by organizing ‘Lhosar Dinner Ball’ in different hotels. This year it is organizing the festival in Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley — to promote Lhosar festival as a cultural tourism product. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the festival will see cultural performances of different ethnic…

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Interview Schedule for Trekking Guide Training

January 28 , 2015

TAAN has published the interview schedule for Trekking Guide Training 2015. The training will be conducted at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NATHM). Interview Venue: TAAN Secretariat, Maligoan Schedule:  http://taan.org.np/assets/upload/downloads/download_Interview_Schedule_for_Trekking_Guide_Training.pdf   

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Nepal promoted in Chicago

January 27 , 2015

Nepal promoted in Chicago

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in Adventure Travel Show in Chicago of the United States on January 17 and 18. The delegation was led by TAAN Executive Committee Member Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa. Tara Nath Lamichhane of Osho Vision Treks and Expedition, Dorjee Lama of Peak Himalaya Adventure, Furi Geljen Sherpa of Himalayan Treasure Trekking and Rishi Ram Bhandari of Snowy Horizon Trekking were the other members of the delegation. The Nepali delegation promoted adventure tourism products like trekking and mountaineering. According to delegation leader Sherpa, TAAN distributed itinerary books, maps and promotional DVDs of different…

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TAAN surveys Timal area for proposed tourism memorial park

January 23 , 2015

TAAN surveys Timal area for proposed tourism memorial park

A 19-member team of Trekking Agencies' Association (TAAN) on January 19 organized a survey tour of Timal area in Kavre district to select a site for building Tourism Memorial Park. The team was jointly led by Senior Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung and Executive Member Palsang Tamang. TAAN executive members, general members hailing from Timal and TAAN staffers were present in the team. The team visited Kot Timal, Narayansthan, Kurans Chabakhure and Thulo Parsel areas to select suitable site for the proposed park. "We have found a small hillock in Kurans Chabakhure VDC Ward No. 7 area ideal for the…

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TAAN team off to Chicago

January 16 , 2015

TAAN team off to Chicago

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) left for Chicago, US to participate in Chicago Travel and Adventure Show 2015. TAAN Executive Member Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa is leading the delegation. Tara Nath Lamichhane of Osho Vision Treks and Expedition, Dorjee Lama of Peak Himalaya Adventure, Furi Geljen Sherpa of Himalayan Treasure Trekking and Rishi Ram Bhandari of Snowy Horizon Trekking are the other members of the delegation. The event will be held at Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont on January 17 and 18. For over 11 years and 54 shows, the Travel & Adventure Shows have become…

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TAAN delegation participates in SAATO Convention

January 16 , 2015

TAAN delegation participates in SAATO Convention

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal participated in the Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operators (SAATO) Convention held in Namchi of Sikkim on January 13 and 14. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala led the 17-member delegation, including executive committee members, general members, and media persons among others, to the convention.  Chief Minister of Sikkim Dr Pawan Chamling inaugurated the convention amid a colorful ceremony on January 13. Speaking at the program, he emphasized on regional tourism to promote tourism in North East Indian states.  Along with Nepal, delegates from Bhutan, France and Germany and Bhutan as well as…

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President Dhamala attends Nepal-Tibet joint meeting

January 06 , 2015

President Dhamala attends Nepal-Tibet joint meeting

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala attended 8th Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee Meeting held in Lhasa from December 23 to 27. Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general of Department of Tourism (DoT), had led a 16-member Nepali delegation in the meeting. Similarly, Zeng Wanming, vice chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, had led a 21-member Chinese delegation in the meeting. Among others, the meeting decided to allow their citizens to travel to the border towns of each other for single-day visits without the need for a visa. Citizens of two countries will also be allowed…

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TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer

December 28 , 2014

TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer

The 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on December 21 endorsed the association's Annual Progress Report for 2013/14 presented by General Secretary Sagar Pandey and Annual Financial Report for 2013/14 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.The AGM also approved proposed programs and activities for 2014/15 presented by general secretary Pandey and estimated budget for fiscal year 2014/15 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal inaugurated the program amid a colorful ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Rijal thanked TAAN for taking initiatives for development and promotion of adventure…

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Funeral expenses provided to family of deceased trekking staff

December 03 , 2014

Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) has provided Rs 50,000 each as funeral expenses to family of 13 trekking support staff who lost their lives in different parts of the Annapurna region due to blizzards and avalanches in the third week of October.Family of Sanu Kaji Ghising, Aitaram Ghising, Ajaya Lama, Top Nath Lamichhane, Lakpa Dorji Lama, Some Lama, Wangdi Lopchan, Lama Pemba Lopchan, Roman Tamang, Dawa Syangbo, Dawa Sidar Tamang, Shante Tamang and Dojri Sherpa have already received checks from TAAN. The checks were distributed in the presence of TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala, Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice…

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TAAN gives inputs on implementation of GHT

December 03 , 2014

TAAN gives inputs on implementation of GHT

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has given its inputs for the development and implementation of Great Himalaya Trail.In a meeting organized by Planning and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) at the ministry’s office in Simhadurbar on December 2, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala and CEO Gangasagar Pant said GHT should be developed and promoted as a global brand.The meeting was chaired by tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha.The ministry has assigned the responsibility of identifying necessary components for the effective development and promotion of GHT to Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). The…

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DB Limbu named JTCC coordinator

November 20 , 2014

DB Limbu named JTCC coordinator

Joint Tourism Coordinator Committee (JTCC) has named DB Limbu, president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), as its new coordinator.Outgoing coordinator Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), handed over the responsibility of JTCC to Limbu.Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Suresh Man Shrestha handed over minute-book of JTCC to Limbu amid a function on Wednesday.JTCC is a common forum of more than 40 tourism related associations. As per the understanding, the committee rotates its leadership among member organizations every six months.Speaking at the program, Limbu said he would give…

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TAAN rescues 77 from Manang

October 16 , 2014

TAAN rescues 77 from Manang

A rescue team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) rescued 77 trekkers from different parts of Manang district on Thursday. Of the trekkers rescued on Thursday, 17 were Israelis, 29 Nepalis (support staff), 5 Indonesians, 10 Germans, 5 Spanish, 4 Indians, 3 Canadians, 2 Russians, and 2 Polish.    TAAN had deployed two choppers – AS 350 B3 and MI 17 – for rescue works. TAAN executive members Coordinator of Mountaineering Department of TAAN Ang Pemba Sherpa,   and Pasang Tendi Sherpa were in the rescue team. Similarly, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala was in Manang to oversee rescue…

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JTCC welcomes director general of Tourism Department

October 15 , 2014

JTCC welcomes director general of Tourism Department

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) – a forum of around three dozen travel trade organizations – on Tuesday organized a program to welcome Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general of the newly formed Tourism Department.   JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Prasad Dhamala welcomed Director General Gautam by offering bouquet and khadas. Similarly, representatives of other member organizations of JTCC also offered khadas to Gautam.   In the program, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey gave brief introduction of JTCC and elaborated on activities being carried by it.   Speaking at the program, Deepak Mahat, former president of TAAN and coordinator of Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Association for…

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TAAN coordinating rescue works in Annapurna Region

October 15 , 2014

TAAN coordinating rescue works in Annapurna Region

TAAN coordinating rescue works in Annapurna Region Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has deployed two helicopters for rescue works in Annapurna Region after massive snowfall left many trekkers stranded in different trekking areas in the region. TAAN executive members Pasang Tendi Sherpa and Ang Temba Sherpa are coordinating rescue works in Manang. An Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter has been deployed for rescue works in Manang. The chopper was deployed for rescue work from early morning. Similarly, MI-17 helicopter has been deployed for rescue works in Mustang. Quoting Mahendra Thakali, assistant CDO of Mustang, TAAN executive member Bidya Hirachan said…

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Chinese cyclist missing in Nepal

October 08 , 2014

Chinese cyclist missing in Nepal

Chinese cyclist Yang Wen has gone missing in the mid-western region of Nepal.According to Yang's family members, the 29-year-old last contacted his family members on messaging site WeChat from Gamgadhi, the district headquarters of Mugu, on August 11.Yang’s whereabouts have remained unknown since then. He was heading to Simikot of Humla district. He was supposed to arrive in Simikot by August 17.Yang, who weighs 58 kg, is 175cm tall.Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has urged all to inform it if anyone has any information about Yang.

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World Tourism Day 2014 celebrated

September 28 , 2014

World Tourism Day 2014 celebrated

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) joined hands with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and other travel trade associations to celebrate World Tourism Day 2014 on Saturday.A rally was taken out from Tridevi Marg in Thamel early on Saturday morning. The rally saw participation of Tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha and other high level officials of the tourism ministry, officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala and executive committee members of TAAN, member agencies of TAAN and representatives of other travel trade associations, and media persons, among others.The theme for World Tourism Day 2014 celebration was…

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Basic journalism, photography training concludes

September 19 , 2014

Basic journalism, photography training concludes

A four-day ‘Basic Journalism and Photography Training for Trekking Guides’ concluded on Thursday. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) had organized the training to enhance professionalism of people involved in the tourism industry and use trekking guides, who reach different rural areas of the country, as a source of information. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, 2nd Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung and Joint Secretary Tilak Thapa Magar handed over khadas, training certificates, and identification card to the trainees. Dhan Prasad Gurung, coordinator of Training & HR Department; Vidya Hirachan, coordinator of Sustainable Tourism Department; and Namaraj Gauli, coordinator of Trade…

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Journalism, photography training for trekking guides begins

September 17 , 2014

Journalism, photography training for trekking guides begins

A four-day ‘Basic Journalism and Photography Training for Trekking Guides’ kicked off at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun on Sunday.A total of 25 trekking guides affiliated with different member agencies of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) are participating in the training. TAAN is organizing the training to enhance professionalism of trekking guides and use them as a source of information.Inaugurating the training, Kami Rinji Sherpa, first vice president of TAAN, said the training is yet another attempt of TAAN to enhance professionalism of people involved in the trekking industry. “We want to use trekking guides, who reach different trekking areas of…

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