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TAAN explores Badi Malika area in Bajura

August 29 , 2014

TAAN explores Badi Malika area in Bajura

A 16-member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently explored a new trekking route in Badi Malika area in the far-western region.The team, which was led by Tilak Thapa Magar -- joint treasurer of TAAN, started exploration on August 4 and returned to Kathmandu on August 13.Advance Monitor – a tourism monthly -- was the local partner for the exploration.The exploration trip began with a drive to Jadanga in Bajura and passed through Korda, Bodha Korda, Bhito Charne and Tribeni before reaching Badi Malika temple.Team leader Magar said TAAN explored Badi Malika area to promote tourism in far-western region…

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Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ wins Eco-Challenge

August 17 , 2014

Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ wins Eco-Challenge

Nepal Army's Tribhuvan Army Club dominated the 2nd TAAN The North Face Eco-Challenge International 2014 organized by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Sunday, winning top three positions.Tribhuvan Army Club 'A' finished won the first position of the Eco-Challenge, which comprised of three sporting disciplines – cycling, running and rafting – with the timing of 2 hrs 37 min and 25 sec. Similarly, Tribhuvan Army Club 'B' clinched the second position with the timing of 2 hrs 40 min and 10 seconds while Tribhuvan Army Club 'C' finished third clocking 2 hrs 46 min and 36 sec.The…

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2nd Eco-Challenge on August 17

August 13 , 2014

2nd Eco-Challenge on August 17

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing 2nd TAAN International Eco-Challenge 2014 in Kathmandu on August 17.Speaking at a press meet organized to inform media persons about the event, TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the event is being organized to promote as a destination for adventure sports. “This is the second time that we are organizing this event. Our plan is to organize the event on a regular basis,” added Dhamala.Eco-challenge is a team event featuring three sporting disciplines – running, cycling and rafting. Interested participants are required to form a group of five persons including a team manager…

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Insurance cover for mountaineering workers raised

August 13 , 2014

The government has raised life insurance cover for mountaineering workers to Rs 1.5 million with effect from September 1.The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) decided to raise the insurance cover after an avalanche near Camp I of Mt Everest killed 13 mountaineering workers. Three others are still missing.Issuing a statement, the ministry said it raised accidental insurance cover for sardar, mountain guides and high-altitude workers to Rs 1.5 million from existing Rs 1 million. Similarly, medical insurance for them has also been raised to Rs 4 million from existing Rs 3 million.According to ministry officials, the decision…

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Budget puts focus on GHT, infra development

July 28 , 2014

Budget puts focus on GHT, infra development

The budget for fiscal year 2014/15 has taken the policy of promoting Nepal as an attractive and safe tourism destination in the world.Unveiling the budget, Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said the government would promote Great Himalaya Trail that spans from Taplejung in the east to Darchula in the west. The trail connects almost all the trekking areas of the country lying in the northerner parts of the country. It goes though base camps of almost all tallest peaks in the country.Similarly, the government has allocated Rs 7.08 billion for the construction and upgradation of various airports across the…

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Nepali women conquer K2

July 28 , 2014

Nepali women conquer K2

Three Nepali women have reached the summit of Mt K2 (8,611m) – the second highest peak on earth.Members of First Nepali Women K2 Expedition 2014 -- Maya Sherpa (35) of Okhaldhunga, Dawa Yanjung Sherpa (25) of Dolakha and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (29) of Solukhumbu – reached the summit of the Pakistani peak at 3:35 local time on Saturday.According to a press statement issued by the expedition team, this is the first summit of Mt K2 by Nepali women. This is also first successful women’s expedition on K2.The expedition was supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The ministry…

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Interaction on TIMS, NTB restructuring held

July 18 , 2014

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Thursday organized an interaction with its member agencies on two important issues – restructuring of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS).Around 300 member agencies of TAAN and representatives from TAAN Pokhara participated in the program.The participants were also asked to fill a questionnaire on TIMS and NTB restructuring. TAAN will study the questionnaire and prepare a report soon. The report will be duly shared with all the members.TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala chaired the program while general secretary Sagar Pandey facilitated the interaction.Speaking on the occasion, member agencies said NTB,…

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TAAN hikes daily wage of trekking workers

July 15 , 2014

TAAN hikes daily wage of trekking workers

The Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and representatives of four unions of trekking workers -- All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers Union (ANRTWU); Union of Nepal Travel, Trekking, Rafting and Airlines Workers; Nepal Tourism Workers Association (NTWA); All Nepal Tourism Workers Union (ANTWU); and Nepal Tourism Workers Association (NTWA) – have decided to raise daily wages of trekking porter by Rs 300 and guides/cooks by Rs 250 with effect from October 1, 2014.The hike is based on the understanding that the previous executive committee of TAAN had reached with the worker unions.The two sides have also agreed to form Workers’…

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Tourism earning projected to grow to Rs 45.46 billion

July 13 , 2014

Tourism earning projected to grow to Rs 45.46 billion

The government is set to earn foreign currency worth around Rs 45.46 billion from tourism industry in fiscal year 2013/14.According to Economic Survey 2013/14 released recently, the government earned foreign currencies worth Rs 30.43 billion in the first eight months of 2013/14. If tourist spending increases at the same rate, the earning from tourism industry will touch Rs 45.46 billion.Total tourism earning had stood at Rs 30.7 billion in 2011/12. Total earning increased to Rs 34.21 billion in 2012/13. TOURISTS ARRIVALTourist arrival, which increased for almost a decade till 2012, declined by 0.7 percent to 797,759 in 2013. Average length…

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Tourist arrivals down marginally in June

July 03 , 2014

Tourist arrivals down marginally in June

Total tourist arrivals to Nepal via in June dropped by a marginal 0.3 percent to 41,137 compared to arrival figures of the same month last year.According to the Immigration Office at the Tribhuvan International Airport, arrivals from South Asia segment dropped by 1.04 percent, largely due to arrival in the number of tourists from India – the major market – by 2.21 percent. Arrivals from Pakistan and Sri Lanka were also down 5.54 percent and 28.97 percent, respectively. However, arrivals from Bangladesh increased by 17.43 percent.In Asia (other than South Asia) segment, total arrivals went up by 0.49 percent helped…

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Transport syndicate on Beni-Jomsom road broken finally

July 03 , 2014

Are you planning to visit Mustang in a private vehicle or a hired jeep? If yes, you can now be sure that there will not be any disturbances during the journey like in the past. If you face any disturbance, the regional administration will immediately swing into action.The Western Regional Administration Office has finally managed to break the syndicate on the 75-kilometer Beni-Jomsom road enforced by the local transport entrepreneurs. Now onwards, one can drive their vehicles on the road without any obstacles. The office has said it would take immediate action if anyone obstructs movement of vehicles on the…

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Nepali women climb Mt Denali

June 27 , 2014

Nepali women climb Mt Denali

Members of Seven Summits Women Team reached the summit of Mt Denali – the highest mountain on North America – on June 24.The women are on a bid to climb the highest peaks in all seven continents. According to team leader Shaili Basnet, Chunu Shrestha, Asha Kumari Singh, Nimdoma Sherpa and Pema Diki Sherpa, along with cameraperson Ang Tshering Lama, reached the summit at 1 pm (local time). Other members -- Pujan Acharya, Maya Gurung and team leader Shailee Basnet, could not continue with the climb because of health issues. The team aims to complete their campaign by climbing Vinson…

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TAAN organizes special gathering of members

June 24 , 2014

TAAN organizes special gathering of members

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday organized a special gathering of members to collect their suggestions on two sets of demands placed by different unions of trekking workers. The All Nepal Revolutionary Tourism Workers Union (ANRTWU) which is close to CPN-Maoist has padlocked TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun for nearly a month, putting forth different demands. Similarly, three other trade unions – Union of Trekking Travel Rafting and Airlines Workers Union (UNITRAV), All Nepal Tourism Workers Union and Nepal Tourism Workers Association have jointly placed another set of demands. Among others, the workers unions have demanded for hike in…

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JTCC ends all protest programs

June 20 , 2014

The Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) has ended all its protest programs saying that the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) has finally addressed all their demands.Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Thursday, Ramesh Dhamala, coordinator of JTCC, said the tourism entrepreneurs decided to withdraw all protest programs after the tourism ministry included representatives of the private sector in the committee to probe into irregularities in NTB and the other committee to suggest measures for restructuring of NTB.“Similarly, tourism secretary Sushil Ghimire has written to NTB employees, asking them to operate daily acitivites as per the Article…

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TAAN organizes tree plantation program

June 08 , 2014

TAAN organizes tree plantation program

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) celebrated World Environment Day 2014 on Thursday by organizing a tree plantation program in Jalbinayak Community Forest of Kirtipur. Office-bearers and executive committee members of TAAN, representatives of different travel trade associations, tourism entrepreneurs, media persons, and members of Jalbinayak Community Forest Users’ Group participated in the plantation program.Around 500 saplings of different species were planted on the occasion. World Environment Day 2014 is being organized all over the world on Thursday with the slogan ‘Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level’. TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala inaugurated the program by planting the sapling of…

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Pvt sector celebrates Int’l Sagarmatha Day

May 30 , 2014

Pvt sector celebrates Int’l Sagarmatha Day

Though the government postpone the International Sagarmatha Day celebrations for this year, private sector celebrated the day as part of their ongoing protest against Nepal Tourism Day (NTB).Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC), a group of more than three dozen travel trade associations, took out a rally on May 29 to celebrate 7th International Sagarmatha Day, 36th Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Day and 7th Republic Day. The rally started from Thamel and culminated into a program in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).Participants of the rally put garlands on the statues of Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund…

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Govt opens 104 peaks for expedition

May 23 , 2014

Govt opens 104 peaks for expedition

The government has opened 104 new peaks, including a new eight-thousander – Mt Yalunga Kang (8077m), or Kanchanjunga West -- for commercial expedition.The cabinet meeting held on Wednesday took the decision.(Photo Courtesy: Wikipedia)It has also begun the process to give international recognition to the new 8,000-meter peak. A proposal to give recognition to five Nepali 8,000-meter peaks, including Yalung Kang, is under consideration at the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation popularly known as the UAAA.With this, the number of 8,000-meters peaks in the country has reached nine. Other proposed 8,000-meter peaks include Kanchanjunga South (8,476m), Kanchanjunga Central (8,473m), Lhotse Middle…

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Three missing in Kanchanjunga avalanche

May 22 , 2014

Three missing in Kanchanjunga avalanche

An Indian mountaineer and two Nepali Sherpa guides have gone missing when an avalanche struck their expedition at 7,500 meters near Camp IV of Kanchanjunga West, also known as Yalung Kang, on Monday.Chanda Gayen of West Bengal state of India and the two Sherpas – Pema Sherpa and Dawa Wangchu Sherpa -- were attempting to climb Kanchanjunga West after successful summit of Kanchanjunga Main when the incident occurred, according to Mingma Sherpa, the owner of Seven Summits Trek that operated the expedition.Deepak KC of mountaineering section at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has confirmed the accident.“We sent…

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Political leaders show solidarity to JTCC protest

May 19 , 2014

Political leaders show solidarity to JTCC protest

Leaders of different political parties have showed solidarity to the ongoing protest organized by Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) in the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) for the last 20 days.JTCC has been organizing series of protest against NTB, putting forth demands like removal of Subash Nirola from the post of acting CEO of NTB to pave the way for early appointment of new CEO, independent audit of expenditures made by NTB over the past five years, and institutional representation of private sector in the board of NTB, among others. Former Prime Ministers Dr Baburam Bhattarai and Sher Bahadur…

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Tourism entrepreneuers begin relay hunger strike

May 16 , 2014

Tourism entrepreneuers begin relay hunger strike

Agitating travel trade entrepreneurs have begun a six-day relay hunger strike on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) to pile pressure on the government to address their demands.Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Thursday, Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) unveiled second phase of protest programs.As per the protest program, 25 representatives of different travel trade associations started 12-hour hunger strike from Thursday itself. The relay hunger strike will continue for the next six days.Addressing the program, Ramesh Dhamala, coordinator of JTCC and president of TAAN, said they would announce strong protest programs if their demands are not addressed…

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