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Diplomat atop Mt. Everest

June 26 , 2006

A team of HG Everest Expedition comprising nine mountaineers, including a diplomat stationed at the British Embassy in Nepal, successfully scaled Mt. Everest on May 18, 2006. The successful mountaineers were 39-year-old British diplomat Serena Helena Brocklebank, British national John Charles Pomfret, 44, Mark Squirrell, 34, of Australia and Addries Norte Botha, 54, a Canadian doctor, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Similarly, the Nepalese team members of the expedition to scale the Mt. Everest were Pasang Dawa Sherpa, 36, Pasang Nuru Sherpa, 30, Ang Namgyal Sherpa, 23, Chewang Dorjee Sherpa, 25, and Lakpa Thundu Sherpa.…

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Appa scales Everest for record 16th time

June 26 , 2006

Well-known mountaineer Appa Sherpa has broken his own previous record by scaling Mt. Everest for the 16th time on May 19, 2006. Together with two Sherpas and one American climber, Appa, as a head guide, made it to the top at around 10.50 a.m. on last Friday. The expedition was handled by the Asian Trekking (P) Ltd. Appa's first successful ascent of Everest was on May 10, 1990 and he set foot atop the summit twice in 1992. He has been climbing the world's highest peak regularly since 1990. Appa announced retirement from climbing after he ascended the 8,848-metre peak…

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Peaks scaled

June 26 , 2006

One member of "International Everest Expedition 06" team scaled the 8,848-metre Mt. Everest from Tibet side and came across to the Everest Base Camp of Nepal on 13th May 2006. The Korean climber is Mr. Young Seok Park. Mr. Serap Jangbu Sherpa, a high altitude guide, also made it to the top. Led by Mr. Juan Antonio Oliverieri of Spain, the team included eight members. The handling agency was the Thamserku Trekking (P) Ltd. Eleven members of the Chilean Lhotse Expedition 06 and four supporting high altitude guides climbed the 8,516m. Mt. Lhotse on May 12, 2006. According to the…

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Hillary calls on tourists to visit Nepal

June 26 , 2006

Renowned mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary has called upon foreign tourists to visit Nepal at a time when the process of establishing permanent peace in the country has started. During his recent visit to Nepal, Hillary asked tourists to travel to Nepal in order to help revive the declining economy. “Nepal has many natural gifts to offer for tourists,” he said. He was here to attend a meeting of his charity organization—The Himalaya Trust that has extended support for the construction of school buildings, hospitals and bridges in the Everest Region. Born in 1919, Hillary and the late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa…

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UK softens its travel advisory for Nepal

June 26 , 2006

Considering the recent political change in Nepal, the United Kingdom (UK) has softened its travel advisory for Nepal. As the process of permanent peace and political stability has started, the UK has said it was no longer advising its citizens to avoid the troubled Himalayan country. Late last month, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had warned British nationals against "all but essential travel" to Nepal late last month as a series of violent demonstrations and strikes raged against the absolute monarchy. The office said that following the embattled monarch's April 24 announcement to reinstate parliament, tensions had eased.

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First round of peace talks held

June 26 , 2006

The much-awaited peace negotiations between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) were at the deluxe Le Meridian Resort at Gokarna, near the capital city of Kathmandu, on May 26, 2006. The two sides signed a 25-point code of conduct to be observed during the negotiation period. The agreement was jointly signed by Home Minister and leader of the government negotiation team Krishna Prasad Sitaula and Maoist negotiation team coordinator Krishna Bahadur Mahara. As per the agreement, both the sides would cease all types of military activities during the period of ceasefire. Another important aspect of the agreement…

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18th Grand Annual Rafting Festival

June 26 , 2006

Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) is organising the 18th Grand Annual Rafting Festival on May 27, 2006 in the Trishuli River. Around 800 guests are expected to participate in the event. They are from various sectors such as travel and trekking agencies, hotels, foreign institutions, banks, government officials and colleges. As an umbrella organisation of different rafting agencies, NARA has been organizing such kind of festival since 1989 to highlight this adventure product.

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Bid to promote tourism among SAARC members

June 26 , 2006

As part of promoting tourism among the member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), the recent conference of tourism ministers of region held in Dhaka has decided to establish direct air links among them and relax visa restrictions. The 10-day conference that concluded on May 23, 2006 adopted a 12-point agenda to promote tourism among the member States. They also decided to set up separate immigration counters at airports for citizens of SAARC countries and provide special facilities to students and pilgrims. The member States agreed on increasing cooperation for development of human resources for the…

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TAAN delegation meets Minister Gyanwali May 26, 2006

June 26 , 2006

A 15-member delegation of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) called on the newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyanwali at the latter's office at Singha Durbar on May 25, 2006. Led by President of TAAN Mr. Narendra B.C., the delegation apprised Minister Gyanwali of various problems faced by the Nepalese trekking industry in the last couple of years. The team asked the Minister to take up some immediate measures for the protection of the faltering trekking business in Nepal. It also urged him to introduce the Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) system in order…

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More than 290 climbers conquer Everest in Spring 2006

June 26 , 2006

The 53rd Mt. Everest Day was celebrated across the world on May 29, 2006 as part of commemorating the first human ascent of the world's tallest peak. The peak was successfully climbed by Sir Edmund Hillary and late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953. More than 294 climbers from different parts of the world climbed the peak from Nepal side this year, with four new records. Among the new record setters are famous climber Appa Sherpa and Lhakpa Sherpa. Appa set a new rcord by climbing for the 16th time, while Lhakpa became the first woman climber to scale…

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Rai wins Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon

June 26 , 2006

Deepak Rai, a resident of Solukhumbu district, won the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon. Mr. Rai completed the race in three hours, 28 minutes and 27 seconds, according to a press statement issued by the Marathon Organising Committee. Similarly, Furrie Sherpa became the runner-up by covering the distance in three hours, 35 minutes and 39 seconds, while Lok Bahadur Rokya secured the third position. Rokya completed the race in three hours, 39 minutes and 46 seconds. Meanwhile, 35-year-old mother of three Ang Dami Sherpa became first among women. She completed the race in five hours, six minutes and 55 seconds. Similarly, 16-year-old…

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TAAN Day celebrated

June 26 , 2006

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyanwali has assured that the government would facilitate Nepalese tourism industry that has passed through unfavourable times due to the violent conflict in the past few years. "The tourism industry is highly potential in Nepal because of her unique biodiversity and rich cultural heritage," said Minister Mr. Gyanwali while speaking as the chief guest at a function organised to mark the TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) Day in the capital on May 29, 2006. Established 28 years ago, TAAN is an umbrella organisation of more than 500 registered trekking…

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Govt announces indefinite ceasefire

June 07 , 2006

In its response to the ceasefire announced recently by the Community Party of Nepal (Maoist), the newly formed government of Nepal has declared an indefinite ceasefire and called on the rebels to hold a peace dialogue at the earliest. The government has also lifted the Red Corner notice as well as the terrorist tag labelled on some top Maoist leaders. In a meeting of the Council of Ministers held on Wednesday evening, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs K. P. Sharma Oli read out the decision regarding the peace process. The government’s move is expected to be helpful…

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Yet another new record on Everest

June 06 , 2006

Lhakpa Sherpa has broken her earlier record on mountaineering by scaling the world's tallest peak for the sixth time. According to news reports, she climbed the 8,848-metre peak from the Tibetan side along with her husband George Dijmarescu. As members of the International Everest Expedition, the couple climbed the peak on May 11, 2006. Lhakpa, who hails from the northern part of Sankhuwasabha district, climbed Mt. Everest for the first time from the South Pole in 2000. Then, she scaled the peak in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005. She is the second Nepali woman to climb the peak. National luminary…

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Third Phewa Festival begins

June 06 , 2006

In a bid to promote Pokhara as a tourist destination in the domestic as well as international markets, the third Phewa festival has been organised from May 10, 2006. Started with the slogan "Save the Phewa Lake", the five-day festival also aims to conduct clean-up campaign in order to keep the lake neat and clean. The festival has been organised by the hotel entrepreneurs' committee of Pokhara. The organisers want to attract about 50,000 visitors during the festival. Lying at an elevation of about 900 metres above sea level, Pokhara is a gateway to the world's popular trekking area—the Annapurna…

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General strike lifted in Nepal

June 06 , 2006

Seven-party alliance withdrew its nationwide indefinite general strike that was in place for the last 19 days immediately after the royal address on Monday night. Welcoming King Gyanendra's second proclamation in three days, leaders of the seven-party alliance (SPA) on Monday said the restoration of the House of Representatives (HoR), dissolved in May 2002, has opened the doors for resolving the current crises facing the country.

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Nepal is preferred destination for Chinese: Report

June 06 , 2006

According to a survey carried out by a Chinese organisation, Nepal is one of the top destinations preferred by Chinese travelers. The destinations are Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas, Pacific and the Middle East. TravelWeeklyweb.com reports that the most popular destinations in Asia include Hong Kong, the Maldives, Thailand and Nepal. Similarly, Switzerland, Germany and France are the most preferred destinations in Europe. The survey report also shows that Chinese visitors are interested in travelling to the same destinations time and again. As per the survey, about 76 per cent of the respondents said that they would wish to return.…

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Tourist arrivals down by 2% in April

June 06 , 2006

Tourist arrivals decreased by just 2.2 percent in April despite frequent curfews and general strike, as compared to the figures of the corresponding period of last year. A total of 18,465 tourists visited the country by air in that month that period, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). In April last year, the total number of tourists who came to Nepal stood at 18,879. Tourist arrivals recorded a considerable growth of 35 percent in the first half of the month. But the second half of the month registered low arrivals. Indian visitors declined by around 23.9 percent. A total…

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Nepal receives three PATA awards

June 06 , 2006

Nepali tourism entrepreneurs have bagged three awards from the Pacific Asia Travel Association for their contribution in the field of tourism in Nepal. Mr. Shikher Prasai, Honorary Secretary of the PATA Nepal Chapter and Director of Natraj Tours and Travels, has bagged the award 'PATA Face of the Future' Award. This is for the first time that Nepali entrepreneur has received this award. The award was presented to the Nepali entrepreneurs by outgoing PATA Chairman, Nobutaka Ishikure, on April 24 amidst a function in the Thai resort city of Pattaya. The PATA Nepal Chapter has been awarded the 'PATA Award…

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Nepal participates in SATTE Openworld 2006

June 06 , 2006

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) along with Buddha Air and Kathmandu Travel and Tours participated in SATTE Openworld 2006, held in India from 20th to 23rd April. According to the press statement issued by the NTB, the SATTE 2006 - Buyer-Seller Meet had embraced the entire spectrum of Indian and South Indian tourism market promoting all segments of travel and tourism, which also incorporated airlines and destination management companies. ”SATTE 2006 saw more than 250 international buyers from over 35 countries sourcing their tourism requirements and meeting with over 300 providers of the tourism products of the country,” the statement adds.…

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