Nepal for all seasons

News

Three among world

January 03 , 2006

Nepal has once again come to limelight globally as a popular adventure destination with the November issue of Wanderlust magazine based in the United Kingdom (UK) published the list of top 75 destinations from all over the world. The list is reported to be based on the request made by the magazine to vote for Seven Wonders of the World. In the list, Mt. Everest, the Himalayas and the Kali Gandaki Gorge have been placed on the 14th, 36th and 43rd positions respectively.

View Detail
Tourist arrivals show upward trend in November

January 03 , 2006

The number of tourists visiting Nepal in November 2005 increased by increased by 14.2 per cent as compared to figures of the corresponding month of last year. Arrivals from India and the third countries went up by 30 per cent and 9.9 per cent respectively. A total of 27,511 tourists visited the country last month, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Arrivals from SAARC countries shot up by 34.6 per cent. The number of tourists from Bangladesh increased by an overwhelming number of 116.3 per cent in comparison with the figures of last year. But…

View Detail
Mrs. Sherpa appointed Minister of State for Tourism

January 03 , 2006

His Majesty the King reshuffled the Cabinet on December 7, 2005. Mrs. Yangkila Sherpa, former President of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), has been appointed to the post of the Minister of State for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Earlier, Mrs. Sherpa was serving as the Assistant Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Extending its hearty felicitations to Mrs. Sherpa upon her new responsibility, TAAN has wished her tenure a success.

View Detail
Documentary on Nepal in offing

January 03 , 2006

A team of faculty members of Mass Communications and Journalism from Thammasat University of Thailand, in support of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) are in the process of making a documentary on Nepal. Entitled "Journey to Janakpur", the documentary will be based on His Majesty the King of Thailand's book on Janakpur, the legend of Janak, Rama and Sita. The documentary will cover this ancient Videh's geography, culture, religion and people. The team, who is in Nepal now, is planning to make public the documentary next year on the auspicious occasion of the 60th birth anniversary of the Thai King.

View Detail
Kanchanpur festival begins

January 03 , 2006

With a view to bringing tourism and industrial products of the western parts of Nepal, Kanchanpur Tourism Festival and Far Western Industrial Trade Festival-2062 is bei9ng organised. Mr. Chandi Raj Dhakal, President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) opened the festival amidst a special function in Mahendranagar on December 9, 2005 Nepal Business Initiative had organized peace rally prior to the inauguration session. The festival, which will last till December 15, has 175 stalls exhibiting different products of the region, including children's stalls and stalls related to recreational activities. The Far=Western Region is home to…

View Detail
Italian cyclist in promotional campaign

January 03 , 2006

In what may be his love for Nepal, renowned Italian journalist and cyclist Mr. Marci Banchelli has launched a campaign namely, 'Emotion Nepal' as part of his bid to promote Nepal's destinations. According to him, he would try his best to bring internationally acclaimed ace footballer Gabriel Batistuta for friendly match in Nepal to promote Nepal as sports tourism destination. As somebody who has been visiting Nepal over the last two decades, Mr. Banchelli believes that Nepal's tourism sector could revive through promoting sports related activities. Forty-nine-year-old Mr. Banchelli had completed his first tour across the world in February 1994…

View Detail
Women Everest summiteers to gather

December 05 , 2005

Nepal is all set to organise an international mountaineering event for women mountaineers to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the first successful ascent of the world’s highest peak, Mt. Everest by a woman. In the three-day event commencing from October 30, about 16 women mountaineers including Junko Tabei, the first woman to scale the Mount Everest, Mrs. Phantog of China, the second woman to scale the highest peak as well as other women mountaineers from New Zealand, India, Denmark, England, Slovenia, Iran, Ireland will be felicitated in recognition of their feat. The information was given at the joint press conference…

View Detail
Tourism Trust formed in Bhaktapur

December 05 , 2005

In a bid to promote tourism, the Tourism Development Trust has been constituted at Bhaktapur for the first time in Nepal. The trust has been formed under the joint initiation of Madhyapur Thimi Municipality, Bhaktapur Municipality, Bhaktapur District Development Committee, Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee and Nepal Tourism Board. According to president of the Tourism Development Committee Neel Krishna Tamrakar, the trust has been formed with the objective of developing tourism sector in Bhaktapur.

View Detail
International food festival held in Pokhara

December 05 , 2005

The First International Annapurna Food Festival was held in Pokhara at the presence of six ambassadors of different countries from October 14, 2005. The Festival was organised on the silver jubilee occasion of the Regional Hotel Association, Pokhara and included a total of 14 food stalls serving Japanese, Indian, Nepali (Newari and Thakali), Tibetan, Bangladeshi, Korean, Thai, Chinese, Italian and Pakistani delicacies. Also on the occasion, various cultural tournaments including Dohari Geet, archery and Chhelo competition were organised. British Ambassador to Nepal Keith George Bloomfield, Bangladeshi Ambassador M. Humayun Kabir, German Ambassador Franz Ring, South Korean Ambassador Park Sang Hoon,…

View Detail
18 missing in Manang avalanche, 4 rescued

December 05 , 2005

At least 18 climbers including seven French nationals and 11 Nepalis have been missing in an avalanche in Manang district, the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) said Sunday. "Four porters who were rescued by a helicopter from Meta in the Narphu valley of Manang region were brought to Pokhara this morning," said HRA president Bikram Neupane. Neupane also informed that one of the rescued porters was helping the rescue team to trace the missing climbers. The members of the Kanguru Expedition team went missing while climbing the 6,981 -meter peak on October 19. "We cannot say anything about the condition of…

View Detail
one member died on Camp 3 of Mt. Annapurna

December 05 , 2005

Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation says in the press release of 19th October, 2005 the Group Leader of Mountain Cleaning Expedition to Annapurna IV Expedition team, the following one member died on 11th October, 2005, at an altitude of 6500 m. on the camp 3 of Mt. Annapurna IV. 1. Mr. Alois Erich MAG. Schimpfossl (60 yrs.), Retiree, Frutzolen 23, 6830 Rankweil, Austria. The 5 members above mentioned expedition team was permitted to climb 7525 meter high Mt. Annapurna IV from North West Ridge for the period of 60 days from 1st October, 2005 under the leadership of…

View Detail
Different peaks scaled

December 05 , 2005

According to the press release published by Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation 2 members & 2 high altitude workers of Fukuoka University Gyachung Kang Expedition 2005 team has been successful to scale 7952 meter high Mt. Gyachung Kang on 17th October, 2005 at 1:45 PM 1 Mr. Hiroshi Hanada (45 Yrs) , Member, Electric Engineer, 23-20-5-Chome Chuou Koga-City Fukuoka Japan. 2 Mr. Eisuke Shigekuwa (30 Yrs), Member, Reporter, 4-80 3-Chome Arato Chuou-Ku Fukuoka-City Japan. 3 Mr. Nima Tenji Sherpa (25 Yrs), High Altitude Worker, Gaurishankar-1, Dolakha, Nepal. 4 Mr. Tamting Sherpa (31 Yrs), High Altitude Worker, Gaurishankar -1,…

View Detail
Mt. Amadablam Scaled

December 05 , 2005

As per the press release of Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, dated on 24th October, 2005. members of German Saxon Ama Dablam Expedition 2005 team have been successful to scale 6812 meter high Mt. Ama Dablam on 19th & 20 th October, 2005. at 10:AM 1 Mr. Manfred Hesse (47 Yrs) , Member, Trader, Kassel, Germany 2 Mr. Ralf Ewers (40 Yrs), Member, Engineer, Dresden, Germany 3 Mr. Andreas Herit (46 Yrs), Leader , Dipl Jur, Germany 4 Mr. Kurt Ulrich Blume (50 Yrs), Member, Advocate. Kassel Germany 5 Mr. Andreas Drechsler (46 Ys.), Member, Engineer, Leipzig, Germany…

View Detail
11 members climbed Amadablam

December 05 , 2005

According to the press release of Minsitry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, dated 24th October, 2005 the following 11 members of URAL Ama Dablam Expedition 2005 have been successful to scale 6812 meter high Mt. Ama Dablam on 17th October, 2005, 9:30 AM Team I 1. Mr. Gennady Kirievskiy (44 Yrs) , Leader, Manager, Suvorova, RUSSIA 2 . Mr. Andrey Lapin (41 Yrs), Member, Manager, Hudyakova, RUSSIA 3 . Mr. Andrey Kuzhetsov (47 Yrs), Member , Manager, Surkova, RUSSIA 4 . Mr. Oley Nikov Yury (47 Yrs), Member, Director, Haquitoporck, RUSSIA 5 . Ms. Oleynikova Julia (23 Ys.), Member,…

View Detail
Body of French climber found

December 05 , 2005

The dead body found on 25th October 2005 has been identified as Mr. Bruno M.J. Chardin (PP No. 05DK69961) from Le Bersend 73270 Beaufort, France. The dead body was carried by helicopter today in Kathmandu by HRA rescue team, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). The seven-member French Expedition team and other 11 Nepalese included in the team were swept away by an avalanche on 20th October 2005 at the base camp of Mt. Kang Guru.

View Detail
Alpine team for search mission

December 05 , 2005

An Alpine search team comprising Nepalese and French members will soon resume its search for the mountaineers killed in an avalanche while climbing Mt Kangaru in northwest Nepal a week ago. The search team of 25 Nepalese, five French along with sniffer dogs will resume is expected to resume the search mission from Monday onwards. One of the officials of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) involved in the rescue operation said that the team will be engaged in the search mission until next Saturday. For note, the officials had found a body of French climber on Wednesday.

View Detail
Laxmi Pooja being observed

December 05 , 2005

On the third day of Yamapanchak Tuesday, Laxmi, the goddess of wealth is worshipped with jubilation across the country in accordance with time honoured tradition. The people worship goddess Laxmi and their wealth in the evening, wishing for prosperity. Cows, which are considered sacred incarnations of goddess Laxmi, are also worshipped, decorated gorgeously and fed delicious food on this day. All the nooks and corners of the house including the courtyard, rooms and cowsheds are illuminated with colourful and decorative lights and flowers this evening in the belief that goddess Laxmi does not come to places which are not properly…

View Detail
Festival of lights or Yamapanchak commences

December 05 , 2005

Tihar, the second biggest festival of Nepalese which is also known as the festival of lights began Sunday. Also known as Yampanchak, devotees today marked Kaag Pooja by worshipping and offering edibles to crow early in the morning. The festival is followed by Kukur Pooja (worshipping dog) on the second day, Gai and Laxmi Pooja (worshipping cow and the goddess of wealth) on the third day, Gobardhan Pooja on the fourth day and Bhai Tika on the fifth and final day. On Bhai Tika, brothers and sisters worship each other and offer Tika, the celebration of which is believed to…

View Detail
30th Anniversary of climbing Everest by Junko Tabei concludes

December 05 , 2005

Queen Komal honoured Tabei and other women Everest summitters Her Majesty Queen Komal Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah felicitated Ms. Junko Tabei, first woman to climb Mt. Everest and other women mountaineers from Nepal and abroad during a function organised in Kathmandu, Nepal on October 31, 2005 to mark the 30th anniversary of the first step by a woman to the summit of the world's highest peak Mt. Everest. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Paras Bir Bikram Shah Dev and Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Himani Rajya Laxmi Devi Shah were also present on the occasion. Ms Tabei had successfully scaled…

View Detail
Lumbini to be developed as World peace City

November 18 , 2005

Lumbini to be developed as World peace City The 16 member International Committee for the Development of Lumbini (ICDL) has decided to reactivate the almost defunct body in order to develop Lumbini as a World Peace City. According to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of Nepal to the United Nations, the meeting of the committee participated by the Foreign Ministers, Ambassadors and representatives of the sixteen member countries on the sidelines of the 60th General Assembly of the United Nations, unanimously adopted an 'outcome document' that envisions making Lumbini a World Peace City in the…

View Detail