March 12 , 2014
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a program on March 3 at TAAN Secretariat to felicitate newly elected office-bearers and executive members of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).
TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala and General Secretary Sagar Pandey felicitated NMA President Ang Thsering Sherpa along with office-bearers and executive members by offering khadas and bouquets.
Speaking on the occasion, Sherpa said TAAN and NMA should work together for building infrastructures like trekking shelters and hospitals in major trekking areas of the country. He also solicited TAAN’s support in celebrating diamond jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Cho Oyu this year, Mt Kanchanjunga and Mt Makalu in 2015, and Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse in 2016. “The government should simplify the process of issuing trekking permits for controlled areas. TAAN and NMA should jointly press the government in this direction,” he added.
Sherpa also said TAAN and NMA should work jointly to tackle key issues like climate change and global warming and their impact on the Nepal Himalayas.
Similarly, NMA General Secretary Thakur Raj Pandey said NMA has planned to establish International Mountaineering School in Nepal. “We are also devising a program for social security of Nepali mountaineers,” he added.
Earlier, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey welcomed the NMA office-bearers and executive members. “TAAN and NMA should work together as most of the members of TAAN operate groups on NMA peaks. The two associations should jointly uphold the interest of their member agencies,” he added. Saying that mountain tourism is a key aspect of Nepali tourism industry, Pandey suggested that TAAN and NMA launch joint programs for development and promotion of mountain tourism products.