December 22 , 2017
A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on December 22 met with the Director General of Department of Tourism (DOT) Dinesh Bhattarai. TAAN President Nava Raj Dahal along with all executive members had an introductory program with the DG.
Speaking in the meeting, TAAN President Dahal made the DG aware about the problems that the TAAN member agencies have been facing while illegal operation of trekking is in practice which directly affects trekking business houses. While independent trekkers are going trekking without guides and porters, many mishaps are happening due to which the news is flowing as if Nepal is unsafe for trekking. This leads to disturb the Nepalese tourism. He appealed the DG to revise the time period of the trekking as the trekking days are getting shorter. He also made the DG aware about inappropriate double permit. The delegation also voiced upon the illegal charges charged by hotels and lodges during the stay.
Responding to the Delegation, DG Bhattarai said we must make plans and polices which must go for long run and showed a positive feedback on discussion held. Talking about trekking illegal operation, he suggested the trekking agencies to uphold the channel with travel agencies and make trekking package. At last he congratulated all the newly elected executive members and wished them for their successful tenure in the office.
Along with President Dahal, Senior Vice President Khum Bahadur Subedi, First Vice President Jeeban Thapa Maagr, Second Vice President Nilhari Bastola (Nilam), General Secretary Ang Pemba Sherpa, Secretary Sujan Lamichhane, Treasurer Ram Krishna Timalsina, Joint Treasurer Tara Rana were in the delegation. Similarly, Executive Members Rity Gyamdam, Jeeban Lama, Gopal Shrestha, Baburam Gurung, Suk Bahadur Lama, Sher Bahadur Pariyar, Ram Bahaur Khadka, Purna Kumar Sherpa, Mahesh Budha Magar, Chandra Gurung and Dolma Tsering Lama were also in the team.