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Guinness record for Nepali woman mountaineer

February 27 , 2013

Guinness record for Nepali woman mountaineer

Nepali mountaineer Chhurim Sherpa has entered the record book by climbing Mt Everest twice in the same season.According to Guinness World Records, she is the first woman to climb the world's highest mountain twice in the same season.Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati handed over the Guinness World Records certificate to the 29-year-old mountaineer amid a program held in Kathmandu on February 25.Chhurim, who hails from Solukhumbu, had reached the 8,848-meter summit on May 12, 2012 and again on May 19, 2012.More than 4,000 mountaineers have reached the summit of Mt Everest since Tenzing Norgay Sherpa…

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Canyoning Rendezvous in the offing

February 20 , 2013

Canyoning Rendezvous in the offing

Nepal Canyoning Association (NCA) in association with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing National Canyoning Rendezvous in Sindhupalchowk on February 28 and 29.Karna Lama, president of NCA, said professional and amateur canyoneers will share their technical and practical skills and knowledge regarding canyoning at the program. They will also demonstrate canyoning skills.NCA hopes the two-day rendezvous will help promote canyoning as one of the main adventure sports in the country. The rendezvous will be organized at Jambu and Kavre falls on the banks of Bhotekoshi River.

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TAAN organizes tax, VAT training

February 20 , 2013

TAAN organizes tax, VAT training

As a part of disseminating information about income tax and VAT and increasing tax compliance level of its member agencies, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on February 17 organized a daylong training on tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) in Kathmandu.Representatives of a total of 31 member agencies attended the first training. The association plans to organize the training for its member agencies in the future as well.Dr Chandra Mani Adhikari and Hari Rayamajhi were the resource persons for the training.Krishna Hari Khatri, coordinator of TAAN’s HR and Training Department, said the training was organized as many member agencies…

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TAAN participates in far-western tourism fair

February 17 , 2013

TAAN participates in far-western tourism fair

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the 1st Far-Western Regional Tourism Fair organized from February 15-17 at Dhangadhi.Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Post Bahadur Bogati inaugurated the fair amid a function on February 15. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Bogati said there was lot more to do to exploit tourism potentials of the far-west region.All nine districts of the far-western region showcased their cultural, historical and natural attractions through their respective stalls at the festival.TAAN showcased maps and pamphlets of newly developed trekking trails at the fair. “We found visitors of the region curious…

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Tourist arrivals drop 16% in January

February 03 , 2013

Tourist arrivals drop 16% in January

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the first month of 2013 declined by 15.9 percent, compared to figures of the same period in 2012, mainly due to drop in arrivals from India, ongoing economic crisis in euro zone countries and political uncertainty at home.According to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, only 35,330 foreign tourists entered the country via aerial route in January. In the same period last year, 42,031 foreign tourists had visited the country via air.The number of Indian tourists, who make up nearly one-third of total tourists arrivals, went down by 26.1 percent to 7,548 in…

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TAAN promotes adventure tourism in US

January 27 , 2013

TAAN promotes adventure tourism in US

A delegation of tourism entrepreneurs led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the Travel & Adventure Show 2013 held in Los Angeles, USA in the second week of January.Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN who led the delegation, said Nepal’s participation in the fair was a resounding success. “The fair drew around 30,000 visitors and most of the Nepali companies participating in the fair saw good footfall,” Lamsal said, adding: “Nepali companies had a good B2B session with US buyers.”Lamsal also said participating Nepali companies were satisfied with the fair. “The fair received good coverage in leading…

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Trekking guide training underway at NATHM

January 23 , 2013

A four-week trekking guide training is currently underway at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM). The training is being organized jointly by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and NATHM.More than 300 aspirants from different member agencies are taking part in the training. The training, which started on January 2, will end on January 31.The training covers issues like environment/waste management, tourism, culture, people of Nepal, religion, flora and fauna, health hygiene and sanitation, first aid, trekking and mountaineering, communication-english, history, geography, camp site management rock climbing theory, and mountaineering gear handling, among others.TAAN has been organizing trekking…

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TIMS cards issuance up 5.46% in 2012

January 21 , 2013

TIMS cards issuance up 5.46% in 2012

The number of foreign trekkers taking Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS) cards from Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in 2012 increased by 5.46 percent compared to figures of 2011.According to data maintained by TAAN, a total of 87,247 trekkers took TIMS cards from TAAN Secretariat in 2012. The figure includes 438 FITs and 14 trekkers from the SAARC region.The figure excludes TIMS cards distributed by TAAN Pokhara Chapter and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). NTB distributes TIMS cards only to Free Individual Trekkers (FITs).The government has made it mandatory for trekkers heading to Everest, Annapurna and Langtang region to take…

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Mustang among top 3 regions to travel in 2013

January 07 , 2013

Mustang among top 3 regions to travel in 2013

Popular travel guidebook Lonely Planet has included Mustang among the top three regions to travel in 2013.Earlier, Lonely Plant had featured Nepal as one of the top ten Best Value Destinations for 2013.“It is a last chance to see this ´forbidden kingdom´ as the completion of a road connection Mustang to China in the north and the rest of Nepal to the south will make all the difference to this remote region,” Lonely Planet states.In Best Value Destinations 2013, Lonely Plant had earlier said that with number of visitors steadily rising, Nepal remains a tremendous option for budget travelers. It…

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Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012

January 02 , 2013

Tourist arrivals rise 9.8 percent in 2012

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in 2012 increased by 9.8 percent, compared to arrivals figures of 2011. The year 2011, which was observed as Nepal Tourism Year (NTY), had posted 21.4 percent growth in the number of tourists.According to statistics disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the country welcomed 598,204 foreign tourists in 2012. Arrivals from South Asia, which had posted healthy growth last year, grew by only 10.4 percent in 2012.Tourist arrivals were growing at a healthy rate until May. But arrivals started suffering with the dissolution of Constituent Assembly (CA)) in May. Though things improved a bit…

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Trekking guide training from Jan 2

December 17 , 2012

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) are jointly organizing trekking guide training in Kathmandu from January 2, 2012.The four-week training will be held at NATHM, Rabibhawan.Nepalis with two-year work experience in a government authorized trekking agency and having basic reading and writing skills in Nepali and English languages can apply for the training.Interested persons can register their application at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun by December 16.

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Maurice Herzog passes away

December 16 , 2012

Maurice Herzog passes away

Maurice Herzog, who along with Louis Lachenal became the first person to climb an 8,000-meter peak, died on December 13 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, near Paris. He was 93.Herzon and Lachenal reached the summit of Mt Annapurna I in 1950 – three years before Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary successfully climbed Mt Everest. His hands and feet were frozen during the expedition and all his fingers and toes had to be amputated.Born on January 15, 1919, Herzog fought in the French resistance during the German occupation of France in the Second World War. He is survived by his daughter, from…

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Tourist arrivals up 2.2% in Nov

December 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 2.2% in Nov

 After a marginal drop in October, tourist arrivals to Nepal via air increased by 2.2 percent in November compared to figures of the same period last year.Issuing a press statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said the bounce back in tourist arrivals clearly showed the rising travel demand toward the destination.Tourist arrivals from the SAARC segment declined by 23 percent during the review month led by drop in the number of tourists from India (21.6 percent), Bangladesh (37.3 percent) and Sri Lanka (24 percent). However, Pakistan registered a positive growth of 12.8 percent.Total arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia) grew…

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Namaste Nepalese Air to fly on nine domestic routes

November 28 , 2012

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has issued Air Operator’s Certificate to Namaste Nepalese Air (NNA) to operate on domestic routes.The aviation sector regulator awarded the AOC after completing the company’s technical evaluation, operating condition and business plan, among others. With, the number of companies holding AOC to fly on domestic routes has reached 18. However, only 10 of them are presently in business.According to a senior official at Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), the airline has permission to operate flights to Kathmandu, Biratnagar, Bhadrapur, Nepalgunj, Dhangadi, Pokhara and Tumlingtar from its base in Bhairahawa.CAAN has stopped giving Kathmandu…

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Tourism potentials of Lamjung discussed

November 26 , 2012

Tourism potentials of Lamjung discussed

Tourism stakeholders in Lamjung have stressed the need to explore new trekking trails in the district and promote them as an alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit trek which is fast losing its charm with the advent of motorable roads.Speaking at an interaction on ‘Prospects of Tourism Development in Lamjung’ in Besishahar on November 23, Bhesh Bahadur Paudel, president of Lamjung Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said efforts were underway to develop tourism master for the district. “Lamjung holds great potentials for tourism development. But we have been failing to exploit the potentials to the fullest,” Paudel said, adding,…

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TAAN participates in Lamjung honey hunting festival

November 25 , 2012

TAAN participates in Lamjung honey hunting festival

A 17-member delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in a honey hunting festival organized in Ghanpokhara VDC of Lamjung district on November 22.TAAN participated in the event as the association has for the past many years been trying to promote Ghalegaun-Ghanpokhara among local and foreign tourists. Honey hunting one of the important events in the area. The association is also studying the prospects of including honey hunting and canyoning in trekking packages in Lamjung.The event, which saw participation of more than 100 people, was organized in Ward No. 8 of Ghanapokhara. It was organized jointly by Beekeepers…

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TAAN participates in GITM Korea

November 20 , 2012

A delegation of Nepali tourism entrepreneurs led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently participated in the Gyeonggi International Travel Mart 2012 held in Gyeonggi of South Korea.TAAN Secretary D B Gurung led the Nepali delegation in the three-day fair. Other participants in the fair were representatives from Shashi’s Holidays, Aeroland Tours and White Himalayan Trekking.“The overall response was positive. South Korea has always remained a dependable market for us. If the language barrier is sorted by producing more trained guides, we can bring in more tourists from Korea,” Gurung said after returning from South Korea. “Korea is a…

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NTB turns 14

November 20 , 2012

NTB turns 14

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has entered into 14th year of operation.Organizing a program in Kathmandu on November 18, officials of NTB announced that they would put their focus on Scandinavian and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region in 2013.The Scandinavia region includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and others, while the CIS region includes countries like Armenia, Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.Both the segments are considered emerging markets for Nepal. Despite drop in arrivals from major segments, including South Asian and many European countries, in October, arrivals from most of the Scandinavian countries and CIS region had increased during the period.  However,…

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Seven Nepali women to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

November 04 , 2012

Seven Nepali women to climb Mt Kilimanjaro

A team of Nepali women are preparing to climb Mt Kilimanjaro (5898m) of Tanzania in March, 2013 as part of their mission of climbing tallest peak on all continents.Members of the ‘7 Summits Women Team’ aim to reach the summit of the tallest peak on Africa on March 8, which is celebrated worldwide as International Women Day. They have already climbed Mt Everest (Asia) – the tallest peak in earth, Mt Kosciuszko (Australia) and Me Elbrus (Europe).Led by Shailee Basnet, the team includes Asha Kumari Singh, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Pema Diki Sherpa, Pujan Acharya and Maya Gurung. They will…

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Tourist arrivals down 7.3% in Oct

November 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals down 7.3% in Oct

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in October dropped by 7.3 percent – the first drop since June 2009 – compared to same period last year.According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), 67,901 foreign tourists entered the country via aerial route during the review month.Arrivals from the SAARC segment dropped by 28.5 percent, thanks to drop in the number of tourists from India by 30.1 percent. Similarly, arrivals from Bangladesh and Pakistan also witnessed negative growth of 18.3 percent and 45.6 percent, respectively. However, number of tourists from Sri Lanka increased by 48 percent.Total arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC countries),…

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