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Nine killed in Manaslu avalanche (updated)

September 27 , 2012

Nine killed in Manaslu avalanche (updated)

Nine climbers, including four French, a Spaniard, a German and a Nepali Sherpa guide, were killed when an avalanche struck climbing parties on treacherous slopes of Mt Manaslu (8156m) in the early hours of September 23. Three others are missing.Those missing have been identified as Remy George Lecluse and Gregory Uso Costa of France and Dominique Quimet of Canada.(Photo Courtesy: Simrik Air)Rescue teams managed to save 13 mountaineers from the treacherous slopes, according to government officials. The government had mobilized three choppers for the purpose.According to survivors, a group of more than 20 at 7,300 meters were hit by a…

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New team in NCA

September 18 , 2012

The 6th AGM of Nepal Canyoning Association (NCA) on September 17 unanimously elected a new executive committee under the chairmanship of Karna Lama.Ranjan Rajbhandari, Pradip Limbu, Rajendra Lama and Rajesh Lama as vice president, general secretary, and treasurer, respectively. Rajan Simkhada, Sumek Adhikari and Sarbajit Magar have been unanimously elected as members. Outgoing president Tilak Lama is also in the executive committee as Immediate Past President. The 11-member executive committee of the association will take complete shape with the nomination of two members in the executive committee. The new executive committee will perform responsibility for the next three years.The new…

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NMA awards trekking agencies issuing maximum number of permits

September 18 , 2012

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) awarded top ten trekking agencies issuing maximum number of climbing permits from it.The association issues climbing permits for 33 peaks below the height of 6,500 meters.Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Post Bahadur Bogati gave away the awards during the association’s annual general meeting on September 17. Thamesrku Trekking stood in the first position with a total of 36 permits issued in fiscal year 2011/12, followed by Summit Nepal Trekking, Himalayan Guides Nepal Treks and Expeditions, Himalayan Ecstasy, Adventure Geo Treks, Cosmo Trek, Himalayan Glacier Trekking, Multi Adventure, Royal High Mountain Trek Nepal and Himalayan…

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TAAN\'s Ganesh Himal exploration team feted

September 09 , 2012

Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee (GHTDC) felicitated joint coordinators of TAAN’s Ganesh Himal Exploration Team – Rajendra Prasad Subedee and Saroj Neupane – amid a program in Kathmandu on September 8.   Subedee and Neupane are the executive members of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).   Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Post Bahadur Bogati felicitated the duo on behalf of the GHTDP.   On the occasion, officials of GHTDC introduced working committee members of GHTDC in six VDCs in Dhading -- Tipling, Sertung, Lapa, Ri, Jharlang and Darkha.   Speaking on the occasion, Minister Bogati expressed commitment…

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TAAN holds 34th AGM

September 04 , 2012

TAAN holds 34th AGM

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Posta Bahadur Bogati has said the government was aware of the problems facing the tourism industry and that it would address the problems on priority basis.Inaugurating the 34th annual general meeting of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu, Bogati said, “If not addressed on time, these problems might hamper Nepal’s tourism image.”On the occasion, Minister Bogati unveiled ‘TAAN Member Directory 2012’, ‘TAAN Discovering Tourism Destinations & Trekking Trails in Nepal’ and promotional DVDs of Ruby Valley Trek, Dhading and Lower Manaslu Eco Trek, Gorkha. Minister Bogati also awarded top five trekking…

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TAAN Pokhara elects new exe committee

September 04 , 2012

TAAN Pokhara elects new exe committee

The annual general meeting (AGM) of Western Regional (Pokhara) Chapter of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has elected a new executive committee under the leadership of Narayan Sapkota.The AGM also elected Ram Chandra Sharma, Dharmendra Kumar Bataju, Dambar Raj Adhikari, Binay Acharya and Hari Bhujel as 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer, respectively. Pasang Galgen Sherpa, Biswo Raj Adhikari, Diki Karki, Indraman Chauhan,   Jeevan Raj Sapkota and Sushil Raj Poudel are the members in the new executive committee.Outgoing president Som Bahadur Thapa is also in the executive committee as Immediate Past President.The executive committee…

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Everest Base Camp tops CNN

August 26 , 2012

US news organization Cable News Network (CNN) has included trekking trip to Everest Base Camp in No 1 position in its list of best trips for 2011. "The thrill of high-altitude trekking in Nepal, which was only available only to a gung-ho few, has become more accessible recently," the online edition of CNN states. According to CNN, co-host of international television show World travels and travel writer Robin Esrcok will lead a 20-day trek to the Everest Base Camp starting from Kathmandu with World Expeditions in April. The other destinations in the list are Chengdu of China, Ireland, Palau and…

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Cottage Industry Festival and National Industrial Exhibition

August 21 , 2012

Program:Date: 20-24 April 2011Time: 10am-5pmVenue:Central Exhibition Hall, Bhrikutimandap, KathmanduOrganizer: Federation of Nepal Cottage and Small Industries

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TAAN delegation meets tourism secy

August 21 , 2012

TAAN delegation meets tourism secy

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Mahendra Singh Thapa on August 19 paid a courtesy call on newly appointed tourism secretary Yagya Prasad Gautam. The delegation also handed over a 29-point memorandum to secretary Gautam that draws the attention of the government on different problems facing the tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector. Thapa, on behalf of TAAN, congratulated secretary Gautam on being appointed secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and expressed best wishes for his successful tenure. Among others, TAAN asked the government to immediately address technical problems seen…

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New executive committee of TAAN assumes office

August 21 , 2012

New executive committee of TAAN assumes office

The new executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) assumed office amid a ceremony organized at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaon on September 14. Election Officer Tulsi Bhatta administered oath of office and secrecy to newly elected President Mahindra Singh Thapa. Thapa later administered oath of office and secrecy to other office-bearers and members of the new executive committee. Outgoing President Sitaram Sapkota handed over a symbolic key of TAAN Secretariat to President Thapa. Similarly, outgoing secretary Nima Dojree Sherpa handed over minute book of the association to new General Secretary Mohan Lamsal and Treasurer Khum Bahadur Subedi handed over…

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Phurba wins worlds highest Marathon

August 21 , 2012

Phurba wins worlds highest Marathon

Phurba Tamang of Solukhumbu bagged the title of 10th Coca-Cola Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon at Namche Bazaar on May 29. The highest marathon in the world is organized to commemorate the first ascent of Mt Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on May 29, 1953. Tamang — who was forced to quit the race midway last year due to injury —finished the race in 3 hours 41 minutes and 31 seconds to claim his third Everest Marathon title. Tamang had won the race in 2009 and 2010. Ram Kumar Rajbhandari (3:54:51 hrs) and Sudip Kulung Rai (4:00:54 hrs)…

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Govt puts decision to ban solo trekking on hold

August 19 , 2012

The government has decided to put the decision to ban solo trekking in Nepal on hold until further notice.Issuing a notice to concerned stakeholders on August 17, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said it was holding discussions with stakeholders toward making trekking in Nepal safe and ensuring security of trekkers. “We will reach to a conclusion on the issue very soon,” the notice states.Earlier, the home ministry had decided to ban solo trekking in Nepal after some trekkers, who were traveling solo, went missing.          

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TAAN team completes Dolpo exploration

August 13 , 2012

TAAN team completes Dolpo exploration

A team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) returned to Kathmandu on August 8 after completing 24-day exploration of the Dolpo Region.The team led by TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa comprised of report writer, cartographer, videographer and photographer along with support staff.The team entered Dolpa via Jumla airport and progressed through Chharka, Phoksundo, Shey Gumba, Sallaghari, Kangla Pass, Saldang, Dho Tarap, Narpani, Tarako and Duani before flying by to Kathmandu from Juphal airport.“This trip was focused more on studying the condition of existing trails rather than developing new routes,” President Thapa said, adding that they would recommend the government…

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Tourist arrivals up 9% in July

August 06 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 9% in July

Total tourist arrivals in Nepal via air increased by 9.2 percent in July, compared to arrival figures in the same period last year.According to statistics compiled by Tribhuvan International Airport and released by Nepal Tourism Board, a total of 38,453 tourists entered the country through air route during the review month. Arrivals from the South Asia region gained overall positive growth of 18.3 percent with mixed performance. Number of visitors from India and Pakistan increased by 24.3 percent and 27.1 percent respectively, whereas arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka declined by 34.2 percent and 44.6 percent respectively.Visitor arrivals from Asia…

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Now support staff mandatory for trekkers

July 23 , 2012

Now support staff mandatory for trekkers

Tourists traveling to any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff (porter or guide) with them from September. Government officials say the decision has been taken for the safety of tourists.According to a recent policy decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, tourists, who want to trek solo in Nepal, must hire at least a porter or a guide. Trekkers traveling in groups are already required to take the service of government registered trekking agencies.Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has welcomed the decision and urged the government to include the decision in the Tourism Act…

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TAAN team off to Dolpa

July 16 , 2012

TAAN team off to Dolpa

An 11-member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) left Kathmandu on July 15 to explore new trekking trails in Dolpa district.The team led by TAAN President Mahindra Singh Thapa includes videographer, writer, photographer and cartographer along with four support staff. The team will begin exploration from Juphal airstrip and trek toward Chekpa, Phoksundo Lake, Kangla, Shey Monastery, Namgung, Saldang, Khomas, Simen, Tinje, Yak Kharka, Dho-Tarap, Lang, Kyakochen Lake, Nawarpani and Tarakot before reaching Juphal airstrip via Dunai.The team will develop new trekking trails in the Dolpo region, according to Thapa. TAAN will also prepare maps and promotional documentaries…

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Chinese delegation visits TAAN office

July 15 , 2012

 A Chinese travel/tourism delegation visited TAAN office on July 13. The Chinese team led by Mr. Wang, Executive Director of the Tourist Association of Shaanxi Province and 4 other officials had had interaction program with TAAN executive committee. Following were the major points expressed by the Chinese team: - "Nepal is our good neighbor. - Major problems in coming to Nepal are visa. Our province is twice as big as Nepal. How can we find Nepalese visa office in China- Nepal has no plane in China. Chinese also have very few flights in Nepal.- There should be more Chinese language…

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Tourist arrivals up 20% in first half of 2012

July 12 , 2012

Tourist arrivals up 20% in first half of 2012

The number of foreign tourists arriving Nepal through aerial route increased by 19.2 percent to over the first six months of 2012, compared to arrival figures of the same period last year.According to arrival figures disseminated by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 294,019 tourists visited the country via air in the first half of 2012. Total arrivals in June increased by 16.2 percent to 42,238, compared to arrival figures of June, 2011. Arrivals from Asia (other than South Asian countries) have witnessed a positive growth by 45 percent during the six months, while tourists' arrivals from…

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TAAN partners with NATHM, NARA to train guides

July 12 , 2012

TAAN partners with NATHM, NARA to train guides

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently partnered with Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) and Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA) to organize three-day training for city, mountain and rafting guides.The training started on July 2 from Nagarkot and concluded at Sukute Beach Resort in Sindhupalchok district. A total of 50 guides participated in the training. The training included hiking, bird watching and rafting. The participants started bird watching after having breakfast at Nagarkot on July 2 and headed toward Nala Bhanjyang in Kavre district. They camped at Sukute Beach Resort in the evening. The next morning…

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Govt raises national park entry fees

June 22 , 2012

Govt raises national park entry fees

The Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation has raised fees for entry, jungle drive and helicopter landing among others in different national parks across the country.Publishing a notice in Nepal Gazette on June 18, the government raised entry fee for foreigners in Makalu-Barun, Sagarmatha, Langtang, Rara, Shey Phoksundo and Khaptad from Rs 1,500 to Rs 3,000 per person. Entry for SAARC nationals in these protected areas have also been raised from Rs 100 to Rs 1,500 per person.Though Nepalis get free entry in the aforesaid national parks in the country, trekking porters, however, are required to pay Rs 25 per…

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