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Apa and team complete GHT walk

May 25 , 2012

Apa and team complete GHT walk

Record-setting Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa and his team have successfully completed the treacherous Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) walk dubbed as Climate Start Celebrity Trek. The team reached Khalanga of Darchula, the last destination of the 1,700 km trek, on April 20, 23 days ahead of the schedule. The team finished the walk ahead of the schedule because they had to use an alternative trail to Khalanga due to massive snowfall on alpine routes in Bajhang, Bajura and Darchula, according to Prashant Singh of Himalayan Climate Initiative that organized the walk. Apa and his team had started the walk from Taplejung…

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TAAN to mark 34th anniversary with various programs

May 25 , 2012

TAAN to mark 34th anniversary with various programs

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing a series of programs to mark its 34th anniversary and 5th International Sagarmatha Day on May 29. The celebration will begin with a morning procession that will tee off from Sanchaya Kosh Building, Thamel at 6 in the morning. Executive members, past presidents and member agencies of TAAN along with staffers at TAAN Secretariat among others will participate in the procession. The procession will move toward. The process will end at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). The association is also organizing a blood donation program on the day. The program will be organized…

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Entrepreneurs discuss Tibet issue

May 15 , 2012

Entrepreneurs discuss Tibet issue

Representatives of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel agents (NATTA) and PATA Nepal Chapter on May 15 organized a discussion in the presence of Rajesh Kaji Shrestha, President of Nepal-China Chamber of Commerce, to resolve the fresh problem faced by companies operating groups in Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The meeting decided that all the associations should have a common voice to resolve the issue. It also decided to approach the Chinese authorities for further discussions. According to those companies, Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu has stopped issuing individual visas for Tibet-bound foreigners. According to…

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TAAN invites nominations for four awards

May 14 , 2012

TAAN invites nominations for four awards

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has issued a public notice, seeking nominations from individuals and organizations for four awards that it is giving away on the occasion of its 34th anniversary and International Sagarmatha Day on May 29. Every year, TAAN hands over four different awards – TAAN Sagarmatha Journalism Award, TAAN Sagarmatha Dr Harka Gurung Award, TAAN Sagarmatha Pasang Lhamu Award and TAAN Sagarmatha Pemba Doma Education Award. Anyone can nominate persons or organizations if they think they deserve the awards. The award sub-committee of TAAN will study the nominations and declare the winners. TAAN Sagarmatha Journalism Award,…

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15 killed in Agni Air crash

May 14 , 2012

15 killed in Agni Air crash

At least 15 persons were killed and six injured when an aircraft of Agni Air crashed near Jomsom airport at around 9:30 am on May 14. The ill-fated Dornier aircraft with registration 9N AIG was carrying 21 persons, including three crew members and 18 foreigners. Those rescued have been airlifted to Pokhara for treatment. Air hostess Roshni Haiju and two Danish nationals were brought to Pokhara by an aircraft of Tara Air, while two Indian children and an adult were flown to Manipal Hospital by a Simrk Air helicopter. All the passengers were heading toward Muktinath temple, according to officials.

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Interaction on problems faced by Tibet operators

May 14 , 2012

Interaction on problems faced by Tibet operators

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on May 14 held an interaction on problems being faced by companies operating groups in Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The interaction was organized mainly after Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu stopped issuing individual visas for Tibet-bound foreigners. According to the new provision, the embassy provides visas only to groups having a minimum of five persons from a single nationality. Companies operating groups in Tibet said the new policy change by Tibetan authorities would hamper their business as they have already received booking for the coming season. Though the companies operating groups in Tibet have…

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TAAN organizes interaction on TIMS

May 13 , 2012

TAAN organizes interaction on TIMS

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on May 8 organized an interaction among concerned stakeholders to discuss on ways for smooth implementation of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS).  Speaking at the interaction, TAAN General Secretary Mohan Lamsal said TIMS was mainly introduced to discourage illegal operation of trekking business. "Also, it assures welfare of trekking staff as no trekker will be allowed to trek without taking service of at least a trekking guide or a porter," Lamsal said, adding that TIMS also helps ascertain exact number of trekkers visiting the country. "As we will have itinerary of trekkers in our…

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Tourist arrivals grow 14.3% in April

May 04 , 2012

Tourist arrivals grow 14.3% in April

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air increased by 14.3 percent in April, compared to arrival figures of the same period last year. According to a press release issued by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 59,415 tourists visited the country during the month. Total arrivals from South Asian region increased by 35.4 percent helped by 44.5 percent and 14.8 percent rise in arrivals from India and Pakistan respectively. However, arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka declined by 12.9 percent and 41.2 percent respectively. Similarly, the Asian segment excluding the South Asia region saw a rise of 16.7 percent with…

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Photo exhibition on Khumbu

May 04 , 2012

Mekh Paija, a trekking guide turned photographer, is organizing a three-day photography exhibition on Khumbu region. The expo – Khubu Region: Through the Lenses – will kick off at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on May 5. The solo exhibition will feature a total of 35 photographs shot by Paija while leading trekking groups in the Khumbu region. Paija, who hails from Histan VDC in Myagdi district, believes trekking guide can take inspiration from the photographs put on display in the exhibition. "It will also help in tourism promotion," said Paija, adding that trekking guides can help the tourism industry by…

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Govt set to lift restriction for foreigners in Upper Manaslu

April 30 , 2012

Govt set to lift restriction for foreigners in Upper Manaslu

The government is doing the necessary groundwork to lift restrictions for foreigners in Upper Manaslu area in Gorkha district. Prime Minister Dr Baburam Bhattarai had instructed officials to lift the restriction about a fortnight ago, following repeated requests by locals and tourism entrepreneurs. Following the PM´s instructions, the Ministry of Home Affairs last week sought opinions from stakeholders, including the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) and Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, on opening Upper Manaslu area for foreign trekkers. After the restriction is lifted, foreigners can travel in the area by acquiring Trekkers´ Information Management System Card…

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10-times Everest summiteer perishes on Everest

April 20 , 2012

Ten-times Everest summiteer Karsang Namgyal (40) died due to altitude sickness in Everest Base Camp (5,300m) on April 18. Karsang did not appear to be sick or have any physical problems before Wednesday, when he complained of uneasiness and later died, Dambar Parajuli, who organized Namgyal’s expedition, told media persons. He was leading a team of 11 mountaineers, including three Iranians and a German. The team had left Kathmandu on April 10. Karsang, was the elder song of illustrious climber Ang Rita Sherpa also known as Snow Leopard.

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TAAN delegation meets Minister of State Shah

April 11 , 2012

TAAN delegation meets Minister of State Shah

A delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Mahindra Singh Thapa recently met Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation Jwala Kumari Shah and apprised her of the problems facing trekking sector. Handing over a 27-point charter of demands, TAAN strongly urged the government to introduce a one-window system for TIMS card distribution through TAAN. The association has long been demanding that the government introduce one-window system for TIMS cards distribution, arguing that it would help discourage illegal operation in trekking business. The delegation also proposed to the ministry to issue trekking permits to controlled…

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G R Pant appointed CEO of TAAN

April 11 , 2012

G R Pant appointed CEO of TAAN

G R Pant has been appointed the new CEO of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). The executive meeting of the association held on April 2 took the decision to this effect. Pant will assume office from April 15. Pant holds Masters degree in Education Leadership (MEDLE) from Australian Catholic University, Sydney; Masters degree in Linguistic Studies from Tribhuvan University and an M.Phil degree from Kathmandu University.

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TAAN developing new routes in Taplejung, Lower Manaslu

April 05 , 2012

TAAN developing new routes in Taplejung, Lower Manaslu

As a part of identifying and promoting new trails, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is developing new trekking trails in Taplejung and Lower Manaslu region. It had deployed two separate teams to explore the areas last month. Both the teams have already returned to Kathmandu. The first team led by 1st Vice President Rana Bahadur Khadka had explored the possibility of developing new trails in Taplejung district. The team has designed an 18-day trek that begins from Fungling – the district headquarters of Taplejung – and ends in Tumlingtar of Sankhuwasabha. The trek passes through beautiful villages of Mitlung,…

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Arrivals grow 37 percent in March

April 02 , 2012

Arrivals grow 37 percent in March

Tourist arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of March recorded a healthy rise of 37.2 percent compared to arrival figures of the same period last year. According to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport, a total of 63,799 foreign tourists visited the country during the month. All regions posted positive growth in the third month of 2012. Arrivals from South Asian region recorded overall positive growth of 61.4 percent in March, 2012. India – the leading tourist generating market for Nepal -- registered the highest growth of 68.6 percent during the review period. Nepal welcomed 6,606 more Indian…

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TAAN participates in Eastern Regional Tourism Fair

March 26 , 2012

TAAN participates in Eastern Regional Tourism Fair

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in Eastern Regional Tourism Fair 2012 held in Biratnagar from March 22-24. Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Lokendra Bista Magar inaugurated the fair amid a function organized in Birendra Sabha Griha. The three-day fair was organized to promote local tourist attractions and provide a forum for tourism entrepreneurs to exchange their experiences and lessons learnt. “We disseminated information about trekking, adventure tourism and new trails developed in recent years,” Machhindra Acharya, who represented TAAN in the fair said, adding: “Most of the visitors were found interested toward Great Himalaya Trail.” TAAN displayed…

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Lower Manaslu Exploration begins

March 19 , 2012

A 12-member delegation led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) left Kathmandu on March 16 to explore Lower Manaslu area in Gorkha district. The team has representatives of TAAN, SNV-Nepal, District Development Committee-Gorkha and Dharche-Manaslu Tourism Development Committee. It also includes cartographer, videographer, photographer and report writers. Gopal Shrestha, executive member of TAAN and leader of the exploration team, said the team would explore the area, study availability of infrastructures and design new trekking routes. “We will publish maps of the area and also produce documentaries and promotional materials to promote the route,” he added. The expedition will progress…

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TAAN to build two porter shelters

March 19 , 2012

TAAN to build two porter shelters

Trekking Agencies Association Nepal (TAAN) has decided to build two porter shelters in the popular Everest trekking route to provide food and accommodation to supporting staffs in cheaper price, Republica daily reported on March 19. The shelters, which will be built in Dingboche (4,410m) and Zongla (4,840m), will also have subsidized canteens where supporting staff can have one meal and accommodation at Rs 150 only. At present, trekking staff are paying as much as Rs 300 per meal. As the shelters provide meal and accommodation to trekking staff in a cheaper price, trekking agents are hopeful that such facilities will…

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Kin of missing trekker asks govt for proper search

March 16 , 2012

Kin of missing trekker asks govt for proper search

The family of Aubrey Sacco, 23, who has gone missing since April 21, 2010, have asked authorities to conduct proper investigation to find whereabouts of the missing US trekker. “We want authorities to search for my missing daughter. Unless we get the facts, we family members believe she is alive," speaking at a press meet organized by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on March 14, Connie Sacco, Aubrey’s mother, said. Aubrey went missing after she checked in at Langtang National Park’s office at Syafrubesi on April 21, 2010. She was travelling alone. On the day she went…

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Trekking agencies for fixing minimum handling charge

March 12 , 2012

Trekking agencies have proposed that the government fix minimum handling charge in order to end unhealthy competition in the business and generate more revenue. Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) pushed for enforcement of minimum handling charge, arguing that it would discourage price undercutting in trekking business. Also increased unauthorized operation of trekking business is eating up our business, the association said. Trekking agencies say their revenue has remained almost the same despite healthy rise in the number of trekkers over the past few years. “We´ve felt we need to fix minimum handling charge if we are to maintain healthy…

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