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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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TAAN to join hands with locals to clean up trails

June 20 , 2012

TAAN to join hands with locals to clean up trails

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is planning to join hands with local clubs or organizations to clean up trekking trails and raise awareness on waste management. At a press meet organized to inform media persons about Langtang Clean-up Campaign, Krishna Raj Bhattarai, coordinator of TAAN’s Responsible/Sustainable Tourism & Eco Tourism Department, said the association is planning to join hands with local stakeholders for clean-up and waste management along trekking trails. “We can keep trails cleaner only if local stakeholders are made aware of the importance of cleanliness along the trail. One or two clean-up campaigns in a year can’t make…

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TAAN greets Minister Bogati

June 15 , 2012

TAAN greets Minister Bogati

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on June 13 organized a program in honor of Posta Bahadur Bogati, the newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. TAAN and President Mahindra Singh Thapa and other members in the executive committee greeted Minister Bogati and extended best wishes for a successful tenure at the ministry. Speaking on the occasion, Thapa apprised Minister Bogati of the problems facing Nepal’s trekking sector. He also requested the minister to take initiative for lifting restrictions on travel to Upper Manaslu region in Gorkha district. Similarly, Senior Vice President Jangbu Sherpa drew the attention of…

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TAAN cleans up Langtang area

June 12 , 2012

TAAN cleans up Langtang area

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) cleaned up two popular trekking trails in Langtang Region on the occasion of World Environment Day. TAAN deployed two separate teams to clean up Dhunche to Goasainkunda trail and Dhunche to Kyanjen Gumpa trail. Before deploying the team, TAAN conducted a press meet in Dhunche – the district headquarters of Rasuwa district – in the presence of CDO of Rasuwa and chiefs of other government offices, local clubs and media persons to inform them about the cleanup campaign. The first team left for Kyanjen Gumba from Dhunche on June 5. The team that comprised…

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Ganesh Himal exploration begins

June 12 , 2012

Ganesh Himal exploration begins

A 30-member team led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) embarked on the exploration of Ganesh Himal area in Dhading district on June 12.The exploration began from Gatlang in Rasuwa and will head toward Somdang, Pansang Danda, Tipling, Shertung, Hindung, Bochyat and Chhumlo Danda before reaching Kalo-Seto Daha. From Kalo-Seto Daha, the trek descends to Bochyat, Tatopani, Lapa, Jharling and Darkha Phdei from where the team will take a bus to Dhading Besi – the ending point of the trek.The team is jointly led by Rajendra Prasad Subedi and Saroj Neuapne – the executive members of TAAN.The exploration is…

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TAAN represented in KOFTA Fair

June 11 , 2012

TAAN represented in KOFTA Fair

A three-member delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by General Secretary Mohan Lamsal participated in the Korea World Travel Fair (KOFTA) 2012. The fair was organized from 7-10 June in South Korean capital of Seoul. Nepali delegates distributed brochures of Nepal and promoted Visit Lumbini Year 2012, Lamsal said. “Though this is the first time has been represented in the fair, we found Nepal as a destination very popular among Korean people.” KOFTA is the biggest tourism fair in South Korea. Nepali Embassy in Korea also participated in the fair. “At a time when the number of…

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TAAN to explore Ganesh Himal area

June 07 , 2012

TAAN to explore Ganesh Himal area

A 25-member team led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is leaving for Dhading district on June 10 to explore and identify new trekking trails in Ganesh Himal area. Representatives of TAAN and District Development Committee (DDC), Dhading will be in the team. “Though trekkers are already going in the area, their activities have yet to benefit local people in an effective manner. TAAN will develop routes in such a manner that people will be able to reap benefits from tourism,” Rajendra Subedi, coordinator of the exploration team, said. The team will hold a press meet in Dhading Besi…

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Tourist arrivals grow 9.2 percent in May

June 05 , 2012

Tourist arrivals grow 9.2 percent in May

Tourists arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of May recorded a growth of 9.2 percent, despite reported cancellation of bookings by tourists because of banda and political instability. According to statistics maintained by Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office and disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 42,820 foreign tourists entered the country in May through TIA. South Asia maintained a sustained growth of 13.9 percent during the month due to growth from India, whose arrivals increased by 16.1 percent to 20,138 as compared to May, 2011. Arrivals from Sri Lanka increased by 6 percent, while…

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One more Nepali peak in eight-thousander list

June 05 , 2012

One more Nepali peak in eight-thousander list

One more Nepali mountain has made it to the list of eight-thousander list if a study by Chinese scientists is anything to go by. A study carried out by Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences puts Annapurna East (8,013m) in the elite group of mountains. Two more mountains – Mount Center (8,011m) along the borders between China and Kashmir and Mount West Shishapangma (8,008m) in Tibet – have also made it to the eight-thousander list, according to the study. The new additions mean the number of mountains exceeding 8,000 meters has reached…

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