Nepal for all seasons

News

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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
TAAN celebrates 34th year of establishment

June 01 , 2012

TAAN celebrates 34th year of establishment

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a series of program to celebrate 34th TAAN Day and 5th International Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) Day. The celebration began with a morning procession from Tridevi Marg, Thamel. The procession had participation of government officials, representatives of different travel trade associations, tourism enterprises, TAAN executive members, member agencies and staffers. The procession passed through Durbar Marg and Ghantaghar before concluding at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). TAAN also organized a blood donation program on the day. Thirty-six persons, including TAAN executive members, member agencies and TAAN staffers, donated blood during the program. In the afternoon,…

View Detail
Four climbers perish on Everest

May 25 , 2012

Four climbers perish on Everest

As many as four climbers lost their lives on Everest this season. According to the Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation, the body of Chinese climber Ha Wenyi was spotted on May 22. He is believed to have breathed last on May 19 when three other climbers -- Eberhard Schaaf of Germany, Nepal-born Canadian Shriya Shah and South Korean mountaineer Song Won-bin – died. An estimated 150 climbers had left for the summit of Everest on May 18 to use a brief window of good weather to reach the summit, creating a ‘traffic jam’ like situation on the tallest peak…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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,…

View Detail
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.

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail
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…

View Detail