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TAAN Pokhara explores new trail

January 04 , 2016

TAAN Pokhara explores new trail

A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district. A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali. There is a possibility of promoting home-stay tourism in Banau, according to the exploration team. The village offers magnificent views of Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri Range and Annapurna Range.…

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TAAN delegation meets Prime Minister Oli

December 24 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Prime Minister Oli

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Chandra Prasad Rijal paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sharma Oli at the latter's residence in Baluwatar on Thursday. Office-bearers and executive committee members greeted PM Oli with bouquets, khadas and token of love. On the occasion, President Rijal briefed PM Oli of the activities being carried out by TAAN and its role in the development of adventure tourism in the country. TAAN also handed over a 24-point memorandum to PM Oli, drawing the latter's attention toward different problems that Nepali tourism industry, particularly the adventure tourism…

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TAAN delegation meets Forest Minister

December 11 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Forest Minister

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Friday met with Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Agni Sapkota and apprised him of the problem that TAAN member agencies have been facing while handling groups in national parks and wildlife conservation areas. Among others, the delegation requested Minister Sapkota to take needful decision for allowing TAAN to open TIMS counter near the counters of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), among others, so that it becomes easier for trekkers to complete formalities at the same place. It also reminded Minister…

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TAAN participates in tourism solidarity rally

December 04 , 2015

TAAN participates in tourism solidarity rally

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in 'Tourism Solidarity Rally' organized in Kathmandu on Friday. The rally was organized to draw the attention of government and other concerned stakeholders toward problem being faced by tourism industry due to Tarai unrest and Indian blockade. It began from Tridevi Marg in Thamel and passed through Durbarmarg, Ghantaghar, Ratnapark, Bhadrakali and New Road before culminating into a corner meet at Basantapur. Hundreds of tourism entrepreneurs and tourism workers, among others, participated in the rally carrying banners and placards with messages like 'Let Tourism Survive', 'Tourism for Prosperity', 'Nepal Needs Tourism', 'Promote Organic…

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TAAN delegation meets finance, tourism ministers

November 25 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets finance, tourism ministers

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) paid a courtesy call on Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel on Tuesday. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal handed over token of love to Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel and congratulated him on being appointed to the post and wished for his successful term. Similarly, other members of the delegation congratulated Minister Poudel by offering khadas. Talking with the delegation, Minister Poudel said he would address genuine issues of tourism industry. "Tourism is the mainstay of Nepali economy. Please…

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TAAN delegation meets Tourism Secretary

November 19 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Tourism Secretary

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa met Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya at the latter's office in Singhadurbar on November 18. At the meeting, the TAAN delegation held discussions with Secretary Thapaliya, who is also the chairperson of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), on different issues related to implementation of Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). The delegation also requested Secretary Thapaliya to do the needful for releasing TAAN's share from TIMS fund from NTB at the earliest.   TAAN, SAMARTH-NMDP hold introduction…

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Three members nominated to TAAN executive committee

November 09 , 2015

Three members nominated to TAAN executive committee

The executive committee meeting of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on November 8 has nominated three members to TAAN Executive Committee. The meeting, as per the TAAN Statute 2065 BS, nominated Dawa Tamang of Traveltimes Trekking, Shital Chandra Dharel of Himalaya Heart Treks & Expeditions, and Surya Bahadur Ghimire of Great Nepal Treks & Expeditions to the executive committee. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal administered oath of office and secrecy to the new executive members on the same day. As per TAAN Statute 2065 BS, four members have been nomianted to the executive committee from general members. The…

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TAAN urges MoCS to arrange fuel for trekking agencies

November 09 , 2015

TAAN urges MoCS to arrange fuel for trekking agencies

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has requested Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) to ease distribution of fuel to trekking agencies. Submitting a memorandum to MoCS, the delegation led by TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal requested the ministry to designate a petrol pump for distribution of petrol and diesel to tourism vehicles (with green number plates), and dealer for distribution of kerosene and LP gas to trekking agencies. The memorandum addressed to Minister for Commerce and Supplies Ganesh Man Pun also requested the ministry to provide coupons to TAAN for distribution of kerosene and LP gas to its member…

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TAAN organizes introduction meet with tourism stakeholders

November 06 , 2015

TAAN organizes introduction meet with tourism stakeholders

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized an introduction meeting with different government agencies and other tourism stakeholders on November 6. The meeting was organized to introduce the new executive committee of TAAN with stakeholders of Nepali tourism industry. Representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation, and Tourist Police were present at the program. Speaking at the program, Govinda Bahadur Karki, director general of Department of Tourism, said there is a need to explore and…

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TAAN holds introductory meeting with trade unions of tourism worker

November 03 , 2015

TAAN holds introductory meeting with trade unions of tourism worker

The executive committee of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized an introductory meeting with the representatives of different trade unions of trekking workers at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun on November 3. Representatives of four trade unions – Nepal Trekking, Travel, Rafting Workers Union (UNITRAV), Nepal Tourism Workers Association, All Nepal Tourism Workers Union, and All Nepal Tourism Workers Union (Revolutionary) – were present in the meeting which was chaired by TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal. The two sides discussed different aspects of Nepali adventure tourism industry. Speaking at the program, representatives of tourism worker unions urged TAAN leadership to…

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TAAN to set up trekking entrepreneurs' welfare fund

November 03 , 2015

TAAN to set up trekking entrepreneurs' welfare fund

The 2nd meeting of Trekking Agencies' Association (TAAN) Executive Committee held on November 1 has taken number of decisions for tourism promotion and development. Among others, the meeting decided to lobby with the government for issuing Golden Gate pass for representatives of TAAN member agencies. A committee has been formed under President Chandra Prasad Rijal to lobby with the concerned authorities. Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama and Executive Member Basudev Lamsal are members in the committee. The meeting also decided to form a committee to prepare terms of reference (ToR) for 'Trekking Entrepreneurs Welfare…

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JAT Nepal felicitates new executive committee of TAAN

November 02 , 2015

JAT Nepal felicitates new executive committee of TAAN

Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) on Monday organized a program in Kathmandu to congratulate and felicitate newly elected office-bearers and executive committee members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). JAT Nepal President Devi Prasad Panta congratulated President Chandra Prasad Rijal, Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota, General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama, Secretary Mukti Pandey, Treasurer Lila Baldav Dahal and Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha as well as Executive Committee Members Sarita Lama, Ngawang Nima Sherpa, Devi Pandey, Rudra Jung Adhikari, Wangchu Sherpa, Basudev Lamsal, Dambar Bdr Adhikari,…

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UAAA grants 'observer member' status to TAAN

October 28 , 2015

UAAA grants 'observer member' status to TAAN

Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) has granted 'observer member' status to Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). The 21st General Assembly of UAAA held from October 20-25 in Seoul, Korea took the decision. TAAN had applied for UAAA membership during the General Assembly of UAAA held in Tokyo, Japan, in 2014. Immediate Past President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala had attended the meeting on behalf of TAAN. "I briefed the UAAA delegates about TAAN, its objectives and the activities that it has been doing to promote and develop adventure tourism in Nepal. The General Assembly then decided to grant 'observer member'…

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Chandra Prasad Rijal elected TAAN president

October 16 , 2015

Chandra Prasad Rijal elected TAAN president

The 37th Annual General Meeting of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has elected a new executive committee with Chandra Prasad Rijal as the president. Rijal’s panel almost made a clean sweep, winning 15 of the 17 posts. Rijal got 411   votes while his competitor Sagar Pandey received 332 votes. Similarly, the AGM elected Tashi Lhakpa Sherpa as senior vice president, Tej Bahadur Gurung as first vice president, Ram Prasad Sapkota as second vice president, Karna Bahadur Lama as general secretary, Mukti Pandey as secretary, Lila Ballav Dahal as treasurer and Krishna Man Shrestha as joint-treasurer. Treasurer Dahal is from…

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World Tourism Day 2015 celebrated with much fanfare

September 27 , 2015

World Tourism Day 2015 celebrated with much fanfare

Tourism fraternity of the country celebrated World Tourism Day 2015 by organizing different programs throughout the country. A colorful procession was taken out from Thamel in the morning of September. Different travel trade associations participated in the rally with their respective banners. Similarly, Magars, Gurungs and Tharus showcased their traditional dances. Police band and panche baja troupes led the procession. The rally passed through Durbar Marg, Jamal, Kamalchhi, Ason, Indra Chowk, Basantapur and Rantapark before culminating into a program at Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the program with gusto. TAAN office-bearers and executive…

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TAAN helping build learning centers in quake-hit areas

September 14 , 2015

TAAN helping build learning centers in quake-hit areas

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is deploying trekking and mountaineering workers as well as local people to transport construction materials to build Semi-permanent Learning Centers in Ree VDC of Dhading district. Construction materials for the purpose have been donated by different NGOs and INGOs. As many as 1,084 workers are being used for the purpose. The transportation, which began on September 7, is estimated to be completed within 7-9 days. The construction materials are stored at the base camp located near a hydropower station at Rigne of Salyankot VDC. Transportation cost is borne by World Food Programme (WFP). Earlier,…

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TAAN delegation meets new tourism secretary

September 02 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets new tourism secretary

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala on Wednesday met Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya and congratulated him on his appointment to the post. President Dhamala and General Secretary Sagar Pandey congratulated Secretary Thapaliya by offering bouquets and khadas. Other members of the delegation also congratulated the new tourism secretary by offering khadas. On the occasion, President Dhamala briefed Secretary Thapaliya of the programs and activities being carried out by TAAN. "We have been asking the government to implement 'no trekking without guide/porter' and…

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Post-quake assessment finds Ruby Valley safe to trek

September 01 , 2015

Post-quake assessment finds Ruby Valley safe to trek

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Samarth-NMDP recently conducted a 10-day field visit of Ganesh Himal-Ruby Valley area to assess damages on the trail caused by the April 25 earthquake. The field visit was a part of Ganesh Himal-Manaslu Tourism Infrastructure Development Project. An 11-member team led by Project Coordinator Kul Bdr Gurung, who is also the 2nd vice president of TAAN, conducted the assessment. TAAN Executive Members Rajendra Sapkota and Namaraj Gauli (NG) as well as Nar Bahadur Lama, destination area adviser of Samarth-NMDP, and Chandra Gurung, Joint Treasurer of GHTDC, as well as local support staff, were…

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TAAN, Tourism Cares discuss tourism recovery

August 17 , 2015

TAAN, Tourism Cares discuss tourism recovery

Office-bearers and executive members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday met with Mike Rea, CEO of Tourism Cares – a charitable arm of the travel and tourism industry based in US, who is in Kathmandu to take stock of Nepal's tourism recovery efforts. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, 1st Vice President Kami Rinzi Sherpa, General Secretary Sagar Pandey, Secretary Pasang Sherpa and Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha welcomed Rea by offering khadas and souvenirs. Executive Members Dhana Prasad Gurung, Keshav Raj Wagle, Thakur Timalsina, Palsang Tamang and Ranjan Rajbhandari were also present on the occasion. Speaking at the…

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Domestic airfare to come down from Friday

August 05 , 2015

Domestic airfare to come down from Friday

Domestic airlines have decided to reduce airfare with effect from Friday. A meeting of Airlines Operator Association of Nepal (AOAN) held in Kathmandu on Tuesday decided to reduce airfare by a minimum of Rs 170. The decision comes on the back of reduction in price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) by Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC). NOC reduce price of ATF by Rs 15 per liter to Rs 118 on Sunday. AOAN, however, has decided to reduce price of normal fare only. The decision means, the airfare for Simra -- the nearest airport from Kathmandu -- would now cost Rs 2,650,…

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