nepal-flag Nepal for all seasons

News

TAAN team off to Chicago

January 16 , 2015

TAAN team off to Chicago

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) left for Chicago, US to participate in Chicago Travel and Adventure Show 2015. TAAN Executive Member Sonam Gyaljen Sherpa is leading the delegation. Tara Nath Lamichhane of Osho Vision Treks and Expedition, Dorjee Lama of Peak Himalaya Adventure, Furi Geljen Sherpa of Himalayan Treasure Trekking and Rishi Ram Bhandari of Snowy Horizon Trekking are the other members of the delegation. The event will be held at Donald E Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont on January 17 and 18. For over 11 years and 54 shows, the Travel & Adventure Shows have become…

View Detail
TAAN delegation participates in SAATO Convention

January 16 , 2015

TAAN delegation participates in SAATO Convention

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal participated in the Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operators (SAATO) Convention held in Namchi of Sikkim on January 13 and 14. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala led the 17-member delegation, including executive committee members, general members, and media persons among others, to the convention.  Chief Minister of Sikkim Dr Pawan Chamling inaugurated the convention amid a colorful ceremony on January 13. Speaking at the program, he emphasized on regional tourism to promote tourism in North East Indian states.  Along with Nepal, delegates from Bhutan, France and Germany and Bhutan as well as…

View Detail
President Dhamala attends Nepal-Tibet joint meeting

January 06 , 2015

President Dhamala attends Nepal-Tibet joint meeting

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala attended 8th Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee Meeting held in Lhasa from December 23 to 27. Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general of Department of Tourism (DoT), had led a 16-member Nepali delegation in the meeting. Similarly, Zeng Wanming, vice chairman of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, had led a 21-member Chinese delegation in the meeting. Among others, the meeting decided to allow their citizens to travel to the border towns of each other for single-day visits without the need for a visa. Citizens of two countries will also be allowed…

View Detail
TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer

December 28 , 2014

TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer

The 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on December 21 endorsed the association's Annual Progress Report for 2013/14 presented by General Secretary Sagar Pandey and Annual Financial Report for 2013/14 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.The AGM also approved proposed programs and activities for 2014/15 presented by general secretary Pandey and estimated budget for fiscal year 2014/15 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal inaugurated the program amid a colorful ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Rijal thanked TAAN for taking initiatives for development and promotion of adventure…

View Detail
Funeral expenses provided to family of deceased trekking staff

December 03 , 2014

Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) has provided Rs 50,000 each as funeral expenses to family of 13 trekking support staff who lost their lives in different parts of the Annapurna region due to blizzards and avalanches in the third week of October.Family of Sanu Kaji Ghising, Aitaram Ghising, Ajaya Lama, Top Nath Lamichhane, Lakpa Dorji Lama, Some Lama, Wangdi Lopchan, Lama Pemba Lopchan, Roman Tamang, Dawa Syangbo, Dawa Sidar Tamang, Shante Tamang and Dojri Sherpa have already received checks from TAAN. The checks were distributed in the presence of TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala, Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice…

View Detail
TAAN gives inputs on implementation of GHT

December 03 , 2014

TAAN gives inputs on implementation of GHT

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has given its inputs for the development and implementation of Great Himalaya Trail.In a meeting organized by Planning and Evaluation Division of the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) at the ministry’s office in Simhadurbar on December 2, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala and CEO Gangasagar Pant said GHT should be developed and promoted as a global brand.The meeting was chaired by tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha.The ministry has assigned the responsibility of identifying necessary components for the effective development and promotion of GHT to Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). The…

View Detail
DB Limbu named JTCC coordinator

November 20 , 2014

DB Limbu named JTCC coordinator

Joint Tourism Coordinator Committee (JTCC) has named DB Limbu, president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), as its new coordinator.Outgoing coordinator Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), handed over the responsibility of JTCC to Limbu.Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Suresh Man Shrestha handed over minute-book of JTCC to Limbu amid a function on Wednesday.JTCC is a common forum of more than 40 tourism related associations. As per the understanding, the committee rotates its leadership among member organizations every six months.Speaking at the program, Limbu said he would give…

View Detail
TAAN rescues 77 from Manang

October 16 , 2014

TAAN rescues 77 from Manang

A rescue team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) rescued 77 trekkers from different parts of Manang district on Thursday. Of the trekkers rescued on Thursday, 17 were Israelis, 29 Nepalis (support staff), 5 Indonesians, 10 Germans, 5 Spanish, 4 Indians, 3 Canadians, 2 Russians, and 2 Polish.    TAAN had deployed two choppers – AS 350 B3 and MI 17 – for rescue works. TAAN executive members Coordinator of Mountaineering Department of TAAN Ang Pemba Sherpa,   and Pasang Tendi Sherpa were in the rescue team. Similarly, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala was in Manang to oversee rescue…

View Detail
JTCC welcomes director general of Tourism Department

October 15 , 2014

JTCC welcomes director general of Tourism Department

Joint Tourism Coordination Committee (JTCC) – a forum of around three dozen travel trade organizations – on Tuesday organized a program to welcome Tulsi Prasad Gautam, director general of the newly formed Tourism Department.   JTCC Coordinator Ramesh Prasad Dhamala welcomed Director General Gautam by offering bouquet and khadas. Similarly, representatives of other member organizations of JTCC also offered khadas to Gautam.   In the program, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey gave brief introduction of JTCC and elaborated on activities being carried by it.   Speaking at the program, Deepak Mahat, former president of TAAN and coordinator of Nepal Entrepreneurs’ Association for…

View Detail
TAAN coordinating rescue works in Annapurna Region

October 15 , 2014

TAAN coordinating rescue works in Annapurna Region

TAAN coordinating rescue works in Annapurna Region Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has deployed two helicopters for rescue works in Annapurna Region after massive snowfall left many trekkers stranded in different trekking areas in the region. TAAN executive members Pasang Tendi Sherpa and Ang Temba Sherpa are coordinating rescue works in Manang. An Airbus AS350 B3 helicopter has been deployed for rescue works in Manang. The chopper was deployed for rescue work from early morning. Similarly, MI-17 helicopter has been deployed for rescue works in Mustang. Quoting Mahendra Thakali, assistant CDO of Mustang, TAAN executive member Bidya Hirachan said…

View Detail
Chinese cyclist missing in Nepal

October 08 , 2014

Chinese cyclist missing in Nepal

Chinese cyclist Yang Wen has gone missing in the mid-western region of Nepal.According to Yang's family members, the 29-year-old last contacted his family members on messaging site WeChat from Gamgadhi, the district headquarters of Mugu, on August 11.Yang’s whereabouts have remained unknown since then. He was heading to Simikot of Humla district. He was supposed to arrive in Simikot by August 17.Yang, who weighs 58 kg, is 175cm tall.Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has urged all to inform it if anyone has any information about Yang.

View Detail
World Tourism Day 2014 celebrated

September 28 , 2014

World Tourism Day 2014 celebrated

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) joined hands with the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) and other travel trade associations to celebrate World Tourism Day 2014 on Saturday.A rally was taken out from Tridevi Marg in Thamel early on Saturday morning. The rally saw participation of Tourism secretary Suresh Man Shrestha and other high level officials of the tourism ministry, officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala and executive committee members of TAAN, member agencies of TAAN and representatives of other travel trade associations, and media persons, among others.The theme for World Tourism Day 2014 celebration was…

View Detail
Basic journalism, photography training concludes

September 19 , 2014

Basic journalism, photography training concludes

A four-day ‘Basic Journalism and Photography Training for Trekking Guides’ concluded on Thursday. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) had organized the training to enhance professionalism of people involved in the tourism industry and use trekking guides, who reach different rural areas of the country, as a source of information. TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, 2nd Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung and Joint Secretary Tilak Thapa Magar handed over khadas, training certificates, and identification card to the trainees. Dhan Prasad Gurung, coordinator of Training & HR Department; Vidya Hirachan, coordinator of Sustainable Tourism Department; and Namaraj Gauli, coordinator of Trade…

View Detail
Journalism, photography training for trekking guides begins

September 17 , 2014

Journalism, photography training for trekking guides begins

A four-day ‘Basic Journalism and Photography Training for Trekking Guides’ kicked off at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun on Sunday.A total of 25 trekking guides affiliated with different member agencies of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) are participating in the training. TAAN is organizing the training to enhance professionalism of trekking guides and use them as a source of information.Inaugurating the training, Kami Rinji Sherpa, first vice president of TAAN, said the training is yet another attempt of TAAN to enhance professionalism of people involved in the trekking industry. “We want to use trekking guides, who reach different trekking areas of…

View Detail
TAAN explores Badi Malika area in Bajura

August 29 , 2014

TAAN explores Badi Malika area in Bajura

A 16-member team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently explored a new trekking route in Badi Malika area in the far-western region.The team, which was led by Tilak Thapa Magar -- joint treasurer of TAAN, started exploration on August 4 and returned to Kathmandu on August 13.Advance Monitor – a tourism monthly -- was the local partner for the exploration.The exploration trip began with a drive to Jadanga in Bajura and passed through Korda, Bodha Korda, Bhito Charne and Tribeni before reaching Badi Malika temple.Team leader Magar said TAAN explored Badi Malika area to promote tourism in far-western region…

View Detail
Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ wins Eco-Challenge

August 17 , 2014

Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ wins Eco-Challenge

Nepal Army's Tribhuvan Army Club dominated the 2nd TAAN The North Face Eco-Challenge International 2014 organized by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Sunday, winning top three positions.Tribhuvan Army Club 'A' finished won the first position of the Eco-Challenge, which comprised of three sporting disciplines – cycling, running and rafting – with the timing of 2 hrs 37 min and 25 sec. Similarly, Tribhuvan Army Club 'B' clinched the second position with the timing of 2 hrs 40 min and 10 seconds while Tribhuvan Army Club 'C' finished third clocking 2 hrs 46 min and 36 sec.The…

View Detail
2nd Eco-Challenge on August 17

August 13 , 2014

2nd Eco-Challenge on August 17

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing 2nd TAAN International Eco-Challenge 2014 in Kathmandu on August 17.Speaking at a press meet organized to inform media persons about the event, TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the event is being organized to promote as a destination for adventure sports. “This is the second time that we are organizing this event. Our plan is to organize the event on a regular basis,” added Dhamala.Eco-challenge is a team event featuring three sporting disciplines – running, cycling and rafting. Interested participants are required to form a group of five persons including a team manager…

View Detail
Insurance cover for mountaineering workers raised

August 13 , 2014

The government has raised life insurance cover for mountaineering workers to Rs 1.5 million with effect from September 1.The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) decided to raise the insurance cover after an avalanche near Camp I of Mt Everest killed 13 mountaineering workers. Three others are still missing.Issuing a statement, the ministry said it raised accidental insurance cover for sardar, mountain guides and high-altitude workers to Rs 1.5 million from existing Rs 1 million. Similarly, medical insurance for them has also been raised to Rs 4 million from existing Rs 3 million.According to ministry officials, the decision…

View Detail
Budget puts focus on GHT, infra development

July 28 , 2014

Budget puts focus on GHT, infra development

The budget for fiscal year 2014/15 has taken the policy of promoting Nepal as an attractive and safe tourism destination in the world.Unveiling the budget, Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat said the government would promote Great Himalaya Trail that spans from Taplejung in the east to Darchula in the west. The trail connects almost all the trekking areas of the country lying in the northerner parts of the country. It goes though base camps of almost all tallest peaks in the country.Similarly, the government has allocated Rs 7.08 billion for the construction and upgradation of various airports across the…

View Detail
Nepali women conquer K2

July 28 , 2014

Nepali women conquer K2

Three Nepali women have reached the summit of Mt K2 (8,611m) – the second highest peak on earth.Members of First Nepali Women K2 Expedition 2014 -- Maya Sherpa (35) of Okhaldhunga, Dawa Yanjung Sherpa (25) of Dolakha and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa (29) of Solukhumbu – reached the summit of the Pakistani peak at 3:35 local time on Saturday.According to a press statement issued by the expedition team, this is the first summit of Mt K2 by Nepali women. This is also first successful women’s expedition on K2.The expedition was supported by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment. The ministry…

View Detail