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Everest summiteers to be appointed as liaison officers

January 17 , 2007

Everest summiteers will be entrusted with the responsibility as liaison officers. The government has taken a decision in this regardconsidering their knowledge, skill and expereince. Because they are quite familiar with the topographic and climatic conditions of the mountain region and peaks, they could work as good facilitators for the expedition teams attempting on Mt. Everest. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Mr. Pradip Kumar Gyawali disclosed that a policy decision regarding the appointment of Everest summiteers as liaison officers has already been made. Addressing an Everest award distribution ceremony organised by the Everest Climbers' Association in Kathmandu on…

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Nepal 8th Open Paragliding Competition 2007 from Jan. 25

January 17 , 2007

As its annual programme to promote tourist attractions of Pokhara and the surrounding areas, the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chapter Pokhara is going to organise the "Nepal 8th Open Paragliding Competition 2007" in the tourist hub city of Pokhara from the 25th-27th January, 2007. Nepal started to be known as an adventure tourist destination in the international tourism market after the successful ascent of Mt. Annapurna I in 1950. Similarly, the Annapurna Trekking Circuit is considered the best trekking area of the world. Pokhara and the surrounding area is one of the world's most suitable areas.…

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Tourist arrivals goes up by about 7%

January 17 , 2007

With the peace process gaining due momentum, the Nepalese tourism business has begun showing indications of recovery. Visitors' inflow to Nepal by air in November, 2006 increased by about 7 percent as compared to the number of the corresponding month of last year. Likewise, the number of Indian Indian tourists, who came to the country last month, shot up by 1.5 percent in comparision with the figure of the same period of 2005. A total of 29, 407 tourists visited Nepal in the month of November, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. Of the total number,…

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Interim constitution gets final touches

December 31 , 2006

The much-awaited draft of the interim constituion received final touches from top leaders of the eight political parties on December 16, 2006. They approved the draft of the interim statute after taking a historic decision regarding the powers of the King. As per the new provision, all powers of the King have been transferrered to the Prime Minister. The negotiators reached an agreement on the contentious issues including, the head of the state and election procedures. However, the interim constitution would come into effect only after the management of the arms and armies. With 26 Chapters and 167 Articles and…

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Air Arabia flying to Kathmandu from Nov. 7

December 18 , 2006

Air Arabia is operating flights on Sharjah-Kathmandu-Sharjah sector from November 7, 2006. The national budget airlines of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will fly four flights a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday) offering more connecvity to Kathmandu from the Middle East and around. The flight with Airbus 320 will arrive in Kathmandu at 16:45 hours and depart at 11:10 hours. The inaugural flight from the Tribhuvan International Airport will take place on November 7 at 17:30 hours, according to a press release issued by the Danfe Travel Centre (P) Ltd., the general sales agent (GSA) of the airlines for…

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Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Ama Dablam scaled

December 18 , 2006

One member and two high altitude workers of the Kobler & Partner Annapurna IV Expedition 2006 team scaled the 7,525-metre Mt. Annapurna IV on 29 October, 2006. They are 33-year-old Swiss climber Mr. Alexander Felix Gisler, and Mr. Da Nima Sherpa of Solukhumbu and Mr. Mi Tenjen Sherpa of Makalu area. The nine-member team was permitted to climb Mt. Annapurna IV from Normal Route for the period of 60 days from 10 October, 2006 under the leadership of Mr. Alexander Felix Gisler of Switzerland. The handling Agency of the Expedition Team is Iceland Trekking & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Three members…

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Arrivals down by 4% in October

December 18 , 2006

The number of tourists, who visited Nepal by air, decreased by 4.4 percent in October this year as compared to the figure of the corresponding month of 2005. Arrivals from India declined by 20.7 percent. Last month, a total of 36,851 tourists come to Nepal from various parts of the world, while the number of tourists visiting the country in the same month of last year stood at 38,683, according to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Of the total number, 6,806 Indians and the remaining 30,245 were from different other countries of the world. The number…

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December 17 , 2006

In a bid to highlight topography, environment, culture, wildlife and the people's lifestyle of the mountain region, a five-day Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival started in the capital city from December 7, 2006. The festival was opened by Pakistani mountaineer and conservationist Mr. Nazir Sabir amidst a function. During the festival, more than 73 films, documentaries, features and animations will be screened in Russian Cultural Center, Kamal Pokhari; Gurukul, Purano Baneshwor and the Tourist Service Center, Exhibition Road. The films cover a wide range issues such as conflict, culture, climbing, wildlife, environment, globalization, gender, and lifestyle. The festival would feature…

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December 17 , 2006

In a bid to highlight topography, environment, culture, wildlife and the people's lifestyle of the mountain region, a five-day Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival started in the capital city from December 7, 2006. The festival was opened by Pakistani mountaineer and conservationist Mr. Nazir Sabir amidst a function. During the festival, more than 73 films, documentaries, features and animations will be screened in Russian Cultural Center, Kamal Pokhari; Gurukul, Purano Baneshwor and the Tourist Service Center, Exhibition Road. The films cover a wide range issues such as conflict, culture, climbing, wildlife, environment, globalization, gender, and lifestyle. The festival would feature…

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Gyawali to attend WTM

December 12 , 2006

With a message that Nepal has now become a safe tourist destination, Minister for Tourism, Culture Pradeep Gyawali has gone to London to participate in the World Tourism Market (WTM). Speaking to journalists at the Tribhuvan International Airport on Saturday evening, Minister Gyawali said that he would convey the message to the exhibitors at the WTM meeting that Nepal has become safe for tourists. The meeting is going to be held from November 6 to 9. Participants from more than 150 countries are attending the meeting. WTM is a good forum for promoting tourism.

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Himalayan Whitewater Challenge 2006 kicks off

December 07 , 2006

As an adventure sports event, the Himalayan Whitewater Challenge 2006 has kicked off Friday (November 3rd, 2006) at the Bhote Koshi River. Bring organised by the Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), in co-operation with Peak UK Kayaking Co., the adventure sports event aims to promote Nepal as a tourist destination. Many adventure seekers from home and abroad are taking part in the three-day event. With a number of whitewater rivers originating from the Himalayas, Nepal is highly potential for promoting rafting and other adventure activities. The Himalayan whitewater challenge is a multi-disciplined one boat event that combines extreme slalom…

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4 French climbers missing in Mt.Paldor

December 07 , 2006

Four French climbers have gone missing after trying to scale a 5,896-metre (19,338-feet) peak in Ganesh Himal range, the French embassy and sources close to the mountaineers said on Tuesday, according to news report. The four men had set off to climb Paldor Peak, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) north of Kathmandu, on October 12, AFP news agency said. "We were supposed to meet them on November 5, so we were there and they didn't show up," said Stefania Paolik, a friend of the missing men. "They were very experienced climbers. One was already working as a mountain guide, the…

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Mt. Annapurna IV, Mt. Ama Dablam scaled

December 07 , 2006

One member and two high altitude workers of the Kobler & Partner Annapurna IV Expedition 2006 team scaled the 7,525-metre Mt. Annapurna IV on 29 October, 2006. They are 33-year-old Swiss climber Mr. Alexander Felix Gisler, and Mr. Da Nima Sherpa of Solukhumbu and Mr. Mi Tenjen Sherpa of Makalu area. The nine-member team was permitted to climb Mt. Annapurna IV from Normal Route for the period of 60 days from 10 October, 2006 under the leadership of Mr. Alexander Felix Gisler of Switzerland. The handling Agency of the Expedition Team is Iceland Trekking & Expedition Pvt. Ltd. Three members…

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Nepal highlighted at Adventure Summit

December 06 , 2006

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and some trekking companies took part in the Adventure Travel World Summit, which was held in Seattle, USA from October 19 to 21, 2006. Having organised by Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the summit was attended by more than 400 delegates from 20 countries. According to an NTB press statement, the summit brought together diverse facets of the industry from tourism boards to government agencies, travel/ tour agents, media and various tourism service providers to network, collaborate, learn and more effectively and readily tap into the burgeoning potential of adventure travel. Mr. Ang Tshering Sherpa…

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Chhat festival starts

December 06 , 2006

As a great festival of the Mithilanchal, Chhath is being observed from October 26, 2006. The festival begins from the fourth day of the lunar calendar. The festival holds great significance. This is because the festival is marked to increase faith of the mankind on truth and non-violence. At this four-day festival, the sun is worshipped as it rises and sets. On the first day, the devotees take fast by discarding meat, garlic and onion. On the third day, they go to the rivers and ponds singing folk and devotional songs. The Surya Puran is listened after the conclusion of…

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Four teams scale Mt. Ama Dablam

December 06 , 2006

Four teams scale Mt. Ama Dablam Five Italian climbers of the Mt. Ama Dablam Expedition 2006 and one Nepali Sherpa guide successfully climbed the 6,812-metre Mt. Ama Dablam on October 25, 2006. The climbers were Mr. Giuseppe Pompili,43, Mr. Adriano Dalcin, 42, Mr. Francesco Rubbani, 34, Mr. Renato Bernard, 45, Ms. Jris Haeusel, 51, and Mr. Gyaluk Sherpa, 31, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA). Handled by the Sherpa Alpine Trekking Service (P) Ltd., the five-member team was permitted to scale the peak from Normal Route for the period of…

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Mt. Nagpaigosum climbed

December 06 , 2006

Six of the eight members of the "JWAF and NMA Mt. Nagpaigosum Expedition 2006" team and one climbing Sherpa successfully scaled the 7,321-metre virgin peak-- Mt. Nagpaigosum-- October 26, 2006. The climbers were Mr. Kazuhoshi Kondo, 65, Japan, Mr. Kazuo Kozu, 59, Japan, Mr. Pemba Dorjee Sherpa, 28, Nepal, Mr. Da Gumbu Sherpa, 47, Nepal, Ms. Pasang Lhamu Sherpa, 22, Nepal, Mr. Mingmar Dorji Sherpa, Nepal, and Mr. Lam Babu Sherpa, 38, (climbing Sherpa). The team and climbers were permitted to climb the peak from Normal Route for a period of 60 days from September 29, 2006 under the leadership…

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Tourism worker unions welcome TRC

December 06 , 2006

Three tourism related trade unions of Pokhara have welcomed the introduction of the provision of Trekking Registration Certificate (TRC) through Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). "The provision of TRC will help make the trekking industry more dignified, systematic and secure, as it controls illegal operations," said the unions in a press release issued on October 32, 2006. Those issuing the press statement include the Union of Trekking Travel Rafting Workers (UNITRAV), the All Nepal Trade Union Federation and the Trekking Guide Association of Nepal. The unions have urged all the tourism entrepreneurs, trade unions and other related organisations to…

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More climbers scale Mt. Ama Dablam

December 06 , 2006

Eight members and other eight high altitude workers of "International Ama Dablam Expedition 2006 I & II" teams successfully climbed the 6,812-metre high on the 23rd, 24th and 25th of October, 2006. According to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the successful climbers were Mr. Douglas Sandok, 39, U.S.A, Mr. James Patrick, 52, U.S.A, Ms. Renata Ambrosi, 53, Italy, Mr. Mark Braendstrup Jensen, 36, Denmark, Mr. Roy Hansen, 38, Norway, Mr. David Jonathan Malia, 41, UK, Mr. Ang Shera Sherpa, 29, Nepal, Mr. Phuri Sherpa, 35, Nepal, Mr. Pasang Gyalu Sherpa, 43, Nepal, Mr. Lakpa Kongle Sherpa, 49,…

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Chhath pooja performed in capital

December 06 , 2006

Permanent residents of Tarai who have been in Kathmandu have, for the first time, celebrated Chhath Pooja at Ranipokhari on October 28, 2006. The festival is celebrated by worshiping the setting sun on the day and the rising sun on the following day. Leaders of political parties, ministers and members of parliaments were also present at the programme organised at Ranipokhari. People residing in the valley observed the Pooja with deep reverence and enthusiasm. Prayers were offered to Goddess of Chhath and cultural programs and wrestling competition were organised in the programme. The Kathmandu Metropolitan City for the first time…

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