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March 18 , 2014

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Everest Base Camp Trek named the best trekking route in world

March 17 , 2014

Everest Base Camp Trek named the best trekking route in world

British newspaper Daily Mail and World Expeditions – a UK-based expeditions operator – have included Everest Base Camp Trek in the No.1 position of world’s best trekking routes.  “This classic trek through traditional Sherpa villages to the base of the world’s highest mountain and nearby peak of Kala Pattar is, of course, a showstopper. It is packed with ‘grab your camera’ moments as you take in vistas of Mount Everest, pass ancient monasteries and spot wildlife a-plenty en route,” the newspaper writes about the Everest Base Camp Trek. But cautioning its readers that the trek might be crowded during peak…

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Entrepreneurship, cook training concludes

March 13 , 2014

Entrepreneurship, cook training concludes

Athar Saya Khola Budhi Gandaki Bikas Sarokar Kendra organized Small Enterprises Development Training and Cook Training for locals of different villages in Lower and Upper  Manaslu regions with financial assistance of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).Nepal Chef Association was the technical partner of the training. The trainings were held at Machhakhola Bazaar of Gumda-7 in Gorkha district. While the two-day Small Enterprises Development Training concluded on February 20, the seven-day cook training concluded on February 25.As many as 50 people benefited from the Small Enterprises Development Training, while the cook training saw the participation of 40 persons. Hotel, tea…

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TAAN felicitates new exe committee of NMA

March 12 , 2014

TAAN felicitates new exe committee of NMA

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a program on March 3 at TAAN Secretariat to felicitate newly elected office-bearers and executive members of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA).TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala and General Secretary Sagar Pandey felicitated NMA President Ang Thsering Sherpa along with office-bearers and executive members by offering khadas and bouquets.Speaking on the occasion, Sherpa said TAAN and NMA should work together for building infrastructures like trekking shelters and hospitals in major trekking areas of the country. He also solicited TAAN’s support in celebrating diamond jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Cho Oyu this year, Mt Kanchanjunga…

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Acharya appointed tourism minister

March 12 , 2014

Acharya appointed tourism minister

Bhim Prasad Acharya has been appointed as the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.He was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on February 25. Acharya was elected Constituent Assembly (CA) from Constituency No 6 of Sunsari from CPN-UML.Born on April 27, 1959 in Toliya-6 of Dhankuta, Acharya holds Master's Degree in management faculty. He joined students’ movement in 1975 while his active political career began when he joined the then CPN-ML in 1979.Acharya is a central committee member of CPN-UML. He was the Chief Whip of CPN-UML in the Parliamentary Party of CPN-UML…

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Nepali women climb Mt Aconcagua

March 06 , 2014

Nepali women climb Mt Aconcagua

Four members of Seven Summits Women Team have reached the summit of Mt Aconcagua – the highest mountain on South America.According to Shailee Basnet — the coordinator of the team, Chunu Shrestha, Nimdoma Sherpa, Asha Kumari Singh and Pema Diki Sherpa reached the summit at 6:15 pm (local time) on February 23.Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) was one of the supporters of the expedition. TAAN had provided monetary support of US$ 7,000 to the team. “Weather was the major challenge that the team faced. Since our arrival there has not been a single summit window except February. The team made…

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New trail explored in Round Dhaulagiri Trek

March 06 , 2014

New trail explored in Round Dhaulagiri Trek

An alternative trekking trail for the Beni-Darbang section of Round Dhaulagiri trekking route has been identified.The new trail was explored as the existing Beni-Singa-Tatopani-Babiyachaur-Darbang trail became of new use due to construction of motor roads.The new trail starts from Beni and progresses through Pachhai, Dholthan, Jagannath, Purnagaun and Darbang.Local Development Officer of Myagdi Bishnu Prasad Sharma said the new trail was identified with the funding of District Development Committee, Myagdi. He said the survey team has proposed for a budget of Rs 10 million to develop necessary infrastructures along the new trail.The new trail can be completed in two days.…

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TAAN chairs joint panel of travel trade associations

March 03 , 2014

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has been selected as the chair of Tourism Joint Coordination Committee Nepal (TJCCN) – a forum of nine travel trade associations. A joint meeting of the associations held at Hotel Shanker, Lazimpat on March 3 took the decision. The committee has Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA), Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Hotel Association Nepal (HAN), Nepal Association of Tour Operators (NATO), Society of Travel and Tour Operators-Nepal, PATA Nepal Chapter, and Expedition Operators Association of Nepal (EOAN) as members. The…

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Nepal promoted in London, Los Angeles

February 23 , 2014

Two separate delegations of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in two international adventure tourism marts over the past two months.TAAN participated in The Adventure Travel Show 2014 held in Olympia of London on January 25 and 26 and the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show 2014 held in Los Angeles on February 8 and 9. Rajendra Sapkota, coordinator of TAAN’s Nepal Promotion and Exhibition Department, was the coordinator of both the delegations.Tibet International Travels and Tours, Outshine Adventure and Mountain Sherpa Trek and Expeditions participated in The Adventure Travel Show 2014. Similarly, Outshine Adventure, Himalayas On Foot, Destination…

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Now apply for trekking permit online

February 23 , 2014

Now apply for trekking permit online

The Department of Immigration (DoI) has introduced online application system for trekking permits.Issuing a notice, DoI has asked trekking agencies to file online application for trekking permits. The department has also stated that it won’t accept paper-based application system now onwards.According to the notice, trekking agencies should apply for trekking permit by visiting www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np or www.nepalimmigration.gov.np. After filling up the details, they would get electronic receipt through email. Trekking agencies will then have to produce bank voucher and receipt as well as other documents to the Immigration Office within 15 days of the filing of application.  In a bid to…

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United Lhosar held with great fanfare and rejoicing

February 23 , 2014

United Lhosar held with great fanfare and rejoicing

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized United Lhosar 2014 at The Shanker Hotel in Lazimpat on February 17.TAAN has been organizing United Lhosar festival every year to celebrate Lhosar. Lhosar is the New Year festival of three major communities living in mountainous and hilly areas – Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa.The program saw participation of ministers, former ministers, CA members, high-ranking government officials, industry leaders, tourism entrepreneurs, media persons as well as office-bearers, executive members and staff members of TAAN.Representatives of all three communities – Gurung, Tamang and Sherpa – welcomed guests by offering khada and traditional drinks.Welcoming the guests,…

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TAAN to promote Nepal in Los Angeles

February 15 , 2014

TAAN to promote Nepal in Los Angeles

A 12-member delegation of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has left for the US to participate in the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show 2014.The three-day event will kick off at Long Beach Convention Center, Los Angeles on February 8.Rajendra Sapkota, coordinator of TAAN’s Nepal Promotion and Exhibition Department, is leading the delegation. Eleven trekking companies, including two member companies of TAAN Pokhara Chapter, are in the delegation. The participating companies are: Outshine Adventure, Himalayas On Foot, Destination Nepal Trek & Expeditions, Mountain Sherpa Trekking & Expedition, Makalu Adventure, Adventures in Asia Treks, Osho World Adventure, Sherpa Society, and…

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Govt lowers Everest climbing fee

February 15 , 2014

Govt lowers Everest climbing fee

The government has lowered permit fee for Mt Everest by nearly 50 percent.Issuing a notice on the Nepal Gazette on February 12, the government also introduced separate permit fee for Nepali and foreign climbers. So far, the government had been levying same permit fee for Nepali and foreign climbers. While the new permit fee for Nepali climbers came into effect from February 12 itself, the new fee for foreign climbers will come into effect from January 1, 2015.As per the new fee structure, foreign climbers will have to pay US$ 11,000 per person as permit fee for normal route (South…

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TAAN organizing Lhosar Festival on Feb 17

February 14 , 2014

TAAN organizing Lhosar Festival on Feb 17

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing ‘United Lhosar Festival 2014’ at The Shanker Hotel on February 17.TAAN has been celebrating Lhosar festival -- the New Year festival of Gurung, Sherpa and Tamang communities -- for the past many years to preserve our timeless culture and enhance brotherhood among tourism entrepreneurs.Though these three communities celebrate Lhosar festival on different dates, TAAN has been organizing the festival to represent all three communities. TAAN has been trying to promote Lhosar celebration as a tourism product with a distinct brand.Among others, the festival will feature cultural performance of Gurung, Sherpa and Tamang…

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TAAN felicitates NATTA office-bearers, executive members

February 14 , 2014

TAAN felicitates NATTA office-bearers, executive members

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on February 13 felicitated office-bearers and executive members of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).At a program organized at TAAN Secretariat, President Ramesh Dhamala felicitated NATTA President DB Limbu and other office-bearers and executive members of NATTA by offering bouquets and khadas.Along with Limbu, Dhamala offered bouquets and khadas to 1st vice president Sambhu Pathak, General Secretary Mihika Dhakwa, Treasurer Naryan Prasad Gurung Koney, Secretary Ramesh Thapa, Joint Treasurer Jiswan Tuladhar and executive members Kamala Gurung, Sabita KC, Binay Basnet, Fu Doma Sherpa and Yubaraj Subedi.Dhamala also felicitated newly elected president of…

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TAAN office-bearers, executive members feted

February 02 , 2014

TAAN office-bearers, executive members feted

Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on January 28 organized to felicitate office-bearers and executive members of different travel trade associations.Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushil Ghimire felicitated President Ramesh Dhamala as well as other office-bearers and executive members of TAAN. He also provided President Dhamala a special entry pass.On the occasion, Ghimire also felicitated office-bearers and executive members of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Nepal Association of Tour Operators, Nepal Association of Rafting Agents, PATA Nepal Chapter, Thamel Tourism Development Board, and Tourist Guide Association of Nepal.Speaking on the occasion, TAAN President Dhamala said…

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Eastern regional tourism fair concludes

February 02 , 2014

Eastern regional tourism fair concludes

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the 3rd Eastern Regional Tourism Fair 2014 held on Damak of Jhapa from Janaury 30 till February 1.Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha inaugurated the fair amidst a grand function. Addressing the function, Minister Shrestha said that it was a great time to promote tourism regionally to strengthen the national economy. He also said local tourism entrepreneurs should come forward to integrate themselves in the mainstream tourism.In his welcome speech, Acting CEO of Nepal Tourism Board Subash Nirola said that stakeholders need to make joint efforts for the…

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Canyoning exploration in Lwang Ghalel

February 02 , 2014

Canyoning exploration in Lwang Ghalel

A five-day canyoning exploration concluded at Lwang Ghalel and Ghachok of Kaski concluded on February 1.The exploration was organized by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter while technical support was provided by Nepal Canyoning Association. The exploration was promoted by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and supported by Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP), DDC Kaski, Lwang Ghalel VDC and Paddle Nepal.The exploration was organized to promote Kudi Falls at Ghattekhola of Lwang Ghalel VDC as a canyoning site.“We organized the exploration to promote the area as a hub for adventure tourism,” acting president of TAAN Pokhara Chapter.  “Now we…

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Basic canyoning guide training concludes

January 27 , 2014

Basic canyoning guide training concludes

Basic Canyoning Training organized by the Trekking Agencies' Association (TAAN) concluded at Lamjung on January 23.Keshav Pandey, senior vice president of TAAN, gave away certificates to the participants and instructors during the inauguration of Lamjung Festival at Besisahar on January 24.Coordinators of TAAN's HR & Training Department Dhan Prasad Gurung, and Sports and Events Department Ranjan Rajbhandari, and president of Nepal Canyoning Association (NCA) Karna Lama was also present on the occasion.NCA was the co-organizer of the 10-day training which was supported by District Development Committee (DDC) Lamjung and Deep Jyoti Club.A total of 11 underprivileged youths, mainly from Lamjung,…

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Skill development training begins in Dhading

January 19 , 2014

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing a 10-day ‘Tourism Destination Identification and Skill Development Training’ in Ankhukhola-Netrabati Lake area of Dhading district.The manpower produced by the training will be able to conduct search and rescue operation during natural disasters and will be able to start business ventures on their own, according to the training instructors. Moreover, they will also be able to guide local and foreign tourists visiting the area and organize boating trips on the Netrabati Lake.The training kicked off on January 19.A total of 10 instructors (10 Nepali and 2 Italians) are conducting the training.Along with…

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