Nepal for all seasons

News

10th Chitwan Elephant Festival from December 26

December 20 , 2013

10th Chitwan Elephant Festival from December 26

The Regional Hotel Association Nepal Chitwan is organizing 10th Chitwan Elephant Festival in Sauraha of Chitwan from December 26 to 30. The event will feature activities like elephant race, elephant football, elephant beauty contest, ox cart race, horse cart race and canoeing race. Similarly, the organizers will give information about daily activities of elephants to the visitors. The event will feature cultural activities of Tharu – the indigenous community living in and around Sauraha. Organized since 2004, the elephant festival is already a popular event in Nepal’s tourism calendar. The event draws thousands of domestic and foreign visitors to Sauraha…

View Detail
Trekking Guide Refresher Training concludes

December 18 , 2013

Trekking Guide Refresher Training concludes

The four-day refresher training for trekking guides organized at Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat concluded on December 13.Twenty-nine trekking guides from different member agencies of TAAN participated in the training organized jointly by TAAN and High Impact Tourism Training (HITT) under SNV Nepal.TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey handed over certificate of participation to all the participants at a program organized at TAAN on December 13.Speaking on the occasion, trainings like these are essential to boost confidence and encourage team spirit. “In these four days, you have learnt important issues related to trekking and mountaineering sector. I request you…

View Detail
TAAN holds interaction with partner associations

December 12 , 2013

TAAN holds interaction with partner associations

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on December 12 organized an interaction with partner travel trade associations to discuss pertinent issues in Nepali tourism sector.Along with TAAN, representatives of seven travel trade associations – Nepal Association of Tours and Travel Agents (NATTA), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Nepal Tourist Vehicles Association (NTVA), PATA Nepal Chapter and Nepal Association of Rafting Agents (NARA), participated in the interaction.Welcoming the participants, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey proposed forming a joint coordination committee of travel trade associations to lobby with the government on important issues related to Nepali tourism sector. “Individual…

View Detail
TAAN hosts luncheon for Chinese delegates

December 09 , 2013

TAAN hosts luncheon for Chinese delegates

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on December 12 hosted a luncheon in honor of the members of Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee.A seven-member Tibetan delegation is presently in Kathmandu to participate in the Nepal-Tibet Joint Tourism Coordination Committee.  The committee holds its meeting every year in Nepal and Tibet alternatively.Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, president of TAAN, welcomed the delegates by offering them khadas and tokens of love.The Tibetan delegation is led by Wang Weijie, vice secretary general of People’s Government of Tibet Autonomous Region of China. The delegation also has Dawa Yu, director general of Tibet Tourism Administration; Ta Erga,…

View Detail
Refresher training for trekking guides begins

December 09 , 2013

Refresher training for trekking guides begins

A four-day refresher training for trekking guides kicked off at Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat on December 10.Twenty-six trekking guides from different member agencies of TAAN are participating in the training organized jointly by TAAN and High Impact Tourism Training (HITT) under SNV Nepal.TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala inaugurated the training amid a function. Speaking on the occasion, Dhamala said TAAN has been organizing number of trainings to enhance professionalism of trekking workers. “I am hopeful that the training will be important to keep your clients safe and happy,” added Dhamala. He also requested the participants to implement in…

View Detail
Interaction on Tax/VAT held

December 08 , 2013

Interaction on Tax/VAT held

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD), in the initiation of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), organized a half-day interaction on tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) for trekking agencies in Kathmandu on December 8.Proprietors, auditors and accountant chiefs of about 100 trekking agencies participated in the program. Speaking on the occasion, Ram Mani Duwadi, deputy director general of IRD, said IRD has been organizing series of interaction to raise awareness among taxpayers on different issues related to tax and VAT. He said the department organized 1,000 similar trainings for more than 100,000 persons in the last fiscal year. In…

View Detail
TAAN forms 17 departments

December 06 , 2013

TAAN forms 17 departments

In a bid to better manage its activities, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has formed 17 departments. The fifth meeting of TAAN executive committee held on December 4 took the decision. The newly formed departments are Search & Rescue, Legal, Destination Research & Development, Print & Publication, Finance, TIMS, Training & Human Resource, Mountaineering, Village Tourism & Home Stay, Nepal Promotion & Exhibition, Media & Communication, Trade Union & Human Rights, Welfare & Crisis Management, International Relation, Sustainable & Eco-Tourism, and Sports & Event Management. Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey is the coordinator of Search & Rescue Department. Similarly,…

View Detail
Adventure tourism operators to be regulated

December 04 , 2013

Adventure tourism operators to be regulated

With the number of firms operating adventure tourism mushrooming in the country, the government has introduced a new provision to bring such enterprises under the scanner.A new regulation unveiled by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation seeks firms operating adventure activities like canyoning, caving, fun park, bungy jumping, zip flying, rock climbing, mountaineering, and cable car, among others to seek license from the Tourism Industry Division.As per the directive, companies applying for the license need to submit feasibility study report, details and map of the place where the business is to be operated including landownership or agreement certificate,…

View Detail
Online visa application system launched

November 28 , 2013

Online visa application system launched

The Department of Immigration (DoI) has started accepting online application for visa.According to officials, foreigners can fill-up visa application form at the DoI’s new website – www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np. The service has been currently launched on trial basis. The department will make the complete system online once the new website starts full-fledged operation.The department will also accept online application for trekking permits to different controlled areas in the country once the site starts full-fledged operation.The department issues 12 types of visas --  marriage, study, business, residential, tourist, transit, NRN, relation, working, diplomatic, official and dependent. Similarly, it issues special trekking permits to…

View Detail
New insurance cover for high-altitude workers from Jan 1

November 28 , 2013

Expedition organizers will need to hike insurance coverage for mountain guides, high-altitude workers and porters, liaison officers and workers of mountain base camps effective from January 1, 2014. A ministry-level meeting had revised the insurance coverage on May 29. As per the revised policy, accident insurance coverage for liaison officers, who accompany mountaineering teams to the base camp of the concerned peaks, will have to be increased from existing Rs 600,000 to Rs 800,000. Similarly, accident insurance coverage for Sardar and mountain guides will have to be doubled to one million rupees. Insurance cover for high altitude workers will also…

View Detail
Govt told to hike Everest royalty fee

November 12 , 2013

Govt told to hike Everest royalty fee

A study team has made slew of recommendations, including hiking royalty fee for Mt Everest, to the government in order to make Nepal’s mountaineering sector more managed. The 10-member team led by Purna Chandra Bhattarai, Chief of Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, has suggested to the government to charge US$ 11,000 per person as royalty fee for Mt Everest. Fee for Nepali climbers, however, has been suggested at Rs 75,000. It has suggested to the government to fix royalty fee for other peaks on the basis of their heights. The team has also…

View Detail
Nepali Embassy in Seoul to organize investment seminar

November 01 , 2013

Nepali Embassy in Seoul to organize investment seminar

Nepali Embassy in Seoul is organizing a seminar named ‘Empowering Nepal’ in May 2014 to attract foreign investments in Nepal.The event is being organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between Nepal and South Korea.Speaking at an interaction in Kathmandu on October 31, Nepali ambassador to South Korea Kaman Singh Lama said, the main objective of the seminar is to identify priority sectors in Nepal where the country can attract foreign investment. “We will also organize B2B session where members of the Nepali delegation can interact with Korean investors,” he added.The seminar will be held…

View Detail
Press Release - Running Championship 2013

October 30 , 2013

As a part of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Everest, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing ‘TAAN Trekking Workers Running Championship 2013’ on Saturday, May 25. The 14-km race will begin from Fulbari Gate near By-Pass and goes into the national park for 7 km and returns back to the Fulbari Gate via same route. Workers employed in different trekking agencies are eligible to participate in the race. The race will have two categories – men and women. Winners and runners-up in both the categories will receive medals cash price of Rs 25,000,…

View Detail
Four nominated to TAAN executive committee

October 30 , 2013

Four nominated to TAAN executive committee

The third meeting of the executive committee of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has nominated four members to the executive committee.Keshav Raj Wagle of Advance Adventure, Ranjan Rajbhandari of Adventure Nepal Mountain Bike Treks and Expeditions, Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa of International Sherpa Adventure and Vidya Hirachan of Mustang Trails Trekking and Expedition have been nominated as members in the new executive committee.With these nominations, the 23-member executive committee of TAAN has taken complete shape.Earlier, the election for the new executive committee held on September 20 elected eight office-bearers, including President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, and nine members. Immediate Past…

View Detail
Four executive members sworn in

October 29 , 2013

Four executive members sworn in

Four trekking entrepreneurs, who were nominated to the executive committee, were sworn in amid a function held at TAAN Secretariat on October 28.Ramesh Prasad Dhamala, the president of Trekking Agencies of Nepal (TAAN), administered the oath of office and secrecy to Keshav Raj Wagle of Advance Adventure, Ranjan Rajbhandari of Adventure Nepal Mountain Bike Treks, Sonam Gyalzen Sherpa of International Sherpa Adventure and Vidya Hirachan of Mustang Trails Trekking and Expedition.The third meeting of TAAN executive committee had nominated these four entrepreneurs to the executive committee.With this, the executive committee of TAAN has taken complete shape. Earlier, the election held…

View Detail
Dhamala elected TAAN president

October 06 , 2013

Dhamala elected TAAN president

The 35th annual general meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on Friday elected a new executive committee with Ramesh Dhamala of Ecological Treks as the new president.The panel led by Dhamala swept the election winning all 17 posts on offer. Dhamala, who got 321 votes, defeated his competitor Jangbu Sherpa by 60 votes. Immediate past president Mahendra Singh Thapa and President of TAAN Pokhara Chapter Narayan Sapkota are also in the executive committee. The 23-member executive committee will take complete shape after the newly elected president nominates four members.Keshav Pandey, Kami Rinji Sherpa, Kul Bahadur Gurung…

View Detail
Two killed in Pokhara ultralight crash

October 03 , 2013

Two killed in Pokhara ultralight crash

Two persons were killed when an ultralight aircraft belonging to Avia Club crashed near World Peace Stupa in Pumdi Bhumdi VDC of Kaski district on Thursday morning, according to Kaski police.One of the deceased has been identified as Stephen Shrestha – the pilot of the ill-fated aircraft, according to state-run Nepal Television.The aircraft was carrying a Chinese tourist whose identity has yet to be ascertained. Ultralight flights are popular among tourists in Pokhara for sightseeing and mountain views.Along with Avia Club, Pokhara Ultralight also offers ultralight flights in the lake city.

View Detail
TAAN officials participate in TAAN Pokhara AGM

October 02 , 2013

TAAN officials participate in TAAN Pokhara AGM

The newly elected executive committee of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Ramesh Dhamala attended the 20th Annual General Meeting of TAAN Pokhara Chapter held in Pokhara on September 30.During the AGM, officials of TAAN Pokhara Chapter welcomed and felicitated the newly elected office-bearers and executive members of TAAN.TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala, Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey, 1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa and General Secretary Sagar Pandey addressed the gathering. In their speech, the TAAN office-bearers underlined the need to maintain financial integrity. They also said only a strong TAAN can uphold the interest of the…

View Detail
Three climbers killed in Himlung Himal

September 30 , 2013

Three climbers killed in Himlung Himal

Three mountaineers died while climbing Himlung Himal (7126m) in Manang district on September 29, according to RSS.The tragedy occured when an avalanche hit the climbing party. The deceased have been identified as Tendi Sherpa of Gudel-4 and Pasang Sherpa of Juke in Solukhumbu and Kaji Sherpa of Okhaldhunga. Dead body of Kaji has yet to be retrieved.Though a Mountain Air helicopter reached the base camp on September 29 to airlift the dead bodies, it couldn't return due to bad weather.The bodies have been kept at the Camp I of Himlung Himal,RSS said.

View Detail
Rally taken out on World Tourism Day

September 28 , 2013

Rally taken out on World Tourism Day

Different tourism organizations took out a rally in the morning of September 27 as part of celebrating 24th World Tourism Day.Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with number of travel trade organizations participated in the rally that started from Sanchayakosh Building in Thamel and passed through Durbar Marg, Ghantaghar, Ratna Park, Bhadrakali, Sundhara and New Road Gate before culminating into a gathering at Basantapur. Participants carried placards and banners carrying different messages in line with this year’s World Tourism Day’s theme – Tourism and Water: Protecting our…

View Detail