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TAAN delegation meets local development minister

September 06 , 2016

TAAN delegation meets local development minister

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Monday met with Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Dvelopment Hitraj Pandey at the latter's office and held discussions on several issues related to federal affairs and local development. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal congratulated Minister Pandey on assuming the office of the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development and presented him a letter of felicitation, bouquets and khadas. Speaking at the program, TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama introduced TAAN and apprised Minister Pandey of the activities being carried out by the association. In its memorandum submitted to…

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TAAN delegation pays courtesy call on new tourism minister

September 04 , 2016

TAAN delegation pays courtesy call on new tourism minister

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), led by its President Chandra Prasad Rijal, on Sunday paid a courtesy call on newly appointed Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jeevan Bahadur Shahi at the latter's office in Singhadurbar. Rijal congratulated Minister Shahi on assuming the office of the tourism ministry by offering him bouquet, garland and khadas. He also handed over a letter of felicitation, wishing for his successful tenure. TAAN has requested Minister Shahi to take policy decisions on number of issues related to trekking peak permit fee, garbage fee, Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS), liaison officer,…

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Nepal Photo Contest Exhibition kicks off

September 01 , 2016

Nepal Photo Contest Exhibition kicks off

Nepal Photo Contest Exhibition 2016 kicked off at the Nepal Art Council Gallery in Babar Mahal, Kathmandu, from Thursday. Winning photographs of the Nepal Photo Contest 2016 has been put on display at the exhibition. Photographs winning first, second and third prizes in seven categories – Nepal Smiles, Nature and Wildlife, News, Daily Life, Sports, Culture and Tourism, and Photo Story – have been put on display at the exhibition. The major attraction is Photo of the Year -- the photograph taken by Deepak Ratna Bajracharya which shows people running to safer place in the Sowyambunath Temple during the April…

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Advanced SEO training concludes

August 28 , 2016

Advanced SEO training concludes

A 13-day Advanced Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Training for Tourism Professionals organized by Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) concluded on Sunday. Altogether 19 participants from different member agencies of TAAN and other stakeholders participated in the training organized at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun. Classes were conducted by SEO Expert Sitaram Rimal. Speaking at the program, Shital Chandra Dharel, TAAN Executive Member and Coordinator of Training & HR Department, said that the advanced SEO training was organized to better equip IT officers or webmasters of TAAN member agencies. "So far, we have organized photography training, bird watching training and advanced trekking…

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TAAN organizes gathering of former office-bearers, EC members

August 24 , 2016

TAAN organizes gathering of former office-bearers, EC members

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized a Special Gathering of former presidents, office-bearers and executive members regarding formation of an Advisory Council for the association. Founding President Ambica Shrestha, former presidents J B Singh, R P Pant, Suman Pandey, Deepak Mahat and Jyoti Adhikari, former office-bearers and executive members were present in the meeting. Welcoming the former office-bearers and executive committee members, TAAN Secretary Mukti Pandey said TAAN, which was established in 1979, has come to this stage because of tireless works and contribution of former office-bearers and executive committee members. "We are very pleased to have you…

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TAAN felicitates new teams of VITOF Nepal, GTEAN

August 15 , 2016

TAAN felicitates new teams of VITOF Nepal, GTEAN

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) congratulated the newly elected executive committees of Village Tourism Promotion Forum-Nepal (VITOF-Nepal) and Gurung Tourism Entrepreneurs Association of Nepal (GTEAN) at separate functions organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, Kathmandu, on Monday. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal congratulated VITOF Nepal President Ram Prasad Sapkota 'Kamal' by offering bouquet and khadas. He also congratulated other office-bearers and executive members by offering khadas. VITOF Nepal 1st Vice President Ram Ghale, 2nd Vice President Deepak Dahal, General Secretary Basudev Pandey, Secretary Jastha Pandey and Joint Treasurer Krishna Bahadur Subedi were present at the program. Similarly, executive members…

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Rastriya Sanskritik Parba kicks off

August 14 , 2016

Rastriya Sanskritik Parba kicks off

A new tourism promotional campaign -- Rastriya Sanskritik Parba/12 Mahine Paryatan Parba or National Cultural Festival/12-Month Tourism Festival – kicked off in Kathmandu on Sunday. The program was organized in the management of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). Rastra Kavi Madhav Prasad Ghimire, cultural expert Satyamohan Joshi, border issues expert Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, and singers JB Tuhure and Nanda Krishna Joshi, among others, graced the opening ceremony organized at Handigaun. Addressing the program, Minister for Agricultural Development Gaurishankar Chaudhary appreciated efforts made by the organizers to promote unique Nepali culture and tradition. He also said that the government would…

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Media fam trip to Timal organized

August 08 , 2016

Media fam trip to Timal organized

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a familiarization trip for media personnel to the Timal region is Kavre where the association is planning to build a tourism memorial park. Altogether 16 media personnel affiliated to different print, broadcast and online media participated in the fam trip. Similarly, representative of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), senior officer Santosh Ghimire, as well as office-bearers and executive members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the fam trip. The fam trip began with a drive to Khawa on the Araniko Highway where all the participants enjoyed breakfast.  After that, the trip…

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TAAN delegation meets GM of TIA

July 05 , 2016

TAAN delegation meets GM of TIA

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), led by its General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama, on Tuesday, met with the General Manager of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Devananda Upadhyay, on Tuesday and apprised him of the problems that TAAN member agencies were facing while welcoming and seeing off guests at the country's only international airport. "Our member agencies are facing difficulties after the airport authorities scrapped the Golden Gate entry pass. Representatives of our member agencies are often stopped at the Golden Gate itself. As a result, they are unable to welcome or see of their guests," Lama…

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TAAN hosts luncheon for Tibetan delegates

June 29 , 2016

TAAN hosts luncheon for Tibetan delegates

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) hosted a luncheon for the delegates of 9th Nepal Tibet (TAR- PR China) Joint Tourism Coordination Committee in Bhaktapur on June 28. The committee is a bilateral forum of tourism stakeholders of Nepal and Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of People's Republic of China. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal as well as officer-bearers and executive members welcomed Tibetan delegates, who are in Kathmandu to attend the 9th meeting, by offering khadas. He also offered 'Nepali Dhaka Topi' and 'Palpali Karuwa' as souvenirs to the delegates. Nepal and the Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic…

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Adventure Travel Guide training concludes

June 22 , 2016

Adventure Travel Guide training concludes

A weeklong 'Adventure Travel Guide' training organized by SAMARTH-NMDP in association with Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) concluded in Kathmandu on June 20. Altogether 22 trekking guides associated with different trekking companies participated in the training. Theoretical classes were conducted at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun while practical classes were held in Shivapuri National Park. Wilderness First Aid Training was also organized for the participants along with the Adventure Travel Guide training. Certificate of completion was handed over to the participants in the closing ceremony organized in Kathmandu. Minister of State for Culture, Tourism…

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2nd National Canyoning Rendezvous concludes

June 05 , 2016

2nd National Canyoning Rendezvous concludes

Nepal Canyoning Association (NCA) organized 2nd National Canyoning Rendezvous 2016 in Chahare Jharana of Nuwakot district on June 3 and 4. The two-day event was promoted by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). TAAN 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota inaugurated the event amid a function held on June 3. Before the inauguration ceremony, locals with traditional musical troupe escorted the Chief Guest, other guests and members of the organizers, and media persons to the canyoning site. Inaugurating the event, Sapkota said canyoning needs to be promoted effectively in national and international market as the…

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Khatri, Syangbo win Langtang-Gosainkunda Half Marathon

May 30 , 2016

Khatri, Syangbo win Langtang-Gosainkunda Half Marathon

Bharat Khatri of Nepal Army and Phul Maya Syangbo have won the men and women categories, respectively, of 1st TAAN Langtang-Gosainkunda Half Marathon 2016 held in Rasuwa district on May 29. Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized the event on the occasion of 38th Establishment Day to disseminate the message that the Langtang-Gosainkunda region, which was devastated by the earthquakes of 2015, is now safe for tourism activities. Khatri completed the 21-kilometer half marathon in 1 hour 22 minutes and 55 seconds. Similarly, Homlal Shrestha (1 hour 23 minutes 35 seconds) and Govinda Prasad Adhikari (1 hour 23 minutes…

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TAAN delegation meets Assistant Minister Lama

May 15 , 2016

TAAN delegation meets Assistant Minister Lama

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by its General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama on Friday paid a courtesy call on Assistance Minister for Local Development and Federal Affairs Resham Lama. Speaking in the meeting, TAAN Executive Member Pemba Sherpa 'Sangam', who also heads Sustainable Tourism & Development of TAAN, urged Assistant Minister Lama to allocate budget for promoting organic farming through DDCs. "We are on a mission to promote organic agro tourism in the country. To begin with, we are starting the campaign in major trekking routes in the country," Sherpa said, adding: "The government should…

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1st TAAN Langtang Gosainkunda Half-Marathon on May 29

May 13 , 2016

1st TAAN Langtang Gosainkunda Half-Marathon on May 29

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing 1st TAAN Langtang-Gosainkunda Half Marathon 2016' on 29th of May on the occasion of its 38th Establishment Day. The event is being organized to disseminate the message that Langtang-Gosainkunda region, which was hit hard by the earthquakes of 2015, has bounced back and now receiving tourists as usual. The race will begin from the sacred Gosainkunda Lake and goes downhill through Lauribina, Cholangpati, Chandanbari and Deurali before concluding at Dhunche – the district headquarters of Rasuwa. The half-marathon, which is open to athletes above 18 years of age, will have two categories…

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TAAN participates in Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Manaslu, Lhotse

May 02 , 2016

TAAN participates in Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Manaslu, Lhotse

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation together with different travel trade associations, including Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), organized series of programs on April 30 as part of the Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. The celebrations began with a colorful procession that began from Khullamanch and went through Kantipath, Thamel, Sorakhutte and Lainchour before concluding at the Narayanhiti Palace Museum premises. Army band, dhime troupe and colorful performance of different ethnic groups were the major attractions of the rally. Manaslu and Lhotse summiteers were paraded in open jeeps. TAAN office-bearers, member companies and staffers…

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Manaslu, Lhotse Diamond Jubilee celebration on April 30

April 27 , 2016

Manaslu, Lhotse Diamond Jubilee celebration on April 30

Preparations to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse is at the final stage. The Manaslu and Lhotse Diamond Jubilee Main Organizing Committee is organizing Diamond Jubilee Celebration in Kathmandu on April 30 by organizing series of programs. Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is a member of the main organizing committee. Speaking at a press meet organized in Kathmandu on Wednesday, Tourism Secretary Prem Kumar Rai, who is also the chairman of the main organizing committee, said all summiteers of Mt Manaslu and Mt Lhotse have been invited to Kathmandu to join…

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Interaction on TIMS held in Dhunche

April 25 , 2016

Interaction on TIMS held in Dhunche

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized an interaction with local staekholders in Dhunche of Rasuwa to address problems that it has been facing in operation of Dhunche TIMS Checkpost. In the interaction chaired by Taranath Lamichhane 'Dinesh', the coordinator of TIMS Department, local stakeholders said problems have arisen because of the failure to effectively inform trekkers the main objectives of Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS). "Tourits used to complain us of double taxation as they had to pay national park permit fee and TIMS fee from the same counter. TAAN should take necessary initiative so that trekkers understand…

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TAAN participates in 21st Wildlife Week

April 21 , 2016

TAAN participates in 21st Wildlife Week

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in the 21st Wildlife Conservation Week and 4th Langtang Tourism and Conservation Festival that concluded in Dhunche of Rasuwa on April 19. TAAN Executive Member and Coordinator of TIMS Department Taranath Sharma 'Dinesh' represented TAAN in the delegation.   The main objective of the festival was red panda conservation. The festival was organized jointly by District Development Office, Rasuwa and Langtang National Park. Similarly, Lantang Conservation Concern Society (LACCos) was the coordinator of the event which was support by World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Nepal. Speaking at the program, Lamichhane said TAAN was committed…

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Endurance Marathon organized in Great Buddhist Master Trail

April 12 , 2016

Endurance Marathon organized in Great Buddhist Master Trail

Sacred Himalaya Treks & Adventure – a member of company of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) -- organized a sporting event on the 'Great Buddhist Master Trekking Trail' on April 10. TAAN, which explored the trail four years ago, promoted the event. Altogether 23 athletes including 19 foreigners participated in the 'Sacred Himalaya Endurance Marathon' which started from Manegaun in Bhimkhori VDC of Kavre and ended at the same place. Athletes participated in three events – ultra marathon (64 km), full marathon (42 km) and half marathon (21 km). British runner Mark Berry, who holds the world record for…

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