December 11 , 2015
A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) on Friday met with Minister for Forest and Soil Conservation Agni Sapkota and apprised him of the problem that TAAN member agencies have been facing while handling groups in national parks and wildlife conservation areas.
Among others, the delegation requested Minister Sapkota to take needful decision for allowing TAAN to open TIMS counter near the counters of Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (DNPWC) and Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), among others, so that it becomes easier for trekkers to complete formalities at the same place. It also reminded Minister Sapkota that DNPWC and ACAP officials have been putting pressure on TAAN to remove its TIMS counters time and again.
Stating that the decision to slap permit fee of Gaurishankar Conservation Area on trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp via Jiri and Ananpuarna Conservation Area on trekkers returning from Manaslu Conservation Area was impractical, the delegation led by TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal requested Minister Sapkota to look into the issue and take needful decision.
The delegation also requested Minister Sapkota to take initiative for allocating separate budget to national parks and conservation areas for identification and promotion of new tourism destinations.