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First aid training for trekking guides concludes

March 01 , 2016

First aid training for trekking guides concludes

A two-day training on 'Mountain Sickness and First Aid Basics' for trekking guides concluded on Monday. Altogether 26 trekking guides affiliated with different member agencies of Trekking Agencies' Association of (TAAN) participated in the training. TAAN organized the training as part of its program to develop trained and skilful workforce for the trekking sector. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal handed over 'Certificate of Participation' to all the participants on Monday. Speaking at the program, Rijal said knowledge about mountain medicine and first aid basics is very important while operating groups in mountain areas. "When you lead a group, you have…

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TAAN participates in homestay workshop

February 24 , 2016

TAAN participates in homestay workshop

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently participated in the 1st National Assembly of Home Stay Association Nepal and Home Stay Workshop organized in Amaltari of Nawalparasi. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal and Coordinator of Home Stay and Village Tourism Department Wangchu Sherpa were in the team. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel inaugurated the function amid a colorful ceremony preceded by cultural performance of Tharu artists. Speaking at the program, Minister Pokharel said homestay has become an important aspect of Nepali tourism industry. He was for expanding homestay to different parts of the country. Similarly,…

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TAAN celebrates Lhosar with great fanfare and rejoicing

February 21 , 2016

TAAN celebrates Lhosar with great fanfare and rejoicing

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized TAAN Lhosar Culture Program 2016 in Kathmandu on Friday to celebrate Lhosar – the New Year festival of different ethnic groups living across the country. Vice President of Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal His Excellency Nanda Bahadur Pun graced the event as Chief Guest. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel and Chief of Army Staff General Rajendra Chhetri were also present in the program. Similarly, Ambassador of France in Nepal His Excellency Yves Carmona, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Nepal His Excellency Abdulnaser Abdulnaser bin Husien Al-Harthi, Ambassador of…

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TAAN welcomes new team of NATTA

February 05 , 2016

TAAN welcomes new team of NATTA

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a program on Thursday in honor of the newly elected executive committee of Nepal Assocaition fo Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA). At a program organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal welcomed NATTA President Chandra Prasad Madhu Sdan Acharya by offering buoquet and khada. He welcomed other office-bearers and executive members by offering khadas. CN Pandey, DK Sharma, Bhim Prasad Pant, Sudhi Upadhyaya, Chitra Gurung and Sabita KC Bhattarai are the 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and Joint Treasurer, respectively, in the new executive…

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TAAN felicitates UAAA President

January 30 , 2016

TAAN felicitates UAAA President

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a dinner reception in Kathmandu on Friday in honor of the President of Union of Asian Alpine Associations Dr In-Jeong Lee. At the program, TAAN honored Dr Lee with Letter of Appreciation in recognition of his credible efforts and inspirational leadership to protect mountain environment, mountain communities and mountain diversities of the world. "Himalayan countries like Nepal are the most vulnerable to the climate change and we believe such a responsible organization like UAAA will consistently provide successful leadership to address the challenges," reads the Letter of Felicitation. Minister for Culture, Tourism and…

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Bird watching training for trekking guides

January 12 , 2016

Bird watching training for trekking guides

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized a two-day 'Bird Watching Training for Trekking Guides'. The training was organized by TAAN with technical support of Bird Conservation Nepal (BCN). Altogether 30 trekking guides associated with TAAN member agencies participated in the training. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Karna Bahadur Lama, general secretary of TAAN, said the training was organized to enhance professionalism of trekking workers. "As bird watching is a specialized activity, we are hopeful that the training will enable our trekking guides to handle specialized groups," Lama said. "We will continue to organize different trainings and skills enrichment…

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TAAN CEO participates in Trail Management Study in New Zealand

January 08 , 2016

TAAN CEO participates in Trail Management Study in New Zealand

Ganga Sagar Pant, Chief Executive Officer of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), recently participated in a 12-day Trail Management Study Tour of New Zealand. The tour concluded on December 21, 2015. Nepal and New Zealand share glorious history regarding mountain tourism. Though Nepal is a pioneering country in trekking tourism, New Zealand has been developing and promoting trekking tourism in a rapid and sophisticated manner. The New Zealand government recently developed Great New Zealand Trail which is also known as ‘Te Araroa’. The 3,000-kilometer trail covers most of the area of the country. According to Pant, the Great Himalaya…

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TAAN Pokhara explores new trail

January 04 , 2016

TAAN Pokhara explores new trail

A team of Trekking Agencies'' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara has explored a new trekking trail that starts from Kushma of Parbat and ends at Baskharka of Myagdi district. A 17-member team led by Narayan Sapkota, former president of TAAN Pokhara, started the exploration with a drive to Kushma from Pokhara. From Kushma, the walk started toward Banau (2150 meters) through Ghumti, Bagaicha, Bhatebari, Dhakdhake and Sidhali. There is a possibility of promoting home-stay tourism in Banau, according to the exploration team. The village offers magnificent views of Tukuche Peak, Lamjung Himal, Dhaulagiri Range and Annapurna Range.…

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TAAN delegation meets Prime Minister Oli

December 24 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Prime Minister Oli

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Chandra Prasad Rijal paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Sharma Oli at the latter's residence in Baluwatar on Thursday. Office-bearers and executive committee members greeted PM Oli with bouquets, khadas and token of love. On the occasion, President Rijal briefed PM Oli of the activities being carried out by TAAN and its role in the development of adventure tourism in the country. TAAN also handed over a 24-point memorandum to PM Oli, drawing the latter's attention toward different problems that Nepali tourism industry, particularly the adventure tourism…

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TAAN delegation meets Forest Minister

December 11 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Forest Minister

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…

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TAAN participates in tourism solidarity rally

December 04 , 2015

TAAN participates in tourism solidarity rally

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) participated in 'Tourism Solidarity Rally' organized in Kathmandu on Friday. The rally was organized to draw the attention of government and other concerned stakeholders toward problem being faced by tourism industry due to Tarai unrest and Indian blockade. It began from Tridevi Marg in Thamel and passed through Durbarmarg, Ghantaghar, Ratnapark, Bhadrakali and New Road before culminating into a corner meet at Basantapur. Hundreds of tourism entrepreneurs and tourism workers, among others, participated in the rally carrying banners and placards with messages like 'Let Tourism Survive', 'Tourism for Prosperity', 'Nepal Needs Tourism', 'Promote Organic…

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TAAN delegation meets finance, tourism ministers

November 25 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets finance, tourism ministers

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) paid a courtesy call on Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel and Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ananda Prasad Pokharel on Tuesday. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal handed over token of love to Minister for Finance Bishnu Prasad Poudel and congratulated him on being appointed to the post and wished for his successful term. Similarly, other members of the delegation congratulated Minister Poudel by offering khadas. Talking with the delegation, Minister Poudel said he would address genuine issues of tourism industry. "Tourism is the mainstay of Nepali economy. Please…

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TAAN delegation meets Tourism Secretary

November 19 , 2015

TAAN delegation meets Tourism Secretary

A delegation of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa met Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya at the latter's office in Singhadurbar on November 18. At the meeting, the TAAN delegation held discussions with Secretary Thapaliya, who is also the chairperson of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), on different issues related to implementation of Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS). The delegation also requested Secretary Thapaliya to do the needful for releasing TAAN's share from TIMS fund from NTB at the earliest.   TAAN, SAMARTH-NMDP hold introduction…

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Three members nominated to TAAN executive committee

November 09 , 2015

Three members nominated to TAAN executive committee

The executive committee meeting of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on November 8 has nominated three members to TAAN Executive Committee. The meeting, as per the TAAN Statute 2065 BS, nominated Dawa Tamang of Traveltimes Trekking, Shital Chandra Dharel of Himalaya Heart Treks & Expeditions, and Surya Bahadur Ghimire of Great Nepal Treks & Expeditions to the executive committee. TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal administered oath of office and secrecy to the new executive members on the same day. As per TAAN Statute 2065 BS, four members have been nomianted to the executive committee from general members. The…

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TAAN urges MoCS to arrange fuel for trekking agencies

November 09 , 2015

TAAN urges MoCS to arrange fuel for trekking agencies

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has requested Ministry of Commerce and Supplies (MoCS) to ease distribution of fuel to trekking agencies. Submitting a memorandum to MoCS, the delegation led by TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal requested the ministry to designate a petrol pump for distribution of petrol and diesel to tourism vehicles (with green number plates), and dealer for distribution of kerosene and LP gas to trekking agencies. The memorandum addressed to Minister for Commerce and Supplies Ganesh Man Pun also requested the ministry to provide coupons to TAAN for distribution of kerosene and LP gas to its member…

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TAAN organizes introduction meet with tourism stakeholders

November 06 , 2015

TAAN organizes introduction meet with tourism stakeholders

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized an introduction meeting with different government agencies and other tourism stakeholders on November 6. The meeting was organized to introduce the new executive committee of TAAN with stakeholders of Nepali tourism industry. Representatives from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board, Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN), Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM), Nepal Trust for Nature Conservation, and Tourist Police were present at the program. Speaking at the program, Govinda Bahadur Karki, director general of Department of Tourism, said there is a need to explore and…

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TAAN holds introductory meeting with trade unions of tourism worker

November 03 , 2015

TAAN holds introductory meeting with trade unions of tourism worker

The executive committee of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized an introductory meeting with the representatives of different trade unions of trekking workers at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun on November 3. Representatives of four trade unions – Nepal Trekking, Travel, Rafting Workers Union (UNITRAV), Nepal Tourism Workers Association, All Nepal Tourism Workers Union, and All Nepal Tourism Workers Union (Revolutionary) – were present in the meeting which was chaired by TAAN President Chandra Prasad Rijal. The two sides discussed different aspects of Nepali adventure tourism industry. Speaking at the program, representatives of tourism worker unions urged TAAN leadership to…

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TAAN to set up trekking entrepreneurs' welfare fund

November 03 , 2015

TAAN to set up trekking entrepreneurs' welfare fund

The 2nd meeting of Trekking Agencies' Association (TAAN) Executive Committee held on November 1 has taken number of decisions for tourism promotion and development. Among others, the meeting decided to lobby with the government for issuing Golden Gate pass for representatives of TAAN member agencies. A committee has been formed under President Chandra Prasad Rijal to lobby with the concerned authorities. Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama and Executive Member Basudev Lamsal are members in the committee. The meeting also decided to form a committee to prepare terms of reference (ToR) for 'Trekking Entrepreneurs Welfare…

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JAT Nepal felicitates new executive committee of TAAN

November 02 , 2015

JAT Nepal felicitates new executive committee of TAAN

Journalists Association for Tourism-Nepal (JAT-Nepal) on Monday organized a program in Kathmandu to congratulate and felicitate newly elected office-bearers and executive committee members of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). JAT Nepal President Devi Prasad Panta congratulated President Chandra Prasad Rijal, Senior Vice President Tashi Lakpa Sherpa, 1st Vice President Tej Bahadur Gurung, 2nd Vice President Ram Prasad Sapkota, General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama, Secretary Mukti Pandey, Treasurer Lila Baldav Dahal and Joint Treasurer Krishna Man Shrestha as well as Executive Committee Members Sarita Lama, Ngawang Nima Sherpa, Devi Pandey, Rudra Jung Adhikari, Wangchu Sherpa, Basudev Lamsal, Dambar Bdr Adhikari,…

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UAAA grants 'observer member' status to TAAN

October 28 , 2015

UAAA grants 'observer member' status to TAAN

Union of Asian Alpine Associations (UAAA) has granted 'observer member' status to Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN). The 21st General Assembly of UAAA held from October 20-25 in Seoul, Korea took the decision. TAAN had applied for UAAA membership during the General Assembly of UAAA held in Tokyo, Japan, in 2014. Immediate Past President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala had attended the meeting on behalf of TAAN. "I briefed the UAAA delegates about TAAN, its objectives and the activities that it has been doing to promote and develop adventure tourism in Nepal. The General Assembly then decided to grant 'observer member'…

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