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TAAN awards given away

May 29 , 2013

TAAN awards given away

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal awarded different individuals on the occasion of TAAN Day and diamond jubilee of the first ascent of Mt Everest amid a function organized at Basantapur Durbar Square on May 29.


Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ram Kumar Shrestha handed over TAAN Sagarmatha Dr Harka Gurung Award to Tika Ram Gurung. The award carries a purse of Rs 50,000 and letter of appreciation.


Similarly, TAAN Sagarmatha Journalism Award was given to Ballav Mani Dahal of The Rising Nepal daily and Diwakar Panta of Kantipur TV. The award carries purse of Rs 25,000 each and appreciation letter.


Likewise, TAAN Tourism Journalism Award was conferred on Devi Prasad Panta of Sunrise Nepal tourism fortnightly, Shiva Adhikari of Gantabya Nepal tourism fortnightly and Shiva Shrestha of Mountain TV. The award carries purse of Rs 25,000 each and appreciation letters.


Minister Shrestha also gave away TAAN Sagarmatha Pasang Lhamu Award to Nima Chhamji Sherpa – the youngest Nepali women to reach the summit of Mt Everest. The award carries cash prize of Rs 25,000 and appreciation letter. Similarly, TAAN Sagarmatha Pema Doma Academic Press Award was given to Eliza Tuladhar of The Himalayan Times daily. The award carries pure of Rs 15,000 and appreciation letter.


On the occasion, TAAN also handed over cash prizes, medals and certificates of appreciation to winners of TAAN Trekking Workers Running Championship held in Nagarjun Forest on May 25. The winners in men’s and women’s category received Rs 25,000 each, while runners-up and third position holders became richer by Rs 15,000 and Rs 10,000, respectively.


Before the awards ceremony, a colorful procession was taken out from Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) premises in Bhrikuti Mandap. Legendary Everest summiteers, including Reinhold Messner – the first person to climb Mt Everest without bottled oxygen, led the procession in horse-drawn chariots. Police band, typical Newari band, Panche Baja troupe and different ethnic groups as well as government officials, tourism entrepreneurs, Everest summiteers, mountaineers, office-bearers of different travel trade associations, students and media persons were in the procession. The procession culminated into a gathering at Basantapur.


Nepal has been celebrating May 29 as International Sagarmatha Day for the past six years. TAAN has been celebrating May 29 as TAAN Day as the day happens to be its establishment day.


On the occasion of Diamond Jubilee of the First Ascent of Mt Everest and TAAN Day, TAAN is also conducting a clean-up expedition in Everest Base Camp. The team is currently in the Everest region, cleaning up the main trail to the Everest Base Camp. The team, which has representations of tourism workers' unions and local clubs, will bring back garbage collected from the trail to Lukla.