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Clothing bank opens in Lukla

January 18 , 2011

2010-12-06 Clothing bank opens in Lukla As a part of launching different welfare schemes for trekking workers, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has brought into operation a clothing bank in Lukla of Solukhumbu district. The clothing bank has 1,000 pair of high-quality uniform (jackets, trousers and shoes) for trekking workers. A seven-member management committee comprising two leaders (central and local) each from three tourism workers unions – Union of Travel, Trekking, Rafting and Airlines Workers; All Nepal Tourism Workers' Union and Nepal Tourism Workers Association – and representative of TAAN will operate the bank. The bank will take a…

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Fishtail chopper crash claims two

January 18 , 2011

2010-12-06 Two persons were killed when a rescue chopper of Fishtail Air crashed near the base camp of Mt Ama Dablam on 7 November. The ill-fated chopper was on its way to rescue Japanese trekkers who had taken ill at the slopes of Ama Dablam. According to sources at Fishtail Air, Captain Sabin Basnet and flight technician Purna Awale were charred to death. Captain Basnet was one of the finest rescue pilots in Nepal. He had also trained in the Swiss Alps to conduct rescue flights. The Japanese trekkers were rescued by another chopper of Fishtail Air. Meanwhile, the government…

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TAAN executive committee nominates three new member

December 03 , 2010

TAAN executive committee nominates three new members The executive committee of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on October 15 nominated three members in the executive committee as per the organization's statute. Those nominated are Dhan Bahadur Lama of Euro Vision Adventure Treks and Expeditions, Rajesh Bahadur Singh of Panda Treks and Expedition and Nawang Tharchen Sherpa of Hiuchuli Treks. The names were proposed by TAAN president Sitaram Sapkota and unanimously approved by the executive committee. Sapkota administered the oath of office and secrecy to the newly nominated members on the same day. According to the TAAN Statute, 14…

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TAAN participates in the International Tourism Convention, in Sikkim

December 03 , 2010

TAAN participates in the International Tourism Convention, in Sikkim

A team led by Mr. Deepak Mahat, President, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) is currently on a visit to Sikkim, India to participate in a 5 day long International Tourism Conventional organized by the Sikkim Association of Adventure Tours Operations (SAATO) in Sikkim, India. The event is being participated by many representativesÂ’ of tourism organizations and tourism entrepreneurs of this region. The outcome of the convention is believed to be beneficial for the Tourism sector of this region. Mr. Harka Raj Pariyar, Secretary, TAAN, Mr. Tilak B. Lama, ECM and Coordinator Foreign Affaires Subcommittee, TAAN and Mr. Biswesh Shrestha,…

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Arrivals up 26 percent in July

December 03 , 2010

Arrivals up 26 percent in July

Tourist arrivals to the country via air in the month of July increased by 26.1 percent to 29,338 as compared to the arrival figure recorded in the same period last year. According to statistics collected by Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport and disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), total arrivals from the South Asia region grew by 31.3 percent over the period. Arrivals from Bangladesh and India grew by 88.9 percent and 26.5 percent respectively, NTB said in a statement. Similarly, the number of Pakistani and Sri Lankan tourists also went up by 10.3 and 48.7 percent respectively. "Except…

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Govt mulls free-visa regime in 2011

December 03 , 2010

Govt mulls free-visa regime in 2011

In a bid to bring in more visitors during Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign, Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation has proposed the government to waive visa free for foreign visitors at least during the campaign period. Nepal has set a target to welcoming at least one million foreign tourists in 2011. More than half a million foreign visitors had visited the country in 2009. According to Tourism Ministry sources, the proposal has been forwarded to the Finance Ministry to incorporate it in the budget for fiscal year 2010/11. The sources further informed that the proposal to introduce visa-free regime…

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TAAN Pokhara gets new panel

December 03 , 2010

TAAN Pokhara gets new panel

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter on August 1 unanimously elected a new executive body under the leadership of Som Bahadur Thapa of Trek & Climb. Hira Bahadur KC of Sisne Rover Trekking, Bhoj Kumar Shrestha of Down in Nepal, Narayan Prasad Sapkota of Ridge Trail, Ram Chandra Sharma of Blue Planet and Dambar Adhikari of Line Up Trekking have been elected as 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, secretary, treasurer and joint secretary respectively. The annual general meeting held at Kailash Mountain Resort elected Pasang G Sherpa of Himalaya Journeys, Dharmendra Kumar Bataju of Hillsway Trekking, Dharma…

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TAAN to publish member directory

August 02 , 2010

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is preparing to publish a Members' Directory in a bid to promote the products and services provided by its member agencies. The apex body of trekking agencies in the country plans to print about 2,500 copies of the directory which includes information about airlines, government offices, travel trade associations and diplomatic missions, among others. TAAN hopes that the directory would be useful for all the stakeholders in tourism industry as it contains information about Nepal. The publication also will have the information about visa, newly explored trekking routes, facilities along major trekking trail, information…

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3rd Sagarmatha Day celebrated

August 02 , 2010

Nepal observed third Sagarmatha (Mt Everest) Day by organizing a series of programs in Kathmandu on 29 May. The celebration began with a colorful procession in the morning. Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation along with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Mountaineering Association and a number of travel trade organizations organized the procession. Everest summiteers, government officials, tourism industry leaders, travel trade entrepreneurs, students and general public participated in the rally that began from the premises of Nepal Tourism Board and passed through Basantapur before ending in Thamel. 20th time Everest summiteer Apa Sherpa also participated…

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Family of missing US trekkers in Kathmandu

August 02 , 2010

Father and brother of US trekker Aubrey Caroline Sacco, who has gone missing since April 21, are in Kathmandu to intensify search for the missing trekker. Organizing a press met at Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat, the Saccos also offered a reward of Rs 100,000 to anyone who can locate her or provide information that is helpful to ascertain her whereabouts. "Although much of the Langtang area has been searched, the areas south and southwest of Gosaikunda have not been searched yet. We need support of army, police and local people to comb the area," Paul Sacco said.…

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Tourist arrivals rise by 6 pc in May

August 02 , 2010

Tourist arrivals to Nepal in the month of May increased by six percent as compared to the figure recorded in the same period last year. A total of 26,634 foreign tourists entered the country via air in the month, according to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport. Arrivals from South Asian region, except Sri Lanka, gained overall positive growth of 6 percent with Bangladesh (30 percent) and Pakistan (26.3percent) leading the way. Arrivals from India, which has showed sustained growth this year except the soft decline in April, increased by 4.3 percent in May. However, Sri Lanka recorded negative growth…

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TAAN in Panchpokhari exploration trek

August 02 , 2010

A team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with a number of organizations embarked on a 7-day exploration trek to Panchpokari area in Sindhupalchowk district on 4 June. Nepal Tourism Board, UNDP/MEDEP and Sindhupalchowk-Panchpokhari Tourism Development Committee (SPTDC) are the other partners in the exploration trek. TAAN 2nd Vice-President Mahendra Singh Thapa is leading the team which has representations from TAAN and its general members, NTB, UNDP/MEDEP and SPTDC. After completing the trip, the team will organize a day-long workshop at district headquarters Chautara to seek local people’s inputs for the trek. The team will also make a…

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TAAN celebrates World Environment Day

August 02 , 2010

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized a clean-up campaign in Thamel – a popular tourist hotspot in the country -- as a part of celebrating World Environment Day 2010. Members of TAAN executive committee, member agencies of TAAN, tourism entrepreneurs in and around Thamel, trekking filed workers and students of Kathmandu Academy of Tourism and Hospitality, among others participated in the clean-up campaign. Apart from collecting rubbish from Thamel area, the team also raised awareness about environment conservation. This year World Environment Day was celebrated with the slogan of 'Biodiversity – Ecosystems Management and Green Economy'. TAAN has been…

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Clean-up campaign in Fewa Lake

August 02 , 2010

Local administration organized a massive campaign in the first week of June to get rid of water hyacinth that has infested Fewa Lake, one of the major tourist attractions in Kaski district. About 200 personnel of Nepal Army, Armed Police Force and Nepal Police along with local boat entrepreneur actively participated in the campaign. Tourism entrepreneurs’ and local mother groups also participated in the campaign. The team collected over 10 truckloads of fast spreading water hyacinth on a single day. Kaski CDO Sambhu Koirala said the clean-up campaign was organized to preserve Fewa Lake which has been infested by water…

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Lazimpat Tourism Development Board holds AGM

August 02 , 2010

Lazimpat Tourism Development Board (LTDB) recently held its first annual general meeting (AGM) in Kathmandu. LTDB is a forum of tourism entrepreneurs based in and around Lazimpat. Speaking on the occasion, newly elected President Govinda Singh Dangol said the LTDB will do its best to develop Lazimpat as a popular tourism hub in the Kathmandu Valley. “We will also develop home-stay facilities in Lazimpat to achieve the target of one million visitors during the Nepal Tourism Year 2011. We will encourage people in the area to allocate at least one room in every home for tourists,” he added. The AGM…

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Zimba Zangbu elected NMA president

August 02 , 2010

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has elected Zimba Zangbu Sherpa as its new president. Sherpa received 443 of the 851 votes cast, edging his competitor Bhumi Lal Lama by 63 votes. Similarly, Nima Nuru Sherpa and Santabir Lama have been elected as first and second vice president respectively. Sherpa defeated Da Gombu Sherpa while Lama edged Thakur Raj Pandey. Dibas Bikram Shah, Dibas Pokharel and Asha Gurung have been elected as general secretary, secretary and treasurer respectively. Similarly, Dawa Steven Sherpa, Sonam Chhiring Sherpa, Maya Sherpa, Rajendra Man Shrestha, Ang Dawa Sherpa, Om Man Shrestha Pasang Sherpa, Thaman Singh Tamang and…

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Govt employees to attempt Mt Everest

August 02 , 2010

A team of 20 government employees, including a woman, led by secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and the Cabinet Leelamani Poudyal is preparing to climb Mt Everest – the tallest peak on earth – next season. Poudel made up his mind to climb Mt Everest while he was working with Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation two years ago. The team will take basic and advance mountaineering training this year and the coming year and organize an expedition to Everest in spring next year. The employees have already taken climbing training at the artificial climbing wall of Pasang Lhamu…

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Recce trip to Panchpokhari concludes

August 02 , 2010

A team of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with a number of organizations recently completed reconnaissance trek to Panchpokhari area in Sindhupalchowk district. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), UNDP/MEDEP and Sindhupalchowk-Panchpokhari Tourism Development Committee (SPTDC) were the other partners of the trek. The team had left Kathmandu on June 4. Paanchpokhari (literally means Five Ponds), which falls in the Langtang National Park, is formed by melting glaciers and all the lakes are considered sacred. There is also a Hindu temple nearby dedicated to Lord Shiva. Paanchpokhari is also among the nine highest altitude wetlands in the world. The sacred…

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FBI to help search missing US trekkers

August 02 , 2010

US investigation agency – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – has stepped in to help ascertain the whereabouts of US trekkers Aubrey Caroline Sacoo (23), who went missing more than two months ago while on a trek to Langtang Region. Aubrey’s family members are hopeful that the involvement of FBI would help move the case forward. "The FBI is looking at it and they're saying it is a criminal matter," AOL News quoted Sacco family spokeswoman Aileen Barry as saying. "They've asked us to hold off so they can get their people in line, so we can't say a lot…

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Nepal promoted in Sri Lanka

August 02 , 2010

Nepal Embassy in Sri Lanka along with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) organized the 'Nepalese Cultural and Food Festival' held in Colombo on June 27. Speaking on the occasion, Sushil Chandra Amatya, ambassador of Nepal to Sri Lanka, shed light on various aspects of food habits and food items as well as culture, music and crafts of Nepal, NTB said in a statement. He also expressed the confidence that the event would help bring Sri Lankan people closer to Nepal and fuel their interest to visit Nepal in the future. Participants of the programs were entertained with various Nepali cultural performances.…

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