Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is holding its 34th annual general meeting (AGM) in Kathmandu on August 30. A recent meeting of TAAN executive committee decided to hold the AGM at Hotel Yak & Yeti, Durbar Marg. The meeting will hold discussion on annual progress report presented by General Secretary Mohan Lamsal and financial report presented by Treasurer Anjan Kumar Thapa for fiscal year 2068/69. Similarly, it will hold discussions and endorse policy and programs and estimated budget for fiscal year 2069/70. The meeting will also appoint auditor for the fiscal year 2069/70 and make amendment to the TAAN Statute as proposed by the executive committee.
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is holding its 34th annual general meeting (AGM) in Kathmandu on August 30.
The government has decided to put decision to band solo trekking in Nepal on hold until further notice. Issuing a notice to concerned stakeholders on August 17, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA) said it was holding discussions with stakeholders toward making trekking in Nepal safe and ensuring security of trekkers. â€œWe will reach to a conclusion on the issue very soon,â€ the notice states. Earlier, the home ministry had decided to ban solo trekking in Nepal after some trekkers, who were travelling solo, went missing.
The government has decided to put decision to band solo trekking in Nepal on hold until further notice.
Total tourist arrivals in Nepal via air increased by 9.2 percent in July, compared to arrival figures in the same period last year. According to statistics compiled by Tribhuvan International Airport and released by Nepal Tourism Board, a total of 38,453 tourists entered the country through air route during the review month. Arrivals from the South Asia region gained overall positive growth of 18.3 percent with mixed performance. Number of visitors from India and Pakistan increased by 24.3 percent and 27.1 percent respectively, whereas arrivals from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka declined by 34.2 percent and 44.6 percent respectively. Visitor arrivals from Asia (other than South Asia region) also recorded positive growth of 8.5 percent with China 27.2 percent, Japan 28.4 percent and Malaysia 19.4 percent posting healthy growth rates. However, arrivals from Singapore, South Korea and Thailand declined by 23.2 percent, 9.1 percent and 58 percent respectively. From long-haul markets, Europe registered overall positive growth of 5 percent with major source markets showing positive trend. While visitor arrivals from Denmark (35.1 percent), Germany (43.7 percent), France (7.8 percent), the Netherlands (5.1 percent) and Spain (3.5 percent) recorded positive growth, number of visitors from the UK, Italy and Belgium were down by 5.6 percent, 14.9 percent and 2.1 percent respectively. Likewise, arrivals from Canada and the US also registered positive growth of 9.2 percent and 4.5 percent respectively. Though number of visitors from Australia dropped by 5.4 percent, visitor arrivals from New Zealand grew by 50.6 percent during the month. Total arrivals over the first seven months of 2012 increased by 18.5 percent to 332,472 compared to arrival figures in the same period of 2011.
Total tourist arrivals in Nepal via air increased by 9.2 percent in July, compared to arrival figures in the same period last year.
A delegation of Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Mahendra Singh Thapa on August 19 paid a courtesy call on newly appointed tourism secretary Yagya Prasad Gautam. The delegation also handed over a 29-point memorandum to secretary Gautam that draws the attention of the government on different problems facing the tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector. Thapa, on behalf of TAAN, congratulated secretary Gautam on being appointed secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and expressed best wishes for his successful tenure. Among others, TAAN asked the government to immediately address technical problems seen in garbage deposits. Similarly, the delegation asked secretary Gautam to do the needful in making support staff compulsory for independent trekkers to ensure their safety. Saying that international media has been portraying Nepal as an unsafe destination, the association also asked the government to counter such negative publicities and enhance Nepalâ€™s destination image in international arena. Responding to TAANâ€™s demands, secretary Gautam has said he has authorized the Tourism Industry Division to address technical difficulties in garbage deposits collection and management. He also asked TAAN to take the initiative in installing sign posts on major trekking routes so that it will be easier for trekkers. Gautam also asked TAAN to focus on quality tourism rather than quantity. Along with President Thapa, general secretary Mohan Lamsal, treasurer Anjan Kumar Thapa, TAAN CEO Gangasagar Pant and staffers Machhindra Acharya and Raju Chitrakar were also present in the meeting.
A delegation of Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by President Mahendra Singh Thapa on August 19 paid a courtesy call on
A team of Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) returned to Kathmandu on August 8 after completing 24-day exploration of the Dolpo Region. The team led by TAAN President Mahendra Singh Thapa comprised of report writer, cartographer, videographer and photographer along with support staff. The team entered Dolpa via Jumla airport and progressed through Chharka, Phoksundo, Shey Gumba, Sallaghari, Kangla Pass, Saldang, Dho Tarap, Narpani, Tarako and Duani before flying by to Kathmandu from Juphal airport. â€œThis trip was focused more on studying the condition of existing trails rather than developing new routes,â€ President Thapa said, adding that they would recommend the government to lower permit fee to the area so that more trekkers visit the Dolpo region. â€œThis will help uplift socio-economic status of people living in the area.â€ Thapa also said they had to enter Dolpo region via Jumla because flights to Juphal airstrip from Nepalgunj were cancelled due to bad weather. â€œJumla can be the gateway to Dolpo because it has blacktopped airstrip that can be operated round the year. If it is not possible to fly to Dolpa, we can enter the region via Jumla,â€ added Thapa. He also said the dirt road between Jumla and Dolpa can be one of the best places in Nepal for mountain biking. According to Thapa, TAAN will prepare maps, updated itinerary and a documentary to promote trekking and adventure tourism in Dolpa. TAAN together with SNV Nepal and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is planning to develop existing trails in Dolpo into GHT Cultural Circuit. The association has been organizing exploration treks in different parts of the country over the past year. It has already explored Kanchanjunga Region, Lower Manaslu and Ganesh Himal Area. It is planning to organize similar exploration trip to Humla within a couple of months.
A team of Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) returned to Kathmandu on August 8 after completing 24-day exploration of the Dolpo Region.
Tourists traveling to any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff (porter or guide) with them from September. Government officials say the decision has been taken for the safety of tourists. According to a recent policy decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, tourists, who want to trek solo in Nepal, must hire at least a porter or a guide. Trekkers traveling in groups are already required to take the service of government registered trekking agencies. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has welcomed the decision and urged the government to include the decision in the Tourism Act for effective implementation. â€œThe decision will help promote Nepal as a safe destination for tourists at a time when international media are questioning the safety of foreigners in Nepal,â€ Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN, said. Recent murder of a Belgian trekker in Langtang National Park along with some other cases of disappearance of trekkers have created negative image of Nepal in international market, according to Lamsal. Rana Bahadur Khadka, first vice-president of TAAN, said the new policy decision means all trekkers will have to take the service of government registered trekking agencies. He said this will control illegal operation of trekking business. According to trekking operators, the new policy change will increase budget of FITs by only around $10 per day. â€œThis is a very nominal amount and it wonÂ´t affect tourist arrivals,â€ Anjan Thapa, treasurer of TAAN, said. The Ministry of Home Affairs had taken the decision earlier this month following mounting pressure from tourism entrepreneurs, diplomatic missions and kin of missing tourists.
Tourists traveling to any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff (porter or guide) with them from September. Government
Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized a two-day map reading training for trekking guides. A total of 25 participants from different member agencies of TAAN participated in the training. Theoretical class of the training was held at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun while the practical classes were conducted at Kakani. Theoretical class was held at TAAN Secretariat and practical classes were taken in Kakani. The classes were taken by Kaji Thapa. According to Krishna Hari Khatri, coordinator of Human Resource & Training Department of TAAN, the training was organized to enhance knowledge of trekking guides. â€œI am hopeful that this training will be of great help to trekking guides who take groups to different rural areas in the country,â€ he added. TAAN has been organizing various trainings and orientation programs trekking guides, support staff and staff members of members agencies in a bid to enhance their professionalism.
Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized a two-day map reading training for trekking guides.
A 30-member team led by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) embarked on the exploration of Ganesh Himal area in Dhading district on June 12. The exploration began from Gatlang in Rasuwa and will head toward Somdang, Pansang Danda, Tipling, Shertung, Hindung, Bochyat and Chhumlo Danda before reaching Kalo-Seto Daha. From Kalo-Seto Daha, the trek descends to Bochyat, Tatopani, Lapa, Jharling and Darkha Phedi from where the team will take a bus to Dhading Besi â€“ the ending point of the trek. The team is jointly led by Rajendra Prasad Subedi and Saroj Neupane â€“ the executive members of TAAN. The exploration is being supported by Dhading DDC and Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee (GHTDC). Along with trekking staff, the team has media persons, videographer/photographer, cartographer and representatives of GHTDC. The team will identify new trekking trails, and produce maps, brochures and promotional DVDs of the new trekking trail. Before the team embarked on the exploration trip, TAAN on June organized an interaction on tourism development of Ganesh Himal area in Dhading besi. Dhading CDO Bed Prasad Sharma graced the interaction as chief guest. Chiefs of government offices, local representatives of all the political parties and media persons participated in the interaction. All the participants stressed the need to exploit tourism potentials of Ganesh Himal area to trigger socio-economic development in the northern reaches of the district. The interaction was chaired by Anjan Thapa, treasurer of TAAN.
A 30-member team led by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) embarked on the exploration of Ganesh Himal area in Dhading district on
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) cleaned up two popular trekking trails in Langtang Region on the occasion of World Environment Day. TAAN deployed two separate teams to clean up Dhunche to Goasainkunda trail and Dhunche to Kyanjin Gomba trail. Before deploying the team, TAAN conducted a press meet in Dhunche â€“ the district headquarters of Rasuwa district â€“ in the presence of CDO of Rasuwa and chiefs of other government offices, local clubs and media persons to inform them about the cleanup campaign. The first team left for Kyanjin Gomba from Dhunche on June 5. The team that comprised of TAAN staff, representative of TAAN member agencies, students, journalists and porters reached Kanjin Gomba on June 7 via Thulo Syabru and Ghoda Tabela. The team collected plastic and glass bottles, wrappers of biscuits and chocolates and brought them back to Dhunche. Approximately three quintals of garbage have been brought to Kathmandu. The team also conducted awareness programs on cleanliness in coordination with local Aaama Samuha (womenâ€™s group). The other team left for the holy Gosainkunda Lake on June 5. The team comprised of 21 persons including TAAN staff, representative of TAAN member agencies, students, and porters reached Gosainkunda on June 7 via Chandanbari and Lauri Bina. Though the team found the trails relatively cleaner, it found wrappers of biscuits, chocolates, cans, plastic and glass bottles, discarded undergarments in and around the holy lake. It has brought down around two quintals of garbage to Kathmandu. TAAN will sort the garbage and manage bio-degradable garbage on its own. It plans to hand over non-degradable waste to Kathmandu Metropolitan City.
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) cleaned up two popular trekking trails in Langtang Region on the occasion of World Environment Day.
Tourists arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of May recorded a growth of 9.2 percent, despite reported cancellation of bookings by tourists because of banda and political instability. According to statistics maintained by Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) Immigration Office and disseminated by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), a total of 42,820 foreign tourists entered the country in May through TIA. South Asia maintained a sustained growth of 13.9 percent during the month due to growth from India, whose arrivals increased by 16.1 percent to 20,138 as compared to May, 2011. Arrivals from Sri Lanka increased by 6 percent, while number of Bangladeshi tourists increased nominally by 1.1 percent. However, arrivals from Pakistan declined by 32.5 percent. China â€“ one of the fastest markets for Nepal â€“ recorded a growth of 10.2 percent in May, compared to arrival figures recorded in the same month of 2011. Arrivals from Japan (26.8 percent) and Malaysia (31 percent) also increased during the month. But number of tourists from South Korea, Singapore and Thailand dropped during the review period. Number of European tourists recorded an overall positive growth of 8.3 percent during the month. Arrivals from UK, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland, Russia and Czech Republic increased by 9.2 percent, 17.9 percent, 11.2 percent, 8.5 percent, 5.1 percent, 104.1 percent, 24.8 percent and 41.2 percent respectively. However, arrivals from Switzerland, Italy, Norway and Austria have declined marginally as compared to the same month last year. Arrivals from US and Australia increased by 12.3 percent and 9 percent respectively during the month, according to Nepal Tourism Board.
Tourists arrivals to Nepal via air in the month of May recorded a growth of 9.2 percent, despite reported cancellation of bookings by
A three-member delegation of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by General Secretary Mohan Lamsal participated in the Korea World Travel Fair (KOFTA) 2012. The fair was organized from 7-10 June in South Korean capital of Seoul. Nepali delegates distributed brochures of Nepal and promoted Visit Lumbini Year 2012, Lamsal said. â€œThough this is the first time has been represented in the fair, we found Nepal as a destination very popular among Korean people.â€ KOFTA is the biggest tourism fair in South Korea. Nepali Embassy in Korea also participated in the fair. â€œAt a time when the number of Korean tourists visiting Nepal is increasing, events like these being organized in different Korean cities will further help promote destination Nepal in Korea,â€ Lamsal quoted Nepali envoy to South Korea Kaman Singh Lama as saying.
A three-member delegation of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) led by General Secretary Mohan Lamsal participated in the Korea World Travel Fair
One more Nepali mountain has made it to the list of Eight-thousander list if a study by Chinese scientists is anything to go by. A study carried out by Cold and Arid Regions Environmental and Engineering Research Institute of Chinese Academy of Sciences puts Annapurna East (8,013m) in the elite group of mountains. Two more mountains â€“ Mount Center (8,011m) along the borders between China and Kashmir and Mount West Shishapangma (8,008m) in Tibet â€“ have also made it to the eight-thousander list, according to the study. The new additions mean the number of mountains exceeding 8,000 meters has reached 17. According to Xinhua, Chinese scientists have completed mapping out all the 17 mountains with the height of more than 8,000 meters above the sea level. They are expected to publish their findings in a book "World Eight-thousander Snow Mountain Atlas" soon. The atlas, which includes seven 1:100000 maps, will be published both in Chinese and English. It will provide theoretical evidence to the glacier research and give detailed mapping materials to the mountaineers, said Mi Desheng, researcher at the institute.
One more Nepali mountain has made it to the list of Eight-thousander list if a study by Chinese scientists is anything to go
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing the 13th Eco-Trekking Workshop at Sukute Beach Resort on the banks of the Bhotekoshi River in Sindhupalchowk district from August 12-14. Around 60 participants from different member agencies of TAAN are expected to participate in the three-day event being organized with the theme of 'Promoting Responsible Tourism in Destinations'. The workshop will center on eco-tourism, developing corporate culture, responsible tourism, trade unionism, flora and fauna and field-based practical for eco-tourism, according to Bachhu Narayan Shrestha, first vice-president of TAAN. The main objective of the workshop is to enhance professionalism among trekking workers in TAAN member agencies. The last edition of the workshop was organized in Godavari of Lalitpur.
Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing the 13th Eco-Trekking Workshop at Sukute Beach Resort on the banks of the Bhotekoshi River
Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is formally resuming issuance of permits for Tibet to third country visitors from August 1. Tenzing Lama, president of Association of Kailash Tour Operators, said the Chinese Embassy has informed the association that it is formally lifting ban on entry of foreigners to Tibet from August 1. He also said the embassy has already started receiving applications for the permit. However, some tour operators said the Chinese Embassy started issuing permit from the last week of July itself. China had abruptly barred entry of foreigners to Tibet about a month ago to beef up security ahead of the Tibet visit of Chinese vice president Xi Jinping. According to news reports, ban on entry of foreigners to Tibet had led to cancellation of more than 2,000 Kailash-Mansarovar tour packages.
Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu is formally resuming issuance of permits for Tibet to third country visitors from August 1.
Dragonair is starting daily flights to Kathmandu from September. The Hong Kong-based carrier is currently flying three times a week on Hong Kong-Kathmandu sector. The further increase in number of flights to Kathmandu will provide more convenience as well as better service for passengers travelling to and from Nepal,â€ Alasdir Boyd, country manager of Dragonair, said in a statement. He also hoped that it will also contribute to the success of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 campaign. Boyd said the additional frequencies look to offer better convenience for Nepali passengers travelling via the Hong Kong hub and added that Kathmandu is an important and growing market for the airline. Dragonair has been operating flights to Kathmandu since December 2007. The further increase in number of flights to Kathmandu will provide more convenience as well as better service for passengers travelling to and from Nepal,â€ Boyd said, hoping that it will also contribute to the success of Nepal Tourism Year 2011.
Dragonair is starting daily flights to Kathmandu from September. The Hong Kong-based carrier is currently flying three times a week on Hong Kong-Kathmandu
Hiking in the Kathmandu Valley can be really rewarding. Especially if you just want to get out of the bustling city life of Kathmandu for a couple of days, there are plenty of options for you within a few hours’ walking distance. You don’t always have to travel far to relax, enjoy the scenery and
Hiking in the Kathmandu Valley can be really rewarding. Especially if you just want to get out of the bustling city life of