Monthly Archives: September 2013

Three killed in Himlung avalanche

Three mountaineers died while climbing Himlung Himal (7126m) in Manang district on September 29, according to RSS.

Himlung Himal

Himlung Himal

Three mountaineers died while climbing Himlung Himal (7126m) in Manang district on September 29, according to RSS.
The tragedy occured when an avalanche hit the climbing party. The deceased have been identified as Tendi Sherpa of Gudel-4 and Pasang Sherpa of Juke in Solukhumbu and Kaji Sherpa of Okhaldhunga. Dead body of Kaji has yet to be retrieved.
Though a Mountain Air helicopter reached the base camp on September 29 to airlift the dead bodies, it couldn’t return due to bad weather.
The bodies have been kept at the Camp I of Himlung Himal,RSS said.

Casino Shangrila shuts operations

Casino Shangrila has shut operations, citing labor tensions and new government regulations that made it difficult for the casino operator to stay in business, according to a Nagarik daily report.

Casino Shangrila

Casino Shangrila

Casino Shangrila has shut operations, citing labor tensions and new government regulations that made it difficult for the casino operator to stay in business, according to a Nagarik daily report.
The management has pasted  a notice at the casino which states that the casnio will remain closed from 2 am on September 28.
The casino situated in the premises of Hotel Shangrila in Lazimpat was operated by Malyaisan firm Gold Shore Capital. The firm had invested around Rs 700 million in the casino which was in business since 2006. It was employing 438 people.
According to the report, Gold Shore Capital has already iniitated the process to notify Department of Labor and other government agencies about its decision to close the casino.
Earlier, a unit of General Federation of Nepali Trade Unions (Gefont) at the casino, which is close to CPN-UML, had warned Daniel Kong — the promoter of Gold Shore Capital — of dire consequences during labor disputes, the daily reported.
The casnio management has proposed to provide attractive offer to pay off the employees.
The Casino Regulations, which the government issued recntly, asks casnio operators to pay the government Rs 350 million, including Rs 40 million royalty, Rs 250 million bank guarantee, deposit Rs 40 million and licensing fee Rs 20 million. Casino operators are also required to pay Rs 500,000 as application fee.
After the government issued the regulations, Casino Grande located in the premises of Pokhara Grande Hotel has alrady shut operations.

World Tourism Day celebrated with gusto

Nepal celebrated 34th World Tourism Day by organizing various programs throughout the country on September 27.

440867326_640Nepal celebrated 34th World Tourism Day by organizing various programs throughout the country on September 27.
First three tourists who landed at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) on the day were welcomed and felicitated by the government, officials of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and different travel trade associations amid a colorful ceremony. Miriam Mahaer and Mohar Mahaer of Israel and Henrick Nilshon of Sweden were the first tourists that landed at the on the day.
Different tourism organizations also took out a morning procession on the day. Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation (MoCTCA), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) along with number of travel trade organizations participated in the rally that started from Sanchakosh Building in Thamel and passed through Durbar Marg, Ghantaghar, Ratna Park, Bhadrakali, Sundhara and New Road Gate before culminating into a gathering at Basantapur.
Participants carried placards and banners carrying different messages in line with this year’s World Tourism Day’s theme – Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.
Speaking at the gathering, representatives of different travel trade associations stressed the need to conserve water resources to promote our tourism industry.
At a function organized later on the day, the tourism ministry felicitated Min Bahadur Sherchan – the eldest Nepali to climb Mt Everest. Special TIMS counter and help desk set up at NTB premises were also inaugurated on the day.
Street Festival was organized in Thamel in the evening. Various colorful programs and live concert by different artistes and musical groups were organized at the street festival. Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) Pokhara Chapter also organized street festival in Pokhara on the day.
Similarly, Nepal Association of Raftng Agents (NARA) organized special rafting trips on Trishuli and Bhotekoshi rivers in line with this year’s theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.’

14 climbers atop Mt Manaslu

Fourteen climbers of the Seven Summits Manaslu Expedition 2013 have reached the summit of Mt Manaslu (8163m) – the eighth tallest peak in the world.

Mt Manaslu -- the eighth highest mountain in the world.

Mt Manaslu — the eighth highest mountain in the world.

Fourteen climbers of the Seven Summits Manaslu Expedition 2013 have reached the summit of Mt Manaslu (8163m) – the eighth tallest peak in the world.
According to a press statement issued by the Tourism Industry Division under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, the team led by Tunc Findik reached the summit on September 25. Other members of the team were Ji Han from China, Yi Wang from China, Yang Gao of China, Xiangwen Kou from China, Hiroyuki Ishikawa from Japan, Yaskuko Kikuchi from Japan and Nepali climbing guides Satish Man Pati, Panuru Sherpa, Mingma Chhiring Sherpa, Karma Gyalje Sherpa, Pemba Sherpa, Sona Sherpa and Tendi Sherpa.
The division had given the expedition team 75 days, starting September 6, to climb the Gorkha-based mountain.

Prakash, Kalpana win wall climbing c’ship

Prakash Silwal of Tourism Times fortnightly and Kalpana Maharjan of News 24 TV have won the male and female category of 2nd JAT-Nepal Inter Journalists’ Wall Climbing Championship held in Kakani on September 25.

Participants with guests after the conclusion of the event at Kakani.

Participants with guests after the conclusion of the event at Kakani.

Prakash Silwal of Tourism Times fortnightly and Kalpana Maharjan of News 24 TV have won the male and female category of 2nd JAT-Nepal Inter Journalists’ Wall Climbing Championship held in Kakani on September 25.
The event was organized on the occasion of 34th World Tourism Day.
About 20 participants from different media organizations participated in the event held at 12 meters tall climbing wall at International Mountaineers’ Memorial Park, Kakani.
Similarly, Bishal Poudyal of Tourism Times fortnightly and Surendra Thapa of Avenues TV finished were the first and second runners-up respectively in the men’s category. Similarly, Sabita Sharma of Gorkhapatra Daily and Muna Karki of Rastriya Samachar Samiti stood second and third, respectively, in the women’s category.
Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Sushil Ghimire and Ang Tshering Sherpa, honorary member of UIAA, handed over letter of appreciation and cash prizes to the winners and runners-up.
The winners, 1st runners-up and 2nd runners-up in both the categories received cash prizes of Rs 3,000, Rs 2,000 and Rs 1,000, respectively.
Earlier, Secretary Ghimire inaugurated by trying wall climbing. Speaking on the occasion, he thanked JAT-Nepal for organizing the event to forge friendly relations among media people and to promote wall climbing as an adventure tourism product. “Water is an important resource and tourism is an important foreign currency earner. We need to protect and promote these resources,” Ghimire said referring to the theme of this year’s World Tourism Day celebration – Water and Tourism: Protecting our Common Future.
Similarly, Ang Tshering Sherpa, honorary member of UIAA, talked about climate change and its impact on the Himalayas. JAT Nepal President Hari Raj Joshi thanked all stakeholders for their support.
The event was supported by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Asian Trekking and Atalante Trekking and Mountaineering.
On the occasion, four participants won free one-night package at Jhule Mountain Resort, Kathmandu.