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Monthly Archives: March 2014


The new executive committee of HAN.

Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has elected a new executive committee with BK Shrestha as president.

Shrestha is the managing director of Hotel Radisson Kathmandu.

The 43th annual general meeting (AGM) of the association elected a 21-member executive committee on Friday for a two-year term, the association said in a press statement. Continue reading

Padam Ghale is a seasoned mountaineer, accomplished mountaineering instructor and a successful adventure tourism entrepreneur

Padam Ghale

Padam Ghale

Padam Ghale is a man who has thoroughly enjoyed his life while creating a niche in Nepali mountaineering sector. Born in 2008 BS in Barpak of Gorkha district, Ghale is a qualified International Mountain Guide, an accomplished mountain instructor, and a successful tourism entrepreneur.
But Ghale, who has no formal education, didn’t imagine in his childhood days that he would come this far.
“Life was difficult in my village. Villagers could earn square meal only after toiling in others homes and farmlands. It took us a four-day walk to reach district headquarters – Gorkha Bazaar,” Ghale said, adding, “The situation forced many families in the village, including ours, to migrate to lowlands.”

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A delegation of HAN with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala. (Photo Courtesy: HAN)

A delegation of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) met Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on Tuesday and apprised the latter of the problems facing Nepali tourism industry.

On the occasion, HAN President Shyam Sundarlal Kakshapati requested Koirala to take necessary initiatives for implementation of suggestions, including the one to recognize tourism as a national priority industry, made by a high-level committee formed by the prime minister. Stating that hotels have been paying taxes prescribed by the government, the delegation drew the attention of the prime minister toward unlawful collection of taxes by local bodies going against the Local Governance Act. Continue reading

Buddha Air

File photo of Buddha Air’s ATR aircraft at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.

Domestic airlines have increased airfare by around two percent with effect from Monday.

They raised the airfare after Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) hiked price of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF) by Rs 6 per liter to Rs 143.

A meeting of Airlines Operators Association of Nepal (AOAN) had taken the decision to raise airfare on Friday.

The government allows doemstic airlines to hike fuel surchage if ATF price his hiked by more than Rs 4 per liter. The decision means airfare will increased in the range of Rs 65 to Rs 235 depending on routes. Airfare to Simara — the nearest destination from Kathmandu — has increased by Rs 65, while tickets to Dhangadhi — the farthest destination from Kathmandu — will be dearer by Rs 265.

Airlines have raised airfare for mountain flights by Rs 225, Pokhara by Rs 100, Bhairahawa by Rs 120, Biratnagar by Rs 140, Nepalgunj by Rs 180, Tumlingtar by Rs 100, Janakpur by Rs 90, Bharatpur by Rs 80 and Lukla by Rs 85.

Everest Base Camp

A view of Everest Base Camp in the Everest region in Solukhumbu district. (File Photo: Christian Kober/JAI/Corbis)

Trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar has topped the list of top six best trekking routes in the world published jointly by British newspaper Daily Mail and World Expeditions – an UK-based expedition operator.

“This classic trek through traditional Sherpa villages to the base of the world’s highest mountain and nearby peak of Kala Pattar is, of course, a showstopper. It is packed with ‘grab your camera’ moments as you take in vistas of Mount Everest, pass ancient monasteries and spot wildlife a-plenty en route,” the newspaper writes about the Everest Base Camp trek.

Stating that the trek might be crowded during the peak season, the website has also recommended an alternative trekking to Gokyo Lake for the trekkers.

“A great alternative to Everest Base Camp trek, this tranquil trek through the Sherpa heartlands allows plenty of time to savor spectacular mountainscapes from the comfort of private permanent campsites. You’ll still have your head above the clouds as you ascend Gokyo Ri (5,000m) from where you can snap superb photos of Everest, and the 8,000m peaks of Lhotse, Makalu and Cho Oyu,” the newspaper says about the trek. “Climb high above the shimmering lakes at sundown and witness one of the most spectacular sunset displays the Himalaya has to offer.”

Mt Everest has always remained the center of attraction for adventure enthusiasts all over the world ever since its first summit by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillay in 1953. Thousands of trekkers visit the Everest region every year to experience the tallest mountain on earth and lots of other high mountain peaks in the Himalayas.

Other trekking routes in the list are: Highlands of Ethiopia, John Muir Trail of USA, Huayhuash Circuit of Peru, Bungle Bungles Picaninny Gorge Trek of Australia and Bernese Oberland of Switzerland.