Spice Garden Trekking Trail launched

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) jointly launched map a new trekking trail in the Kanchanjunga region in Eastern Nepal on Friday.

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                                     Big Cardamom farm along the trail.
                               Photo Courtesy: spicegardentourism.com

 

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) jointly launched map a new trekking trail in the Kanchanjunga region in Eastern Nepal on Friday.

A mobile application of the new trail was also launched on the occasion.

The new trail is a part of Action Research on Promoting Innovative Livelihood through ICT Assisted Tourism Project in Taplejung.

On the occasion, Tourism Secretary Maheshwar Neupane and Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi also launched map, poster and app of the new trail.

The trekking trail starts from district headquarters Phungling and passes through villages like Sattal Danda, Gumba Danda, Sikaicha, Kande Bhanjyang, Lalikharka, Deurali, Gadi Danda and Phurumbu, among other villages. The main attraction of the trail is big cardamom farms and organic food served by locals.

etravelpressMaking a presentation on the trail, Dr Anu Kumari Lama, tourism specialist of ICIMOD, said that the project helps to diversify the livelihood of the locals by integrating agriculture and tourism by using technology. “This newly developed tourism product is an associate tourism trail within the existing trail of Pathibhara Pilgrimage trail, Kanchenjunga Base Camp Trekking, Lumba Sumba Adventure trekking, Tinjure- Milkey- Jaljale Rhododendron Trail and other many more cultural and natural heritage trails of Taplejung District,” she added.

Similarly, Secretary Neupane thanked all involved for bringing a new tourism product. “Strategy must be developed to enhance digital platform for tourism promotion. Information providing apps, videos and other requirements must be propagated through digital marketing for tourism promotion,” he added.

Consultant of ICIMOD, Bachhu N Shrestha, said that the purpose of the action research is to increase access to and enhance livelihood opportunities of the marginalized mountain communities of Taplejung area via ICT assisted tourism product.

TAAN President Chandra Rijal, general secretary Karna Lama, among others, were present at the program.

Kenyan runner wins Mount Everest Prize in Kanchenjunga Marathon

Kenyan runner Philip Yiego has won the Mount Everest Marathon Goodwill Prize in the Kanchenjunga Marathon held in Sikkim, India, last week.

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                 Rup Narayan Rai (left), president of Sikkim Tourism Development Committee, handing over the award.

Kenyan runner Philip Yiego has won the Mount Everest Marathon Goodwill Prize in the Kanchenjunga Marathon held in Sikkim, India, last week.

Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon – the organizers of the Everest Marathon held annually in the Khumbu region on May 29 – had sponsored the award. The award carries a purse of Rs 8,848, symbolizing the height of Mt Everest.

“This marks the beginning of a new era of goodwill between people of Nepal and Sikkim, strengthening the connectivity between the highest and third highest mountain in the world i.e. Mt Everest and Mt Kanchenjunga,” Bikram Pandey KAJI, who created the world’s highest trail running event – Mount Everest Marathon — said.

Stating that he had been propagating the concept of cross-border tourism between Nepal and India since long, Pandey Kaji said that flow of tourists between Nepal and Sikkim will increase exponentially once the Pokyang airport in Sikkim comes into operation.

NMA celebrates 44th Anniversary

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) celebrated its 44th Anniversary by organizing a program on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Wednesday.

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NMA President Santabir Lama (right) welcomes Tourism Secretary Maheshwar Neupane.

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) celebrated its 44th Anniversary by organizing a program on the premises of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) on Wednesday.

Tourism Secretary Maheshwor Neupane was the chief guest of the program, while Dinesh Bhattarai, director general of Department of Tourism, as the special guest. Chief Guest Neupane inaugurated the program by watering plants at the program venue.

High ranking government officials, NMA office-bearers, executive committee members, former advisers, and staffers as well as representatives of different organizations participated in the program.

On the occasion, NMA announced recipients of its different awards. It had decided to honor mountaineer Mingma Sherpa, who have climbed all 14 peaks above 8,000 meters, with Kumar Khadka Bikram Adventurous Award. Similarly, Harka Gurung Mountaineering Award will be given to Buddhi Narayan Shrestha in recognition of his contribution in publishing different articles & books relating to mountains and mountain regions. Likewise, Ballav Mani Dahal of The Rising Nepal daily has been selected as the recipient of Dawa Norbu Mountaineering Journalist Award in recognition of his continuous effort in promoting mountain tourism.

NMA has planned to distribute the awards during its upcoming Annual General Assembly.

On the occasion, Chief Guest Neupane distributed certificates to participants and instructors of the 38th Basic Mountaineering Training.

Hari Dharel appointed Honorary Consul General of Denmark

Tourism entrepreneur Hari Dharel has been appointed as the Honorary Consul General of Denmark for Nepal.

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                                              Hari Dharel

Tourism entrepreneur Hari Dharel has been appointed as the Honorary Consul General of Denmark for Nepal.

Dharel, who is a former general secretary of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), assumed his new responsibility from November 1.

Dharel is the managing director of Highland Excursions Pvt Ltd and Himalayan Trails Travel and Tours as well as Hotel Highlander Inn. He has trade relations with Denmark for the past three decades.

Nepal and Denmark are celebrating 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations on December 15.

Nepal is one of the important development partners of Npeal. Bilateral trade between the two countries is around Rs 500 million annually. Nepal welcomes around 7,000 tourists from Denmark every year.

Nava Raj Dahal elected TAAN president

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has elected a new executive committee with president Nava Raj Dahal as president for a two-year term.

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has elected a new executive committee with president Nava Raj Dahal as president for a two-year term.

The 39th Annual General Assembly (AGM) of the association held in Kathmandu on Sunday elected three vice presidents, one secretary, one treasurer, one joint treasurer and nine executive committee members.

Dahal, who is the promoter of Nepal Environmental Trekking, secured 331 votes, defeated his opponent Mohan Lamsal of Makalu Adventure Trekking by 14 votes.

Similarly, Khum Bahadur Subedi, Jivan Thapa Magar and Nihalri Bastola have been elected Senior Vice President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President of the association, respectively. Likewise, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Sujan Lamichhane, Ram Krishna Timilsina and Tara Rana have been elected as General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and Joint-Treasurer, respectively.

Similarly, Ritu Gyamdan, Jivan Lama, Rabindra Adhikari, Gopal Shrestha, Baburam Gurung, Janga Bahadur Lama, Rajan Prasad Kapri, Suk Bahadur Lama and Sher Bahadur Pariyar have been elected as executive members.

Outgoing President Chandra Prasad Rijal and TAAN Pokhara President Deepak Raj Adhikari will also be in the new executive committee as ex-officio members. The 23-member executive committee of TAAN will get complete shape after the executive committee nominates four members to the executive committee.

The AGM also endorsed annual report for fiscal year 2016/17 presented by General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama and annual financial report for fiscal year 2017/18 presented by Treasurer Lila Baldab Dahal.

Earlier, inaugurating the AGM Tourism Secretary Maheshwar Neupane said that he was hopeful that the tourism tax collection dispute in the Khumbu region would be resolved soon. He was referring to the decision to collect Rs 2,000 per tourist as tourism tax by the Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality.

On the occasion, TAAN honored Bachhu Narayan Shrestha with TAAN Sagarmatha Harka Gurung Award. Likewise, the association awarded eight journalists with TAAN Tourism Journalism Award.

Secretary Shrestha also awarded top ten trekking companies on the basis of issuance of TIMS Card in Fiscal Year 2016/16. The companies awarded on the occasion were Himalayan Encounters, Royal Mountain Trekking, Thamserku Trekking, Highland Excursion Nepal and Himalayan Social Journey Treks, Himalayan Wonders Adventure, Summit Nepal Trekking, Swissa’s Mountain Way Trekking, Raika Tours and Treks and Trek the Himalaya Trekking.

TAAN is the largest tourism association in Nepal with around 1,200 members under its umbrella.