Khagendra, Nirkala win 3rd TAAN Langtang Marathon

Nepal Army runner Khagendra Bhatta and Nirkala Kulung Rai of Solukhumbu have won the men’s and women’s category of 3rd TAAN Langtang International Marathon 2018 held in Langtang Region on May 19.

Nepal Army runner Khagendra Bhat and Nirkala Kulung Rai of Solukhumbu have won the men’s and women’s category of 3rd TAAN Langtang International Marathon 2018 held in Langtang Region on May 19.

Bhatta completed the race in 3 hours 49 minutes and 27 seconds, while Bharat Khatri of Nepal Army and Subash

Karki secured second and third position with the timing of 4 hours 6 minutes and 18 seconds and 4 hours 7 minutes and 58 seconds, respectively.

Similarly, in the women’s category, Nirkala finished the race, clocking 4 hours 57 minutes and 13 seconds ahead of Purna Maya Rai from Solukhumbu (5 hours 26 minutes and 19 seconds) and Sarita Basi from Nepal Army (5 hours 52 minutes and 20 seconds) who finished second and third, respectively.

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari inaugurated the 42.195-kilometer full marathon amid a function at the Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m). The marathon trail passes through Ghoda Tabela, Lama Hotel, Rimche, Sherpagaon, and Khangjim before concluding at Syabrubensi.

This is the second time that TAAN organized the marathon from Kyanjin Gomba to Syafrubesi. The first edition was organize as a half marathon from Gosainkunda to Dhunche. TAAN has been organizing the event with the slogan Adventure Sports for Sustainable Tourism’ to spread the message all over the world that  Langtang, which sustained serious damages in the 2015 earthquakes, is now safe for tourism activities.

Issuing a statement, TAAN said that the closing ceremony was held in the chairmanship of TAAN First Vice-  President Jeeban Thapa Magar and the Chief guest was Mohan Acharya, Member of House of Representative of Rasuwa.

A total of 100 participants, including five foreigners, took part in the event. The winners, first runners-up and second runners-up of both the categories took home cash prize of Rs 105,000, Rs 78,750 and Rs 52,500, respectively.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Minister Adhikari said that Langtang, which suffered severe damages in the 2015 earthquakes, is now open for tourism activities due to initiatives taken by TAAN.

(All photos by TAAN)

C N Pandey elected NATTA president

C N Pandey of Samrat Travels & Tours has been elected the new president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).

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The newly elected executive of NATTA at a photo call.

C N Pandey of Samrat Travels & Tours has been elected the new president of Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA).

In the election for new executive held in Kathmandu on Friday, the incumbent 1st vice president, Pandey, defeated D K Sharma the incumbent 2nd vice president of the association.

Similarly, Achyut Guragain, Sangeeta Jirel, Ramesh Thapa, Sabita Bhattarai, Ram Prasad Shrestha and Surendra Bhattarai have been elected as 1st vice president, 2nd vice president, general secretary, secretary, treasurer and joint-treasurer, respectively.

Similarly, Sudarshan Nepal, Devaki Gurung, Phuri Gyalzen Sherpa, Amrit Kumar Dhakal, Ramesh Paudel, Raju Dhakal, Inu Thapa and Gita Dhakal have been elected as Executive Members.

The new executive committee will serve for two years, according to the NATTA Secretariat.

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.

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.

 

Lamsal, Dahal in race for TAAN presidency

Two former general secretaries – Mohan Lamsal and Navaraj Dahal — are in the race for the president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Two former general secretaries – Mohan Lamsal and Navaraj Dahal — are in the race for the president of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN).

Though a third candidate – Nuru Jangbu Sherpa – is also in the race, industry people say the contest is between Lamsal and Dahal.

Along with the president, the election for the new executive committee of TAAN to be held at the Hyatt Regency Kathmandu on October 29 will elect 16 other office-bearers and members – three vice presidents, one general secretary, one secretary, one treasurer, one joint treasurer and nine executive members.

Khum Bahadur Subedi, Babu Kaji Sitaula and Nilhari Bastola are the candidates of Senior Vice President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President from Lamsal’s panel, while Purna Chandra Bhusal, Jivan Thapa Magar and Rishi Prasad Nepal are the Dahal panel’s candidates for the post of Senior Vice President, 1st Vice President and 2nd Vice President, respectively.

Likewise, Lamsal panel has fielded Chyaban Devkota for the post of General Secretary, Cholendra Bahadur Karki for Secretary, Subash KC for Treasurer and Kiran Dharel for Joint Treasurer. Sher Bahadur Pariyar, Tapan Tajbhandari, Namgyal Zangbu Sherpa, Angbabu Sherpa, Janga Bahadur Lama, Surya Bahadur Thapa, Kul Prasad Subedi, Saroj Kattel and Ritu Gyamdan are the candidates for Executive Member from Lamsal panel.

Similarly, Ang Pemba Sherpa, Sujan Lamichhane, Ramkrishna Timilsina and Tara Rana are the candidates for the post of General Secretary, Secretary, Treasurer and Joint Treasurer from Dahal panel. Similarly, Dahal Panel has fielded Kabita Lamichhane, Rabindra Adhikari, Rajan Prasad Kapri, Gopal Shrestha, Jivan Lama, Baburam Gurung, Suk Bahadur Lama, Hari Sharan Kharel and Harka Bahadur Gurung for the post of Executive Members.

TAAN is the largest tourism association in the country with nearly 1,300 members under its umbrella. This is why election for the new executive committee of TAAN always draws massive media and industry attraction, with panels spending millions of rupees to woo voters is past elections are anything to go by.