Lumbini Peace Marathon in Lumbini on March 1

Lumbini Peace Marathon and Adventure Sports Nepal are jointly organizing 4th Lumbini Peace Marathon 2018 in Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha – on March 1, 2018.

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From left: Bikram Pandey, patron of Lumbini Peace Marathon; and Olympian Baikuntha Manandhar, among others at the press meet.

Lumbini Peace Marathon and Adventure Sports Nepal are jointly organizing 4th Lumbini Peace Marathon 2018 in Lumbini – the birthplace of Lord Buddha – on March 1, 2018.

Organizing a press meet in Kathmandu on Monday, the organizers said that the first and only spiritual sports event in the world is being organized to promote Lumbini as the ultimate tourist destination for all Buddhist followers provide runners from all over the world a thematic marathon event, and for development and promotion of marathon sport in Nepal.

“The marathon route follows the footsteps of Buddha and passes through Mother Mayadevi Maternity Route and the land of Three Buddhas. While running Lumbini Peace Marathon, athletes pass through important Buddhist heritage sites in an around Lumbini. A spiritual marathon like the Lumbini Peace Marathon, which follows the footsteps of Lord Buddha to his hometown of Kapilvastu, his palace in Tilaurakot and his birthplace in Lumbini, gives runners a chance to experience an aura of spiritual enlightenment that other traditional marathon lacks,” the organizers said in the statement.

Speaking at the press meet, Bikram Pandey, patron of Lumbini Peace Marathon, said that the main objective of the event is to promote tourism in Lumbini-Kapilvastu region through spiritual sports marathon. “Once the international airport in Bhairahawa comes into operation, the number of visitors is expected to grow by leaps and bounds. This marathon will help to bring more tourists to Lumbini,” he added.

Similarly, Olympian Baikuntha Manandhar, who is the race director of the event, said that Lumbini Peace Marathon is not just a sporting event but a tool to promote Lumbini in the world tourism map.

Likewise, Shikhar Pandey, event manager, said that they were expecting 250 runners to participate in the marathon. “Around 25 runners from countries like China, India, an Australia, among others, have already confirmed their participation,” he added.

There will be three categories in the marathon — full marathon of 42.195 km, half marathon of 21 km, and student/general run of 5 km. The winner, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up of the full marathon will take home cash prize of Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively, along with medal and certificates. Similarly, the winner, 1st runner-up and 2nd runner-up of the half marathon will be richer by Rs 50,000, Rs 35,000 and Rs 25,000, respectively.

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.

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.