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.

 

UIAA Management Committee Meeting to be held in Kathmandu

International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) has decided to organize its next management committee meeting in Nepal.

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UIAA Management Committee members at a photo call.
Photo Courtesy: Zimba Zangbu Sherpa

International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA) has decided to organize its next management committee meeting in Nepal.

According to Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, a member of the management committee of UIAA, the management committee meeting held in Shiraj of Iran on October 19 and 20 took the decision. “The next meeting will be held in Kathmandu on March 23-25, 2017,” Sherpa said, adding that Nepal had proposed to the UIAA to hold the next management meeting in Kathmandu during the previous meeting in Sheffield, the United Kingdom.

Sherpa was elected for the four-year term of the management committee member of UIAA last year.

Along with Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, former president of Ang Tshering Sherpa, who is also the honorary member of UIAAA, also attended the management committee meeting. Meanwhile, the duo also participated in the General Assembly of Asian Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UAAA) and made a presentation about Nepali mountaineering and adventure tourism sector.

The UAAA General Assembly also saw participation of two NMA representatives – 1st Vice President Deebas Bikram Shah and Kul Bahadur Gurung. Sources say other two NMA representatives, the officials of the tourism ministry, were denied visa and hence stayed in the airport.

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.

 

Lumbini Peace Marathon on March 1

Buddhist Circuits.com is organizing Lumbini Peace Marathon in Lumbini on March 1.

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Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Narayan Dev (center) unveil the booklet of Lumbini Peace Marathon in Kathmandu on Wednesday. Also seen in the picture are Buddhist Circuits.com’s Founder Bikram Pandey KAJI (right) and Product Manager Dipak Rai.

Buddhist Circuits.com is organizing Lumbini Peace Marathon in Lumbini on March 1.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Jitendra Dev, unveiled the marathon which is being held on the full moon day of Falgu Poornima, the auspicious day when Siddhartha Gautam returned to his home country as an Enlightened Buddha, on the occasion of 38th World Tourism Day on Wednesday.

The marathon is being organized by Buddhist Circuits.com in association with National Tourism Foundation and Adventure Sports Tourism Society (ASTS).

Speaking at the program, Minister Dev lauded the efforts of the private sector in promoting Buddhist heritage sites through sports. “I am hopeful that the marathon will become a popular tourism and sporting event in the country,” he added.

Concluding the unveiling ceremony of the Lumbini Peace Marathon booklet by the tourism minister, the concept man and script writer of the marathon event, Mr Bikram Pandey KAJI, said that today’s unveiling of this booklet is to mark the celebration of World Tourism Day by us tourism players in Nepal. “This unveiling event will go to the world as a Greeting and Gift of World Tourism Day celebration from the Nepali side to the rest of the world.

This spiritual sports peace marathon kick-starts from Kudan crisscrossing Buddhist heritage sites on life of Buddha and land of three Buddhas, of Gotihawa, Buddha Ganga (Ban Ganga) River, Kapilvastu Fort and Tilaurakot Palace, and then embarks on Mother Mayadevi Maternity Route to Niglihawa, Arorakot and Dohani, and concludes on the Mayadevi Temple Sacred Garden. The marathon will have three categories: Olympic Standard (42.195 kilometers), Half Marathon (21 kilometers), and Student Run (5/7 km).

The winner will receive a purse of Rs 100,000, while the first and second runners-up will become richer by Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively. The first prize has been named after Emperor Ashoka who confirmed that the present day Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha by erecting Ashokan Pillar. The second prize is dedicated to Chinese explorer Xuan Zang who visited Lumbini and Kaplivastu in the 7th Century and gave minute details of Lumbini and Kapilvastu Sakya Kingdom and Tilaurakot Palace in his travel account. It is because of his travel account that it could be possible to identify Kapivastu of Nepal as the real ancient Sakya Kingdom. Likewise, the third prize has been named after Former United Nations Secretary General Uthant who made a commitment in 1967 to develop Lumbini area as a sacred garden of haven. It is because of his contribution that we can see Lumbini Sacred Garden developed into the present form.

Commenting on Lumbini Peace Marathon event, Bikram Pandey KAJI of Buddhist Circuits.com, who conceived the event, said: “This event is our yet another effort to develop some new and innovative products for the Nepali tourism industry. It not only promotes Lumbini to the rest of the world, but also establishes Lumbini as the head start point in Buddhist Circuits map.”

#photoNepal features photographs of Gokyo area

The #photoNepal exhibition for the month of September has featured photographs of the Gokyo region by Dawa Lama Tamang.

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Travel photographer Dawa Lama Tamang (left) carriers a short profile about him at the exhibition venue.

The #photoNepal exhibition for the month of September has featured photographs of the Gokyo region by Dawa Lama Tamang.

Dawa, who likes to call himself a dreamer, is an adventurer and a successful tourism entrepreneur. The owner of Traveltimes Treks, which was established in 2010, Dawa has traveled across the length and breadth of Nepal, leading his groups.

Born in Kavre district, Dawa has built a career in tourism industry as an adventure trekking guide, mountaineer, travel organizer and landscape photographer. He is also the executive committee member of Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) where he heads the association’s Mountaineering Department.

Inaugurating the exhibition, Deepak Raj Joshi, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), said that #photoNepal is about connecting people and place. “Gokyo valley is great in terms of unmatched landscape and pristine lake. This edition of #photoNepal is thus dedicated to Gokyo,” Joshi shared.

NTB has been organizing #photoNepal every month to promote beautiful destinations and activities possible in Nepal. Gokyo exhibition will be held at Nepal Tourism Board on September 22-26, 2017.

Gokyo Lake lies in Sagarmatha National Park in north eastern Nepal. Among five lakes in the Gokyo lakes system, Thonak is the largest. The wetland lies on the head of the Dudh Kosi River, which descends from Cho Oyu (8,201 meters). The Gokyo lake system is naturally vulnerable, as it is lying in an ecologically fragile and unstable zone. The outburst of Ngozumpa glacier is always a threat to the existence of the lakes.

Here are some photos put on display at the #photoNepal exhibition: