Army clean sweeps Eco-Challenge

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Members of Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ pose after receiving the first prize.

Tribhuvan Army Club of Nepal Army dominated the 2nd TAAN The North Face Eco-Challenge 2014, organized by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in Kathmandu on Sunday, winning the top three positions.

Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ stood first in the event with the timing of 2 hrs 37 mins and 25 sec. Similarly, Tribhuvan Army Club ‘B’ clinched the second position with the timing of 2 hrs 40 mins and 10 seconds while Tribhuvan Army Club ‘C’ finished third clocking 2 hrs 46 mins and 36 sec.

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has been organizing Eco-Challenge to promote adventure tourism in Nepal.

The event saw participation of a total of 17 teams. “Each team comprised of four participants and one team manager. The participants first ran on a 6.5-kilometer from Tokha to Pani Muhan. They then cycled on 14.5-kilometer track through the Shivapuri-Nagarjung National Park till Sundarijal and rafted on 7.5-kilometer segment of  Bagmati River — from Sundarijal to Gokarneshwar Mahadev Temple, Gokarna,” TAAN said in a statement.

The winning team received cash prize of Rs 125,000 along with medals and certificates. Similarly, the second and third team took home Rs 95,000 and Rs 65,000 respectively, along with medal and certificates.

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Rafting boat of Tribhuvan Army Club ‘A’ at the finishing line.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya gave away the awards.  Speaking on the occasion, Acharya said the ministry will lend all possible support to the private sector for organizing events like these. “I urge all other travel trade associations to organize such events and help promote tourism in the country,” he added.

Similarly, TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the event is Dhamala said TAAN plans to promote Eco-Challenge as an annual event in TAAN’s calendar. “We also plan to sell the event through our member agencies to attract foreign participants,” he added.

Earlier, former tourism minister Hisila Yami and TAAN President Dhamala jointly inaugurated the event amid a colorful ceremony held in Tokha. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Yami said events like these are necessary to promote Nepal as a destination for all seasons.

Event Coordinator Ranjan Rajbhandari said TAAN has been organizing Eco-Challenge since 2013 to promote culture, environment and adventure through sports.

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