09 Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse From Kala Pattar

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Mount Everest Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak in the world that lies at 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level. Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Komolungma in Tibet. The two legend Sir Edmund Hillary from New […]

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Unlicensed guides to be barred from trekking areas from Jan

Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and different unions of trekking workers have agreed to bar unlicensed trekking guides from leading groups from January 2015. Kul Bahadur Gurung, second vice president of TAAN, said the decision was taken with the […]

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Art exhibition on Mustang

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KATHMANDU, AUG 20 – An exhibition of paintings and photographs titled Fragments of Mustang is currently underway at Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal. This exhibition is a part of Manang Youth Society’s ongoing project to promote tourism and disseminate information about this region through the medium of art.

In order to carry out the exhibition, the society organised a ten-day field tour of Mustang for the participating artists and a photographer. The participating artists were Erina Tamrakar, Sunita Rana, Bidhata KC, Bipana Maharjan, Puja Maharjan Rajbhandari, while Sajana Shrestha was the participating photographer. The exhibition includes paintings and photographs that capture various aspects of the Mustangi lifestyle and environment.

During their stay in Mustang, the artists worked individually on themes they found exciting. Tamrakar, for example, was fascinated by the fact that every house, monastery and road was built on the foundation of stones, and hence decided to convey the importance of stones and rocks in Mustangi life.

Similarly, KC was impressed by the texture of whitewashed walls seen in every house and monastery in the region, which is done using the pigments unique to Upper Mustang. “It seems these walled houses capture the spiritual essence of the surrounding,” she said.

The exhibition was inaugurated by the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Bhim Prasad Acharya. The minister was visibly impressed by the exhibition and hailed the effort to promote Mustang via the medium of arts.

Chairman of Manang Youth Society, Tripple P Gurung, said that the society was buoyed by the response and plans to launch more such endeavours.

The exhibition is on till tomorrow.

Source: ekantipur.com

New trekking route to attract more tourists

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POKHARA, Aug 17 : A team of experts are studying a new trekking route that is expected to help shoot up tourist flow in the region. The team on Sunday hit the trail starting from Lo Manthang of Mustang to Lumbini.

President Ram Baran Yadav, who was present in Pokhara on Sunday to inaugurate the trekking route, said he hoped that the new route would make a difference in the lives of the people of the region by generating employment opportunities and ensuring development through tourism.

All the four major points along the route–Lo Manthang, Lumbini, Fewa and Rara–being of high tourist importance, their linking is supposed to highly benefit the entire tourism industry in the country.

“This trekking route will eventually link several regions along the mountains, hills, and Tarai. This will definitely boost tourism in the country,” said Tikaram Sapkota, a member of Tourism Board. “We have started it as a campaign. The new trek also has religious, historical, cultural, and environmental importance.

It is going to be unique, and it will help Nepal stand out further in the world tourism map,” he said at the inauguration function on Sunday.

Stating that over 40 percent tourists who visit Pokhara come back again, he said, the new trekking route would increase the flow of tourists.

A former member of the board, Ganesh Bhattarai, said that the new route is going to be highly beneficial for the locals as well. He also pointed out that the absence of basic infrastructures in Pokhara could serve as an impediment to tourism development.

Experts are excited that the trekking route would also join Chure and Mahabharat hills. “We are yet unaware about the herbs found in between Fewa and Rara lakes. We could draw tourists showing such valuable herbs as well as wild animals,” said Bhattarai.

Social activist Mahabir Pun and cricket player Paras Khadka were felicitated during the program. Speaking at the program, Pun said that growth in tourism could prevent Nepali youths from going overseas for jobs. “Youths need jobs. Such trekking routes could make a huge difference in the lives of local youths,” he said.

Source: myrepublica.com

Among top ten mountains in the world

09 Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse From Kala Pattar

Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the world’s highest peak in the world that lies at 8,848m (29,029ft) above sea level. Mount Everest is known as Sagarmatha in Nepal and Komolungma in Tibet. The two legend Sir Edmund Hillary from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay from Nepal were the first people to climb Everest at the very first time in 1953. It is the most noteworthy mountain on earth. However as of recently have a large number of individuals climbing the mountain. Southern piece of the mountain is easier route to climb.

Mount Annapurna
Annapurna has turned into the world most appreciation for visit Nepal because of its topographical differing qualities. It is a piece of the world’s most noteworthy mountain on the planet. Yearly vacationer comes to Nepal to view the stunning first light view to Annapurna.

 

TAAN to fix qualification of guides, porters

KATHMANDU, July 27: The Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is working to fix minimum qualification for guides and porters in its bid to enhance the quality of service provided to trekkers.

According to TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala, discussions are underway to fix minimum qualification for trekkers and porters. “We are planning to change the qualification of guides to SLC passed and porters to Grade 10. However, we are studying the practical aspects of this provision,” said Dhamala.

Not only that. TAAN and different unions of trekking workers have already signed an agreement to bar unlicensed trekking guides from leading groups from January 2015 onwards.

Kul Bahadur Gurung, second vice president of TAAN, said the association was holding discussions with trekking workers unions and trekking agencies regarding enforcement of minimum qualification criteria for trekking guides and porters. “It is better to have the qualification fixed as we can assure trekkers on the quality of service that we are providing them,” Gurung said, adding, “There, however, are some issues that need to be discussed and the practical aspects to be considered before taking decision on the issue.”

To ensure that trekking groups are not affected by the decision to bar unlicensed guides from leading groups, TAAN in coordination with Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) is providing 28-day training to 1,000 porters cum guide.

“The availability of trained guide cum porter will help us get rid of the compulsion of sending two staff – one guide and one porter – with groups as guides do not carry bags and porters do not understand English,” added Gurung.

To apply for the training, interested guides and porters will have to fill a form with their experience letter and photocopy of their citizenship card. TAAN will select them and recommend to NATHM for the training.

Unlicensed guides to be barred from trekking areas from Jan

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Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and different unions of trekking workers have agreed to bar unlicensed trekking guides from leading groups from January 2015.

Kul Bahadur Gurung, second vice president of TAAN, said the decision was taken with the objective of controlling illegal operation of trekking business.

TAAN has also increased daily wage of trekkers by Rs 250 to Rs 300 effective from October for a period of two years.

According to Gurung, TAAN revises daily wage of trekking workers every two years. “This new wage will come into effect from October,” he added.

According to TAAN, daily wage of guides, assistant guides, cook and kitchen assistant have been increased by Rs 200 and porter (assistant worker) by Rs 300. With the fresh hike in daily wage, guides, assistant guides and assistant workers in Langtang and Annapurna region will get Rs 1,250, Rs 1,100 and Rs 1,150 per day, respectively. Similarly, guides, assistant guides and porters in the Everest region will get Rs 1,350, Rs 1,250 and Rs 1,150 per day, respectively. At present, they are getting Rs 1,100, Rs 1,000 and Rs 850 per day, respectively.

Likewise, guides, cooks and kitchen assistants going for camping trek will now get Rs 1,050, Rs 1,000 and Rs 950 per day, respectively, up from Rs 800, Rs 750 and Rs 700 per day. Similarly, assistant guides and assistant workers will now receive Rs 950 and Rs 1,150 per day, respectively.

TAAN has also agreed to form Worker´s Welfare Fund as per the demand of trekking workers. “We will deposit a minimum of Rs 15 million from TIMS Fund as seed money into the fund under the Social Security Scheme of the government,” added Gurung.

Similarly, TAAN has also asked its member companies to provide Rs 8,000 annually to guide, cook and Sherpas as festival allowance once a year. The association has also said it would raise wages of guides and porters going on mountaineering expeditions.

TAAN and trekking workers have agreed to implement the provision of ´No trekking without guide or porter´, according to Gurung.