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Nepal to host Paragliding World Cup in 2015

The lake city of Pokhara in west Nepal will host the 2015 Paragliding World Cup and preparations are underway to successfully accomplish the event.

“As our target is to host the important event of adventure tourism in Nepal, we are conducting several preparatory competitions from here onward,” Rajesh Bamjan, chairperson of Nepal Air-sports Association, was quoted as saying by Karobar daily.

In this connection, a five-day Open Paragliding Competition was organized from February 28 to March 4 in Pokhara, in which more than 120 pilots from USA, UK, China, India, Japan and Russia, among others, have participated.

“Participants are from more than 20 countries. The event will promote tourism as well as help develop adventure sports in Nepal, “Bamjan added.

Paragliding will take off from Sarangkot, a hilltop above Fewa Lake and will have competitions in seven categories, including best spot-landing, best raft-landing and the best acrobats.

Source: NTB-Mar 11, 2013

29 teams get permits to climb Mount Everest

Kathmandu: The Nepalese government says 29 teams have paid 254 million Nepalese rupees ($2.9 million) in royalty fees to climb Mt. Everest this season.

The 29 teams will have 315 members who will attempt to climb the world’s highest peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 feet) this season, which runs from mid-March through May, the Nepal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said.

Last year, the government issued permits to 30 teams comprised of 335 mountaineers. Among them, 181 climbers made it to the summit of the Himalayan peak, Nepalnews.com reported.

Many of the teams this season already have left for the Khumbu Region of Everest for acclimatization.

Royalty fees to climb Everest ranges from $15,000 to $70,000 per expedition, determined by the size of the team and the route it takes to reach the summit.

Source: UPI.com-Apr 29, 2013

Nepalese police investigate reports of Everest brawl

Police near Mount Everest are investigating reports of a fight on the upper reaches of the world’s highest mountain between two foreign climbers and their Nepalese guides, officials said.

“We were told our clients and the guides fought on their way to camp three. We don’t have all the details yet, but our clients have come down off the peak,” said Anish Gupta of Cho-Oyu Trekking, the Kathmandu-based company that organized the expedition.

He said that one of the clients, a Swiss national, had descended the mountain and was currently waiting for a flight back to Kathmandu.

The other client, an Italian, remained at Everest Base Camp and may still try to summit the 8,848-metre peak.

Sitaram Karki, the chief district officer in Solukhumbu, the region where Everest stands, told AFP the police were conducting an investigation, but the details were still unclear.

“There are communication issues high on the mountain, but we have received the reports of a fight and deployed our team to investigate the incident,” Mr Karki said.

More than 3,000 people have climbed Everest, which straddles Nepal and China, since it was first conquered by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Every year hundreds more set out in April to attempt the climb.

Source: ABC NEWS-28 April, 2013


Nepal Tourism eyes East India

The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) is embarking on a 3-city road show with the aim of increasing awareness and educating the Indian travelers on Nepal?s tourism products and offerings.

The road show will target prominent cities of East India namely Kolkata, Bhubaneswar and Ranchi on Apr 23, 25 and 27 respectively.

After successful tourism promotional campaign of Nepal Tourism Year 2011 and Visit Lumbini Year 2012, The Year 2013 has been marked with Mt. Everest Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

The special programs will take place from May 26- 29 May.

On the occasion, there will be the gathering of renowned Everest summiteers, opening up new peaks for summit, felicitation to all 8000 meter peaks summiteers, Everest Marathon in Solukhumbu, award ceremonies, familiarization trips of high level national and international dignitaries to Everest Region, symposiums on climate change in Everest Region, cleaning campaigns in the Everest Region, etc.

Nepal has always been popular with Indians as a recreational, shopping and pilgrimage destination. Nepal is a prominent destination amongst Hindus across the world.

Earlier known as the only Hindu Kingdom of the world, Nepal is thronged with thousands of Shiva-devotees especially during Mahashivaratri to pay homage to Pashupatinath.

There is a popular belief prevalent among the Hindus that a visit to these sacred sites will ensure a prosperous earthly life and a rewarding after-life.

For many, Nepal symbolizes as an ultimate adventure destination that is rarely found anywhere else in the world.

And, for others, Nepal appears to be a Shangrila- the Lost Horizon that has been far from reality clustered with deities and demons awaiting for offerings.

However, Nepal, in fact, is a country with a diverse arrays of tourism products- a rare combination of mystic, mystery, mountain and merriment.

Pilgrimage, leisure, Meetings-Incentive-Conferences-Exhibition or Events (MICE) and soft adventure activities are the primary segments Nepal is focusing on in Indian market currently.

No visa requirement, good air connectivity with almost flights 76 flights per week to India, easy access by road, year round pleasant weather, favorable exchange rate for Indian currency are some of the major factors that contribute to Nepal’s popularity as a favorite holiday destination amongst Indians.

NTB said it plans to promote destinations including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Manakamana and Muktinath; hill stations including Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Daman, Bandipur, Tansen currently for Indian market.

Soft adventure activities such as white-water rafting, biking, fishing, rock climbing, paragliding, ultra light aircraft and bungee jumping will be endorsed.

For the arduous and keen adventure seekers or trekkers, the Great Himalayan Trail across east-west mountainous belt of Nepal has been introduced.

New home stay facilities around Kathmandu valley and outside Kathmandu valley with ethnic flavor will also be promoted.

The campaign will also include exclusive and luxury tourism products in terms of casinos, golf, dining, nightlife, shopping of indigenous handicrafts, woodwork, pashmina, carpets, clothing, souvenirs, jewelry and electronics.

Weekend Breaks, Spiritual Weekends, Family Weekends and Adventure Weekends will be focused on as well.

NTB?s marketing strategy will focus on B2B and B2C promotion programs in the both metro and satellite cities in India and Asia.

Nandini Lahe-Thapa, Sr. Director, Tourism Marketing & Promotion, Nepal Tourism Board, said ?India is the most significant market for the Nepalese tourism industry with approximately 1/3rd total market share.

“The Indian market is important for both in terms of value and volume.? In 2012, Nepal received 164,680 tourists from India by air which is 13.3% increase as compared to 2011.”

Source: INDIA NOON-24 April, 2013

Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival from Thursday

Kathmandu: The 7th Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival-2013 is going to be held here from April 25.
At a news conference organized by the Indigenous Film Archive (IFA) here today, it was informed that the festival is going to be held from April 25-28 at the City Hall and Nepal Tourism Board at Exhibition Road in the capital.
The IFA is the organizer of the festival and the festival is to be held under the slogan ‘Equal access and participation of Indigenous to communication’.
A total of 27 films, documentaries and music videos of abroad including Australia, Germany, India, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Russia and America will be screened in the festival.
Similarly, 23 films and music videos of different languages of Dhimal, Chepang, Gurung, Magar, Rai, Limbu, Newar and Tharu communities have been selected for the festival from Nepal.
The first, second and third winner of the film festival will receive golden drum, silver drum and bronze drum respectively. An encouragement award under ‘Nepal Panorama’ will be given away to a film made by indigenous communities.
Director of the Festival, Sanjog Lapha Magar, said that food items of indigenous communities including Rai, Tamang, Newar and Magar will be put on display in the festival.

Source: The Himalayan Times-23 April 2013