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Punte ko Pangro and Les Jours de Tarap win big at KIMFF 2014


KATHMANDU, Dec 16: ‘Punte Ko Pangro’ took home the Best Fiction Film award at the closing ceremony of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) on Monday. The film, directed by Sachin Ghimire, was described by jury member Henry Iddon as having ‘excellent narrative structure, great editing and sensitive use of sound’.
Iddon announced the award for the Best Documentary to ‘Pawan’. Directed by Laxcha Bantawa, it tells the story of a little boy, Pawan, who moves to the UK with his family. Iddon remarked that ‘Pawan’ had a simple story and was intelligently edited. “The filmmaker did so well to bring us into the family and used humor to show the subtle complexities of moving from one place to another.” Read More

Young Brit breaks record for swift summit to Island Peak


Twelve year old Oisin McDevitt is no regular school boy given the number of records he has broken for conquering some of the world’s monstrous mountains. Oisin McDevitt broke another record on 24th October, 2014 – this time for the speed he got to the top of one in the Himalayas. McDevitt climbed 6,200 metres to the top of Island Peak on the flanks of Everest in just four and a half days, something very few adults have managed to achieve. Himalayan Glacier organized the overall trip which was spearheaded by Mr. Chhewang Sherpa, one of the finest climbing leaders from Himalayan Glacier. McDevitt was accompanied by his father and an acquaintance during the expedition. Read More

KIMFF begins tomorrow

KATHMANDU, DEC 10 – The much-awaited Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 2014 is all set to be held from December 11 to 15 at City Hall, Rastriya Sabha Griha, Exhibition Road, Kathmandu.

The 2014 iteration of KIMFF will involve back-to-back screenings of more than 70 films from 20 countries. They include fiction, short films, documentaries and animations. Along with the screening of the movies, the festival also aims to explore the role of youth in society and engage them, both in the art of filmmaking and film appreciation.  Read More

Nepali female mountaineers’ team to climb tallest Antarctica mountain

An all-woman seven-member mountaineers’ team, which has already successfully climbed the highest mountains in the six inhabited continents, is preparing to start on an expedition to climb to Antarctica aiming to reach the summit of Mount Vinson Massif, the highest mountain there.

Mt Vinson is the last remaining mountain in the teams’ campaign to ascend all the highest mountains in the seven continents.

The team was handed the Nepali flag for its final ascent at an event held by Nepal Mountaineers Association (NMA) in Kathmandu on Monday, December 8, 2014. Read More

Digital Tourism Marketing Training


Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter recently organized a 2-Day Training on Digital Tourism Marketing from 4-5 December, 2014 at Nepal Tourism Board, Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu. Professionals and representatives from various travel industries, tour operators, airlines and hotels attended the training including Mr. Raj Maharjan, Web Developer on behalf of Himalayan Glacier.

The objective of the training was to equip entrepreneurs and stakeholders from the tourism industry with practical information and modern styles on technical and promotional skills and digital marketing. Having felt the need for e-tourism, practical and ethical market management approaches data evaluation, international relations, market research and study, PATA Nepal Chapter invited Mr. Damien Cook, Founder & CEO of ETourism Frontiers and Ms. Sarah Matthew, Senior Sales Manager from TripAdvisor as resource persons for the training. The training was a huge success where over 70 individuals participated.


Tourist check-post set up in Muktinath

MYAGDI, Dec 1: The establishment of a tourist check-post and an information center at Muktinath of Mustang, known as the district beyond the Himalaya, has caused convenience to tourists coming for the district visit.

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) set up the check-post with a view to keeping full details of tourists entering the district and arriving for trekking in the Thorang La mountain pass, according to ACAP Jomsom Chief Bidur Kuinkel. Read More

Tourist route planned through Chitwan National Park

CHITWAN, NOV 30 – With an aim to boost living standards of local residents, Chitwan National Park is developing a 24km tourist route from Sauraha to Madi, covering four Village Development Committees (VDCs).

It takes around two days for tourists to reach Madi from Sauraha. If the new route comes into operation, tourists can hike till Madi by the evening if they start early in the morning.

A team comprising tourism entrepreneurs, conservation officers, members of consumers association and media persons , among others, travelled along the proposed route on Friday. It took around 12 hours for them to cover the route. Read More

Nepal in Forbes Ten Coolest Places to Visit in 2015 list

Forbes Life, a supplement of the business magazine Forbes, has named Nepal in its ‘The 10 Coolest Places To Visit In 2015’ list on its website

The ‘Coolest Places’ list is a guide on destinations to prioritize for 2015 which are ‘right at that sweet spot between sleepy backwater and developed destination’.

“What must we see right now, before it changes forever?” its writer Ann Abel asks. “What’s newly safe or newly uncovered?” Read More