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Ganesh Himal-Manaslu Development Project Launched

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and SAMARTH/Nepal Market Development Program (NMDP) have signed and exchanged Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for tourism development in Ganesh Himal (Ruby Valley) Region in Dhading and Manaslu Region in Gorkha district.

TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala and Wouter Shalken, Tourism Sector Manager of SAMARTH/NMDP signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organizations amid a function on March 27.

The Ganesh Himal Manaslu Tourism Development Project will work in partnership with Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. At local level, it will work together with Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee, District Development Committees (DDCs) of Gorkha and Dhading and affected Village Development Committees (VDCs) in the two districts.

The project came into implementation from March 27 and will continue for six months. It aims to develop tourism infrastructures like suspension bridges and box bridges, establish tourism information centers, identify view points and build view towers, maintain or upgrade existing trekking trails, construct porter shelters, study caves and involve in other research and development works in the affected areas.

TAAN had organized exploration trip to the area in June 2012. Later in January this year, the association organized a survey trip to the area. In its findings, the survey team had suggested to the project executing body to develop necessary infrastructures in the area.

As per the suggestions, the project will primarily focus on development of necessary infrastructures in the area, according to TAAN President Dhamala. He also said the Ganesh Himal-Manaslu Region was selected for the project because of its proximity to Kathmandu Valley and the untapped tourism potentials in the area. “We will organize similar programs in different parts of the country in the near future,” he said, adding that detailed plan for the development of Ganesh Himal-Manaslu area has already been finalized. This project is a part of our plan to link Langtang, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu regions, he said. “SMARTH/NMDP is providing us Rs 32 million. We will also chip in from our resources,” Dhamala added.

Wouter Shalken, tourism sector manager of SAMARTH/NMDP, said they were happy to working with TAAN for tourism development in Ganesh Himal-Manaslu Area. “We are expecting long term partnership with TAAN,” he added.

source: TAAN, 31 Mar 2014

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