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TAAN to organize Lhosar festival on Feb 17


Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is celebrating ´TAAN Lhosar Festival´ in Thamel — the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley — this year in a bid to promote Lhosar festival as a cultural tourism product.

Issuing a statement, TAAN said the festival will see cultural performances of different ethnic groups like Gurungs, Tamangs and Sherpas. The program will begin with a colorful procession from Sanchayakosh Buildling which will pass through different thoroughfares in Thamel. “Traditional dances like Ghatu (Gurung), Tamang (Selo) and Syabru (Sherpa) will be performed on the occasion, said the statement. Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee will organize a special ´Mhendo La´ Dance in Thamel,” the statement said.

Similarly, there will be food stalls at the event venue where different communities will serve their traditional cuisines. The program will also see various entertainment and fun-filled programs like live concert, modern dances and DJ session, among others.

TAAN plans to organize the festival every year on February 17 to promote it as a cultural tourism product, added the statement.

Source : myrepublica.com

TAAN organizing Lhosar Festival on Feb 17

Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is organizing ‘United Lhosar Festival 2014’ at The Shanker Hotel on February 17.

TAAN has been celebrating Lhosar festival – the New Year festival of Gurung, Sherpa and Tamang communities — for the past many years to preserve our timeless culture and enhance brotherhood among tourism entrepreneurs.

Though these three communities celebrate Lhosar festival on different dates, TAAN has been organizing the festival to represent all three communities. TAAN has been trying to promote Lhosar celebration as a tourism product with a distinct brand.

Among others, the festival will feature cultural performance of Gurung, Sherpa and Tamang communities as well as various fun-filled events and performance by popular artistes.

The ticket has been fixed at Rs 1,499 per person. The event begins at 5 pm.

source: TAAN, 12 Feb 2014

7 reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek

The Langtang Valley, famous for sacred Gosaikunda Lakes, is as wild as any Tibetan highlands. The people living in the Langtang Valley are certainly the Nepalese but being the descendant of the Tibetan origin they look like Tibetans and practice Tibetan culture. Passing through the company of green rhododendron and bamboo forests, majestic waterfalls, and snow-capped Himalayas, the Langtang Valley Trek covers Tserko Ri (5,000m), Ganja La Pass (5122m), Helambu region, delightful villages, and some beautiful rice terraces of the region. Here are list of 7 reasons to go for Langtang Valley Trek.

Langtang Valley

1. Off the beaten experience

Almost all the visitors in Nepal prefer to go either Everest region or Annapurna region. Since, the trekking trails in both the region are extremely crowded and heavily explored. By contrast, Langtang region is naïve to the world traveler and hence less explored. The trail to the valley is comparatively less crowded which helps you to explore the unexplored treasures of Langtang Region with bit more fun and of the beaten experiences.

2. Money matters

You are planning to trek in the less popular trekking route in the Himalayas which is in short distance from Kathmandu. Because of these two reasons going for Langtang Valley Trek costs you comparatively less amount of money. Of course you are investing low amount of money for this adventure yet the result will be impressive. This trek too provides tremendous mountain views, cultural encounters, and exposure of diverse flora and fauna found in the region.

3. Less Risky

Trekking in the remote Himalayan alpine zone risks life and may undergo through many more unintended hindrances. But, trekking in the Langtang Region involves less adventurous journey in comparison to traveling in the Everest Region. But the experiences of adventure and joy are equally valuable.

4. Untouched Culture

The route to Langtang valley passes through villages inhabited by the Tibetan, Tamang and Sherpa people. These ethnic settlements practice a unique culture based on Buddhism. The cultural practices of this region are age-old and yet to be influence by modern phenomena of globalization. Looking at their cultural values and practices you will have quite exotic experiences. It can be easily traced out the moment you interact with their friendly and hospitable behaviors.

5. Enthralling Mountain & Lake Views

Though you are not travelling in the most popular trekking regions in the Himalayas this trek too offers you impressive mountain vistas. Your job is just to reach the top of Tserko Ri (5,000m) and Ganja La Pass (5122m) on the trail and wait to see how the Langtang Region unfolds before you with the stunning views of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal and Manaslu on the horizon. The valley itself is dominated by the 7,246 meter Langtang Lirung to the north, Gang Chhenpo (6,388m) to the south and Dorje Lhakpa (6,975m) to the east. Beside, you will also be attracted by the pristine Gosaikunda – the sacred lakes for both the Hindus and Tibetan Buddhists.

6. Buddhist Monasteries

The journey to Langtang Valley will be accompanied by Buddhist monasteries throughout the trail. You can see the fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, brightly painted Chortens, Mani walls along with Tibetan style houses. It appears that you are traveling in the Buddhist world with peace of mind.

7. Better Stays & Cuisine

As already mentioned the trails that you follow are off the beaten paths and hence you can enjoy better lodges and tea – houses with tremendous hospitality of local community. It fact the trip to Langtang Valley can be understood as village tour in which visitors can enjoy better chance of interaction with local people, enjoying locally handcrafted cuisine, and staying locally design houses.