February 24, 2014
The Department of Immigration (DoI) has introduced online application system for trekking permits.Issuing a notice, DoI has asked trekking agencies to file online application for trekking permits. The department has also stated that it won’t accept paper-based application system now onwards.According to the notice, trekking agencies should apply for trekking permit by visiting www.online.nepalimmigration.gov.np or www.nepalimmigration.gov.np. After filling up the details, they would get electronic receipt through email. Trekking agencies will then have to produce bank voucher and receipt as well as other documents to the Immigration Office within 15 days of the filing of application. In a bid to simplify the permit issuance system, DoI has said that trekking agencies will need to submit company registration certificate, license issued by the tourism ministry, foreign exchange certificate issued by Nepal Rastra Bank, PAN certificate and tax clearance certificate once a year only.DoI issues trekking permits to different controlled trekking areas in the country like Upper Mustang, Upper Manaslu and Upper Dolpa, among others.
source: TAAN, 23 Feb 2014
January 12, 2014
The number of trekkers in the Annapurna region increased to 113,495 in 2013.
According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), a total of 106,499 foreign trekkers had visited Annapurna Region in 2012.
ACAP´s Tourism Officer Narendra Lama told Republica that the number would have gone even higher had the political situation in the country remained better. “Many tourists cancelled their Nepal trip owing to the political uncertainty due to Constituent Assembly (CA) polls in 2013,” he added.
The number of trekkers in the Annapurna region has been increasing even though trekking trails are getting shorter due to construction of roads. “Many trekkers, however, have shortened their stay due to poor roads and pollution,” he added.
Narayan Sapkota, chairman of Trekking Agencies´ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Pokhara Chapter, said the rise in the number of trekkers was not encouraging. “The number trekkers used to rise at a higher rate in the past years. The small growth is no encouraging,” he added.
source: republica, 10 Jan 2014
January 2, 2014
Discover the 2014′s hottest mountain trekking trails in South Asia’s remote Himalayan region. The 2014′s hottest trekking trails let you explore vivacious cultural diversity, fervent faith in religion, ferocious mountain dwellers, tremendous variety of flora and fauna, and spectacular mountain vistas of the Himalayas. Latent with the motive of extreme mountain trekking adventure, the following mentioned mountain trails let you experience the true spirit of Himalayas.
- Everest Base Camp Trail, traverses through the land of world’s ferocious mountaineers – Sherpa, and the center of Buddhism in the tallest mountain region of the world. The hottest mountain trail for 2014 offering the tastes of life time adventure trekking takes you to the yard of Everest Region where four of the world’s six tallest peaks Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu, and Cho Oyu rise above everything else. The legendary trail in the Khumbu region even passes through the landmarks of Everest Region, capital of Sherpa Culture – Namche Bazaar, various Buddhist monasteries, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and flora and fauna found in the higher altitudes. To the most, the adventurous trail lands you to the base camp of tallest mountain in the World.
- Mt. Kailash Trail, one of the hottest mountain trails for holy trips in 2014, is basically known for its religious value, cultural significance, spiritual importance and awesome nature. The heavenly beauty of Mount Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also one of the greatest pilgrimage destinations for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. The Kailash Region also includes the two turquoise-blue, pristine high-altitude lakes and that are Mansarovar and Rakshesa. Another uniquely contributing fact to the spiritual aspect of Kailash is that four most sacred rivers of the Indian sub-continent begin from here and those are Sutlej, Karnili, Brahmaputra and Indus. The trail helps you discover almost all the treasures found in the Kailash region.
- Everest High Passes Trail, one of the hottest mountain trails for 2014, helps you discover the world famous demanding high passes of Everest Region and these are namely Kongma La (5,535), Cho La (5420m) and Renjo La (5,340m). Climbing these high passes reward you breathtaking views of the most of the world’s tallest mountain peaks in the world. Adding to this, the hottest mountain trail also encompasses the must see landmarks of Everest region which include Gokyo Valley, Khumbu icefall, Kalapatthar, Sherpa Culture, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche Monastery, and many more. And to the extreme the hottest trail reaches at Everest Base Camp – the dream destination.
- Tibet Everest Trail encompasses the beautiful Himalayan landscapes of Tibet at the one hand and on the other side the mountain trail exposes you with rich Tibetan culture and history. Besides, introducing you with the popular landmarks of Tibet – Potala Palace, Norbulingka Palace, Tashilhunpo Monastery, Sera Monastery, Drepung Monastery, Rongbuk Monastery, and Sakya Monastery the trail ultimately reaches to the advance base camp of Everest. The mountain trail in Tibet also covers Namtso Lake – one of the holy lakes in the Himalayas.
- Everest Gokyo Lakes Trail takes you to the yard of fabulous Gokyo Valley, the large Ngojumba Glacier, the famous Cho La pass, the celebrated viewpoints – Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, and at its utmost Everest Base Camp. The trail further traverses through the landmarks of Everest region in the company of majestically soaring mountains, friendly Sherpas, colorful monasteries and prayer flags, the Namche Bazzar, the Sagarmatha National Park, and many more. The entire region that you are passing through this trail is blessed with abundance of naturally beautiful shimmering lakes.
- Makalu Trail reaches to the base camp of world’s 5th highest mountain in the vicinity of Mt Everest. Though Mt. Makalu is a close neighbor of Mt. Everest, you take a different trail to reach there. At first Kathmandu connects you with Tumlingtar and next the trail passes through the beautiful Barun River Valley in the Makalu Barun National Park. While heading to the Makalu Base Camp, you will enjoy the views of the highest mountains such as Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Chamlang, Mt. Baruntse and other mighty Himalayas along with Makalu (8481m) itself. Passing through the trail you will also encounter with a large variety of endangered flora and fauna protected in the region.
- Annapurna Circuit Trail, one of the most popular trekking routes for 2014, covers the entire Annapurna massif reaching at the summit of Thorong La Pass (5,416m). The circuit trail while taking you in the yard of Annapurna region passes through a diverse geographical and cultural variation of the region. The undulating trail passing through terraced rice farms, forests and friendly villages brings you the taste of a thrilling walk through the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge. While climbing up in the company of soaring Annapurna I (8,091m) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m) the trail brings you even at Manang and Muktinath.
- Upper Mustang Trail following through the off-the-beaten path in the spectacular Trans-Himalayan Region brings you into Lo-Mangthang- a walled city of Upper Mustang at the top of the Kaligandaki River. The Upper Mustang region hidden behind the majestic Himalaya ranges is full of some of Nepal’s oldest Buddhist Monasteries, ancient and isolated villages, and inaccessible caves. In addition, the undulating trail passing through the world’s deepest Kaligandaki gorge Region in the company of panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks helps you explore the centuries old isolated culture, lifestyle and heritage prevailed in the region.
- Kanchenjunga Trail lets you intermingle with the thriving culture and society of north eastern corner of Nepal Himalayas. Kanchenjunga (8,586m), the third tallest in the Himalayan Range, is considered as one of the most beautiful mountain massifs in the world. The circuit trail is popular among nature enthusiasts as it is a long adventure to the most remote and beautiful area of Himalayas in Nepal.
- Annapurna Base Camp Trail, one of the most stunning trekking trails for 2014, takes you to the base camp of Mt. Annapurna (8091m) – the 10th highest mountain in the world. This stimulating trail passing through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and snow capped mountain vistas of Annapurna Region brings you at a diverse geographical and cultural variation of Annapuran region and eventually let you experience the soaring eight thousanders – Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri
December 10, 2013
A four-day refresher training for trekking guides kicked off at Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Secretariat on December 10.
Twenty-six trekking guides from different member agencies of TAAN are participating in the training organized jointly by TAAN and High Impact Tourism Training (HITT) under SNV Nepal.
TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala inaugurated the training amid a function. Speaking on the occasion, Dhamala said TAAN has been organizing number of trainings to enhance professionalism of trekking workers. “I am hopeful that the training will be important to keep your clients safe and happy,” added Dhamala. He also requested the participants to implement in practice what they have learnt in the training.
Dhan Prasad Gurung, coordinator of TAAN’s Training and HR Department, said the training is part of TAAN’s effort to prepare trained human resources for the trekking sector. “We will keep on designing and organizing trainings based on the need of our member agencies,” Gurung said, requesting the participants to share knowledge they have gained from the training to other trekking workers.
Tanguy Cariou, international associate advisor of HITT under SNV Netherlands, said the training will be important for trekking guides. “SNV Nepal has been investing a lot in trainings for the trekking sector in partnership with TAAN,” Cariou said, requesting the participants to implement what they have learnt in the training while taking clients on trekking.
Chandra Niroula, Chandra GT, Sunil Gurung, Jayanath Bhandari, Govinda Shrestha, Machhindra Acharya and Gelbu Tshering Sherpa are the facilitators of the training. The facilitators are the graduates of the training of trainers (TOT) organized jointly by TAAN and HITT/SNV Nepal.
source: TAAN, 09 DEC 2013
April 18, 2013
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April 10, 2013
The streets of Thamel are bustling with tourists’ traffic nowadays as the spring climbing and trekking seasons get in progress in the Himalaya. Usually, the climbing and trekking seasons start as the snows of winter withdraw and end with the arrival of the Monsoon. During spring season, the various trekking routes to different Himalayas’ base camps will be crowded with mountaineers and adventure travelers.
For the next few months, hundreds of backpackers come in Kathmandu before setting out for the country’s legendary hiking trails. For many, the hiking happens to be a trip of a lifetime, taking them on a grand adventure into the very heart of the Himalaya. And for a selective few, it will be a chance to be at the top of the world.
For those traveling to Everest make their areal journey towards Lukla, the infamous Tenzing-Hillary Airport. Others head for Pokhara, a city that grants access to the Annapurna Trekking Circuit and three of the highest mountains in the world – Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Annapurna itself.
The entire climbing and trekking experiences will be blend of adventure, culture and spiritual those take place in world’s most spectacular settings on the planet.
March 11, 2013
The Damodar Kunda (lake), situated at an altitude of 4890 meter in the northern of Annapurna range is famous for Hindu and Buddhist religious pilgrims. The lake site is cold and windy place. Hence, the Mustang trekking route which is very close to Nepal’s border with Tibet to Damodar Kuda is also challenging.
The challenging route to the lake offers astounding views of Mt. Dhaulagiri 1- (8163m), Mt. Sita Chuchura (6611m), Mt. Nilgiri (6940m), Mt. Thapa Peak (6015m), Mt. Tukche Peak (6920m), Mt. Tilicho peak (7134m), Mt. Thorong Peak (6484m), Mt. Yakawa Kan (6482m), Mt. Brikuti (6364m), and Mt. Chuungian Chanma Himal (6165m). The destination to the lake further enthralls with snow capped mountains peaks like Mt. Mustang Himal (66234m), and Mt. Arniko Chuli (6034m). At the lake’s north intrepid trekkers find Damodar Himal and encounter clearly visible massif of Mt. Annapurna to the south.
Above all offering the arresting scenery of great Himalayas, the trek traverses through Thakali and Tibetan communities of highlands.
February 14, 2013
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