Tourist arrivals grow 11 percent in April


Nepal received 98,650 foreign visitors in the month of April, up 11.4 percent as compared to the same period last year, according to the Department of Immigration statistics.

With this, the arrival figures for the January-April period has reached 386,030, an increase of 13 percent over the same period in 2017. The healthy tourist arrivals figure indicates that Nepal is likely to receive more than 1 million tourists this year. Tourist arrivals to Nepal hit a new record in 2017 but remained short of the much ballyhooed target of 1 million individuals as national elections in November and December resulted in weaker-than-expected growth.

The country received 940,218 tourists last year, up 24.86 percent from 2016.

According to the statistics, arrivals from India and Sri Lanka grew by 13.8 percent and 26.4 percent respectively in April this year. The overall arrivals from Saarc countries registered a growth of 8.5 percent in April as compared to the same month last year. However, visitor numbers from Bangladesh plunged by 26.5 percent. Visitor arrivals from China continue to soar, growing by 45.9 percent in April.

Arrivals from Asia (other than Saarc) have also recorded growth of 28.1 percent. Likewise, visitors from Malaysia and Thailand to Nepal increased by 17.8 percent and 26.7 percent.

As far as European source markets are concerned, overall growth of 5.1 percent in April has been recorded. France gained 28.8 percent while arrivals from the UK and Germany declined by 7.4 percent and 12.2 percent respectively. Tourist arrivals from Australia and New Zealand have also increased by 2.5 percent and 18.9 percent respectively.

Visitors from the US and Canada have also grown by 7.9 percent and 8.1 percent respectively. The sustained growth in international arrivals to Nepal in 2018 is a continuation of the positive trend that started in 2016, Nepal Tourism Board, the country’s tourism promotional body said.

“It can be safely inferred that the concerted efforts of the government, Nepal Tourism Board and the private sector in positioning Nepal in the international markets as an attractive and safe destination and reviving the confidence of international visitors and travel entrepreneurs are well reflected in the visitor arrivals.”

source:the kathmandu post, 18 May 2018

Prime Minister of Nepal leaves for China today


PM Oli leaves for China

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for an official visit to China today at the invitation of Premier of the People’s Republic of China Li Keqiang.

According to Assistant Spokesperson and Information Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ram Babu Dhakal, the Prime Minister is accompanied by his spouse, Radhika Shakya, Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun, Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport Raghubir Mahaseth, Chief Advisor to the Prime Minister Bishnu Rimal, Members of Parliament, high-ranking government officials, representatives of private sector and mediapersons.


An official at the Tribhuvan International Airport informed that a charter flight of Himalaya Airlines carrying the Nepali delegation took off at 9:09 am. He added that PM and his delegation team would arrive in Beijing by 2:30 pm today.

During the visit, Prime Minister Oli is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart and will also meet with senior Chinese leaders, Officer Dhakal said and added that the PM would address Nepal-China Business Forum and think-tanks in Beijing.

On the occasion, the two countries will also sign some agreements and memorandum of understandings (MoUs). Bilateral discussions will be held and MoUs signed on matters relating to infrastructure development, investment, energy, tourism among other sectors under the one belt one road initiative, said Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi. “The major objective of the visit is to further deepen bilateral relations and cooperation,” he said.

Prime Minister Oli is also scheduled to visit Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region of China, where he will meet with the provincial leaders. The Prime Minister and the delegation will return home on June 24.

Earlier, during consultations with former prime ministers, the PM told that Nepal’s bilateral relations with China would reach a new height after his visit to the northern neighbour. Likewise, Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had told the meeting that during PM’s China visit, efforts would be made to seek China’s assistance for laying transmission lines, to enhance bilateral cooperation in the energy sector, and to prepare detailed project report of the railway lines to be built from Keirung to Kathmandu, and from Kathmandu to Pokhara with Chinese assistance.

Source: The  Himalayan Times

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2nd TAAN Langtang Marathon 2017

Kyanjin Monastery, Rasuwa

TAAN Langtang Marathon is an initiative taken by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) to disseminate the message to the rest of the world that Langtang-Gosainkunda region has bounced back after the earthquake and is receiving visitors like usual. It is also a part of our objective to foster ties with destination committee. The marathon begins at Kyanjin Monastery in the Langtang Region and goes through Langtang Village, Lama Hotel and Ghoda Tabela before concluding at Syafrubesi.

TAAN Lhosar Festival 2017

Hyatt Regency Kathmandu, Bouddha

Lhosar is the New Year festival of different ethnic groups living in hilly and mountainous distircts of Nepal. While Gurungs celebrate Tamu Lhosar on Poush 15 as per the Nepali calendar, Tamangs celebrate Sonam Lhosar and Sherpas celerbate Gyalbu Lhosar on different dates. TAAN has been organizing the festival annually to promote Lhosar as a cultural tourism product.
This year TAAN is organizing a fun-filled event at Hyatt Regency Kathmandu. The event will see participation of government officials, TAAN member agencies, representatives of different travel trade associations, industry people, among others.

Cultural performance by leading artistes, DJ session, and Lhosar dinner are the major attractions of the program.

The First mt. Everest Summiter

The First to Climb Mount Everest

In 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Became the First to Reach the Summit
Norgay Tenzing known as Sherpa Tensing (1914 – 1986) Nepalese mountaineer, with Edmund Hillary enjoying a snack on their return from the summit. (June 26, 1953).  (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

After years of dreaming about it and seven weeks of climbing, New Zealander Edmund Hillary and Nepalese Tenzing Norgay reached the top of Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, at 11:30 a.m. on May 29, 1953. They were the first people to ever reach the summit of Mount Everest.

Earlier Attempts to Climb Mt. Everest

Mount Everest had long been considered unclimbable by some and the ultimate climbing challenge by others. Soaring in height to 29,035 feet (8,850 m), the famous mountain is located in the Himalayas, along the border of Nepal and Tibet, China.

Before Hillary and Tenzing successfully reached the summit, two other expeditions got close. Most famous of these was the 1924 climb of George Leigh Mallory and Andrew “Sandy” Irvine. They climbed Mount Everest at a time when the aid of compressed air was still new and controversial.

The pair of climbers was last seen still going strong at the Second Step (about 28,140 – 28,300 ft).

Many people still wonder if Mallory and Irvine might have been the first to make it to the top of Mount Everest. However, since the two men did not make it back down the mountain alive, perhaps we’ll never know for sure.

The Dangers of Climbing the Highest Mountain in the World

Mallory and Irvine certainly were not the last to die upon the mountain. Climbing Mount Everest is extremely dangerous. Besides the freezing weather (which puts climbers at risk for extreme frostbite) and the obvious potential for long falls from cliffs and into deep crevasses, climbers of Mount Everest suffer from the effects of the extreme high altitude, often called “mountain sickness.”

The high altitude prevents the human body from getting enough oxygen to the brain, causing hypoxia. Any climber who climbs above 8,000 feet could get mountain sickness and the higher they climb, the more severe the symptoms may become.

Most climbers of Mount Everest at least suffer from headaches, cloudiness of thought, lack of sleep, loss of appetite, and fatigue. And some, if not acclimated correctly, could show the more acute signs of altitude sickness, which includes dementia, trouble walking, lack of physical coordination, delusions, and coma.

To prevent the acute symptoms of altitude sickness, climbers of Mount Everest spend a lot of their time slowly acclimating their bodies to the increasingly high altitudes. This is why it can take climbers many weeks to climb Mt. Everest.

Food and Supplies

In addition to humans, not many creatures or plants can live in high altitudes either. For this reason, food sources for climbers of Mt. Everest are relatively nonexistent. So, in preparation for their climb, climbers and their teams must plan, purchase, and then carry all of their food and supplies with them up the mountain.

Most teams hire Sherpas to help carry their supplies up the mountain. (The Sherpa are a previously nomadic people who live near Mt. Everest and who have the unusual ability of being able to quickly physically adapt to higher altitudes.)

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Go Up the Mountain

Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay were part of the British Everest Expedition, 1953, led by Colonel John Hunt. Hunt had selected a team of people who were experienced climbers from all around the British Empire.

Among the eleven chosen climbers, Edmund Hillary was selected as a climber from New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay, though born a Sherpa, was recruited from his home in India. Also along for the trip was a filmmaker to document their progress and a writer for The Times, both were there in the hopes of documenting a successful climb to the summit. Very importantly, a physiologist rounded out the team.

After months of planning and organizing, the expedition began to climb. On their way up, the team established nine camps, some of which are still used by climbers today.

Out of all the climbers on the expedition, only four would get a chance to make an attempt to reach the summit. Hunt, the team leader, selected two teams of climbers. The first team consisted of Tom Bourdillon and Charles Evans and the second team consisted of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

The first team left on May 26, 1953 to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. Although the two men made it up to about 300 feet shy of the summit, the highest any human had yet reached, they were forced to turn back after bad weather set in as well as a fall and problems with their oxygen tanks.

Reaching the Top of Mount Everest

At 4 a.m. on May 29, 1953, Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay awoke in camp nine and readied themselves for their climb. Hillary discovered that his boots had frozen and thus spent two hours defrosting them. The two men left camp at 6:30 a.m. During their climb, they came upon one particularly difficult rock face, but Hillary found a way to climb it. (The rock face is now called “Hillary’s Step.)

At 11:30 a.m., Hillary and Tenzing reached the summit of Mount Everest. Hillary reached out to shake Tenzing’s hand, but Tenzing gave him a hug in return. The two men enjoyed only 15 minutes at the top of the world because of their low air supply. They spent their time taking photographs, taking in the view, placing a food offering (Tenzing), and looking for any sign that the missing climbers from 1924 had been there before them (they didn’t find any).

When their 15 minutes were up, Hillary and Tenzing began making their way back down the mountain. It is reported that when Hillary saw his friend and co-New Zealand climber George Lowe (also part of the expedition), Hillary said, “Well, George, we’ve knocked the bastard off!”

News of the successful climb quickly made it around the world. Both Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became heroes.