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  Nepal’s battered mountaineering tourism’s autumn hopes are fading fast amid a rise in Covid-19 cases

Nepal’s battered mountaineering tourism’s autumn hopes are fading fast amid a rise in Covid-19 cases

Industry insiders say the fate of the upcoming climbing season rests on what approach the government takes to welcome tourists.

Nepal’s battered mountaineering tourism’s autumn hopes are fading fast amid rise in Covid-19 cases

The pandemic has wiped out jobs in Nepal’s mountaineering industry.

On February 20, when Pasang Tendi Sherpa landed in Nepal, he had just wrapped up a two-month-long climbing expedition on Mount Aconcagua in Argentina. The next mountain on his list was Everest.

Tendi, a certified guide of the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations, works as a mountain guide for TAG Nepal, a Kathmandu-based outdoor outfitter. Internationally certified mountain guides like Tendi are in high demand during Nepal’s spring and autumn climbing seasons, and most of them spend months in the mountains, away from their families.

For Tendi, this year was not going to be any different. Then came Covid-19.

“I have been out of work since returning from Argentina,” said Tendi.

The spring climbing season, which begins in March, this year coincided with the beginning of lockdown. On March 20, the government banned all passengers, including Nepalis, from entering the country from the European Union territories, including the United Kingdom, West Asia, Gulf countries and countries like Iran, Turkey, Malaysia, South Korea and Japan. Four days later, on March 24, the government imposed a complete lockdown.

The lockdown forced dozens of companies to cancel their expeditions booked months ago. The cancellation of mountaineering expeditions left around 20,000 tours, trekking and mountain guides out of job, according to industry insiders.

But expedition companies were hopeful for autumn, which begins in September and lasts until November. The country’s peak tourism season, which attracts a third of the total 1.2 million tourists visiting Nepal, does not generally draw tourists for Mount Everest, but hordes of adventure seekers come to trek. Many small peaks see heavy traffic during the autumn season.

In addition to treks to the Everest Base Camp, thousands of tourists travel across the country to various remote valleys and peaks, giving a much-needed boost to the local economies while employing nearly half a million Nepalis, mostly as trekking and mountaineering guides.

On July 21, the government decided to lift the lockdown allowing hotels and restaurants, trekking and mountaineering companies to prepare for the autumn season. They were reopened on July 30. The scheduled domestic and international flights, however, were planned to open by August 17. Hope was growing strong.

But since lifting the lockdown, there has been a steady rise in coronavirus cases.

On Monday, the government said that international and domestic flights will remain suspended until August 31.

Industry stakeholders–from high-altitude workers to guides and porters to lodging and fooding companies–are now deeply worried about the future.

When Tendi returned from Argentina, his plan was to rest for two weeks before getting ready for Everest. For the spiring’s Everest expedition, his employer TAG Nepal had 32 climbers from all over the world.

“To support them, we had a team of 200 people, which included mountain guides, high-altitude sherpas, cooks, kitchen boys, porters” Tendi told the Post. “From our company’s Everest expedition alone, the lockdown meant 200 people losing their source of livelihood.”

At big expedition agencies, the number of people who have lost their jobs is much bigger.

Seven Summit Treks, one of the leading expedition agencies in Nepal, had 250 climbers for the spring climbing season.

“We had 100 clients alone for Everest. The rest were for Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Dhaulagiri and Lhotse—all more than 8,000-metre peaks, including the 6,812-metre high Ama Dablam,” said Mingma Sherpa, chairman of Seven Summit Treks. “Had the expeditions gone ahead, we would have been able to employ 1,000 people.”

Every year, young people are eager to have a crack at a high-paying job in the Everest region.

Thirty-eight-year-old Janga Bahadur Tamang was 14 when he fled from his home in Okhaldhunga and arrived in Lukla hoping to find a job in trekking expeditions.

During his first two years in Lukla, Janga worked as a porter.

“When I was 16, I found work as a kitchen helper for a mountaineering expedition, and I have been doing this job since,” said Janga, who now works as a second cook for an expedition agency. He has the experience of working with expeditions on Everest, Mera Peak, Ama Lapcha and Makalu. When the autumn climbing season ends, Janga works as a trekking guide.

“The money I make from these two seasons is usually enough to sustain my family for a year and a half,” said Janga.

This March, he was supposed to join an Everest expedition as a cook, a job that would have employed him until the end of May.

“When the climbing season got cancelled, I was a bit worried but I had some savings to fall back on, and I thought when the autumn season resumes, I can get back to earning money and things will be better,” said Janga.

But with less than a month to begin the season, Janga says his hope of getting back to work is sinking. Like Janga, hundreds of people in the Everest region are hopeful that after a painful spring, autumn would salvage their losses.

“Lukla, the gateway to Everest, where almost everyone is dependent on tourism income, the mood is still deeply worrying,” said Janga. “My savings will probably support me for another few months only.”

Santa Bir Lama, president of Nepal Mountaineering Association, said every year, the association issues 1,200 to 1,500 climbing permits.

While the government itself issues permits to mountaineering expeditions for Himalayan peaks more than 7,000 metres high, the association has been allowed to manage 27 small peaks known as ‘trekking peaks’ which range in height from 5,587 to 6,654 metres.

“Each permit can have anywhere between 1 and 15 climbers, and each climber employs three to five people,” said Santa. “Many who depend on mountaineering have been hit hard by the cancellation of the spring climbing season, and if the autumn climbing season gets cancelled, many people will be in financial ruin.”

The mountaineering community is eagerly waiting for the government to develop health safety protocols, including quarantine measures if the autumn climbing is to happen.

Meera Acharya, director of the Department of Tourism, said they are drafting health safety protocols for the mountaineering activities.

“We are expected to unveil the safety protocols soon,” she said, without elaborating further.

Besides health safety protocols for mountaineering activities, other guidelines for foreign tourists are still awaited.

“Everything now depends on what kind of quarantine rules the government comes up with. If it declares that travellers will have to stay in quarantine for a week or more after arriving in Nepal, there’s no way we can attract climbers,” said Mingma.

While the Tourism Ministry plans to allow tourists to visit Nepal with less hassle, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is not interested in providing on-arrival visas.

“The Health Ministry is also for regulating tourist movements,” said an official at the Tourism Ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

The guidelines for tourists, which are yet to be finalised, have set a few requirements for tourists—negative polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results no older than 72 hours on arrival; another PCR test in Nepal from government-designated hospitals and clinics; 14 days of quarantine in hotels; and Covid-19 travel insurance.

“All these documents, except for the PCR test in Nepal, should be submitted while boarding a plane,” said the official. “As per the preliminary discussions, tourists can spend seven days in quarantine in Kathmandu hotels, and another seven days in hotels outside Kathmandu.”

Travel agencies are required to take all the responsibilities of the tourists, starting from picking them up at the airport.

Many tourism stakeholders have suggested that the government set up dedicated Covid-19 testing at the airport and provide results in a few hours so that incoming travellers won’t face the hassle of staying in quarantine for days.

Mingma said that many climbers are still interested to come to Nepal for the autumn climbing season.

“We still have around 200 climbing enthusiasts who want to climb Manaslu and Lhotse during the autumn season,” said Mingma. “Even though that number is just 20 percent of what we normally have for the season, during such a difficult time, even if we could run expeditions for these climbers, it will provide the much-needed income for many who haven’t had any work for months.”

Eagerly waiting for tourists, Janga and his family are counting on the authorities in Kathmandu to decide.

“Spring is gone, and if the autumn doesn’t happen, I’ll be in no position to pay my rent,” he said. “I have made up my mind to build a temporary shed on a plot of land not far from where I live and move my family there.”

Rope-Fixing Team Reaches the Summit of Mt. Everest

Rope-Fixing Team Reaches the Summit of Mt. Everest

It has been a long and challenging spring on the world’s highest peak. In addition to seeing the mountain all-but completely shut down due to the coronavirus, the past few weeks have seen two summit pushes turned back due to bad weather. But now, as the seasonal monsoon looms on the horizon and time is starting to run out, a team of rope-fixing Sherpas has reached the top of the mountain at long last, with two more teams expected to follow over the next day or two.

Today, at approximately 2:25 PM local time in Tibet, a group of six Tibetan climbers reached the top of Mount Everest 8848M installing fixed ropes along the way. That group included. According to The Himalayan Times the group included: “Dorjee Tsering, Tenzing Norbu, Dunpa, Tashi Gombu, Tsering Norbu and Dorjee.” Upon reaching the top, the group used the new 5G cellular service that was installed o the mountain a few weeks back to broadcast live from the summit.

Their successful completion of installing the fixed lines resulted in the first summits of the season, but others may soon follow. A team of surveyors that have been sent to Everest to remeasure the height of the mountain has reportedly reached Camp 1 after leaving Advanced Base Camp this morning. According to ExWeb, their goal is to depart from C1 directly for the summit tomorrow, although that seems like a rather ambitious goal all things considered. C1 is located at 7000 meters (22.965 ft), leaving more than 1800 meters (5905 ft) of vertical climbing to go. That seems highly unlikely to happen in a single day.

Queuing up behind the survey team, the lone commercial squad on Everest this year is waiting in the wings. This team, which has roughly 26 members, is led by an operator called Yarla Shampo. They’ll look to summit sometime in the next few days as well, provided the weather continues to cooperate.

Traditionally speaking, most of the summits on Everest have come somewhere around May 15 in recent years. Bad weather has delayed any real attempts on the summit this season however, which is why it is now May 26 and we’re just now seeing any success this spring. Usually, the monsoon arrives in early June, which will of course close things down once again. In other words, this is likely to be the final summit push of the spring—and possibly the year—on the mountain.

Stay tuned. We’ll bring further updates as we get them.

International travel may not return to normal until 2023, experts say

International travel may not return to normal until 2023, experts say

The international travel industry likely won’t return to normal for at least three years as it tries to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, a major travel association says.

The slower-than-expected reopening of world economies coupled with continued travel restrictions and COVID-19 fears among travelers could ground most of the world’s passenger jets until 2023, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, Lonely Planet reported.

Air travelers are also being turned off by the inconvenience of flying during the pandemic. A recent survey found that 69 percent of travelers would rather stay home than face a 14-day quarantine when they arrive at their destination, the outlet said — something which the IATA is urging governments to reconsider.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” Alexandre de Juniac, the association’s director and CEO, told Lonely Planet.

“We need a solution for safe travel that addresses those challenges,” de Juniac said. “It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

Why the future of air travel post-coronavirus may include more private airlines

The association said it expects domestic travel will lead the way when the recovery does get going, but global passenger traffic isn’t likely to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, they said. The group estimates international travel demand will be 24 percent below 2019 levels by next year.

In a release Tuesday, the IATA set out principles for a reopening of the airways, vowing to put safety first and to use new science and technology to make that happen.

However, recent reports have suggested that commercial air travel may never fully rebound, and private air carriers may see an uptick in business.

Major airlines have also come under fire during the coronavirus for continuing to pack planes despite social-distancing restrictions and promises by air carriers.

The international travel industry likely won’t return to normal for at least three years as it tries to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic, a major travel association says.

The slower-than-expected reopening of world economies coupled with continued travel restrictions and COVID-19 fears among travelers could ground most of the world’s passenger jets until 2023, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said, Lonely Planet reported.

Air travelers are also being turned off by the inconvenience of flying during the pandemic. A recent survey found that 69 percent of travelers would rather stay home than face a 14-day quarantine when they arrive at their destination, the outlet said — something which the IATA is urging governments to reconsider.

“To protect aviation’s ability to be a catalyst for the economic recovery, we must not make that prognosis worse by making travel impracticable with quarantine measures,” Alexandre de Juniac, the association’s director and CEO, told Lonely Planet.

“We need a solution for safe travel that addresses those challenges,” de Juniac said. “It must give passengers the confidence to travel safely and without undue hassle, and it must give governments confidence that they are protected from importing the virus.”

Why the future of air travel post-coronavirus may include more private airlines

The association said it expects domestic travel will lead the way when the recovery does get going, but global passenger traffic isn’t likely to return to pre-pandemic levels until at least 2023, they said. The group estimates international travel demand will be 24 percent below 2019 levels by next year.

In a release Tuesday, the IATA set out principles for a reopening of the airways, vowing to put safety first and to use new science and technology to make that happen.

However, recent reports have suggested that commercial air travel may never fully rebound, and private air carriers may see an uptick in business.

Major airlines have also come under fire during the coronavirus for continuing to pack planes despite social-distancing restrictions and promises by air carriers.

Please Sign Petition: Has Mount Everest Been Stolen? Google/Apple Must Rectify

Please Sign Petition: Has Mount Everest Been Stolen? Google/Apple Must Rectify

Mt. Everest and its peak are located in Nepal. It is one of the most famous natural wonders on earth, so how has Apple Maps and Google Maps failed to identify its correct geographical location as Nepal? This mistake is more significant than a simple technological error – it has stripped the country of Nepal of its natural wonder, its national landmark, and a significant recognition point for their homeland.

Please click here to sign this petition – We request Google and Apple to fix their maps and label Mount Everest and its peak’s location correctly inside Nepal. 

On Top of the World

Bordering Nepal and Tibet Autonomous region of Asia sits a breathtaking mountain on the crest of the Great Himalayas. As the tallest mountain in the world, the peak of this beautiful mountain reaches an elevation of 29,035 feet. The Nepali name for this holy mountain is Sagarmatha, translating to “Peak of Heaven.” Sagarmatha is also known as Mount Everest and is revered by the Nepali people as a symbol of their identity, strength and pride. Nepal may be small in terms of size, but the Nepali people have a powerful voice.  Regardless of the large size of the two countries bordering it, Nepal deserves the ability to celebrate its most recognizable asset. While this would seem obvious, the dignity of the country has been thwarted by Apple Maps and Google Maps.

The technological giants have stripped the country of their national treasure by identifying Mt. Everest as solely in China – the label MT. EVEREST appears in China – and that is factually wrong. Anyone with an inkling of general knowledge will let you know that Mount Everest is in Nepal. For many, Nepal and Mount Everest are synonymous with each other. So how did this mistake happen and when will it be rectified – this is an urgent question for Apple and Google? Click here to sign the petition

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Apple and Google’s Error in Locating Mount Everest?

The editorial team at Hollywood Insider had been working on a film project involving the seven natural wonders of the world. As they began researching each wonder and their locations, they noticed a significant error on iPhone maps and that error was Mount Everest being marked inside Tibet/China. To their shock, both Google maps and iPhone maps showed the same incorrect labeling.

Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase remarks, “I was in the middle of breakfast and working from home on this project. I got quite the shocker. I made a few calls and the confusion continued. When my entire team confirmed that all of their devices showed the same error – it became important to help in rectifying it. Nepal and Mount Everest are synonymous with each other. Mount Everest and its peak is in Nepal and thus must be correctly labeled as such. Rather than being a political issue, this is a moral one. Mount Everest and its location being in Nepal is beyond debate or ever-changing political ambitions. Nepal is a very small country in size but not in terms of influence and contribution on a global scale. Nepal may be small – but it has its very own distinct and strong identity. It is neither like India nor like China – their two large and ambitious expansionist neighbors. Nepal is simply its very own nation with a significant contribution to the world despite its small size. The Nepali are among the kindest and most compassionate. Never will you meet a person who has been to Nepal and does not talk about the extraordinary compassion and kindness of its people. A country that has never been conquered and has retained its sovereignty. A country that is home to a multitude of races, languages and cultures – yet live harmoniously amongst each other. The country that is the home to Gurkha soldiers that served in both the World Wars. Mount Everest is a significant part of Nepal’s identity. It is our duty to protect the history of our world, and Mount Everest is a major part of it.”

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Mount Everest – Apple and Google Error confirmed by map experts/surveyors

This fact that Apple Maps and Google Maps have gotten the placement wrong has been confirmed by Buddhi Narayan Shrestha, an internationally recognized and award-winning expert surveyor/maps researcher and also the Managing Director of a mapping company. He also noted the technical fact that the highest peak of the mountain with the sloping terraced portion definitely being within Nepal’s borders.

Incorrect location on Google Maps and Apple Maps
Below image: Wikipedia shows the CORRECT location of Mount Everest and peak inside Nepal

Buddhi Narayan Shrestha spoke extensively with Hollywood Insider on this issue and he confirms, “The location of Mount Everest being labelled in China, is completely wrong, whether it was done intentionally or by mistake. The highest part of Mount Everest, hundred percent of the peak, is in Nepal. I say this with absolute certainty and decades of expertise on this matter.”

Mr Buddhi continued to point out that the northern side of the mountain lies in Tibet/China – and the northern part does not include the peak – the highest point of the mountain. The southern part of Mount Everest which includes the peak – the highest point of the mountain – is located fully in Nepal.

Mount Everest is a significant part of Nepal’s identity with deep cultural and emotional resonance among its people. How would other countries feel if their national landmarks, be it natural or man-made was suddenly labeled as being in a foreign country by Apple or Google? We have this petition for all to sign, click here. 

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Apple and Google must label Mount Everest inside Nepal 

To understand the impact of this falsified information – one must take a look at the number of people that use Apple and Google. More than a billion people use Apple iPhones and billions of people use Google Maps monthly – the damage is extensive and this is simply unacceptable and cannot continue on.  Since the ownership of Mt. Everest had been established and confirmed as being located in Nepal as of 1960s by both the Chinese and Nepali government, why is it still represented by Apple and Google as being located in Tibet/China?

Grand Canyon for the Americans, the Eiffel Tower for the French, Great Barrier Reef for the Australians, Mount Fuji for the Japanese, Buckingham Palace for the British, Taj Mahal for the Indians, Machu Picchu for the Peruvians,  the Great Pyramids of Giza for the Egyptians, the Great Wall for the Chinese, Calafate for the Argentinians, Colosseum for the Italians, etc. The list goes on and on.

To support the absolute fact that Mt Everest and its peak belong to Nepal and inside Nepal, Shrestha shared compelling technical and factual information:“There is a memorandum of understanding that indicates the top of Everest falls definitely inside Nepali territory. During the boundary delineation between Nepal and China in 1961-62, it was agreed that the northern half of Everest belongs to China and the southern half of Everest belongs to Nepal, as the watershed separates the northern and southern half. It is a natural fact that the highest part, that is located close to the watershed, falls in Nepal. There is about 7 x 8 ft. sloping terrace that falls in Nepal. If someone conquers the summit from the China side, he has to step on the Nepali sloping terrace to plant the flag and to put his bags down and to take photographs. It has been proven that Everest (Sagarmatha) belongs to Nepal. There was a dispute on the ownership of the top of Sagarmatha/Chomolungma between Nepal and China. Both the sides had exchanged maps and documents claiming the top [peaked on their] own side. But it was settled during the visit of Chinese Prime Minister Zhou Enlai to Nepal. A press conference was organized on 28 April 1960 in Nepal. In the press meet, Zhou Enlai expressed the acceptance of the delineation on Nepalese maps and documents. China left the claim amicably and Nepal had full ownership on the top of Mount Everest/Sagarmatha.”

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With the compelling evidence presented by Nepal, China recognized Nepal’s claim to ownership and the demarcation of territory was accepted. If this line of demarcation and country lines have been established, it is morally and ethically right to recognize such for the country of Nepal, especially on devices/maps as widely used as Apple iPhone Maps and Google Maps. It is unfortunate that a platform with such a wide reach has failed to give Nepal the right to its national landmark and iconic symbol.

Nirmal Purja MBE, an ex-Royal Marine, has reached the peaked of Mount Everest four times, and he remarks, “This has never been an issue until now. Before updating platforms like Apple and Google, people need to research and be accountable for such information. Mt. Everest is a significant part of Nepal, the country’s identity and history – it was first summited from the Nepal side and every year more victorious people stand on the summit of Everest from Nepal side.” Purja was born in Nepal and joined the British Army in 2003. Nepali soldiers, also known as ‘The Gurkhas’, have served in the British Army for more than 200 years. He was awarded an MBE (Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2018. He now works as an Extreme High Altitude Mountaineer and is a multiple world record holder in mountaineering.

Nepal Deserves this Geographical Correction

At Hollywood Insider, we believe in providing a platform for support and advocacy for noble causes. It is for this reason that we have initiated a petition calling for Apple Maps and Google Maps to properly update their topographical interface to identify Mt. Everest and its peak within Nepal’s border. The benefits to this petition are boundless.

Please sign this petition and add your name to this respectable call to action – support the demand for justice for the people of Nepal.

From a cultural perspective, the Nepali community is widely known for their keen respect for others while always displaying a hospitable nature. It is this demonstration of respect that Nepal and its tranquil community deserve in return. The case for Nepal is clear and their sovereignty must be respected. Nepal is home to people of many races/ethnicities, languages and religions, thus making it a melting pot of diversity. This fact speaks to the nature of the Nepali people; kindness, peace, and respect reside at the core of their being.

Sundar Pichai and Tim Cook, I am sure both of you will agree with us on this.

We sincerely hope that Apple and Google will rectify their error and label Mount Everest and its peak as being inside Nepal.

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मिति ः २०७० श्रावण २४
टानका सम्पूर्ण सदस्य ज्यूहरु,
विषय : टान अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय ईको च्यालेन्ज २०१३ मा सहभागि हुने सम्बन्धमा ।
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यस संघले मिति २०७० भाद्र १ गते तदनुसार अगष्ट १७, २०१३ का दिन तीन खेलहरुको (दौड, साईक्लिङ र ¥याफ्टिङ) संयुक्त रुपमा सामुहित प्रतियोगिता — “टान अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय ईको च्यालेन्ज २०१३” को आयोजना गर्न लागेको सबै सदस्य ज्यूहरुलाई जानकारी भएकै छ । सामुहिक -टिम_ प्रतिस्पर्धा हुने यस प्रतियोगितामा हरेक समूहमा ४ खेलाडी र १ टिम व्यवस्थापक रहनेछन् । खेलाडीहरुले पहिले टोखा भूतखेल चौर देखि बुढानिलकण्ठ पानी मुहान सम्म ६.५ कि.मी. दौड तय गर्नेछन् भने पानी मुहानबाट राष्ट्रिय निकुञ्जको बाटो हुंदै सुन्दरीजल सम्म १४.५ कि.मी. साईक्लिङ गर्नेछन् । प्रत्येक टिमले आफ्नो सबै सदस्य खेलाडीले दुबै खेल -दौड र साईक्लिङ_ सके पश्चात मात्र ¥याङ्खिटङ सुरु गर्न पाउंनेछ । सुन्दरीजलबाट गोकर्ण सम्म ७.५ कि.मी. ¥याङ्खिटङ सकेपश्चात खेल समापन हुनेछ ।

टानले आयोजना गर्न लागेको यस प्रतियोगितालाई भब्य रुपमा सफल पार्न आफ्नो कम्पनी(हरु) बाट खेलाडी समूह (टिम) पठाई सहयोग गरिदिनु हुन अनुरोध गरिन्छ । साथै, यस खेलको उद्घान र समापन कार्यक्रममा सहभागी हुन चाहने सम्पूर्ण सदस्य ज्यूहरुलाई वेभ ठेगानामा गई (Click here) अनलाईन फारम भरी अगष्ट १३, २०१३ अगाडि नै रजिष्ट्रेसन गरी कार्यक्रमको लागि खाना र अन्य व्यवस्थापन गर्न सहयोग पु¥याईदिनु हुन अनुरोध छ । सो कार्यक्रममा सहभागिताको लागि निम्न मिति, समय र स्थानमा पुग्नुहुन पनि यसै साथ अनुरोध गरिन्छ ।

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कार्यक्रमका लागि बस
मिति ः २०७०, भाद्र १ गते
आईपुग्नु पर्ने समय ः विहान ६ः१५ बजे
बस छुट्ने समय ः विहान ६ः३० बजे
स्थान ः धुम्बाराही शंख पार्क र सोह्र खुट्टे

Festival in Kavre- Timal

काभ्रेका स्थानीय टे«किङ्ग व्यवसायीहरुको अनुरोध अनुसार परिपत्र गरिएको—
तिमाल नारायणस्थानमा यस अघि परिपत्र गरिए अनुसार यहि अगष्ट २१, २०१३ का दिन हुने धामी झाक्रि (बोम्बा) मेलामा सहभागी हुन चाहने टानको सदस्य कम्पनीहरुका प्रतिनिधिले दिनभर यात्रा को यातायात र दिउंसोको खाना वापत रु १८०० स्थानीय व्यवसायी आयोजक टिमलाई बुझाउनु पर्ने भनिएकोमा अगष्ट १५, २०१३ मा भएको स्थानीय व्यवसायीहरुको बृहत छलफले बढी भन्दा बढी व्यवसायी त्यस दिन उपस्थित गराउने उद्देश्यले सदस्य एजेन्सीका प्रतिनिधिलाई स्थानीय व्यवसायीहरुको तर्फबाट निशुल्क यातायातको व्यवस्था गरेको छ । र उक्त दिन खाना तथा खाजाको व्यवस्था स्वयं आफैले गर्नु पर्ने व्यहोरा जानकारी गरिन्छ ।

अतः सो दिनको कार्यक्रममा सहाभगी हुन चाहने व्यवसायीले १८ अगष्ट, २०१३ सम्ममा सम्बन्धित साथिहरुलाई सम्पर्क गरी आफ्नो नाम दर्ता गराउनु होला वा अनलाई बुकिङ गर्नु होला ।

Nepal in Top Ten List

Nepal has been recommended one of the "Top Ten Travel Recommendations for 2011" by news.scotsman.com. For more information please click the below link
http://news.scotsman.com/spectrum/Travel-Top-ten-travel-recommendations.5969809.jp

Govt issues Everest Declaration

The cabinet meeting of Nepal Government issued a 10-point Everest Declaration at Kala Patthar, 18,192 feet above sea level and near the base camp of world´s highest peak Mt Everest, on December 4, 2009

Prime Minister Mr. Madhav Kumar Nepal along with 23 ministers, some of them with oxygen masks, held the meeting at the Kala Patthar plateau to raise awareness about melting Himalaya due to climate change.

With the Everest Declaration, the government has committed to increase the conservation areas in the country from 20 per cent to 25 per cent and consolidating 40 per cent forest area. It also focuses in raising awareness on climate change issues and seeking international commitment and support to address the issues.

At the beginning of the cabinet meeting, PM Nepal briefed ministers about the motive of the meeting. "Climate change is not only issue of the mountainous nations or nations at the sea level, it´s a common issue of all," he said.

"To save the earth, the biggest sacrifice is needed from the nations producing large amount of carbon," he added.

Jet Airways introduces new KATHMANDU-MUMBAI Service

Jet Airways, India??s premier international airline has introduced a new service on the Mumbai-Kathmandu - Mumbai sectors, its third service to the Nepalese capital from India, with a state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft from Wednesday, December 2, 2009.

The new flight will operate five days a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Jet Airways flight 9W 266 will depart from Mumbai at 8:05 am and arrive in Kathmandu at 10:55 am. Flight 9W 265 will then leave Kathmandu at 11:55 am and reach Mumbai at 2:20 pm.

??We are planning to make daily flights from next year,? said PK Singha, vice-president of Jet Airways.

Jet Airways currently operates 26 flights between Nepal and India. There are two Jet Airways flights between Kathmandu and New Delhi in a day. JetLite, a subsidiary of Jet Airways, offers one daily flight on these destinations.

Jet Airways has good domestic and international network from Mumbai. ??Mumbai is a good place of transit to Gulf countries, North America, Europe and South-East Asia,? Singha said adding Kathmandu-Mumbai flights will provide seamless connectivity between Nepal and other destinations. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) chief executive officer Prachanda Man Shrestha said, ??NTB believes the flight link will be beneficial for Nepal Tourism Year 2011.? The number of Indian tourists has rapidly increased in recent months ¬ experiencing a growth of 20 per cent and 16 per cent in October and November, respectively.

Jet Airway??s Mumbai-Kathmandu flight has 144 seats including 20 business class seats. The introductory price of the Kathmandu-Mumbai flight is NRs 16,000.

In a press release issued on the day, Mr. Nikos Kardassis, CEO, Jet Airways, says, ??The India-Nepal sector is a very busy one, with relatively large volumes of passenger traffic. With the success of our services to Kathmandu, there has been increasing demand for direct air connections between the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai and Kathmandu. Having introduced the same in the festive season, we are confident that our new service on this sector will be much appreciated by both business and leisure travelers alike.?

Lonely Planet Names Nepal One of 2010's Top 10 Countries

Lonely Planet has chosen Nepal as one of the world's Top 10 Countries for next year in LONELY PLANET'S BEST IN TRAVEL 2010, published few weeks before.

BEST IN TRAVEL 2010 is Lonely Planet's fifth eagerly-awaited annual collection of the best places to go and the best things to do around the world for the year ahead.

Other destinations to make Lonely Planet's Top 10 Countries 2010 list are El Salvador, Germany, Greece, Malaysia, Morocco, New Zealand, Portugal, Suriname and the USA.

Drawing on the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet's staff, authors and community, BEST IN TRAVEL 2010 showcases a year's worth of inspiration to take travellers out of the ordinary and into some unforgettable experiences. Other highlights include:

The Top 10 Regions to visit in 2010: Alsace, Bali, Fernando de Noronha, Goa, Koh Kong Conservation Corridor, Lake Baikal, Oaxaca, Southern Africa and The Lake District.

2010's Top 10 Cities: Abu Dhabi, Charleston, Cork, Cuenca, Istanbul, Kyoto, Lecce, Sarajevo, Singapore and Vancouver.

Top Travel Lists of the best experiences for the year ahead, from wildlife-watching in South Africa to catching a space flight launched from the Mojave Desert. Interested in rubbing shoulders with thousands of locals running a marathon? Explore the options in the Magical Marathons' list. Or it might be something more pragmatic �?? such as an eye operation in India, which features on the Medical Adventure's list.

2010 Travel Planner, with more than 30 adventures mapped out month-by-month �?? from January's Low country Oyster Festival in Charleston, USA to New Year's Eve in Paramaribo, Suriname.