Monthly Archives: June 2015

Blocked Manaslu Trekking Route Opens

22 June 2015

Around ManasluThe Manaslu trekking route that was obstructed due to numerous landslides at different points following the Gorkha Earthquake has been opened from Tuesday.

The trekking route was brought into operation after removing landslide debris from Aarught to Philim of Sirdibas VDC.
The Nepalese Army Bhairabi Dal Battalion, Gorkha, and the Armed Police Force’s Gorkha Company cleared the rubble and brought the route into use.

The District Natural Disaster Rescue Committee had deployed the personnel from the Nepal Army and the Armed Police Force for the same.

It took around one month to resume the trekking route.

Source: RSS

Govt to reduce trekking permit charge for Dolpa, Mustang

22 June 2015
Upper Mustang A seminar between Development Committee of the Legislature-Parliament, officials at Ministry of Tourism and tourism entrepreneurs has announced to reduce trekking permit fee to increase the number of tourists visiting Nepal after the devastating April 25 earthquake.

A decision has been made to charge USD 100 per person for 10 days from the existing USD 500 for trekking in Mustang and Dolpa.

Likewise, agreement has been reached to adopt one door policy for permission for trekking in restricted areas through Department of Tourism, provide multiple permits on charge of single permit and extent the permit period for Annupurna and other regions to one month among others.

The concerned expects that the decision will help to revive tourism impacted by the earthquake and send out a message that Nepal is safe for tourists.

Source: Republica

Govt officially reopens heritage sites for visitors

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The government has reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged by the earthquake of April 25 in its efforts to lure back foreign tourists to the country.

Six of the seven UNESCO World Heritage sites closed after the quakes have reopened from Monday. Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa announced reopening of the sites at a function organized at Bhaktapur Durbar Square on Monday morning.

The UNESCO World Heritage sites which reopened for tourists from Monday are Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa. Changu Narayan Temple will open after some time as the temple complex has suffered significant damage.

Issuing a statement, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) said access has been restricted in certain areas to ensure safety precautionary measures and to preserve valuable arts and artifacts there.

Speaking at the program, Minister Sherpa said the government would urge tourists to come to Nepal for holiday to help rebuild the country.

Bhesh Narayan Dahal, director general of Department of Archaeology (DoA), said that measures have been taken to ensure that tourists are safe, and that there are plans to provide safety helmets for visitors in some places.

The program was also attended by Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha, Director General of Department of Tourism Tulasi Prasad Gautam, Executive Board Members of Nepal Tourism Board Rajendra Sapkota and Ghanendra Shrestha, high government officials, president of tourism related associations and prominent tourism personalities among others.

“The reopening of World Heritage Monuments in Kathmandu Valley gives a positive message to the world that Nepal is back to business and is waiting for tourists to welcome them. Unlike in many parts of the world, the Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley are a part of day-to-day life of its people. Rituals, tradition, festivals and culture starting from birth to death are centered around these places. Therefore, these sites are living museums signifying the essence of life in Kathmandu Valley, as it has been through the centuries,” the statement added.

Out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 11 districts were hit by the earthquake. Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini, Bardia, Annapurna, Everest, eastern region and far west region of Nepal also escaped damage, and are ready for business. Among the 19 protected areas, only three were affected, according to the statement.

Source: TAAN

Annapurna Trekking Route Safe: Tourists

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Christopher Santos, 29, from the United Kingdom was in Bardiya when the catastrophic earthquake struck on April 25.

Christopher, who came to Nepal on a three-month vacation, had just completed the Langtang trekking and reached Bardiya when the first quake jolted the nation. However, he didn’t take any break and left for the Rara Lake.

His family members urged him return home as he was in Mugu district when the second earthquake struck. Later, he went to Pokhara and completed Annapurna circuit trek. He is now planning to go back to Bardiya.

“The earthquake struck before I could go around places in Nepal,” Christopher said, adding, “I heard that Pokhara was safe and found it true.” He also encouraged another American tourist Robert Finney and completed the Annapurna circuit trek a together via Thorangla Bhangyang.

Christopher said he chose to come to Pokhara from Rara via Bardiya. “The Annapurna circuit has sustained no damages. I spent eight days of joyous time during that trek.” He plans to come to Nepal next year again with friends, saying he didn’t face any difficult time here. “There are rumors that Nepal has been damaged by the earthquake but it is not true,” said he.

Christopher has gathered good memories of his Nepal visit and says foreigners need to know about safe places to visit in Nepal.

Tourism entrepreneurs say that trekking by tourists will help send a positive message to foreign tourists. Former member of the Tourism Board and owner of Hotel Adam Basu Tripathi said, “The Annapurna circuit and Pokhara are completely safe. It is very important to spread this message internationally.”

Tripathi, who is also the coordinator of promotional committee under Pokhara Tourism Recovery Council (PTRC), said that the Annapurna route is safe for those who love trekking.

“We haven’t heard of any problems on the trekking route till now. Tourists need to worry,” he said.

The PTRC has been organizing promotional activities to spread the message that Pokhara and nearby places are safe for tourists to visit.

Chief of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Lal Prasad Gurung informed that the flow of tourists to the Annapurna trekking route is very low. “Though the trekking route is safe, the flow of tourists is negligible.”

Source: Republica

Kathmandu Ranked World 19th Best Tourism Destination

June 9, 2015

The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor.com, has enlisted Kathmandu as one of the best tourist destinations.

Among the cities from 25 countries around the globe, Kathmandu ranks 19.

The international travel-trade portal has portrayed Kathmandu as an important tourist destination with historic temples and monuments, mesmerizing villages, alluring hills and mountains and hiking routes in and around Kathmandu.

Source: RSS