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Nepal’s stall was one of the most poplar interest for most Gujaratis in the Travel and Tourism Fair – Outbound Travel Mart held in Ahmedabad between August 20-22.

Nepal was represented by Nepal Airlines Corporation, Satyam Tours & Travels and few other companies in the fair that witnessed most visitors enquiring about religious destinations like Mt Kailash – Mansarovar, Pashupati, and Muktinath.

Travel And Tourism Fair – Outbound Travel Mart is one of the largest travel shows organized in India.

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After having already climbed there 8000 meters-above mountains, a 28 years old Japanese citizen, Nobukazi Kuruki, is attempting to ascend Everest without oxygen this autumn. If successful, this will make him only the second Japanese to achieve the feat.

Kuruki hoped youths in Japan would show more interest in nature after his deed rather than on technologies, and was positive that it would generate interest in Japan for Nepal itself. His summit to Everest will be recorded and shown on Tokyo Channel 12.

At a press meet, Prachanda Man Shrestha, CEO of Nepal Tourism Board ( NTB ), handed Kuriki with the climbing permit and a Nepal Tourism Year ( NTY ) 2011 flag. He also expressed optimism in seeing rise in the number of Japanese visitors to Nepal, which has steadily declined in recent years.

As Kuriki is making the attempt in autumn, he will be charged only half the royalty. Autumn does not see many reservations and is also considered challenging season for the climb.


A new trekking route, stretching from east to the west of the country, has been conceived targeting Visit Nepal 2011 tourism year. This is a brainchild of And Tshering Sherpa – a tourism entrepreneur, who is also the chairman of Asian Trekking (P) Ltd and immediate past President of Nepal Mountaineering Association ( NMA ).

Named “The Great Himalayan Trail”, the idea is to introduce two different routes based on altitude. The higher altitude route will be 5 thousand meters above sea level and feature 21 different trails. This route is intended for seasoned trekkers and adventure seekers. The lower altitude route is targeted for average tourist and will cover mostly the mid-hill region of the country.

The Great Himalayan Trail is estimated to take over 162 days from start to finish and trekkers will experience over 1,50,000 meters of ascent and descent over the course of the expedition.

And Tshering Sherpa expects to officially launch the route in January-February and plans to invite international mountaineers on the occasion.  In this regard, he has sought co-operation from Nepal Tourism Board ( NTB ), NTY 2011 committee,  and different non-governmental organizations for the promotion and publicity.

At the moment, Nepal has three main trekking regions: Langtang, Annapurna, and Everest, which see 10,000, 60,000, 30,000 tourists each year.


KATHMANDU: Nepal police today issued an arrest warrant against a British national, Nigel Gifford, for allegedly fleecing US$ 160,000.

The arrest warrant follows a complaint against Gifford filed by Suman Pandey, President of Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure.

Gifford has claimed to be the owner of Everest Skydive.

Pandey claimed that Gifford left the country without paying the due amount of US $ 160,000 collected from the clients to Explore Himalaya.

According to Pandey, Gifford was involved in organising the unique adventure event called, Everest Skydive in 2008 together with Pandey’s Company, Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure. Instead of clearing Pandey’s due amount to Explore Himalaya, as agreed by him through a signed agreement, Gifford put his Company — High and Wild — under liquidation declaring bankruptcy and freed himself from any liability to those involved in this mission, including the Nepalese company Explore Himalaya.

Now, after two years Gifford has resurfaced again in Nepal. He held a press conference at Shanker Hotel where he presented himself as a champion of Nepalese Tourism, claiming ownership to the event of Everest Skydive, which, the Nepalese Company Explore Himalaya has been continuing after Gifford’s departure in 2008.

For the non-payment of his outstanding dues to Explore Himalaya, the company has filed a case against Gifford at Metropolitan Police Office, Hanuman Dhoka and as a result, an arrest warrant against Gifford has been issued.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Lal Mani Acharya of MPO Hanumandhoka, said action will be initiated against Gifford. “Since his recent actions show that he is hell bent on continuing his fraudulent activities, a detailed investigation has been sought on him,” said DSP Acharya.

Source: The Himalayan Times

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