Chopper scam thriving despite Nepal’s promised crackdown Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

KATHMANDU: Nepal's pledge to crack down on fraudulent helicopter evacuations has failed to curb the scam, with tourists still being unnecessarily airlifted from the Himalayas so middlemen can profit on the insurance payouts, industry sources say. An AFP investigation earlier this year exposed the..

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Number of trekkers up in Annapurna Area Thursday, November 22nd, 2018

Basudev Poudel, POKHARA: The number of visitors going for trekking in the Round-Annapurna area has been increasing over the years. This trekking route has earned a special identity in the world. The Annapurna trekking route is the most attractive and expansive among the various trekking routes in..

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Paragliding test flight conducted in Baglung Monday, November 12th, 2018

BAGLUNG: Paragliding flights were tested successfully in three places in the district--Malma of Galkot, Sardakhet of Ramchedhunga-5 and Setighaderi of Naredanti. The paragliding flight test coincided with the Galkot Festival. Pilot Duryodhan Khadka with 10 years of paragliding experience flew..

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Pokhara: Nepal’s peaceful paradise is well worth the trek Monday, November 5th, 2018

KATHMANDU, (AN): Thanks to Nepal’s notoriously underfunded infrastructure, the 200 km journey from the capital of Katmandu to the sedate town of Pokhara can often take a torturous eight hours or more, but don’t even think about flying. The breathtaking vistas that journey affords — winding..

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Nepal close to complete measuring height of Mt. Qomolangma Thursday, October 25th, 2018

KATHMANDU: A Nepali technical team has reached close to Mt. Qomolangma measuring the tallest mountain in the world from the Nepal-India border as the Himalayan country is making its first such effort, the Department of Survey (DoS) said. The DoS said it is measuring the height of the mountaiin..

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Nepal’s masked dancers mark the end of monsoon

KATHMANDU, (AP):- For centuries, Nepal has celebrated its masked dancers, who officially begin monthlong festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalayan nation. Indra Jatra, an eight-day festival celebrated mostly by the Newar community, the native residents of Kathmandu, is also known as the..

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Increasing flow of tourists at Rara Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

JUMLA: The biggest freshwater lake in the entire nation, Rara, welcomed around 1,500 internal tourists daily in this season. The number of tourists from home visiting the Lake based in Mugu, the district in Karnali province, increased during the Dashain holidays. Situated at an altitude of 2,990..

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Vyas valley villagers to reach winter homes via Nepal this year Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

Pithoragarh (U'khand): With the trekking route on the Indian side under repairs, over 2,000 residents of the high altitude villages in Vyas valley will have to migrate to their winter abodes in the lower areas via Nepal this year. The Vyas Valley villagers will have to traverse about 2 km in..

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Nepal: a destination of picturesque landscapes Friday, October 12th, 2018

Nepal, the South Asian country wedged between China and India, introduces itself as the land of Mount Everest, Earth’s highest mountain above sea level. This cliché of introduction glooms the scintillating varieties of landscape, architecture, ecology, people and culture. Nepal remained almost..

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Three held for forging mountaineering permit Thursday, October 4th, 2018

KATHMANDU: The Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal Police has arrested three persons and made them public for making fake mountain climbing permit. The arrested ones are chief of law department of Seven Summit Treks, Bivesh Karki, marketing manager Furtenji Sherpa and accountant Bijayshwor..

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First hunting season begins at Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve Friday, September 28th, 2018

Taranath Acharya, BAGLUNG: Hunting season has begun in the Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, the main wildlife hunting hub of Nepal to allow tourists to hunt animals. A total of 10 Himalayan blue sheep (Naur) and six Himalayan Tahr (Jharal) will be allowed to be hunted during the first season beginning..

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36 Nepalis scale Mount Fuji Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

KATHMANDU: Thirty-six Nepalis living in Japan have successfully scaled the highest mountain of Japan, Mount Fuji, on Sunday. A Nepali lawyer working in Japan, Balram Shrestha, told Rastriya Samachar Samiti that the Nepalis climbed the 3,776-meters Mount Fuji at the same time. The programme was..

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Growing fascination towards paragliding in Pokhara Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Prabhash Chandra Jha, Hari Bastola, POKHARA: Paragliding has been growing as an attraction among the youths in Pokhara lately. Youths here were further enthused by this sport after the Nepali team bagged silver medal in paragliding competition recently held 18th Asian Games in Indonesia. The..

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Insurers give Nepal ultimatum to end tourist rescue fraud Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

KATHMANDU: International insurance companies have set a Sep 1 deadline for Nepal to clamp down on fraudulent helicopter rescues of tourists or they will stop giving cover, industry sources say. An AFP investigation earlier this year revealed a lucrative insurance racket around pressuring hikers in..

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Alternative trails sought in wake of shortened trekking routes Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Basudev Poudel, POKHARA: The stakeholders and concerned tourism agencies in western region are seeking alternative trails as the rampant construction and expansion of roads were shortening the trekking routes in the region. Trekking routes under the Annapurna Circuit Trek were being shortened to..

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