World Environment Day 2017 – Connecting People to Nature

World Environment Day – which is observed on 5 June every year across the globe – is the largest annual event for positive environmental action.

The government has decided to mark World Environment Day by organizing a 10-day awareness campaign from May 27 to June 5.

United Nations Environment Programme has set ‘Connecting People to Nature’ the theme for World Environment Day 2017, imploring human beings to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the earth that people share.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day

According to the Ministry of Population and Environment, Nature Walk will be organised on May 27 morning from Panimuhan of Shivapuri with participation of students, bureaucrats, various organisations and development partners. The participants will pick garbage across the nature walk route.

Similarly, the ministry has requested I/NGOs, schools, universities and academic institutions to keep their premises neat and clean by organising sanitation activities on June 2. A cycle rally will be organised and Bagmati river cleanup activities will begin in collaboration with Bagmati Cleaning Campaign from on June 3.

Likewise, a talk show with the slogan ‘Connecting People to Nature’ has been fixed for June 4 in Patan Campus. On the last and main day on June 5, the Ministry of Population and Environment will organise a programme at City Hall following a rally.

World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action which takes place on June 5. According to UNEP, this year’s host country Canada got to choose the theme and will be at the center of celebrations around the planet.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day

“World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organised many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.” it said. “This year’s theme invites you to think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it. It challenges us to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.”

UNEP explains connecting to nature can involve all physical senses: why not take off shoes and get feet (and hands) dirty; don’t just look at the beautiful lake, jump in. Take a hike at night and rely on ears and nose to experience nature. One can also connect with nature in the city, where major parks can be a green lung and a hub of biodiversity. Why not do bit to green the urban environment, by greening street or a derelict site, or planting a window box? One could put a spade in the soil or lift a paving slab and see what creatures live beneath.

“In the age of asphalt and smart phones and among the distractions of modern life, connections with nature can be fleeting. But with your help, World Environment Day can make clearer than ever that we need harmony between humanity and nature so that both are able to thrive.” UNEP said.

Source: The Himalayan Times

Nepali runners dominate Everest Marathon

Suman Kulung and Nirkala Rai have won the men’s and women’s category of Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon held in the Everest Region on Monday.

Kulung, who ferries loads of trekkers between Lukla and Everest Base Camp, completed the 42.195 kilometers race in 3:43:57 hours. The 26-year-old Kulung had secured third position in last year’s marathon. Similarly, Nepal Army athletes Surendra Basnet and Bed Bahadur Sunuwar secured second and third positions, respectively, with the timing of 3:52:8 hours and 4:5:40 hours.

The highest marathon in the world begins from the Everest Base Camp (5,300 meters) and concludes at Namche Bazaar (3,450 meters).

Everest Marathon 2017

Everest Marathon 2017

The event is organized every year on May 29 to commemorate the first ascent of Mt Everest by Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Edmund Hillary back in 1953.

Similarly, Nirkala clinched the women’s title with the timing of 4:51:33 hours. Purnima Rai and Dawa Doma Sherpa finished in the second and third positions, respectively, completing the marathon in 5:07:26 hours and 5:37:43 hours. All the three ladies are from Solukhumbu district.

The top three finishers in both categories became richer by Rs 100,000, Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000, respectively.

Everest Marathon 2017

Everest Marathon 2017

Pitor Hercog of Poland won the foreigner’s category with the timing of 4:38:22 hours. Robert Celinski, also from Poland, clocked 4:48:48 hours to secure second position, while French runner Fabrice Arman stood third with the timing of 5:28:30 hours.

Meanwhile, Nepal Army athletes clean swept the 60 km ultra-marathon. Tirtha Bahadur Tamang secured first position clocking 6:38:56 hours, while Mohan Dev Joshi (7:18:16 hours) and Purna Tamang (7:30:00 hours) secured second and third positions, respectively.

The top three finishers in the ultra and foreigner’s categories were given equal amount of Rs 100,000 Rs 75,000 and Rs 50,000.

The event was organized by Himalayan Expeditions.

Source: Travelpress

Pokhara Street Festival Set to Welcome New Year 2017

18th Pokhara Street Festival

18th Pokhara Street Festival

The 18th edition of Pokhara Street Festival is set to welcome new year 2017 and bid farewell to year 2016. The festival is being organized by the Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal(REBAN) Pokhara from December 28 to Jan 1. This years edition of the festival is under the banner Lets eat in the streets, dance and revel.

At a press conference , Festivals Coordinator, Gopi Bahadur Bhattarai, said the 18th edition of the street festival being held annually during the same time and for the same period of time will bear the banner Lets eat in the streets, dance and revel. REBAN Pokhara Chairman, Chau Bahadur Gurung, said the street festival will span 3.5 km from Lakeside to Sahid Chowk to Patan of Khaharedihi.

The Restaurant and Bar Association of Nepal (REBAN) and Hotel Association decided to give discount on the occasion of New Year eve 2017. From December 28, 2016 to January 1, 2017 there will be discount in restaurant recipes as per the menu apart from hotel in and around the Lakeside, Festivals Coordinator, Gopi Bahadur Bhattarai, said.

We have expected that about 1,500 to 2,000 will spend by one person he said. As a program of attraction there will be different cultural program shown, performance of artists, folk song, and comedy. And different game competition, documentaries and photo exhibition of adventurous & entertaining activities.

Hotel Landmark Pokhara

Hotel Landmark Pokhara

Source: NepalNow

13th Chitwan Elephant Festival begins in Sauraha

13th Chitwan Elephant Festival 2016

13th Chitwan Elephant Festival 2016

The festival began with the eye-catching procession of bedecked elephants that originated from the eastern sector of the Chitwan National Park and passed through Sauraha. A Tharu cultural rally was also the part of the inaugural session of the festival.

Tharu Dance

Tharu Dance

The nine various programs including elephant ‘fast walk’ tournament, elephant Polo, a football match among elephant calves, cart race, elephant painting, picnic for elephants, a cultural program and a boat riding competition are the parts of the festival.

Elephant Polo

Elephant Polo

The festival is the continuity of the Elephant Race Tournament that used to be held in Sauraha 12 years ago.

Landmark Forest Park Chitwan

Landmark Forest Park Chitwan

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Mt. Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee


Mt. Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee 2016 is going to be held on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the first ascent of Mount Kanchenjunga by Joe Brown and George Christopher Band on May 25, 1955, under the leadership of Sir Charles Evans. Mr. Joe Brown is only the person who is still living among the group.

The height of this mountain is 8,586 meters and it is the third highest mountain of the world after Mount Everest of Nepal and K2 Godwin of Pakistan; it is second highest mountain of Nepal. It is located in Taplejung district of Nepal which lies in the north-east part of Nepal. It is one of the two districts which has border with both the neighboring countries India and China and the mountain also borders all the three countries – Taplejung of Nepal, Sikkim of India and Tibet of China.

Mr. Ang Furba Sherpa was the first Nepali national to reach the summit of Mt.Kanchenjunga on May 14, 1980 with the Japanese Expedition Team led by Masatsugu. As per the data of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Ministry there are 344 persons who have successfully climbed this mountain. This mountains meaning is Five Treasures of Snow as it has five peaks and four of the peaks are above 8,000 meters. Likewise there are 16 peaks which are above 7,000 meters.


Kanchenjunga Conservation Area was established on 1997 by collaboration of World Wildlife Fund & National Reserve and Wildlife Conservation Department. Red panda, snow leopard are the main endangered species found in this area and two critically endangered species of amphibians – Blanford’s spiny frog (Paa Blanfordii) and Dubois paha frog (Paa Rostandi) are found in this area.

The General Assembly of Union of Asian Alpine Association (UAAA) is scheduled for Nov. 18 & 19 in Kathmandu. All the members of UAAA have been invited to attend the meeting. International Conference on mountain tourism, climate change and earthquake in Nepal will be also organized in Kathmandu on the same dates. These guests will also travel to Suketar, Taplejung for the Kanchenjunga Diamond Jubilee 2016 which will help to bolster the image of the event itself. The Jubilee program is expected to help to promote the tourism industry in Taplejung district and also support the local products and foods in the district. We also expect to announce the official recognition of three more mountains in this region above 8,000 meters.

Contact Persons:
– Mr. Chhowang Sherpa, Coordinator, +977 9851025716
– Mr. Bal Bahadur Tamang, Secretary, +977 9845125889
– Mr. Mingma Dandu Sherpa, Joint Secretary, +977 984995915

Source: NTB



NATTA organised a Press-Meet today in the afternoon at Nepal Tourism Board (Lecture Hall) in the august presence of more than forty media representatives including the electronic media and apprised the media regarding NATTA’s upcoming mega events, viz., NATTA Golden Jubilee Celebrations and 21st NATTA Convention going to be held in Hotel Yak & Yeti on 09th December, 2016. Convenor of the program First Vice-President Mr. CN. Pandey read out the Press-Release on the occasion and answered the queries raised by the respected media. He also informed the gathering that UFTTA was also observing its Golden Jubilee this year adding that it was a happy coincidence. Present on the occasion of NATTA’s Press Meet were the Director General of Department of Tourism Mr. Jaya Narayan Acharya, CEO of NTB Mr. Deepak Raj Joshi, NTB Board Member Mr. Krishna Aryal, NATTA 2nd VP Mr. D.K. Sharma and NATTA Board Members. Prof. Dr. Hari Sarmah broke the ice of the program. After the Press Meet, Secretary General Mr. Bhim Prasad Panta thanked media representatives for their important participation and all the dignitaries present.

Natta Press Release 2016

Press Release
Nepal Association of Tour and Travel Agents (NATTA) is celebrating Golden Jubilee to mark its 50th Anniversary on Friday, 9th December 2016 (24th Magshir 2073BS) in Kathmandu. Golden Jubilee Event carries the theme of “Nepal Tourism: Industry of National Priority” with an objective of revitalizing the almost forlorn Government agenda feebly lying in papers for quite some time.

With the membership of more than 1000 companies nationwide, NATTA stands out as a pioneering association of tour and travel agents not only in Nepal but also in this region. NATTA’s 50years’ tireless service of uniting nation’s travel agents and tour operators for a common mission of entrepreneurship, professionalism and prosperity and for the promotion of Nepalese tourism speaks in volumes its dedication for the development of tourism industry of Nepal.

Natta Press Release

NATTA has set out various programs to celebrate the event; some have already been organized while others are yet to be completed. In this connection, NATTA organized a cycle rally and Clean up Campaign at some of the Historical Sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square to generate awareness to the public about cleanliness of the tourism sites and to draw attention of the concerned authorities that the earthquake hit tourist sites are desperately waiting to be reconstructed. NATTA along with Qatar Airways dedicated this year’s blood donation program to the Golden Jubilee. In addition, to make college students participate in tourism discourse, college level essay competition has also been organized on this historic occasion. There are many programs like Twenty First Convention of NATTA, Round Table Conclave, Award Ceremony and other quite feverish entertainment programs have been kept
along with the Inaugural Function on 9th December 2016 at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Kathmandu. This year also marks the Golden Jubilee of UFTAA (United Federation of Travel Agents Association), international umbrella association of travel agents. President of UFTAA, presidents and leaders of travel associations from various countries are also participating in this Golden Jubilee Event. They are excited to celebrate Golden Jubilee and to promote and market Nepals tourism products in their respective countries.

CN Pandey
1st Vice President
Convener- NATTA Golden Jubilee Celebration and XXI Convention

Source: NATTA