The Himalayan White Water Challenge is an international event held annually in the Himalayan rivers of Nepal. This year the event will be held at Trishuli River, Fishling and Kuringhat from 3rd to 5th December 2010 . The competition is organized & supported by by NARA (Nepal Association of Rafting Agents), TAAN (Trekking agents Association Nepal), NTB (Nepal Tourism Board), Peak UK, Paddle Nepal, Equator Expeditions etc.
Himalayan White Water Challenge has been attracting some of the best kayakers in the world to participate in this event. Participants during the three – day event will be competing in the following disciplines : Extreme Slalom, Downriver and Freestyle.
An exploratory program in Dhorpatan, jointly initiated by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), UNDP-MEDEP and Nepal Tourism Board is underway. On 13th May a 17-member team left for Dhorpatan on a mapping and exploratory trip. The team comprises of representatives from TAAN, NTB, UNDP-MEDEP and local organizations along with videographers, photographers and a cartographer. The team will conduct feasibility study on new tourism destinations , develop a trekking route map and collect information about the local community, available services, hospitality, etc. The team will also shoot promotional videos , while on location.
The expenditure for the program is estimated at Rs 1,079,500. TAAN and NTB are contributing 15 percent and 25 percent of the total cost respectively, while the rest will be borne by UNDP-MEDEP.
NTB- TAAN signs deal on TIMS
An agreement on TIMS (Trekkers’ Information Management System) was signed between NTB and TAAN. According to the agreement ( which will come into effect from April 1) a charge of $10 per head will be levied for trekkers booking through agencies and $20 with VAT per head for independent trekkers. The amount collected thus will be used for the welfare of tourism sector workers, exploration of new trekking trails and for funding the infrastructure development on trail routes.This will also control illegal trekking operations and ensure the safety and security of the trekkers through the mechanism of Prompt Information Service (PIS) . Individual trekkers will be given green TIMS cards while trekkers going through companies will be given blue cards.Prachanda Man Shrestha, CEO of NTB and Bachchu Narayan Shrestha, first vice-president of TAAN signed the agreement on 18th March.