Bhim Gurung wins Everest Marathon 05 October 2015

Everest Marathon 2015, win by Bhim GurungSolukhumbu Everest Base camp

05 October 2015
Nepal Army’s Bhim Gurung won the 13th edition of the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon on Monday.

He finished the 42.195km race, which began from the Everest Base Camp at an altitude of 5364m and ended at Namche Bazar (3446m), in 4 hours, one minute and 54 seconds.

Likewise, Nepal’s Surendra Basnet and Pasang Lama completed the distance in 4 hours 2 minutes and 18 seconds and 4 hours 11 minutes and 28 seconds respectively to finish second and third.

‘Nepal: Back on Top of the World’

Aug 31, 2015- The National Tourism Recovery Committee ( NTRC) has asked the Finance Ministry for Rs 600 million in emergency funds to carry out tourism promotional activities, promote trekking routes and conserve cultural heritage sites. Last July, the government had formed a 36-member high-level national committee led by Tourism Minister Kripasur Sherpa to bring Nepal’s tourism industry, which had been badly hit by the deadly tremors, back on track.

As per the plan, Rs334 million has been set aside for Business-to-Consumer (B2C) marketing, or promotional campaigns through the media and other means of electronic business activities that will have a direct consumer outreach. The NTRC has focused its marketing strategies on India, China, US, UK, Japan, Germany and the French-, Italian- and Spanish-speaking markets.

Yogendra Sakya, coordinator of the NTRC, said that tourist confidence is building up gradually to visit Nepal. As the country had received around 800,000 tourists last year, it would take at least two years for it to attract the same numbers of visitors, he said.
However, travel trade entrepreneurs lamented the ongoing political crisis stating that various violent activities in different part of the country could affect the industry, which is on the path to recovery.

“The earthquake had changed visitor perceptions towards Nepal. However, when the market had just started to recover after the disaster, the political crisis has emerged as a major setback,” said senior tourism entrepreneur Basant Raj Mishra. He added that strikes and bandas had been taking a toll on the industry and that political commitment was needed to end them.

IS TRAVEL SAFE, AND WHAT ARE CURRENT CONDIITIONS LIKE

1.The most important elements for safe travel are up and running in Nepal, Electrical services have been restored, Sanitation and garbage collection have greatly reduced any risk of infection or disease. There is plenty of water, and both bottled water and food supplies are plentiful, in fact you really can’t tell the difference between pre and post earthquake, except there are fewer people visiting.

2.There are bountiful opportunities for tourism in Nepal at this very moment; many establishments have lowered prices in an effort to attract tourists back to Nepal. You could call it a bargain hunter's paradise; your money will buy you significantly more right now. You will enjoy a rare opportunity to visit places where you can truly enjoy the solitude of the moment without fighting the crouds that can be normal at some of Nepal’s more popular destinations. it really is a best of both worlds opportunity right now in Nepal. Most Hotels and Restaurants are open for business, Airports, Roads and most all transportation, especially transportation geared towards the tourist are all fully functioning, there really are very few problems as it relates to providing those services that support the tourism industry here in Nepal.

3.Nepals many sightseeing opportunities includes, The UNESCO World Heritage sites which reopened for tourists on June 15th, includes the famous Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar Square. Pashupatinath Temple, Swoyambhunath Stupa and Bouddhanath Stupa are all re-opened for tourist visits. Some of these historic structures did sustain some damage, but repairs are underway to fully restore these sites, and you can still experience their grandeur.

4.Pokhara, Chitwan National Park, Bardia National Park & Koshi Tapu experienced very little to no damage, and all are open and welcoming those tourists who wish to experience these places really under rare uncrowded conditions. Imagine having a resort almost entirely to yourself, you will find the level of service like you can’t really get when things get crowded.

5.Nepal’s Adventure Trave3l Opportunities
Annapurna Region, Makalu
Region, Kanchenjunga Region, the west Nepal Dolpo, rara, Mugu barely felt the earthquake and the trails and tea houses are all open for trekking.

6.Peak climbing, Expedition, Mountain Biking, Rafting, Bunggy Jump, Canyoning in Nepal.

Now closed
1.Langtang and manaslu still closed.
2.Tibet it is possible only flight in and flight out. Kodari/ zhanbu and Everest base camp from Tibet site is closed.