• Nepal Information

    NEPAL - Information

    Nepal, a country of Mt. Everest and birth place of Lord Buddha situated between China in the north and India in the south, east and west , is a landlocked and least-developed country in South Asia.. Nepal occupies only 0.03% and 0.3% of total land area of world and Asia respectively. The country stretches from east to west with mean length of 885 kilometers and widens from north to south with breadth of 193 kilometers.
    Geographically, the country is divided into three ecological zones: the Northern Range – Mountain, the Mid Range – Hill and the Southern Range – Terai (flat land). In the northern range, the Himalayas from an unbroken mountain range which contains eight peaks higher than 8,000 meters, including Mt. Everest on the border with China. Eight of the 14 eight-thousanders of the world lie in Nepal: Sagarmatha or Mount Everest (8,848 m), Kanchenjunga (8,586 m), Lhotse (8,516 m), Makalu (8,463 m), Cho Oyu (8,201m), Dhaulagiri (8,167 m), Manaslu (8,163 m) and Annapurna (8,091 m). The middle range is captured by gorgeous mountains, high peaks, hills, valleys and lakes. The Kathmandu Valley lies in this region. The southern range consist of dense forest areas, national parks, wildlife reserves and conservation areas and fertile lands.
    Nepal is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of bio-diversity due to its unique geographical position and altitudinal variation. The highest point in the country is Mt. Everest (8,848 m) while the lowest point is in the Terai plains of Kechana Kalan in Jhapa (60 m).Nepal can be visited all year round, but September to mid-November and late February to late March are tourist high seasons.

    Area: 147,181 sq. km
    Capital: Kathmandu
    People: More than 125 ethnic groups and 123 spoken languages
    Religion: A secular state with a predominance of Hindu and Buddhist population (Hindu 81.34 ,Bouddha 9.04 ,Christian 1.42
    Islam 4.39 Others 0.76 percent)
    Currency: Nepali Rupee (approximately US$ 1 equals Rs. 100)
    Political System: Federal Democratic Republic
    Seasons: Winter: December-February, (2) spring: March-May, (3) Summer: June-August, (4) Autumn: September-November.
    Total population of the country in 2011: 26.5 million (Male 12849041/ Female 13645463)
    Total households 5423297
    Average life expectancy: 64.1 n//12 2012/13
    Literacy Rate (%): 65.9 212/13P
    Annual growth rate GDP (%) 3.56
    Per capita GDP: US$ 717

    UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites of Nepal are: Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, and seven monuments of Kathmandu valley within a radius of 20 km (together counted as one Heritage Site). Kathmandu valley World Heritage Site comprises of three historical palaces – Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur Durbar Squares; two Buddhist stupas – Swayambhunath and Bauddhanath; and two Hindu temples – Pashupatinath and Changu Narayan.
    UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
    1. Chitwan National Park (932 sq. km)
    2. Sagarmatha National Park (1,148 sq. km)
     National Parks
    1. Bardiya National Park (968 sq. km)
    2. Khaptad National Park (225 sq. km)
    3. Langtang National Park (1,710 sq. km)
    4. Makalu-Barun National Park (1,500 sq. km)
    5. Rara National Park (106 sq. km)
    6. Shey-Phoksundo National Park (3,555 sq. km)
    7. Shivapuri National Park (144 sq. km)
    Wildlife Reserves
    1. Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve (175 sq. km)
    2. Parsa Wildlife Reserve (499 sq. km)
    3. Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve (305 sq. km)
    Conservation Areas
    1. Annapurna Conservation Area (7,629 sq. km)
    2. Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (2,035 sq. km)
    3. Manaslu Conservation Area (1,663 sq. km)
    Hunting Reserve
    1. Dhorpatan (1,325 sq. km)

    Outdoor Attractions & Activities - Mountaineering, trekking, mountain biking, nature tours, culture tours, pilgrim tours, white-water rafting,canyoning , kayaking, canoeing, mountain flights, pony trekking, jungle safaris, bird watching, fishing/ angling, paragliding, ultra-light aircraft ride, bungy jumping.


    • News -in- Brief


      10 climbers died this season on Mt. Everest

      A total of 10 climbers have died this season on the world’s highest peak – Mt. Everest. A British climber Robin Haynes Fisher, 44, reached the summit on May 25, but collapsed and died only 150m down from the peak. Climber Kevin Hynes, 56, from Ireland died on May 24 on the northern Tibet side. Other deaths from this week include four from India, one person from Nepal, an Irish, an Austrian and an American.

      The Everest summit is too crowded this year. Nepal is facing scrutiny for issuing a record 381 permits, at $11,000 each, for this year’s Spring season. Rising numbers of people climbing and dying on Everest has led for calls for permits to be limited. The number of people climbing Everest in 2019 could exceed last year’s record of 807 people reaching the summit, according to BBC.

      NATO condemns all forms of violence

      The Nepal Association of Tour Operators has condemned all forms of violence and expressed concerns about the incidents of explosion by a splinter group of the Nepal Communist Party recently.

      NATO has urged all political players to find a common ground through negotiations and other peaceful means to address their grievances.

      “ In light of the Visit Nepal Year 2020 and the Government of Nepal’s stated objective of hosting 2 million visitors that year , NATO calls on the Government of Nepal and its agencies to ensure a violence free atmosphere in which tourists can visit and enjoy the beauty of Nepal.”

      NATO is a non-governmental, non-profit making and non-political organization dedicated and committed to promoting in-bound quality tourism, and developing new and exciting tourism products.

      HAN elects new executive body

      Kathmandu : The 46th annual general meeting of Hotel Association Nepal (HAN) has unanimously elected its new executive committee under the leadership of Shreejana Rana. Rana, the Executive Director of Hotel Annapurna. has become the first woman President of HAN. Likewise, Binayak Shah, Prabin Bahadur Pandey , Sajan Shakya and Vishal Kumar have been elected as Ist vice-president , 2nd vice-president , secretary and treasurer respectively.

      The members in the new executive committee are - Amar Man Shakya (Immediate Past President), Dinesh Bahadur Bist, Bidhata Shrestha, Dinesh Tuladhar, Binod Shanker Shrestha, Biplav Poudel, Gopal Rana, Tseten Tsatultsang, Ram Kumar Puri, Yubaraj Shrestha, Thakur Prasad Pokharel, Rajendra Bhatta, Gyandra Kumar Bist, Rajan Sbrestha, Rahul Shalcya, Hem Bahadur Gurung, CP Shrestha, Asit Shamsher Jung Bahadur Rana, Rahul Choudary and Bhataraj Parajuli.

      Tourist arrival up in Bhaktapur 

      Bhaktapur: A total of 253,863 tourists visited the ancient town Bhaktapur in 2075 BS. The number of tourists coming to observe the historic heritages within the municipality has increased by 34,834 in 2075 BS as compared to the previous year. A total 219,029 tourists including 93,530 from SAARC countries and China, and 125,499 from other countries visited Bhaktapur in 2074 BS while 253,863 tourists including 115,906 from SAARC countries and China, and 137,957 tourists from other countries visited the ancient town in 2075 BS, the Bhaktapur municipality’s Tourism Information Centre stated.

      In 2075 BS, the municipality collected revenue of Rs 265 million in terms of tourist entry fees. The municipality charges Rs 500 per person to tourists from SAARC countries and China, and Rs 1,500 per person to visitors from other countries as tourism fee.

      MoCTCA formed a taskforce to investigate trekking irregularities

      The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation ( MoCTCA ) has formed a taskforce to investigate into the claims for insurance based on fake documents about the emergency rescue of trekkers from high altitudes. The 5- member task force has been given the deadline of June 25 to carry out the investigation into fake documents of trekkers. Some of the trekking agencies, helicopter companies and hospitals are said to be involved in cheating the trekkers making them ill during their trek to different parts of the country.




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