Nepal Tour News —
Kathmandu: Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) organized 3rd TAAN International Langtang Marathon 2018 in Langtang region with the theme of “Adventure Sports for Sustainable Tourism”.
The 42.195 kilometers marathon started from Kyanjin Gompa (3,870 m) and went through Godha Tabela, Lama Hotel, Rimche, Sherpagaon, Khangjim before concluding at Syabrubensi on Saturday.
A total of 100 runners participated at the event including 5 foreigners.
In the men’s category, Khagendra Bhatt from Nepal Army won first with 3 hours 49 minutes and 27 seconds.
Trailing behind in second was Bharat Khatri from Nepal Army with 4 hours 6 minutes and 18 seconds while Subas Karki secured third with 4 hours 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
Similarly, in the women’s category, Nirkala Kulung Rai from Solukhumbu , Purna Maya Rai from Solukhumbu and Sarita Basi from Nepal Army won the top three positions respectively .
TAAN handed award of Rs. 105,000 , Rs. 78,750, and 52,500 along with certificate and medal to the winners.
On the occasion, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari highly evaluated the initiative of TAAN for organizing the event of national and international importance.
‘Tourism in Langtang region was adversely affected after the massive earthquake of 2015, but Langtang valley has received maximum number of tourists after the initiation taken by TAAN organizing International Langtang Marathon regularly, ‘he said.
Similarly, member of House of Representative Mohan Acharya, TAAN President Nava Raj Dahal, First Vice- President Jeeban Thapa Magar, Sports and Event Management Coordinator Ritu Gyamdan and TAAN Executive Member Rajan Prashad Kapri shed light on various aspects of adventure tourism and the activities of the association, according to a release issued by TAAN media coordinator Gopal Shrestha.
May 20, 2018