Blog | Global Adventure and Mountaineering Conference & Expo 2018



Topic: Addressing Waste and Environmental Management Issues in Mountain Regions – Lessons from the UIAA’s projects on Mountains Worldwide

Date: 25th March

Time: 11 AM

Conference Hall: C

About Carolina Adler:

Carolina Adler (née Roman) is an Environmental Scientist and Geographer by training, with a broad international professional experience and a career spanning both research and practice in the public and private sectors. Born in Chile and later growing up in Australia, she obtained her PhD at Monash University (Australia) in 2010, focusing on climate change impacts, values, vulnerability, and adaptation in mountain regions using policy sciences. The relevance and significance of her work to policy applications was demonstrated by an invitation to join the Society for Policy Scientists and later serve as member in its Executive Council, as well as being awarded with the 2010 Harold D. Lasswell Prize for best dissertation in the field of public policy. Through transdisciplinary approaches, her research and consulting work continued to focus on the use of scientific knowledge for policy in dealing with issues of global change in society, such as climate change. She is currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, where she is affiliated with the Transdisciplinarity Lab (Td Lab), at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH Zurich. Between 2014 and 2017, she also served as Scientific Coordinator for the Competence Centre for the Environment and Sustainability’s “Science Meets Practice” Winter School for PhD students, helping to design, deliver and facilitate capacity-building courses on engagement and collaboration with practitioners. Following her sporting interests in mountaineering and a passion for environmental stewardship in mountain regions, she also serves as the current President of the Mountain Protection Commission of the International Mountaineering and Climbing Federation (Union International des Associations d’Alpinisme– UIAA). From May 2017, Carolina took up a new position as Executive Director of the Mountain Research Initiative (MRI), a multidisciplinary scientific organization funded by the Swiss Academies of Sciences, tasked with coordinating scientific research and networks on global change in mountain regions around the world.She also serves as a current Lead Author for the “High Mountains” chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Oceans and Cryosphere (SROCC), due in 2019.




Topic: Climate Change

Date: 24th March

Time: 4:00 PM

Conference Hall: C

About Philip McMaster:

Philip McMaster is a social activist of The Planet Earth and is involved in World Sustainability Project. Advocate for “How the Blockchain Saved the World”, Philip McMaster is an Explorasport Ambassador for the Blockchain Republic Of Conscience and member of the Eco-Everest SDG2 EVEREST team, with a single life purpose of developing the Social Credit side of Blockchain Technology and solving the urgent “17plusONE” SDG Global Goals of the United Nations.Co-founding chairman of the McMaster Institute for Sustainable Development in Commerce, he travels the world, engaging civil society and cooperating with business and governments to effect the radical change and human mobilization required to meet the 2030 deadline.



Topic: Case Study of Eco-friendly Hospitality Properties

Date: 24th March

Time: 2:00 PM

Conference Hall: C

About Miroslav Vosatka:

Dr. Miroslav Vosatka is the founder of Eco-lodge Foundation, Czech Republic. He has studied biology and chemistry at Charles University of Prague, Czech Republic. Since that he has been working on fundamental and applied science projects focused on soil microbiology, organic farming and protection of ecological resources in Europe but also in numerous countries on several continents. He has also been teaching at several universities on topics of plant eco-physiology and microbial symbioses. He was involved in more than 60 national and international scientific projects and he was a director of the research Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences.

Beside the scientific career he has been involved in several projects on renewable energy resources mainly in Africa and due to his passion on mountaineering he has founded project Eco-lodge Nepal to help to educate owners of touristic lodges on eco-friendly maintenance of their enterprise. Project Eco-lodge aims to build model environment-friendly and minimum waste lodge in Langtang valley destroyed by 2015 earthquake. The Eco-lodge will integrate several eco-technologies including solar heating and cooking, bio-gas plant, hydro and wind power resource, greenhouse and composting unit to verify feasibility of installation at high altitude mountain lodges.






Topic: Mt. Everest Biogas Project

Date: 23rd March 2018

Time: 4:00 PM

Conference Hall: C


About Garry Porter:

Garry Porter is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Mt. Everest Biogas Project. The Mt. Everest Biogas Project was founded to attempt to solve the issue of human waste on Mt. Everest, creating a sustainable future for alpine tourism in Nepal.


He is a retired Boeing Company Program manager with over 34 years of engineering and program management experience. He holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Nebraska.



Topic: Technical Session-Mountaineering and Trekking

Date: 23rd March

Time: 2:00 PM

Conference Hall: A

About Ian Wall:

Ian Wall worked at Plas and Breninin the 1960s, the UK’s national mountaineering and outdoor center in North Wales and admits that his friendship with its Director John ‘Jacko’ Jackson and leading climbers of that period shaped his future life. Since then Ian has climbed extensively throughout the UK, the European Alps and in Norway.

Ian has led treks in Africa, Ladakh, Tibet, and in Nepal (where he lives now). He keeps busy running his own trekking company and acting as an international advisor to the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, Kathmandu Environmental Education Project, and in developing and training trek leaders in Nepal and India. He is also the Nepal correspondent for the Alpine Journal and contributes to several other magazines. In his spare time, he’s out exploring his ‘back-yard’ of Nepal but he still retains his UK Climbers’ Club honorary membership.



Topic:  Training Adventure Leaders for Accidents, Emergencies and Catastrophes

Date: 24th March 2018

Time: 4:00 PM

Conference Hall: B

About Steve Long:

Steve Long, Mountain Guide Chief Instructor of UIAA Technical & Mountaineering Commission, is a British Mountain Guide. He is the Technical Officer for Mountain Leader Training (UK) (Part-time since 2011). He coordinates and QA all NGB mountaineering leader and instructor courses in the UK. He’s the chairman of UIAA (International Alpine federation) Mountaineering Commission Training Panel and the lead officer for design and implementation of climbing coaching qualifications. He’s also a Member of British Mountain Guides and AMI Training Committees.

He worked as a Development Officer at Association of Mountaineering Instructors and the Technical Editor of “The Professional Mountaineer” magazine from 2013 to 2016. During the same time period, he also contributed as the AMI representative on BMC Technical Committee, the Lead climber for BMC “Coast” Holy-head episode, and Technical advisor for several legal cases in UK and Ireland. Furthermore, he was the Outdoor Education advisor for Mountaineering Activities at St. Gilgen International School from 2012-2016.

Instructing Experiences:

  • Senior Safety and rigging for SMG/Channel 4 productions “Extreme Celebrity Detox”, “Adrenaline Junkie”, “Nature’s Playgrounds”. (2004-2006)
  • Personal coaching in Snowdonia and Alps. (2004-2006)
  • AALA inspector ( 2004-2006)
  • Senior Instructor at Plas & Brenin National Centre, Mountain Training Trust
  • Produced MIA and REC booklets for P&B courses. (1992–2006)
  • Member of BMC Equipment Failure Committee.
  • Acting role of Chief Instructor for 15 months

Climbing Experience:

He commenced rock climbing since 1979, also led 7b and E5 in 2016 and winter climbing since 1982. Currently, he is leading Grade VI on ice and Grade VII on mixed climbs. He has climbed many routes in Wales and Scotland, & overseas in USA, Europe, Malaysia).


Management Experiences:

  • 1986–1992: CWM Pennant Centre
  • London Borough of Hillingdon: Chief Instructor/Head of Centre Reformed safety procedures for LEA centre
  • Successfully developed Outdoor Education Centre with minimal budget
  • Developed innovative programme of PSD courses
  • 2006-Present: Chair and Project Manager for global mountaineering qualifications QA programme


Trainer Experience:

  • Worked on various assessing/coaching workshops for MLT
  • Directed many courses at SPA/SPT level
  • Directed many MIT/MIA courses as well as individual days on dozens of courses
  • Directed MIC, ML and WGL training courses.
  • Head of P&B MIA dept for 7 years
  • Directed summer training courses for British Mountain Guides
  • Directed tutor training in UK, Portugal, Turkey, Nepal, and Jordan
  • Course director for Joint Services Alpine Training.


Publishing Experience:

  • Co-author of BMC “Alpine Essentials” booklet 2017
  • Advisor for UIAA technical Handbook “Summer Mountaineering” 2012
  • Producer of “Self-Rescue for Climbers” DVD
  • Author of Marshall Editions “The Climber’s Handbook”
  • Summit Magazine series: The Basics (2004)
  • Author of MLTUK Book 1: Hill walking; also provided most of the photos(2003-13)
  • “First Moves” (2002). 10 issue series in Climber Magazine for beginner rock climbers
  • “Technical Ecstasy” 8 issue series in OTE Magazine for intermediate rock climbers(1999)
  • “How to climb” 10 issue series in OTE Magazine for beginner rock climbers(1998)
  • Dozens of articles, illustrations, and photos for “Mountain”, “High”, “Climber”, “OTE”, “Summit”, “Trail”, “Going Places” and other publications (1982-2008)




  • 20+ Alpine Seasons. Routes include Troll Wall: Rimmon + Swedish routes “free”. Lotus Flower Tower, Walker Spur, Cecchinel/Nomine (Eckpfeiler), Dru (Bonatti, American Direct, + Winter ascent of French Direct) DroitesN.Face, Torre Trieste, Brandler/Hasse + Comici Route (TresCima), The Fish, (Marmolada South Face) El Capitan Nose + Salathe Wall and many more.
  • 1998, Key member of successful Low’s Gully descent team,
  • 2000 Ascent of Low’s Gully “The Crucible”.
  • 2001 Filmed Great Trango expedition, Pakistan. 2005, Cerro Torre (Compressor Route)


UIAA Heavy-weights Uplifts GAMCE 2018

GAMCE 2018 will be hosting numerous speakers from UIAA who are international experts in their field of mountaineering and adventure. GAMCE 2018 is going to be a rare occasion bringing the best minds of mountaineering and outdoor adventure in the world. To share their knowledge, expertise and experience with the adventure enthusiasts at the conference.


Some of the notable UIAA speakers who will be speaking are Amit Choudhary and Claudio Meichiorri on “Safety Testing and Accredition of Adventure Gear and Equipment”, Col Haribajan S.Chauhan on “Regional Environmental Policy Regimes”, Juan Jesus Ibanez on “Access Management of Adventure Destinations”, Pier Giorgio Olivetti on “Revolutionary Movement in Eco-friendly Habitat and Culture”, Silvio Calvi on “Training for Skyrunning”, Steve Long on “Training Adventure Leaders for Accidents, Emergencies and Catastrophes”, Tomotsu Nakamura on “Tourism Policy Take-aways from Environmental Research” and others.

About38 members of UIAA leadership including Fritz Vrijlandt who will be in Kathmandu for their own management meeting shall also be attending GAMCE 2018 also. The group consists of representatives from all regions of the world and from all disciplines of mountaineering.

The International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation (UIAA), founded in 1932 promotes growth and protection of mountaineering and climbing worldwide. It does so by preserving their spirit and traditions, advancing safe and ethical mountain practices, promoting responsible access, culture and environmental protection, supporting youth participation and the Olympic movement. It now has a global presence on six continents with 92 member associations in 68 countries representing approximately three million people.


 lisa choegyal

Topic: Business Integration Model for Retailing, Whole-selling and Tour Operation in Adventure Travel

Date: 23rd March

Time: 4:00 PM

Conference Hall: B


About Lisa Choegyal:

Lisa Choegyal is a pro-poor sustainable tourism specialist who has worked as a consultant throughout the Asia Pacific region since 1992. With a background in the private sector, Lisa is based in Nepal with over 40 years experience in the tourism industry as marketing director of Tiger Tops Mountain Travel, South Asia’s pioneering group of adventure travel and ecotourism companies. A writer, editor and regular columnist (, she remains an owner of Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge ( A long-term associate of TRC Tourism in Australia and New Zealand (, Lisa specializes in planning, operations, and marketing responsible tourism with local communities, at heritage sites and in protected areas. Clients include development organizations, governments, tourism boards, NGOs, and the private sector. Since 2010 Lisa has served as New Zealand Honorary Consul to Nepal.

Why travel is going to grow exponentially?


Not so long ago, travel and outdoor activities used to be an elitist endeavour for pursue of pleasure. It represented impression of bourgeoisie symbolically and was simply implausible to general people- proletariat.  With the dawn of industrialisation, commercialization of affordable long-distance transportation and ease in communication and mobility, that’s no more the situation in the world which is connected in a way no one could imagine a few centuries ago.

With access to facilities of air-transportation and internet connectivity which became a global phenomenon and started booming rapidly only after the 1980s and 2000s respectively, people have been enjoying instant travel and networking isn’t limited only with people of the same community or region- it is rather international as people can connect with other people living thousands of mile away within a matter of second. Also, the approach to life among people has changed drastically in the past decades. The cliché notion about life, ‘YOLO- You only live once’- can be seen everywhere and has been the ‘living  philosophy’ of the most millennials.

The major factor contributing to this approach is decrease in religiosity among people. Before post- industrial society, the number of religious people was very high and they strictly adhered to their religious dogma. As science started taking over pre-conceived ‘theory of everything’ people started to believe less in their religious scriptures and more behind logic of science. The purpose of life for most people was to serve their god and eventually get place in his heavenly abode as promised by the religion but with the decline of faith, the feeling of meaninglessness has increased and the world is diving into deep state of existential crisis. Hence, travel is no more a luxury for people- it is an essential part of their life.

It is an activity that adds peace to the chaotic life of modern society. It is a thing that makes life more interesting and adds flavour to it. It fills the void of insignificance with a sense of purpose and meaningfulness. Furthermore, it is a means of exploration of the unknown which human nature has always been curious about. The urge of people to know different culture, place, people, and find their belonging in the world made small by technology has been driving tourism like never before.

Moreover, people are getting more knowledgeable about different aspects of life. They are getting more conscious about their connection with nature and everything in the world. They are getting aware of the harmony in this world which could be called neo-paganism sociologically. Most people would answer that their favourite past time or ideal vacation would be spending time with nature. The serene hills, tranquil mountains, soothing rivers and oceans, lush forests- everyone loves to be around it.

People also have known a lot from internet as the flow of data in today’s world is incomparable to what was before. As a study revealed that information added in the year 2017 was equivalent to information collected since 5000 years. Absurd, philosophical and empirical concept has been invading peoples mind. People know many things about everything and the search for meaning of life, purpose of life has risen and that’s become an important question for most. This adds more to the need to travel- explore outside and within.

The rise of adventure travel is growing exponentially because of the particular trend of ‘finding-self’. A new wave of ‘self-realisation’ or goal to create a memorable life at the end makes more sense to people than having materialistic possession. Materialism is still at its peak but the conscience against materialism among people is in its pinnacle as well. Hence, people have started to add more adventure to their life. In fact, the millennials love the word ‘adventure’ and they refer life itself as an adventure, metaphorically.

Technology is credited for everything and the  most noticeable change that it has brought is in the way people travel and communicate.  This has really helped to make adventure and travel very affordable. People will never let go the chance to indulge in experiences that comes in such a low price and unforgettable sensations, simulation, and memory. Given this culture, the industry is bound to grow exponentially and people will spend more proportion of their income to it in coming days.





Topic: Access Management of Adventure Destinations

Date: 24th March 2018

Time: 12:00 PM

Conference Hall: C

About Juan Jesus Ibanez:

Juan Jesus Ibanez, the President of UIAA Access Commission and the Vice-President of EUMA (European Union of Mountaineering Association), is a Spanish Adventurer. He was the member of FEMPA Board (Asturias Mountaineering Association) from 1999 to 2002 and Controlling Body of the Reciprocal Agreement of Mountain Huts from 2014 to 2016. Similarly, He is working as FEDME Access and Nature Commission member, FEDME Access Technical Committee member, Secretary for Access and Nature Commission, Secretary of Scientific Mountain Advisory Council, and a member of FEDME General Assembly.

Moreover, he’s the co-author of “Socio-economic and Environmental impact on Sky-running races in the rural and natural area of Spain” (FEDME 2010) and “Marked Paths and Sustainable Rural Development” (FEDME 2011).








Topic:  What Makes a Great MTB Destination – Technical, Geograpical and   Races                                                                                                                                       Date: 24th March 2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Conference Hall: A

Chhimi Urkyen Gurung, an adventure tour operator and A+ grade trekking guide of Nepal, is one of the speakers of Global Adventure & Mountaineering Conference and Expo 2018. He is the President of Nepal Cycling Association (NCA), a Treasurer at Nepal Olympic Committee (NOC), Ex-Executive member of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), Senior Advisor at Manang Marshyangdi Football Club (MMC), a member of Board of Management at The Duke Edinburgh’s International Award, and Executive board member of Nepal China Sports Friendship.


Chhimi’s Adventures:

In between 1990-1993, he traveled around Pumori Ridge, Kalapathar region, and EBC on a mountain bike. He was the Race Director of First Epic Cross Country Race in 2006 and 14th Asian Mountain Bike Championship 2008. He’s the technical director of Annapurna Triathlon. Also, he has handled Yak Attack stage race (Annapurna round) from 2007 to 2014 as a Supervisor. He has been working as the Race Director at Yak Ru Annapurna Challenge since 2004. He was the Director of TAAN Mountain Bike Championship on World Environment Day from 2004-2009. He was the Chief Coordinator of Cycle rally on world tourism day from 2004 to 2008. He took I. O. C. Olympic Solidarity Technical Course for Coach in Cycling –Level I in 2010 UCI National Commissaire course on Mountain bike in 2008.


Social Works:

He has been actively working in the field of Social Work as well. He commenced his journey in social work by helping earthquake victims in Dharan in 1988. Since then he has volunteered for 3rd World food day 9th Oct 1993; founded tree plantation program in Manang Annapurna region;and is conducting it continuously since 2003 till date. He also organized campaigns to help land slide victims in 1990 &2007 and contributed as the Co-ordinator in clean-up program around the heritage places 2005-2008. He has been conducting Education program since 1997– 2008 and blood donation program since 2002 – 2008. He has donated his blood for 23 times and is 3 times award winner for donating blood.



  • Nepal Cycling Association (President) 1995 – 2011
  • Nepal Olympic Committee (Executive Member) – 2007-2011
  • All Nepal Football Association   (Ex-Executive Member)
  • Manang Marshyangdi Club (Vice President) 2001-2003
  • Manang Marshyangdi Club    (President)     2004 – 2007
  • 11th South Asian game, Dhaka, Bangaladesh   Deputy Chef The Mission 2010
  • 16th Asian Game, Guangzhou, China                Deputy Chef The Mission 2010
  • London Olympic NOC   Attaché 2012
  • 17th Asian Game, Incheon    Chef de Mission 2014
  • Awarded By Nepal Association of Travel Agents
  • Awarded By All Nepal Football Association (Marty’s Memorial 2003)
  • Awarded by IAAS Almuni Association Norway (World Food day-1993)
  • Awarded By Manang Marshyangdi Club for Blood Donation-1997
  • Awarded By All Nepal Football Association (2002)
  • Awarded By Bhaktapur Tourism Development Committee (27th Sep 2002)
  • Awarded by Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (First Responder Course Certificate)
  • Awarded By Nepal Sports Club (2001)
  • Awarded by Manang Marshyngdi Club For Recognize Club In Nepal (1997)
  • Awarded By King’s Cup Football Tournament (2001)
  • Awarded By Thasang Sports Club – 2007
  • Awarded By Raid Himalaya- Nepal- Japan 50th diplomatic relationship anniversary mountain bike race 2007
  • Advertisement Role model for: Aayo Noon, Vitamin A, Euro guard (Water purifier)
  • Advertisement Role model for: Euro Guard
  • Advertisement Role model for: Vitamin A

Chhimi’s participation in various competitions and his achievements:

Date Events Position
1983 Nepal Junior Red cross Circle Volley Ball Championship 2nd
1984 Lalitpur District Road Race( 7 Km.) 1st
1985 6th  Road Race (5 Km)/ Star Club 3rd
1985 21st Sports Grand Festival (800m) 1st
1986 22nd Sports  Grand Festival (800m) 1st
1986 Jaycees Road  Race( 16 Km), Pokhara 7th
                         1987 7th place International track field 1987 7th
1990 Annapurna Triathlon -Team Events 1st
1991 Mar.28th Tobacco Free Fun Run Participate
1992-1993 Sano Gaucharan Knock out Football Tournament 1st
1993 H.H the DALAI LAMA’s Birthday Cup 2nd Football Tournament 1st
1993 Annapurna Triathlon -Team Events 3rd
1994 Himalayan Mountain bike Championship 4th
1994 3rd Gaucharan Knock out Football Tournament 2nd
1995 Annapurna Triathlon 1st
1996 Mar 30th 7th Star Annapurna Triatholon 3rd
1996 His Majesty King Birendra B.B. Shah Dev Golden Jubilee Cycle Championship
1997 July 5th Nyeshang 2nd
1997  Football Tournament (District Football Association Palpa) 2nd
1998 ANFA-Coca-Cola National League Football Tournament
2002 Super Bowl Bowling Championship 5th
2001 Six Summit Mountain bike Challenge Gold
2002 Oct Six Summit Mountain bike Challenge Gold
2002 Birendra Memorial Football Tournament 2nd
2002 Nepal Open Bowling Cup
2004 Oct 2 1st Veteran Open Athletic Championship(5000m)
2004 – 2005 Goal keeper, Manang Marshyangdi Clubs Leach champion Khukuri Gold Cup Inter Club Football Tournament 2nd 2007 Olympic Day Run Since 15 years Participated





Nepal Tourism Year 2018

Nepal is heading back with its optimism in the tourism sector with a bold step by Nepali government declaring 2018 “Visit Nepal Year”, with the expressed goal of attracting 1 million visitors. Over the past few years, a string of unfortunate accidents, the tourism sector in Nepal had taken a dramatic hit. Reports indicate the fall off by as much as 50 percent, or more causing some locally owed trekking and climbing companies to close their doors. But, with the 2016 spring climbing and trekking season in the Himalaya that went off with more than 550 summits occurring on Everest in the final weeks of May, there is a glimmer of hope. While reports indicate that the number of foreign visitors is still down from previous years, travelers have started to return in small, but steadily increasing numbers.

A new program outlined by President Bidya Devi Bhandari aimed to attract travelers back in larger numbers during the 2016/2017 season with the hope that the program will begin to bear fruit in 2018 when the travel sector expects to fully rebound from the hardships of the past few years. Beyond that, he is working on a 10-year plan for Nepali tourism that will chart the course for future. That plan will not only include ways to lure more visitors from surrounding countries but other parts of the world as well. The government also hopes to invest in improving local infrastructure as well, making it easier for climbers and trekkers to obtain permits, improving weather forecasting for remote areas, building rescue centers in the Everest and Annapurna regions, and more. The plan would also facilitate the repair of World Heritage Sites damaged in the earthquake, as well as the construction of new museums and other cultural and religious monuments.

Part of the plan for making Nepal more appealing to travelers is to improve the safety of air travel there as well. On top of that, the President hopes to improve the facilities at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, as well as break ground on new airports in some of the more popular tourist regions of the county.




Nepal Tourism Year 2018

Naturally Nepal Short Film Competition

Nepal Tourism Board is collaborating with Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival for “Naturally Nepal Short Film Competition”. It has opened up its application and the deadline for the application is set on February 28, 2018. To clarify, the competition is open to Nepali citizens only. Hence, filmmakers, directors and film owners from all over the areas are called upon to take part in the competition. The competition will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations set forth by Nepal Tourism Board along with Ekadeshma International Short Film Festival.

The criteria for the competition are that it must be shot within the geographical boundaries of Nepal representing Nepal’s tourism potentials with duration of 7 minutes. NTB does not limit any number of files that can be submitted by any one individual.  However, All the footage and audio, including music in the videos, should be original.

The theme for the competition is set as ‘Journey’. Furthermore, some of the aspects required in the content of film are landscapes, wildlife, history, rural tourism and so forth. The participants can submit their film of any genre- fiction or non-fiction.


For further details, and to catch up with more from Nepal Tourism Board,  click here

Join Nepal’s Leading Adventure Tour Operators in 4 Major North American Cities this February

This February, leading adventure tour operators are going to visit North America to connect with travel trade and media in four major cities – Seattle, Los Angeles, Montreal, and Toronto. This rare opportunity will enclose Nepalese adventure tour operators who will provide the most well-known trekking experiences on earth. Places like Mount Everest base camp, which are accessible treks like Phoksundo Lake trek, featuring one of Nepal’s deepest lakes.  SheyPhoksundo National Park, the largest national park in Nepal and a region often described as one of the world’s “Natural Hidden Wonders”. The park is at an elevation of 3,620m.


This exclusive series of Nepal now events are hosted by Nepal Tourism Board and the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal. Attendees will have the chance to connect with the delegation to learn first-hand what’s new in this Himalayan country. They will also hear about the most awe-inspiring experiences for 2018. The dates for the visit on Seattle, LA, Toronto, Montreal are 12th, 15th, 20th, and 22nd February respectively.


In fact, TAAN is also a strong supporter of GAMCE. The association will be taking part in the Expo. Global Adventure & Mountaineering Conference &Expo(GAMCE) is an event for all outdoor enthusiasts which will comprise of participation of various people from adventure industry and will also have a conference going sideways to promote tourism. The event is happening at Hotel Yak & Yeti from 23rd March to 25th March 2018.

Switchback Mudku MTB ride 2018

Switchback conducted one of the events, Switchback Mudku MTB Ride, on 20th January 2018 from Mudku-Tokha-Budanilkantha. The cross-country ride’s covering 43.6 km total duration was 3-4 hours with an elevation of 816m. The trial for the ride consisted of single, jeep and pitched.


The early morning trail was thrilling with lots of twists and turn. The trial itself has filled with fun which was enough to get the riders going despite the chilly cold morning. The ride was led by national rider Roan Tamang, who secured 5th position in 1st Rakhepa MTB Championship and is qualifying for Asian & SAARC games selection. Despite the injury that he received previously he has been recovering and is trying his best to secure the position and get qualified.


The journey was to be started from 7:00 am in the morning to 11 am starting from assembling at Switchback Apparels in Sanepa.  Then taking off to Mudku then Tokha and back at Reach Switchback Apparels, Sanepa. As the whole ride was focused for the amateur the people who participated considered it easy. The villagers alongside served the riders with good energy. After few rolls, one of the riders had major crash but he was strong enough to go again. The rider was sent back along with the event members for safety. National rider Roan Tamang tried his best to test limits by constantly going at pace in different terrains.


Although, the goal for a ride of 46kms was not met hats off to the riders who went up to 35kms. The riders tried their best to push forward. The overall event was indeed a fun Saturday morning ride exploring new places, embrace health and nature.

ATTA to organize AdventureNEXT in Bhopal


The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) is going to hold one of its first event “AdventureNEXT” in Bhopal on 10-12 December 2018 in, the capital city of Madhya Pradesh, India. The event, AdventureNEXT, is a pool of marketplace meetings, networking opportunities, inspirational speakers with educational sessions which have been held in many places like Ohrid, Macedonia; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and in Jordan previously. Along with the integrated pool of opportunities, they also unite countries and destinations in a region with a singular objective, increasing awareness about the abundance of adventure travel opportunities.


The scheduled arrangement of the event is to have a pre-adventures meet up with the entire delegation at Minto Hall, which is reminiscent of Old World charm in the midst of a vibrant city. For this event, The Adventure Tourism Operators Association of India (ATOAI) will be a key partner with the ATTA  and, they have also committed unreserved support.


AdventureNEXT helps put emerging destinations on the adventure map. Hosting AdventureNEXT gives the countries or regions to locate themselves as attractive for their natural or cultural resources or unique activities offering the local suppliers the chance to present themselves to international buyers and media through a large Tour Operator MARKETPLACE and also by hosting adventure FAM trips. AdventureNEXT also has keynote speakers and workshops designed especially for regional issues and delegates looking to professionalize and expand their adventure product offerings.


The event, AdventureNEXT in Bhopal, started as an initiation seeing India as a probable prospect for adventure after conducting events around the world. Madhya Pradesh being a well-known destination for tiger tourism and its five national parks of international cultural heritage opportunities await the international delegates to meet with the local communities and to be able to experience about what the India adventure industry has to offer.





In case, if you want to know more about AdventureNEXT or  to catch up with more from The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), you could visit their official website,

Himalayan Rush 2018-Triathlon in the Himalayas

Beautiful and brutal is what one speaks of this very particular outdoor adventure which is back this year and is to be held on 31st March 2018 which is about a week after GAMCE 2018. Focused for the Nepali outdoor, Asia based expats, triathlon enthusiasts and athletes seeking challenge and thrill, the event is bound to be an amazing experience for all.Challenging the inevitable of 300 kilometers of Himalayan trials traveled on foot and bicycle, the event attracts about 500 plus athletes from more than 15 countries. This amazing outdoor sport was initiated in 2012 by three outdoor enthusiasts whose aim was to showcase the best of Nepal’s people and trials of the first race that started with 27 people.

The race will be conducted among more than 500 athletes who will have to go through tough trails with crazy views in the Himalayan lake water. Himalayan Rush 2018 was also voted the best off-road triathlon by Asia Tri in 2016.

The event will take place at Begnas in the Pokhara city, the home of sports and adventure Pokhara which has a subtropical climate for a perfect vacation and with a surface elevation of 650m above sea level. There are many different categories of the race such as standard distance race, spring distance, team relay, duathlon, 10 km run and 5km run.

Himalayan Rush

15th Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival

The 15th Anniversary of annual and competitive Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF), organized by Himal Association, a non-profit organization based in Kathmandu was held from 14-18 December 2017. This film festival, which began in Kathmandu in 2000 presents movies which deal with issues regarding cultural practices, lifestyles, conflicts, wildlife, mountain-climbing, environment, globalization and gender among many others.

Every year in the month of December, The Kathmandu International Film Festival brings people together to discover extraordinary experiences through films from all around the world. It helps promote documentaries, provide the platform for Nepali Filmmaker through “Nepal Panorama” and, encourages the diverse cultural exchange. Their primary focus is to make our society a more intellectual, knowledgeable and conscious of various local, national and international issues through audiovisual media. KIMFF uses cinemas, other visual art forms, workshops and discussion forums to inform and educate a variety of audience on particular issues within the duration of the festival.

KIMFF, the only festival of its kind, gathered some of the most recent and exciting films about mountains, mountain environment, mountain cultures and communities in Kathmandu Valley all corners of the world. Thus, it has acted as a bridge between cultures and societies, also a powerful agent for positive social change and awareness.


“The Mont-Blanc Trail of Asia!” as iterated by Samir Tamang (Winner: Everest Extreme Ultramarathon 2013 and Sky Running Asian Championship 2015) for Ultra-trail Nepal, will be held on 13th January 2018 as a part of its Winter Series 2018. Organized and managed by the professional team from “Batase Trails” and “Take on Nepal”, this event is a must do for trail runners. It is also conducting a Spring Series 2018 in the month of April with the purpose of uplifting the lives of people struck by the devastating earthquake (2015) that wreaked havoc in many parts of Nepal. Ultra-trail Nepal aims to give back all the profits raised from this event to the community to assist with the earthquake rebuilding effort.

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UltraTrail Nepal is going to take place in the Sindhupalchowk district of Nepal where the quake and its aftershocks caused massive destruction. The villagers are still living in challenging conditions and many are grieving the loss of family members.  So, this trail run seeks to provide much-needed support to the people of this district and to provide them with opportunities to move forward.

The participants will be running in 4 different races. That will be of 75K, 50K, 25K, and 20K through villages that have been devastated by the earthquake.  With help from Friends of Himalayan Children, the organizers are working hard to rebuild the lives of the people in this district

Regarding this event, the previous trail runners have given their verdict as the most stunning race they have encountered. Thus, Ultra-Trail Nepal is quickly gaining momentum and notably, it is sure to be one of the most talked about events on the trail running calendar.



Impact Marathon Series organized the Nepal Impact Marathon on November 18 at Kakani, Nepal. The marathon was lead with an objective to raise funds for various charity projects in Nepal. The Series also had competitions in 10km and 21km races aside from marathon.

In the past two years, more than 400 runners participated in the marathon from all over the globe. The runners raised substantial donations from several European countries. They collected around Rs. 14 million in the last edition and disbursed it to eight charity organizations. The foreigners who participated in the race in this edition spent two days working on a community project in Kakani. The registration fee was Rs 1,500 for Nepali citizen and Rs 4500 for foreigners. Those Nepali runners who couldn’t afford to register were provided free entry.  The participants spent seven days in Nepal and visited the projects they funded. They also got fully involved in community projects, relaxed in the Athletes’ Village in Kakani and ran a select race that challenged them beyond their limits.

Teamed up with the UN Global Goals, the Impact Marathon Series is working as a helping hand to end gender inequality, end extreme poverty and tackle climate change. They also support StreetChild, Childreach Nepal, Burns Violence Survivors, CAWST, Maiti Nepal and many other Nepali NGOs. The Nepal Impact Marathon was more than just a race. The runners made a difference – to their own lives, to their fellow runners’ lives and to the projects and communities Impact Marathon Series supports in Nepal.