TAAN in Dhorpatan exploration mission

TAAN in Dhorpatan exploration mission A 17-member team on 13 May embarked on a 17-day mapping and exploratory trip to Dhorpatan area in Baglung and Myagdi districts. The program is the joint initiative of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN), UNDP-MEDEP and Nepal Tourism Board.

The team comprises of representatives of TAAN, NTB, UNDP-MEDEP and local organizations along with videographers, photographers and a cartographer. The team will conduct feasibility study on the possibility of new tourism destinations and development of trekking route map; make visual documentary for promotion of the new trekking destination along and collect proper information about local community, available services, hospitality, etc. It will also produce promotional materials of the area and study the possibility of involving private sector people for marketing and promotion of tourism destination and products.

The estimated expenditure of the exploratory expedition is Rs 1,079,500. TAAN and NTB are contributing 15 percent and 25 percent of the total cost respectively, while UNDP-MEDEP is chipping in the rest.

TAAN has been taking initiative in developing new trekking areas in the country. Prior to this, it organized exploratory trips Tsum Valley, Panchpokhari, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Ganesh Himal among others.

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