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Reuters) - A Japanese hiker who lost her way while trekking in Nepal's remote mountains said on Friday she survived for 13 days by eating leaves and praying.Makiko Iwafuchi, 49, went for an afternoon stroll from her hotel in Rasuwa, 80 km (50 miles) north of Kathmandu on May 25, when she strayed from the main trail into the forested hills.
Norvic International Hospital has set up a health clinic at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) targeting foreign passengers.Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Khadga Bahadur Bishwakarma inaugurated the clinic amid a function on June 5.The hospital opened the clinic after the government requested it to set up the clinic at the country´s only international airport.
Nepal Tourism Board has launched a month-long tourism promotional campaign in various Indian cities targeting the summer holiday season in India.Nepal is observing the year 2011 as Nepal Tourism Year (NTY) campaign with the objective of welcoming one million visitors. It targets to attract 300,000 Indian tourists. The campaign has been launched in shopping malls in Indian metros and second tier cities for the May-June period through direct sales agents in India.
Athletes of Tribhuvan Army Club dominated the inaugural Maurice Herzog-Dr Harka Gurung Mount Annapurna Marathon held on June 3.Tirtha Bahadur Tamang of Nepal Army won the high-altitude race with the timing of 4:23:39. Similarly, army men Purna Bahadur Tamang (4:23:51), Samir Tamang (4:35:07) and Ram Bhandari (4:49:34) finished second, third and fourth respectively. The top three finishers received Rs 50,000, Rs 30,000 and Rs 20,000 respectively.
Tourist arrivals via air in May increased by 47.1 percent, as compared to arrival figures of May, 2010. According to Immigration Office at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), a total of 39,179 foreign tourists entered the country during the period.With strong growth in May, total arrivals over the first five months of 2011 have reached 208,137, an increment of 22.9 percent as compared to figures of the same period of 2010.
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) marked 33rdTAAN Day and International Sagarmatha Day 2011 by giving away three awards to different personalities. Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Khadga Bahadur Bishwokarma and Tourism Secretary Dr Ganesh Raj gave away TAAN Sagarmatha Journalism Award 2011 jointly to Shila Pandey of Kantipur daily and Sushil Bhattarai of Nagarik daily amid a program organized on 29 May.The award carries a purse of Rs 50,000 and letters of appreciation.
Sudip Kulung Rai finished won the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon 2011 on 29 May. The 23-year-old athlete from Solukhumbu district finished race from Everest Base Camp to Namche Bazaar with the timing of 3:45:39.Ram Kumar Rajbhandari (3:45:06) and the 2008 winner Deepak Raj Rai (3:50:51) finished second and third respectively. Similarly, Ang Futi Sherpa finished the race in 4:46:14 to win the women’s category for the third consecutive year. Mingma Lohmu Sherpa (5:07:37) and Cheechee Sherpa (5:20:20) finished second and third respectively.
May 19, 2011 Air China is expected to start daily international service between Lhasa in the Tibet Autonomous Region and Katmandu, Nepal on Aug. 1, said an official with the company on Thursday. Air China, the country's flagship carrier, adjusted its service plan by increasing from four flights per week to daily service based on the preferences of previous passengers surveyed and predictions in this year's tourism market, said Zhang Ping, director of the marketing department for the Air China Tibet Branch.
Former foreign minister Shaliendra Kumar Upadhyay, 82, died on the slopes of Mt Everest on May 9,while attempting to become the oldest person to climb the tallest peak on earth.Upadhyay collapsed while descending from Camp I. He was trying to break the record of compatriot MinBahadur Sherchan, who reached the summit of Mt Everest at the age of 76 two years ago.
Record breaking Nepali mountaineer Apa Sherpa reached the summit of Mt Everest for the record 21 times on the morning of 11 May.Apa, who is leading an environmental expedition, took advantage of good weather to reach the 8,848- meter summit with a group of other climbers. Tilak Pandey, an officer of Ministry of Tourism and Civil Aviation stationed at the base camp, confirmed the summit.The 50-year-old Sherpa first reached the summit of the tallest peak on earth in 1989 and repeated the feat almost every year.