Tourists traveling to any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff (porter or guide) with them from September. Government officials say the decision has been taken for the safety of tourists. According to a recent policy decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, tourists, who want to trek solo in Nepal, must hire at least a porter or a guide. Trekkers traveling in groups are already required to take the service of government registered trekking agencies. Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has welcomed the decision and urged the government to include the decision in the Tourism Act for effective implementation. â€œThe decision will help promote Nepal as a safe destination for tourists at a time when international media are questioning the safety of foreigners in Nepal,â€ Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN, said. Recent murder of a Belgian trekker in Langtang National Park along with some other cases of disappearance of trekkers have created negative image of Nepal in international market, according to Lamsal. Rana Bahadur Khadka, first vice-president of TAAN, said the new policy decision means all trekkers will have to take the service of government registered trekking agencies. He said this will control illegal operation of trekking business. According to trekking operators, the new policy change will increase budget of FITs by only around $10 per day. â€œThis is a very nominal amount and it wonÂ´t affect tourist arrivals,â€ Anjan Thapa, treasurer of TAAN, said. The Ministry of Home Affairs had taken the decision earlier this month following mounting pressure from tourism entrepreneurs, diplomatic missions and kin of missing tourists.
Tourists traveling to any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff (porter or guide) with them from September. Government
Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized a two-day map reading training for trekking guides. A total of 25 participants from different member agencies of TAAN participated in the training. Theoretical class of the training was held at TAAN Secretariat, Maligaun while the practical classes were conducted at Kakani. Theoretical class was held at TAAN Secretariat and practical classes were taken in Kakani. The classes were taken by Kaji Thapa. According to Krishna Hari Khatri, coordinator of Human Resource & Training Department of TAAN, the training was organized to enhance knowledge of trekking guides. â€œI am hopeful that this training will be of great help to trekking guides who take groups to different rural areas in the country,â€ he added. TAAN has been organizing various trainings and orientation programs trekking guides, support staff and staff members of members agencies in a bid to enhance their professionalism.
Trekking Agenciesâ€™ Association of Nepal (TAAN) recently organized a two-day map reading training for trekking guides.