Around 700 high altitude workers to receive certificate of expedition following amendment to rule

26th Mar, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Mar 26: Around 700 high altitude workers are eligible to receive certificate of mountaineering expedition following the release of a new citizen charter from the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

The ministry’s charter came after a cabinet decision to amend the Mountaineering Expedition Rule 2002. High altitude workers had been deprived of mountaineering certificate since 2015.

Maya Sherpa, Second Vice-President of Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) and also a mountain guide, said that around 700 mountain guides are likely to receive mountaineering certificate as per the new development. The development has highly encouraged the workers, said Sherpa.

Following the amendment of Rule 33 of the Mountaineering Expedition Regulation 2002, the ministry has announced to provide mountaineering certificates to high altitude workers like Sirdar, mountain guide in format as prescribe in Schedule-14.

Vice President Maya Sherpa said that the decision marks an important step for the welfare of high altitude workers, adding that it helps to keep record of their achievements and encourages them on their work.

The proposal of Department of Tourism (DoT) to provide certificate of mountaineering expedition to the high altitude workers was awaiting cabinet approval for the last eight months.

“Mountaineering Expedition Rules 2002 did not consider high-altitude workers as a part of the expedition,” Sherpa said, “Sirdar (group leader), mountain guide, high altitude workers and officials who do not pay royalty but climb the mountains were deprived of certificates.”

Director General of the Department of Tourism, Dinesh Bhattarai, said that the department had also urged the ministry to provide certificates to those deprived of them since 2015, and added that the department is now in position to distribute certificates to these workers as well.

“The high altitude workers have to produce a verification letter claiming the date and details of the mountain they have climbed,” said Humnath Pandey, section officer at the Mountaineering Section of DoT. “Verifying their details, we will provide the certificate as per their role during the expedition.”