Nepal holds World Mountain Guides assembly


1st Dec, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, Dec 01 : Nepal has successfully held the general assembly of IFMGA — an international association of mountain guides which ends on Friday.

The four day event was attended by 65 participants from the 24 member countries which also saw participation of over 100 Asian delegates from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Mongolia and Pakistan.

The participants of the event also highlighted the prospects and the challenges of the mountaineering and the need of mountain guiding in Asian countries, including Nepal which focused on the promotion of the mountain guiding and provide maximum visibility and possibilities that are affordable for Nepal too.

NNMGA has been a member of IFMGA since 2012. It is the first time that the IFMGA general assembly was held in Nepal.

There are 50 IFMGA-accredited Nepali mountain guides in the country while NNMGA has 21 more trained national aspirant mountain guides who are working in the field of mountaineering till date.

IFMGA was founded in 1965 by guides from Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy. It is currently a body of mountain guide associations from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Oceania, representing a total of almost 6000 guides.

IFMGA aims in regulation of the mountain guide profession on a global scale, support of a standard law and regulation for the mountain guide profession, determination of mandatory international training standards, providing services and assistance for mountain guides.

Participating IFMGA member countries in the assembly are Austria, Bolivia, Canada, Czech republic, Ecuador, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan,New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovakia and Spain.