TAAN purchases rescue equipment to aid stranded trekkers

8th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, July 08: The Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has purchased essential equipment for the search and rescue of stranded tourists for the first time. The equipment was purchased at the cost of Rs. 1 million with support for the Nepal Tourism Board Pokhara, which contributed about half the amount required for the purchase.

President of TAAN Western Regional Office, Dipak Raj Adhikari, said that the equipment was purchased with the hope of controlling human casualties during the course of calamities and accidents that take place with tourists while trekking in the Himalayan and hilly regions of the country. "We did not have any safety equipment before this," he said, "with this purchase, the faith and trust of tourists entering this region will increase."

TAAN ex-president Som Thapa said that the use of new technologies to reduce the human cost in the case of calamities will have a good effect for Nepal in the global tourism market. He also stressed the need to have skilled manpower engaged in rescue efforts alongside the availability of the necessary equipment and technology.

Secretary of Western TAAN, Sushil Poudel, said that TAAN has procured walkie-talkie radio sets, helmets, ropes, ice harnesses, GPS trackers, torch, ice cutters, and other rescue equipments.