Tourism Department makes decision of issuing trekker porter guide with basic training
4th Nov, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Nov 04:Porters no longer need to have the academic qualification of grade 10 as The Department of Tourism (DoT) has made the decision of issuing trekking porter guide license and identity cards with basic training.
The license would be provided if the porter has completed trekking guide trekking from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) or Nepal Mountain Academy (NMA) according to the decision made in 2014 by the ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.
A cabinet meeting on October 4 assured that there would be no delay in the issuance process. Issuance of license and identity card to the guides will begin Sunday. Previously, guides with the academic qualification of SEE used to be considered illegal. Now the issuance of license and identity card would surely give them job security.
Durga Datta Dhakal, Executive director of NATHM, said that it took almost four years to implement the minister-level decision.
The guides who have received training from NATHM or NMA in different seasons since 2014 were called to the department to receive their licenses and identity cards with a license fee of Rs 1000. Dhakal said the reason why the porters were called illegal workers was solely because of their lack of academic qualification.
One can apply for trekking guide license four years after receiving trekking porter guide license.
Policies that will be in the favor of high altitude workers and guides are in the making. With the amendment in Rule 33 of Mountaineering Expedition Regulation 2002, the ministry had announced in March to provide mountaineering certificates to Sirdar, mountain guides, and high altitude workers in a format prescribed in Schedule-14