Tourism entrepreneurs worried about tourists trekking without guides


24th Jul, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, July 24: The number of people going for trekking without guides is increasing in recent days, causing panic among tourism entrepreneurs. They have urged government to find a solution for this issue because this will hamper business besides being very dangerous. The Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) has requested the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, to make compulsory the system of taking guides with tourists who are travelling for more than 2,500m high.

As TAAN is a registered organization for travels and trekking organizations and has been paying tax to the government, President of TAAN, Navaraj Dahal, has requested the ministry to take action for those non-registered organizations who are working in trekking and travel sector. Similarly, General Secretary of TAAN, Aang Pemba Sherpa also has urged the government to take action for the non-registered organizations. He said that those tourists who do not take guide along with them have to face problems so they must take guide with them. Due to some non-registered organizations, the whole tourism industry is being misjudged.

Former President of TAAN, Yankila Sherpa said that we should not send non-registered operators for trekking. Likewise, Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari has accepted the proposal of TAAN for making rules for the tourists to take guides with them for travelling more than 2,500m height. He said that he will be implementing the rule soon and he will not allow any type of illegal activities in tourism sector.