Support staff mandatory for trekkers in Nepal
Another blow to the kind of trekking I like best...
The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) says that from September 2012 the Nepalese government will require all trekkers to be accompanied by support staff (porter or guide). The rule has allegedly been introduced for the safety of trekkers.
Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN, said “The decision will help promote Nepal as a safe destination for tourists at a time when international media are questioning the safety of foreigners in Nepal.”
Lamsal.Rana Bahadur Khadka, first vice-president of TAAN, has linked the new rule to the recent murder of a Belgian trekker in Langtang National Park and other disappearance, which says have created a negative image of Nepal in the international tourism market.
Source: TAAN Media Center