Pokhara—A total of 200 participants have received trekking porter guide training that was provided by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara. Gandaki Province Tourism, Industry, Forest and Environment minister Bikash Lamsal distributed the certificates to them amid a formal ceremony on last Friday.
Addressing the program minister Lamsal said that the newly trained porter guides’ skill is highly important at a time when the province government is marking the Internal Tourism Year 2019 this year. He also stressed on the need of common agendas of private sector and the government to promote and develop the tourism sector jointly.
At the same time, Nepal Tourism Board Gandaki Province chief Mani Lamichhane said that trekking without guide and porters is a risky job. According to him, trained porter guides minimize the safety threat during trekking of difficult area.
Similarly, TAAN WRA Pokhara chairman Hari Bhujel informed that the trekking has been hard hit by the scarcity of trained porters and guides. So, the training that TAAN WRA provided will be helpful to minimize that shortage. He further added that the TAAN has a policy of no trekking without guide and porter. According to him, many tourists have had accidents and gone missing during the time they trekked without guide and porter in the past.
Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) Member Secretary and Executive Director Durga Datta Dhakal, Annapurna Conservation Area Project Pokhara Headquarter Chief Raj Kumar Gurung, TAAN WRA Pokhara former chairman Tikaram Sapkota, Pokhara Tourism Council chairman Chirinjibi Pokhrel, TAAN WRA Pokhara vice chairman Sushil Raj Paudel, secretary Jeevan Raj Sapkota including others delivered their views during the ending of 10-day long training supported by NTB, ACAP and NATHM.
Talking to Recentfusion.com, training coordinator and TAAN WRA Pokhara executive member Prakash Bastakoti reminded that his organization has been recommending group trekking since long for the sake of trekkers safety. He further added that the porters who received that 61 hour long training are now capable to work as trekking guide too.