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    Exclamation Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang
    Author:TAAN Media Center

    The government has banned foreigners from trekking solo in Langtang National Park after two trekkers went missing in the Langtang Region in the past three years.

The Ministry of Home Affairs took the decision following request by District Security Committee, Rasuwa. The committee had recently decided that free independent trekkers, who want to trek solo in the Langtang National Park, must be accompanied by at least a guide or a porter.

The committee took a policy decision to this effect on first of Ashadh 2069 (mid-June 2012) and forwarded it to the home ministry for approval. The ministry approved the decision on 19 Ashadh (first week of July).

    http://taan.org.np/newsdetail/govt-b...ng-in-langtang

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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    So the Nepal government has to make a rule to protect trekkers who are too arrogant or stupid to follow advice that is published in guidebooks and all over the internet, including this board: Don't trek alone

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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    Quote Originally Posted by Trekwalla View Post
    So the Nepal government has to make a rule to protect trekkers who are too arrogant or stupid to follow advice that is published in guidebooks and all over the internet, including this board: Don't trek alone
    OK so according to you, people who can afford a 1000NR/day porter or guide should only trek in beautiful trails of Nepal!
    it's not always about being stupid/arrogant/big headed when you opt for solo... budget is a big hurdle for a lot of tourists too

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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    You don't need to hire a guide or porter. Just find someone to trek with: schoolmate, boyfriend, girlfriend or someone who posted a note at the Kathmandu Guest house bulletin board or posted a note here in the Trekking Companions section.

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    Angry Any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff(porter or guide)

    Now support staff mandatory for trekkers
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    Tourists traveling to any trekking destination will have to take at least a support staff (porter or guide) with them from September. Government officials say the decision has been taken for the safety of tourists.

    

According to a recent policy decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs, tourists, who want to trek solo in Nepal, must hire at least a porter or a guide. Trekkers traveling in groups are already required to take the service of government registered trekking agencies.

    

Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) has welcomed the decision and urged the government to include the decision in the Tourism Act for effective implementation. “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,” Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN, said.

    

Recent murder of a Belgian trekker in Langtang National Park along with some other cases of disappearance of trekkers have created negative image of Nepal in international market, according to Lamsal. Rana Bahadur Khadka, first vice-president of TAAN, said the new policy decision means all trekkers will have to take the service of government registered trekking agencies. He said this will control illegal operation of trekking business.

    According to trekking operators, the new policy change will increase budget of FITs by only around $10 per day. “This is a very nominal amount and it won´t affect tourist arrivals,” Anjan Thapa, treasurer of TAAN, said. The Ministry of Home Affairs had taken the decision earlier this month following mounting pressure from tourism entrepreneurs, diplomatic missions and kin of missing tourists.

    http://taan.org.np/newsdetail/now-su...y-for-trekkers
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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    How long before this is revoked (again)? Seems TAAN think the only issue is money as it will increase what a independent trekker has to pay by $10 a day. It isn't for me, it is in fact a question of style. I don't want to take staff, I like doing my own thing.

    I've done ten treks and will not do another until this changes. And I am sure I am not the only one. I'll give it six months before it reverts.

    Well done TAAN, you've done it again.
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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    another bullet (after trekking permit fee hike) on my flail chest

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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    Heard about this today at http://www.high-himalaya.com/news/No...ekkers-67.html

    This is the triumph of the Kathmandu-based trekking agencies over commonsense, quite apart from the ridiculous underestimate of how much extra it will cost.

    We come to Nepal to trek independently, that is the main attraction.

    Our experience over 40 years of 'helping locals' by taking guides has been marred by endless arguments about how far to go in a day, about only staying in the guide's mate's place, guide drunkenness, guides getting lost, arguments about the route or a change of route, tiresome wheedling about extra tips and extra clothing, and the guide not being equipped for a change in weather. We have had absolutely great guides too (in Tsum and Mustang where they were essential) but on balance this is a very unattractive idea.

    No thanks.

    If this stupid rule is actually enforced then our 2 months plans for October-November will be curtailed and we'll use the airfare to go elsewhere.

    Taghairm

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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    I am sure no one who discuss here has seen the circular of the ministry.

    I have seen it now and what was made to believe by the overblown rumors is actually quite different : no word that you are not allowed to go alone to Langtang by law or government rule, but the government just forwards a letter of the local District Security Committee where they state that foreign visitors shall not to go alone and they would locally in Lantang Dirstrict area not allow single trekkers to proceed without a porter or guide for security concerns from wherever they are stopped.

    It has nothing to do with Government, TAAN, NTB, Army or anyoine else than the District Administration office CDO. The Home ministry has forwarded the letter to all (Embassies, Taan, NTB).

    Ask your Embassy if the know anything and if the do (they should) you can post tere reply maybe here, would be very helpful for many.

    Happy rumors!!

    Anyone
    Last edited by Anyone; 24th July 2012 at 09:33 AM. Reason: writing

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    Default Re: Nepal Govt bans solo trekking in Langtang

    TAAN mulling compulsory guides for solo trekkers

    SANGAM PRASAIN
    KATHMANDU, JUL 21 -

    The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) said that it was considering making it compulsory for solo trekkers to take a guide to ensure their safety from Sept 1.

    TAAN said that the government had banned free independent travellers (FIT) in Langtang National Park after two trekkers went missing in the past three years. The Home Ministry enforced the rule from July 3 following a request by the District Security Committee, Rasuwa. The committee has decided that FITs must be accompanied by at least a guide or a porter.

    On Friday, TAAN requested the government that the provision be applied across the country, claiming that there have been no complaints against certified Nepali guides as of now. There are more than 10,000 professional tourist guides including porters in Nepal.

    “As travelling alone is the right of tourists, we cannot force them to take along a guide, however, we will advise our clients to go with a guide for their safety,” said Mohan Lamsal, general secretary of TAAN. “The provision can be made mandatory only after the Tourism Ministry makes it a legal or a mandatory provision,” he said.

    In June, a 23-year-old Belgian hiker Debbie Maveau was found dead near Langtang National Park. She had gone on a six-day hike to Gosaikund. She was expected to return to Belgium on June 9.

    TAAN said that two years ago, Aubrey Caroline Sacco, a student of the University of Colorado, disappeared in the same area. “Similar incidents happened in the Everest region last year,” said Lamsal. He added that increased crime in the trekking areas had raised serious concern, and that the provision should be enforced.

    Mohan Krishna Sapkota, joint secretary at the Industry Division of the Tourism Ministry, said that the ministry would reach a decision after holding discussions with all the stakeholders. He added that it would be good if the provision was implemented.

    According to Aditya Baral, spokesperson of the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), discussions on the issue have been held in the past. “However, we have not received any official letter from anywhere to implement it.” Around 40 percent of all the tourists visiting Nepal go hiking or trekking. TAAN said that hiring a guide would increase the cost for solo travellers, but it would ensure their safety. Currently, only group trekkers are accompanied by guides, and only a few FITs take along a guide or porters.

    http://www.ekantipur.com/2012/07/21/...rs/357502.html

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