KATHMANDU, DECEMBER 20
The Department of Tourism (DoT) has announced that it will issue mountain guide licence from now onwards. It has prepared a framework to strengthen mountaineering activities and make it a secure profession. As per the framework, any person conducting any activity in the mountains without DoT’s licence will face legal charges.
As per the department, the framework has been prepared and now it will soon start distributing licences after issuing a notice to the stakeholders.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has made it mandatory for every mountaineer to include a mountain guide during their expedition. Based on this particular rule the DoT will issue mountain guide licence.
Earlier, the government had recognised mountain guides recommended by the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) too. However, now only government licence holders will get the opportunity to work as a mountain guide.
It has been estimated that there are around 2,000 mountain guides currently working in Nepal. In the past, the role of a mountain guide was taken to be that of a professional but now it has become a business.
Thus, to regulate this profession, DoT has brought this licence provision, the department informed.
The department has stated that the licence system will also help the government know the exact number of guides in the country and help make this work a bit more professional. There is a trend in Nepa