January 09 , 2014
A four-week long trekking guide training kicked off at the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) on January 8.
The training is being organized by NATHM and coordinated by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN). A total of 742 trekking workers from different member agencies of TAAN are participating in the training.
The training covers issues like culture, geography, rope safety, map reading and negotiation, history, first aid, trekking, and basic rock climbing among others.
Speaking at the orientation class ahead of the training, TAAN President Ramesh Dhamala said the association has raised the number of quota to 742 this year due to increasing demand from member agencies. “I request you to provide authentic information as today’s trekkers know about the country through Internet and other sources. They will know immediately if you provide them wrong information,” Dhamala said. Stating that TAAN will put focus on promoting sanitation and agri-tourism, he said the association together with other stakeholders would launch cleanup campaign on Bishnumati River very soon. “We will use all trekking guide sand trekking workers in the campaign,” he added.
Saying that there is stiff competition in the market, TAAN President Sagar Pandey urged aspiring trekking guides to provide quality service to the guests. “If your service is poor, it will leave negative impression on trekkers. A company may lose business because of your poor service. You should realize this fact,” he added. “Be competent or others will move ahead of you.”
Dhana Prasad Gurung, coordinator of Training and HR Department of TAAN, said, his department will organize different training programs as per the need of the industry in the future as well.
The training is being organized in three shifts – morning, afternoon and evening.
TAAN and NATHM have been organizing trekking guide trainings twice a year – in January and June-July – to produce trained manpower for the trekking industry.