February 20 , 2015
A 35-day trekking guide training kicked off at Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) on February 20.
The training is being conducted by NATHM in the coordination of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN).
A total of 750 workers from different trekking agencies are participated in the training in the first phase. Another 750 will participate in the training in the second phase.
Speaking at the orientation class organized on Friday, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the training has been organized to produce trained and professional workforce for the trekking sector. "We will launch a separate course for 'assistant guides' from next year. Similarly, trekking guide training will be organized as per the new curriculum from next year," he said, adding: "Only the applicants who have passed SLC examination will be eligible for the training."
Similarly, TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey thanked NATHM for conducting the training on old curriculum as per the request of TAAN. "From next year, only those who have passed SLC examination will be eligible for the trekking guide training," he added.
Chudamani Sharma Kattel, executive director of NATHM, and Dhan Prasad Gurung, coordinator of Training & HR Department of TAAN, among others were also present on the occasion.
The training is being organized in three shifts – morning, afternoon and evening.
The second phase of training will kick off from April 8.