April 11, Kathmandu- The government has started the work of making Nepali trekking guides recognized all over the world. Those who become guides after 35 days of training will be given a worldwide recognition certificate after completing an additional six months of training from the Union of International Mountain Leaders Association (UIMLA) course.
The Nepal Mountain Training Institute under the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation will further manage the guides. The foundation is currently providing 35 days of training for trekking guides. The Department of Tourism has started issuing trekking guide licenses to those who have passed the training two years ago. Uttam Kumar Bhattarai, the administrative head of the institute, said that the institute is preparing to produce the guide in a way that it will be recognized all over the world by giving additional six months training as the 35-day training alone will not give the experience of the guide and the achievement will not be as expected by the foreigners.
He said that those who have become guides after 35 days of training are also targeted to become level 1 and level 2 of the guides formed after the training. He told Gorkhapatra that the curriculum set by the Union of International Mountain Leaders Association and the curriculum set by the Government of Nepal will be studied.
According to Bhattarai, the foundation has started work to make the mountain leader a global leader by training him according to the curriculum of the Union of International Mountain Leaders Association (UIMLA). He said that the foundation is working to make the trekking guide from level 1 less and the quality of work and achievement will be less.
Although the Tourism Act 1979 A.D., mentions the guide, the Department of Tourism has been giving permission in four categories in the name of the tour, city, trekking, and porter guide. According to the statistics of the department, there are 24,000 licensed guides in all four. The Union of International Mountain Leaders Association has stated that the 35-day training did not meet its criteria as it provided only general information.
During the trek, the guides say that it is necessary to pass the mountain gorge, get information about the condition of the snow, and take training on the management of the trek. The association has 26 member countries from around the world.
Currently, Nepal Mountain Academy and Nepal Tourism and Hotel Management Institute (Natham) have been training trekking guides. The Department of Tourism has been issuing trekking guide licenses only after passing the training.