Nepal to ban independent trekking

August 7th, 2012 - 7:19 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Katmandu, Aug 7 (THAINDIAN NEWS) There have been reports in the grapevine that the Nepalese government is going to ban people who are trekking alone in any part of the country. The report has not yet been approved by the country’s Ministry of Tourism but the reports have it that the rule will start being observed in September.

Visitors in Nepal will be required to be accompanied by someone who has been approved by the Nepalese government. This move is said to ensure the safety of the tourists in the country as well as to control the illegal activities of trekkers in the country. The rule follows the death of a 23 year old Belgian tourist whose body was found on a hiking trail. There have also been other cases of assaults and disappearances in the previous years.

The relevant bodies say that the implementation of the new rule will help promote Nepal as a safe tourist destination. Tourists will be required to pay an extra 10 dollars for the certified guide who will be required to accompany them as they tour Nepal. This is smart move by the Nepalese government which will see the percentage of the tourists visiting the country go up than it has in the past year.

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