Posted By: FarwestNepal
The first training for trekking guides and porters was organized and conducted in cooperation with the Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (NATHM) and Tourism Development Society (TDS) in Farwest Nepal. Two courses were held from February 23rd to March 9th 2016 for Trekking guides and from February 23rd to March 2nd for trekking porter guides. As a venue the Bhada Homestay Village of Kailali was chosen.
Both organizations NATHM and TDS have similar aim to develop skilled workforce required by hospitality and tourism industry in Nepal. In the newest destination of Nepal is a challenge, but at the same time an opportunity for the region.
All together 40 participants, 40 pioneers were striving to be certified by NATHM: 26 participants were registered for the trekking guide training, and 14 trainees attended trekking porter guide course. The participants were from 8 districts of Farwest region and 3 districts of mid-western region, which allowed information exchange between participants and established the network of trekking guides between 11 districts.
Shankar Baral, participant from Darchula shared with us: “The three-week training was intensive, but at the same time it was exciting and interesting learning experience. It was a great opportunity for us to get very practical knowledge from the experienced trainers. This spring a tourist group has booked their 11-day trekking tour for the Api Nampa Base Camp with one of the local tour operators. I am happy to assist them in conduction of this trip, were I can practice my knowledge!”