11 Rules for Safe Paragliding Tours

Know 11 Rules That Will Increase Joys of Air Adventures

Adventure Travel Blog Magazine October 2015 Contents Indian authorities have taken some initiatives to enhance safety during air adventure holidays. For example, central government laid down basic minimum standards for paragliding and the state government defined The Himachal Pradesh Aero Sports Rules, 2004. Now it is the turn of the…

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Measures to Make Everest Safe Place for Mountaineers

Have you ever imagined renting the peaks of the Himalayas? Nepal is thinking to lease some peaks to private companies. In March 2014, Nepal also mooted other ideas to make Mount Everest a clean and safe place for mountaineers from different parts of the world: ban on solo climbs, new waste disposal rule, installation of a ladder near Hillary Step, and separate ropes for both ascending and descending mountaineers.

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Adventure Activities Regulations mandate safety audit, registration

From November 1, 2011, the Health and Safety in Employment (Adventure Activities) Regulations 2011 came into effect inNew Zealand. The new regulations cover commercial adventure tourism for consistency in the industry and enhancing reputation of the destination. The Regulation 4 defines an adventure activity as “an activity     that…

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Brazilian Safe Adventure Program: Goals, Strategies, Achievements

Brazilian Safe Adventure Program: Results and Achievements. ITB Berlin Convention-March 10th, 2011.  Brazilian Tourism Board-EMBRATUR. This presentation reviews goals, results and achievements of the Brazilian Safe Adventure Program. Principal goals of the program include improving nature and adventure tourism product, developing safe and high quality products, increasing professionalism and competitiveness…

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Why to Add Contingency Days to Indian Himalayan Adventure Itinerary

While planning an adventure trip to the Indian Himalayas, keep the itinerary flexible and add some contingency days for the following reasons:

  • To manage legal hassles (if any) related to visa and area-specific and climbing permits.
  • The mountains are prone to landslides, rock falls and avalanches.
  • Mountain weather is unpredictable.
  • The mountain roads are not in very good condition.
  • Limited private and public transport services to remote areas that serve as base camps for many adventure trips. These services may be cancelled or delayed for various reasons.

If any of the above situations disrupt your travel, pre-planned contingency time will be very useful.

Climbing / Trekking Porter Rules

Climbing / Trekking Porter Rules

Last Wednesday, we reviewed the Himachal Pradesh Climbing/Trekking Porters (Regulation of Employment) Act, 1977. Today, we will review related rules, which are known as “the Himachal Pradesh Climbing/Trekking Porters (Regulation of Employment) Rules, 1981.”

According to the rules, the climbing / trekking team shall take permission of the Mountaineering Institute, Manali to climb and / or trek within Himachal Pradesh.

The team shall hire registered porters for the expedition. Porter registration certificate is valid for one year only. Refer to page no. 7 of the rules for a sample of Porter Identity Card.

The team shall buy insurance cover for the porters. The insurance must cover compensation, evacuation, exigencies, hospitalization… Read the full climbing/trekking porters rules  at http://india.gov.in/allimpfrms/allrules/429.pdf.  

 

Next Time Ensure that Adventure Travel Company Meets BMS

Next Time Ensure that Adventure Travel Company Meets BMS

Adventure travel is gaining momentum as a holiday option and a training tool for management executives. Due to risky nature of adventure activities apt safety measures are necessary. Participants should ensure that adventure service providers meet the Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) (http://www.incredibleindia.org/newsite/pdf/Basic_Minimum_Standards.pdf) defined by the Indian Government. For instance, travel companies organizing mountaineering expeditions should be registered with both Ministry of Tourism and Adventure Tour Operators Association of India.