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.
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…
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…
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
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
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.