Rescue, medical insurances to be reduced to boost Mountain Tourism in Nepal

Nepal Government is all set to reduce the insurance costs for mountaineers planning to climb different mountains below 6500m. This initiative is taken in order to revive the country’s adventure tourism business.

According to Director General at the Department of Tourism Govinda Bahadur Karki, DoT forwarded its proposal to the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation yesterday recommending huge reduction in the rescue and health insurance costs.

The DoT’s proposal has proposed for 60% reduction in the existing  insurance amount of US$ 10,000. It has recommended US$ 3,000 as medical insurance amount for mountain guides and porters reducing the existing cost by 25 per cent. “Insurance amount of US$ 2,000 has also been recommended for base camp workers of all climbing peaks below 6,500 metres, slashing the existing amount by US$ 1,000.”

DoT has also decided to reduce the insurance costs for high altitude and base camp workers. DoT decided to forward its proposal after holding consultations with stakeholders, said Karki, who also hoped that the proposal would be endorsed by a minister-level decision at the earliest.

According to Karki, MoCTA has also been reviewing DoT’s proposal, which seeks at least two-year extension for climbing permits issued last spring as the mountaineers had abandoned their bids after earthquake struck nation killing more than 9,000 people in April and May.

Source : The Himalayan Times

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