A delegation led by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Mr. Khum Bahadur Subedi met with Hon’ble Minister for forest and environment Mr. Shakti Bahadur Basnet on December 6, 2019.
The delegation expressed their strong opposition to the decision of Sagarmatha National Park and Shivapuri Conservation Area to charge double entry fees as well as the requirement of compulsory ‘Local Nature Guides’ for visitors entering the park.
The delegation urged Minister Basnet that his inappropriate provision is creating problems for trekkers, rock climbers, mountain bikers and tourism entrepreneurs at large.
Responding to TAAN delegation, Hon’ble Minister Basnet stated his commitment to solve the problems that tourism entrepreneurs face while handling groups in national parks and wildlife conservation areas. He assured the delegation to reduce or revise double entry fee.
The delegation included First Vice- President Mr. Cholendra Bahadur Karki, Secretary Mr. Damodar Dhakal and Executive Member Mr. Thakur Prasad Sapkota along with representatives from Trekking Guide Association of Nepal (TGAN).