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AC President, Lindsay Griffin, writes to Nepal's Ministry of Tourism

23rd September 2015


To the Ministry of Tourism, Nepal


It has come to the attention of the Alpine Club that there is a proposal for foreign trekkers in Nepal to be required to hire at least a guide or a porter. We acknowledge the role played by local guides in bringing a deeper experience to the trek. However, we also recognise there needs to be freedom of choice, and would like the Ministry to be aware that there are a number of British trekkers who do not employ guides or porters when visiting mountain areas. We believe that if they are required to employ a guide or porter, many of these people will decide not to visit Nepal, and instead go elsewhere to trek, or for their mountaineering.


Independent trekkers bring considerable extra income to the local communities, and with Nepal currently trying to re-build its market following devastating earthquake damage, the timing of this proposal seems inappropriate. We believe that if trekkers of any nationality are able to come to Nepal without the explicit need to hire guides or porters, there will be an appreciably greater number visiting the country, and with this greater economic benefit.

Yours Faithfully
Lindsay Griffin, President of the Alpine Club.

Expedition: Sep 2015 Muzkol Tajikistan - supported by Climbing Fund

 

In 1940, a Soviet military officer visited the Muzkol range’s AkBaikal valley, gazed up at the five peaks of the ridgeline and declared “the passage of this route would have done credit to any master mountaineer”. In the intervening years just one expedition had attempted any of the peaks and so our team of five set out to try and prove ourselves as master mountaineers. 

AC AGM, Lecture and Annual Dinner


AC AGM & Annual  Dinner - with Lecture by Krzysztof Wielicki - 28th November 2015

At:  The Skiddaw Hotel, Main Street, Keswick, CA12 5BL

This year's Annual Dinner will be a more informal gathering with a buffet and some live background music (Dinner tickets £35).  Members’ guests are welcome to attend the Lecture and the Dinner. 

Lecture by Krzysztof Wielicki: The Art of Suffering, which will indeed be partially on Polish winter alpinism in the Himalaya.  Krzysztof was the fifth man to climb all fourteen eight-thousanders and the first to climb Everest, Kangchenjunga and Lhotse in the winter. Here he is on Nanaga Parbat 1996, en route, K2 in 2003 and  K2 in 1987





Details  AC AGM, Lecture and Annual Dinner