From this year, Nepal is preparing to track climbers with a GPS device. Durga Dutta Dhakal, spokesperson of the Department of Tourism, explains why it is needed. Himal Khabarpatrika, 26 March-1 April.
Why is it necessary to track climbers with a GPS device?
When climbers go missing or meet with an accident, rescue is often delayed because we cannot easily track their location. A GPS device will help us pinpoint their exact location.
At which stage is this plan?
We have had the first round of meetings with a supplier. We will now consult stakeholders and decide whether to go ahead.
Is it practical?
This may be a new technology for Nepal, but many countries have already begun to track climbers with a GPS device.
How does this device actually work?
We give climbers a GPS device before they set out on their expeditions. They cannot turn off this device even if they want to. That way we will always know their location through this device, which they have to give back to us once they return from their expedition.
Is it costly?
These devices cost Rs 30,000 apiece. If we get positive feedback from stakeholders, we can launch this program from the coming autumn season.Go back to previous page