Nepal Plans To Help Hikers In Distress With Free SIM Cards

Image by Andrewgrandison | Wikimedia

Image by Andrewgrandison | Wikimedia

Nepal officials announced Thursday, March 27, that they plan to provide free SIM cards to hikers going to remote areas. The suggestion came after a number of foreign trekkers went missing or were attacked for the past years.

Highest Mountains

Eight of the world’s fourteen highest mountains are in Nepal, including Mount Everest. The country attracts thousands of foreign hikers and climbers annually. The disappearances and killings of trekkers, however, have resulted in serious concerns on tourist safety.

“When a trekker is lost, it becomes easy to find out the location by tracking the SIM card,” senior Nepal Tourism Board official Sharad Pradhan told Reuters. According to the official, hikers with emergencies can call specific numbers for rescue or help.

Solo Trekkers

While local helpers accompany group climbers, many solo hikers trek the remote Himalayan foothills and national parks, making emergency rescues difficult. About 30,000 independent hikers visiting remote areas will benefit from the free SIM cards.

The government will give the SIM cards to trekkers with their permits.

 

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