new Nepal trekking regulations?

I’ve just arrived Kathmandu.

Officials in Nepal say they plan to introduce tougher controls of the trekking industry, a week after a devastating Himalayan storm.

In future, all trekkers will be required to register before setting out on the Annapurna circuit, they told reporters.

Only properly trained and accredited guides will be able to lead treks. …

BBC – Nepal plans to tighten rules on trekkers and guides

This news report, like many I’ve seen in the mainstream media, are not accurate. Click over to wikipedia for ongoing updates and an a more objective overview of the tragedy.

Not clear in the media is that all Annapurna trekkers already must register to get their ACAP permit. All Guides are trained and certified.

My best guess is that independent trekking will still be allowed in 2015. The director general of the Department of Tourism, Tulasi Gautam, has to say something.

This for example:

… In future, all trekkers must register at check posts when they enter and leave the popular trail (Annapurna), officials said. …

On Annapurna, Everest, Manaslu, etc., you already check in with multiple checkpoints. It’s been that way for decades.

related – Picturing the Blizzard That Caused Nepal’s Worst-Ever Mountaineering Disaster:

blizzardI’ll be careful. Don’t worry.

Greater Patagonian Trail

UPDATE: I’ve heard via the interwebs that the trekker who authored the site below did not actually complete the entire thing.

It’s not an established route. Don’t assume that you can simply follow the instructions on the wiki. It’s not that simple. Don’t put yourself in danger.

Also, there are other long distance Andean treks that have been completed.

___ original post from Sept 8, 2014:

This first long distance trail in South America leads right through the heart of the legendary Patagonian Andes. It’s a stunningly beautiful and diverse trail that crosses volcanic fields, idyllic Andean valleys, snow covered mountain ranges, lush green forests and deep blue lakes and rivers. …

The complete trail can be hiked in one summer season and requires approx. 90 to 120 days

The generally recommended trekking direction is southbound …

MAP Greater Patagonia

The Greater Patagonian trail is not an official trail that is set up and managed by a government agency. Is simply a compilation of horse trails, minor roads and some cross country sections …

A packraft is recommended for sections 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16. …

The trail is mostly unmarked, partly not visible and only smaller fractions are documented with maps. Therefore a GPS is essential for navigation. In addition an electronic topographical map is recommended. …

section 1

section 1

section 2

section 2

section 6

River Crossings are possibly the greatest hazard

wikiexplora – Greater Patagonian Trail

I’m considering a trip to Patagonia starting January 2015. Certainly I’ll do a section of the GPT, if I can. :-)