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Nepal plans to give free SIM cards to help hikers in distress

Published on Mar 27, 2014 4:15 PM
 

KATHMANDU (REUTERS) - Nepal plans to distribute free SIM cards to trekkers visiting remote areas alone, officials said on Thursday, after several foreign hikers were attacked or went missing in recent years.

Home to eight of the world's 14 highest mountains including Mount Everest, Nepal hosts thousands of foreign climbers and trekkers every year. But the killing or disappearance of solo trekkers have raised concerns about the safety of tourists.

"When a trekker is lost, it becomes easy to find out the location by tracking the SIM card," said Sharad Pradhan, a senior Nepal Tourism Board official, told Reuters.

"Trekkers in distress can also call us on some specified numbers for help or rescue."

 
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