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Local porters in Nepal: Acute mountain sickness and load weight of cargo carrying

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posted on 30.09.2021, 22:24 by Wendy HillmanWendy Hillman
Local porters who haul burdens for trekkers are under-studied and under-appreciated for the labour they do in Nepal. Their susceptibility to Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) along with the weight of the loads they haul and carry in return for meagres payment, contribute to the difficulties of their very austere and under-resourced employment. They are frequently underpaid for their efforts. Acknowledgement by government organisations and trekking business owners could make their employment more viable by giving them a higher wage in spite of their occupation struggles. Data was gathered from 31 porters completing instruction at a Nepali Porters’ training establishment, based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The research used semi-structured in-depth interviews. Participants participated in a 45-60-minute interview, which was recorded at the field site. All the interviews were documented and then transcribed into English by a bilingual Nepali PhD student. The data was coded using a hierarchical, thematic coding structure approach. Findings showed that porters knew about and had experienced AMS, and that their work of carrying heavy cargoes for trekkers and trekking companies were often not compliant with prescribed kilogram load limits.

History

Volume

3

Issue

1

Start Page

85

End Page

95

Number of Pages

11

eISSN

2738-9642

ISSN

2717-5030

Publisher

Nepal Journals Online (JOL)

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

01/03/2021

Author Research Institute

Centre for Tourism and Regional Opportunities

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Tourism and Himalayan Adventures