Adventure Tourism

Tour operators extort Ladakh trekkers, hikers

DELHI

In the tourist paradise of Jammu & Kashmir, All Ladakh Tour Operators Association (ALTOA) has been giving nightmares to groups planning to go hiking and trekking in Ladakh region without hiring their vehicles or guides.

On August 10, ALTOA members stopped the vehicles of a group of 20 trekkers at Thiksay near Shang village and abused them. They assaulted a few members of the group. The next day, ALTOA members handed over a letter demanding Rs 50,000 as penalty.

When the demand was not met, 25 ALTOA members gheraoed the hikers at Stok village and detained them while pasting defamatory posters on their vehicles. Later, they went to the hotel where the hikers were staying and pressurized the hotel owner to throw them out or face damage to the property.

Full report here Times of India

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