TTDP - Trail Based Tourism Development Project

The project aims at increasing income of Nepalese people through the promotion of trail based tourism. By attracting national and regional visitors along safe and scenic trails, it will contribute to preserve social and cultural heritage while generating local revenues. Switzerland’s convening power to bring together federal, provincial and local governments will be catalytic in promoting intergovernmental cooperation in view of strengthening local economic development.

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Emploi & développement économique
Création d'emplois
Développement rural
01.12.2020 - 31.07.2028
CHF  9’380’000

Domestic tourism has increased by more than three times compared to international tourism in the last 5 years. These statistics together put up a picture that, domestic tourism is indeed in rapid rise in Nepal.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on Nepal´s tourism sector. Although it is expected to slowly recover once international tourism resumes in 2022, the rate of recovery of domestic tourists is expected to be much faster. Investment in domestic and regional tourism could prove to be a lifesaver for the industry and hence poverty reduction.

Realising dreams of prosperity and not falling back into conflict again in Nepal can only be guaranteed by successful implementation of the Constitution which largely rely on the degree of cooperation, coordination and coexistence among all spheres of government. Tourism demands of such cooperation in order to realize its vast potential. The models developed by the project can provide momentum in the implementation of the Constitution. 

Objectifs Women and men in province 1 increase their income and contribute to conservation of culture with innovative and sustainable tourism offers.
Groupes cibles

The project aims to directly benefit 100,000 people of which 85,000 are from discriminated groups (including 40,000 women) and 18,000 are poor. Both provincial and local institutions will benefit from enhanced capacities to implement trail based tourism projects. Micro and small enterprises in the project area will also directly benefit from the project.

The project aims to indirectly benefit additional 50,000 people residing in cities in the vicinity.

Effets à moyen terme

Outcome 1: The Province Government collaborates with the Local Governments and the Federal Government to develop culturally rich environment friendly trail-based tourism destinations in Province 1.

Outcome 2: Community members, micro-entrepreneurs, and small and medium enterprises engage in culturally rich and environment friendly trail-based tourism.


Principaux résultats attendus:  

1.1 The Province and Local Governments endorse regulations, policies, and standards in relation to trail-based tourism and conservation of culture

1.2 The Federal Government builds on existing policies, regulations, standards, and frameworks to support trail-based tourism

1.3 The Province and Local Governments implement environment friendly trail construction works

1.4 The Province and Local Governments promote trail-based tourism

2.1 The local people, especially the disadvantaged groups construct and rehabilitate the trails in an environment friendly manner

2.2 Community members, micro-entrepreneurs and other private sector actors are able to offer safe and environmentally sound tourism services with distinct cultural identity

Principaux résultats antérieurs:  

  • Joint programming and budgeting from the Federal, Provincial and Local Governments are not available for trail based tourism initiatives
  • Policies and incentives in conservation of local architecture and culture are not available in project areas
  • Project areas are not promoted by the three spheres of governments

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Secteur privé
Organisation suisse à but non lucratif
  • HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation
  • Secteur privé étranger Nord

Autres partenaires
Government of Nepal and Implementing Partner
Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs

Enhanced Skills for Sustainable and Rewarding Employment (ENSSURE)

Investment and Innovation for Economic Development (IIED)

Province Support Programme (PSP)

Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    9’380’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    1’502’225 Projet total depuis la première phase Budget de la Suisse CHF   21’250’000
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.12.2020 - 31.07.2028   (Phase en cours)