158 Thousand Visit ABC Trekking Route
11th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
POKHARA, Jan 11: The number of tourist trekking in the Annapurna region has been record breaking in 2017. The Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trekking route, which is considered splendid among the world destinations, was visited by 158 thousand 5 hundred 78 tourists. This number is 38.88 percent higher compared to 2016.
Rasmi Acharya from Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) informed that in 2016 1 lakh 14 thousand 1 hundred 8 tourists visited the Annapurna region. Before the earthquake in 2014, 1 lakh 29 thousand 6 hundred 24 tourist visited whereas after the earthquake in 2015, the number of tourists rapidly decreased to 78 thousand 9 hundred 30.
According to the primary statistics, 33,225 Indian tourists trekked through Annapurna region. In the second place, 11,206 Chinese tourists made it to the trek of Annapurna region. In the previous year, the second place was taken by American tourists but in 2017 they reach to the 5th place according to ACAP.
In 2016, there were 18,188 Indian tourists, 8,495 American tourist and 8,090 Chinese tourist who trekked the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The total ticket price for tourists from SAARC countries is Rs. 300 and to other non-SAARC countries is Rs. 2,000. With the improved road network, the hiking route and the locals’ income has decreased. According to local businessman Suraj Gurung, when there was no proper road network, the hikers used to stay by Muktinath but now with the advancement of road network fewer tourists are seen residing in Muktinath as the trekking route has shortened.