Number of tourist increases in world famous Annapurna trekking route
25th Sep, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew
MYAGDI, Sep 25: Tourists are flocking to the world-famous Annapurna trekking route, which has been deserted due to the Corona pandemic. As the risk of corona infection decreases, this deserted trekking route is becoming more and more popular. Entrepreneurs in the region have become enthusiastic as the number of foreign tourists has started increasing.
According to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Tourist Inspection Center, Dharapani, 15 to 25 foreign tourists have started coming to this trekking route daily. Bahadur Gurung, Tourism Assistant of the office, said, "Tourist businessmen in the area, who were frustrated when the arrival of tourists on trekking route was halted due to the increased risk of corona infection, are now happy when tourists start coming." They are excited in the hope that the tourism business will return to the old rhythm. '
Mekh Bahadur Gurung, a tourism entrepreneur, said that he is hopeful that the tourism sector will gradually return to normal after the arrival of tourists. The entrance of Annapurna trekking routes is in Lamjung. The Annapurna trekking route connects five districts including Lamjung, Manang, Kaski, Mustang and Myagdi. It is said that only 600 tourists have visited this trekking route so far in 2021. According to the Dharapani ACAP Center, 1,976 tourists visited Nepal last year, i.e. in 2020.
Similarly, according to the center, 36 thousand 647 tourists came in 2019, 29 thousand 484 tourists in 2018, 21 thousand 68 tourists in 2017. It is said that the tourism business will not be affected if the third wave of corona infection does not come now and tourists start coming as in the past. Despite the influx of tourists, the floods and landslides that came along with incessant rains have damaged footpaths in various places and made the journey inconvenient.
The tourism entrepreneurs demand that the government should also pay attention to attracting tourists by repairing this footpath immediately as this is also the tourist season.