Number of Trekkers rise in Annapurna Conservation Area
1st Mar, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew
LAMJUNG, March 1 :The famous trekking route of Nepal, The Annapurna Treking Route as well as the Conservation Area has witnessed large flow of trekkers and visitors in comparison to last year. A total of 114,187 individuals visited the area last year, a 45 percent jump from the 2015 figure when a deadly earthquake and trade embargo dealt a severe blow to Nepal’s tourism industry.
The conservation area covering the area of Manang, Mustang, Kaski, Myagdi and Lamjung districts in the Annapurna range of the Himalaya is Nepal’s largest protected area.
The number of tourists from third countries contribute more than from the SAARC region the statistics from ACAP has shown. A total of 95,633 trekkers reached the area last year whereas the number of trekkers from the Saarc region stood at 18,554 but also the 2016 trekker numbers are still 39.10 percent below the 2014 figure.
According to ACAP, 76,407 tourists visited the conservation area in 2000. The numbers started to fall after that. In 2002, ACAP recorded 38,600 trekkers. In 2003 and 2004, arrivals rose slightly to 40,600 and 42,300 respectively. They dropped again to 36,200 in 2005. The Annapurna Conservation Area is famous for its circuit treks and Annapurna and Machhapuchchhre base camps. The conservation area can be entered through Besi Sahar in Lamjung or Pokhara.