Second Wave of corona hits Manang region the hardest


9th Jun, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew


KATHMANDU, June 09: The tourism sector in the Himalayan district of Manang, which is considered to be the mainstay of tourism promotion in Gandaki, has slowed down due to Corona.

With the onset of the second wave of corona epidemics with new variants, the tourism sector here has slowed down again since April 23. Corona infections began to spread in major cities across the country from April. The district administration office has decided to close the world-famous Annapurna Footpath, Thorangla Bhanjyang and Tilicho Lake to domestic and foreign tourists to control the spread of the virus.

The district is deserted due to the corona effect of the new variant, said Binod Gurung, President of the Hotel Entrepreneurs' Association. He said that after the first wave of Corona, the second wave has caused great damage to the tourism sector. According to the annual statistics of the Annapurna Conservation Area, 7,000 to 14,000 foreign tourists used to visit the district every month from March to July. From April, thousands of domestic tourists come here to visit Tilicho Lake, the highest point in the world.

Before the second variant of the Corona, motorcycles and four-wheelers used to line up from Lamjung district headquarters, Besishahar. The second wave of Corona has again added more pain to the tourism entrepreneurs here, says Sita Gurung, Manager of Himalayan Hotel in Chame village.

At present, more than a thousand hotels and restaurants in the district are completely closed. According to a tourism entrepreneur, the lockdown created by Corona has left the district deserted.