Tourist arrival increases in Langtang
11th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew
KATHMANDU, Aug 11: Tourist arrivals to the popular trekking destination of Langtang in Rasuwa have been rising. After the devastating earthquake in 2015 around 29 thousand tourists have visited Langtang within 3 years.
Around 13,700 sightseers visited the Langtang Valley in the last fiscal year 2017-18 ended mid-july, according to the statistics of Langtang National Park.
According to park records, tourist arrivals dropped to 4,292 in fiscal 2015-16, which is less than a third of usual annual arrivals. Before the earthquake, more than 15,000 tourists used to visit Langtang every year. In the previous year, Langtang hosted 11,068 visitors. Langtang.
Trekkers began avoiding Langtang after a massive avalanche set off by the earthquake on April 25, 2015 swept away an entire village. More than 650 people were killed in the disaster.
“Trekker numbers have been increasing and have reached pre-earthquake levels,” said Yubaraj Regmi, chief conservation officer of the park. Langtang tourism has rebounded to its former state after the completion of reconstruction works. All its three key trekking routes and the hotels damaged by the earthquake have been rebuilt.
Trekking trails in Langtang are relatively easy, so it has become the first choice for many visitors, local tourism entrepreneurs said. Langtang is gaining popularity among domestic visitors as well due to its proximity to Kathmandu. It also offers short trekking options.