Trekkers to Annapurna region increased by 20%

14th Aug, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Aug 14: The number of tourists visiting the popular Annapurna trekking route has increased. The trekking route has seen an increase of around 20% in trekkers last year compared to the year before, informed Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Pokhara.

A total of 172,861 tourists traveled the Annapurna trekking route in the last economic year 2074/75, while the number of trekkers the year before was 144,198, informed ACAP Pokhara Chief Binod Basnet. The difference of 28,663 tourists represents a 20% increase in visitors. ACAP gathered the data from checkposts in 15 different locations including Kaski, Manag, Mustang, Myagdi, and Lamjung.

The data shows that visitors from SAARC countries has increased by nearly 40% while those from other foreign countries has increased by 14%. The number of SAARC visitors was 43,039 in economic year 2074/75 and 30,605 the year before. Similarly, tourists from other foreign countries increased by 16,229 last economic year compared to the year before.

While domestic tourists can enter the Annapurna trekking region free of cost, ACAP has set different fees for foreign tourists from SAARC countries and other countries. SAARC tourists have to pay Rs. 200 to enter the trekking route while tourists from other foreign countries have to pay Rs. 2000 to trek in the Annapurna region.