Water canyoning sport started at Mahabhir River


17th Jan, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew


PARBAT, Jan 17: Water canyoning sport has come into operation at Mahabhir River in Parbat district, under the organization of local entrepreneurs.

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Locals have also started home-stay for tourists at Chanaute, which is 30 minutes far from Kushma Bazar.

Uddim Bahadur Gurung, President of the Community Development Center, said that they expect large number of tourists from Pokhara,which is just two and half hours’ drive from the location.

“We hope that this will play a huge role for the development of tourism industry in our district,” he said, adding, “It will also create employment opportunities for the locals.”

“Professional canyoning has a huge potential for the promotion of tourism. That is why we have started water canyoning,” said Golman Gurung, a local and entrepreuner. “We registered a company named Durlung Canyoning and Caving Pvt Ltd, and started water canyoning here.”

Currently, water canyoning is operated in more than 20 districts across the country, including Lamjung, Kaski, Kathmandu, Sindhupalchwok, and Nuwakot. However, this is the first attempt in the Dhaulagiri region. The Community Development Center is coordinating with Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) for the operation of canyoning.

Integrated Community Development Center of the district has assured that the development of tourism infrastructure will go along with the preservation of environment.

The company has started the sport in Durlung, coordinating with K and Canon UK, an English company. “They have supported us on the technical parts of canyoning,” president Gurung said, adding, “We are also providing professional training to three locals from the village for operation of canyoning.”

Supporting infrastructure for canyoning will be built around the location with an investment of Rs 1.2 million. A survey report of the company has shown that four places of the Mahabhir River are suitable for at least 110-meter-long canyoning.