Trekking trails are being shortened due to road construction

Published on: 16th Oct, 2017

The trekking route along the Annapurna Conservation Area is being shortened with the rampant construction of trial roads.

The motorway construction has abridged the trekking of natural and tourism sites of the Annapurna Conservation Area that has put the trekking trade in crisis. Annapurna Circuit, some part of Manaslu trek, Tilicho Lake trek etc. are major affected trekking trails.

Though the arrival of tourists is gradually increasing in the Annapurna Conservation Area, the shortening trekking route will affect the trade, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Chairperson Deepak Adhikari.

“The employment of workers relying on Annapurna Area has been at stake”, he said.

Earlier, it was a month-long package for trekking which indeed was beneficial for tourism entrepreneurs, government, locals and other associated agencies”, he said, adding “Though motorway is essential the rampant construction of road has shrunk the tourism enterprises”.

Only 25% of tourists reach Manang now on foot and rest use jeep transportation directly to Chame and Upper Manang. The dust created by the vehicle makes trekking in the trail hardly possible.  The stakeholders are not thinking about the alternative way that benefit for local people when you keep the trekking trail and road apart.