Western Nepals tourist destinations Poon Hill and Ghorepani witness high tourist influx

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Poon Hill and the Ghorepani lying on the round Annapurna now is flocked with tourists as the place is renowned for sightseeing of the Himalayan ranges and the dawn.

The area which lies at an altitude of 3 Thousand 2 Hundred and 10 meters height is visited by about 5 hundred tourists in a day and the hotels on the entry point of the tourist destination is all packed with the start of the autumn season.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

The Ghorepani Tourist Police Beat has recorded a total of 14 thousand 2 hundred and 34 foreign nationals’ entry in the last four months of last fiscal year. Though the data about the Nepali nationals are not recorded the entrepreneurs here also has started to feel the influx of the Nepali tourists in the area.

“The increment pace of the Nepali tourists has increased along with the development in travel culture amongst Nepali,” Teksar Buddhuja, one of the entrepreneur in the area said. Currently a total of 22 hotels are in operation in Ghorepani.

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek

“With the increasing influx the hotels in the area have started the upgrading and the extension of the service,” Ghorepani Hotel Management Sub-Committee Vice Chairman Sushil Pun said.

Surrounded by Rhododendron forest the Poon Hill- Hill station is renowned for sun rise along with the mesmerizing view of the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Macchapuchre, Manaslu, Gurja, Churen, Neelgiri and other 16 Himalayas.

Source: Tourismmail

                      

Annapurna Circuit, sanctuary trails safe: Study

The structural damage in two popular trekking trails in the Annapurna Region following the earthquake of April 25 and aftershocks thereafter is very minimal, according to a study commissioned by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation.

The study carried out by Miyamoto International — a global engineering, construction management and project management company — only 3 percent i.e. 6 out of 250 accommodations along the trails have suffered minor repairable damages. “All 30 bridges on the trails are safe. Only around 250 meters track on the trails needs to be rerouted,” the report states.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The study was funded by SAMARTH-NMDP — a program supported by UKAID.

Kit Miyamoto, team leader of the assessment group, said Annapurna Region is open for business for autumn and that the region is completely safe. “However, there are some areas that have been identified as having a particularly high hazard level due to their existing features or geometry. For example, very high rock slopes and areas with evidence of historic large rock fall and slope instability,” said Miyamoto.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Kripasur Sherpa said this independent assessment will help to clear negative message about Nepal in the international market. “Now we can tell the world that trekking in the region is completely safe,” he added.

The assessment team has suggested carrying out a detailed risk-assessment study of some areas including assessment of likelihood of failure, occupancy of specific areas of trail and villages, and combining these with hazard to assess the risk. “It is recommended that a detailed hazard and risk assessment is undertaken at Bagarchhap to better understand the slope stability and rapid deposition risk to villagers and tourists staying in the area. Until such time as this is complete, we recommend that the risk present at the village is considered intolerably high for overnight occupancy,” the report stated.

It has also recommended placing ‘Landslide Hazard No Stopping for 2 km’ signage on either side of the new regolith landslide north of Bhratang.

“We also recommend re-routing the section of track that is located at the scarp of the large rockslide between Kimrong and Chomrong or Jhinu Danda which is located within 2 meters from the edge of the failure. The track should be located at least 100 meters upslope from the edge of failure,” Miyamoto said, quoting the report. “The section of track that requires re-routing is approximately 250 meters long.”

The report has recommended abandoning the older section of trail south of Ghasa that leads to the old foot in favor of the road located further west that leads to the newer bridge due to landslide hazard.

“All the frequently used tracks should be checked for new failures and rock fall following monsoon rains each year,” the report states.

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Yak blood drinking festival begins in Mustang

A cultural festival of the Thakali people in which people drink the fresh blood of yaks has commenced at Boksikhola, Kobang in Mustang district.

Yak – Long-haired Himalayan Bovine

As part of the festival, a part of the yak’s neck is pierced for the blood to gush out and tumbler placed under to collect the fresh blood which is then drunk. People drink the fresh blood in the belief that drinking fresh blood of yak treats gastritis, acidity, jaundice, muscle sprain, body swelling and other bowel related diseases as the yaks feed on valuable herbs like yarshagumbu, jatamasi, panchaaunle, among others growing in the highland pasture.

The festival is organized by the Joint Yak Keepers Group with the objective of selling the fresh yak blood and meat.

People from Upper Mustang, Myagdi, Baglung, Parbat and Kaski districts have thronged Boksi Khola to drink the fresh yak blood from the first day itself, said Deepa Gauchan, a local yak farmer. The festival will continue till April 30.

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Tilicho lake highest lakes in the world.

Tilicho lake is one of the highest lakes in the world. It is 4,919m high in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas and Manang district of Nepal. Another source lists lake Tillicho as being 4,949 meters high (16,237 Feet).

High-mountainous lake Tilicho

Mountain lakes are known to geographers as tarns if they are caused by glacial activity. Tarns are found mostly in the upper reaches of the Himalaya, above 5,500 meters.

Tilicho Lake is the destination of one of the most popular side hikes of the Annapurna Circuit Trek. The hike takes additional 3-4 days. No camping is required, as new lodges have been built between Manang and the lake. Final approach to the lake is done in a day hike form the lodge at Tilicho   Base Camp.

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Pokhara aspires to become international city

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The initiative to develop Pokhara as an international city has picked up momentum.

As many as ten formulas have been mooted by an all-party meeting to be coordinated by the regional office for the tourist city’s development. Similarly, as many committees have also been formed to conduct feasibility study.

Several coordinators have been nominated to carry out different works. The international conference centre will be coordinated by Sanjeev Bahadur Koirala while the view tower and Pokhara National Bus terminal will be looked after by Surya Bahadur Bhujel and Baburam Giri respectively.

Ganesh Bahadur Bhattarai has been selected as coordinator of Botanical garden. Himalaya Bakhrel, Ashok Palikhe, Tirth Shrestha, Bindu Kumar Thapa and Biswo Prakash Lamichhane have been nominated as coordinators for the zoo, art and literature park, Pokhara domestic bazaar and Pokhara ring road respectively. Coordinators have been authorised to add members to their committees as required.

The committees will submit the names of their team members within a deadline of three days and devise a work plan within one week.

Western regional administrator Dinesh Kumar Thapaliya said he will forward the work plan to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. “Once the work plan is approved by the OPMCM, work will begin,” Thapaliya added.

Thapaliya said the initiative had been taken to develop infrastructure in Pokhara to establish it as an international standard city. “Pokhara will lag behind if we do not take necessary measures now,” Thapaliya said.

Chairman of Pokhara Chapter of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Bindu Kumar Thapa pledged to lend all possible support for the new venture.

source: Thehimalayantimes

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A seven-member team of Nepali mountaineers which is on a campaign to ascend all highest mountains in the seven continents are set to climb the seventh mountain of their mission.

Considered the most challenging, the Mt Vinson Massif, the tallest mountain in Antarctica is their last hurdle.

The seven-member team was handed over the Nepali flag for the final ascent amidst a programme held by Nepal Mountaineers Association (NMA) here on Monday.

At the programme, Constituent Assembly member Rajan KC commended the contribution of the team in promoting Nepal’s tourism in the world and pledged all necessary support.

The daring mountaineers from Nepal will now try taming Mt Vinson Massif, considered the most dangerous of all and located in inhospitable conditions of Antarctica, and standing 4,892 metres above sea level.

If successful, the team will be the first women’s team to ascend the mountain, which lies at a distance of 1,200 km from the South Pole.

The feat will cost an estimated Rs 50 million.

Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Suresh Man Shrestha pledged to provide the entrance fare to Antarctica while stating that the ascension of the mountain will be very important for tourism development in the country.

Shailee Basnet, a member of the team, said the women had been running a campaign to promote education and woman empowerment, and preserving the environment along with the mission of ascending the highest peaks of all the continents. She urged one and all for support.

NMA Chairman Ang Tsering Sherpa said the daring attempt will contribute an important support in promoting tourism in the country. He called for support from all sectors for the women attempting to climb the most dangerous and expensive peak in the world.

Participants in the programme underscored the need for government support as the women will be unfurling Nepal’s national flag at the peak of the mountain.