Support locals to keep trekking trails active

 

KATHMANDU: Nepal is an endless adventure destination and a home to eight highest peaks in the world, each over 8,000 meters. The country is a virtual paradise for hikers and trekkers, still the sector has not witnessed the kind of growth it deserves, said Jyoti Adhikari, former president of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).

“We suffer because there is no economic support to the locals who develop trekking routes in new circuits and keep them active,” he said. The number of trekkers has not gone down but it has not picked up either. “Annapurna circuit is the most popular. Here one can get a variety of trekking routes — trekking for a two days to more than a month. Other trekking circuits like Dhaulagiri and Mansalu need government support,” he said.

Construction of roads cannot be said to be the reason for cutting off trekking trails. Road construction and trekking trail should offer synergies, and not work at cross purposes, he said. Trekking is just walking, and anyone who is moderately fit will enjoy hiking and trekking in Nepal.

The range of treks varies from short, gentle hikes to lengthy expeditions to Mount Everest’s summit. About 60 per cent of the total trekkers prefer to visit the Annapurna circuit. Other trekking routes preferred are Everest, Langtang and other trekking trails.

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