Two check posts have been established along the popular Annapurna Circuit trek to provide weather updates and other related information to trekkers.
Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) opened the check posts after 40 trekkers and trekking support staff lost their lives due to blizzard in October. Experts say effective weather forecasting system could have reduced the casualty significantly.
The check posts have been established in Annapurna in Mustang section of the trail and Manang village in Manang section of the trail.
Annapurna Circuit Trek is one of the most popular trekking trails in the country. It begins from Besishahar in Lamjung district and concludes in Jomsom of Mustang. Some trekkers choose to elongate the trek by walking down to Beni in Myagdi district instead of taking a flight to Pokhara or a bus to Beni. The route is popular among foreign trekkers for splendid mountain view, pleasing weather, and timeless culture and tradition of local people.
According to ACAP officials, its personnel deputed at check posts will provide weather updates and other route information like walking distance, communication facilities, hotels and restaurants available on the route, among others, to trekkers. They will also advise trekkers not to advance forward if the weather is too bad.
Meanwhile, ACAP has also installed trail signs on Thorang La-Eklebhatti section — the most difficult section of the Annapurna Circuit trek.
Now that trail signs have been erected, ACAP officials say trekkers will not lose their trail even during heavy snowfall.
ACAP has erected around 100 such trail signs on the section. Similarly, efforts are underway to build trekking shelters on different parts of the trail.