Number of trekkers to Annapurna region up

Annapurna RegionThe number of trekkers visiting Annapurna Region increased by 6.57 percent to 113,495 in 2013.

According to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), 106,999 trekkers had trekked on different trails in the region in 2012. A year earlier 101,908 had visited the region.

The number of trekkers visiting the Annapurna Region has been increasing consistently with the end of insurgency in 2006.

ACAP officials say the number could have gone even higher if it were not for elections. “Many trekkers postponed or cancelled their programs because of the election,” an official of ACAP said. The official said the number of trekkers has been increasing despite shortening of major trails in the region due to construction of motorable roads.

The number of trekkers was the highest in October with more than 22,000 trekkers visiting the region. The number was lowest (1,700 trekkers) in July.

Annapurna Region is the most people trekking area in the country. The region offers breathtaking views of different snowcapped peaks and his home to different species of flora and fauna. Also, trekkers can enjoy culture and lifestyle of people living in the area. The region offers different type of trials for experienced and novice trekkers alike.

According to tourism entrepreneur, the number of Chinese trekkers has increased remarkable this year. “Chinese trekkers have started embarking on the trek to Annapurna BC. The number can be expected to increase further,” Narayan Sapkota, president of TAAN Pokhara Chapter, said.

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