January 24, Gandaki: Mt Annapurna has been introduced as the oldest mountain in the history of mountaineering. This mountain is considered to be equally attractive in the field of trekking tourism in this region.

Annapurna base camp trek which is also one of the top ten trekking destinations is attracting many domestic and foreign tourists. When visiting the area four decades ago, tourists had to stay in the sheepfolds or in the huts made by the locals. At present, hotels with traditional facilities have been built and the infrastructure is being added.

Till a year ago, 26 hotels were operating in Sinuwa, Bamboo, Himalayan, Dobhan, Deurali, Machhapuchhre, and Annapurna base camps of the same footpath, but now infrastructures including hotels have been added in those places.

The Annapurna Area Conservation Project (ACAP) has been conserving the area since 2043 BS. In this area, there were 156 rooms at the rate of six per hotel as per the prescribed criteria of ACAP.

Lalit Gurung, a local youth tourism entrepreneur, and coordinator of the Annapurna Century Tourism Festival said that the Annapurna Municipality had formed a committee three years ago to study the capacity of existing hotels and study for additional infrastructure in view of the growing tourist attraction in the footpath area. A committee comprising stakeholders of Village Municipality Ward Nos. 10 and 11 had studied the issue including additional infrastructure.

He informed that another footpath from Tadhapani-Mulde-Hidden Lake to Chomrong has also come into operation in the area. Another important attraction is the Hidden Lake at an altitude of 4,300 meters. Due to its height, it freezes in winter and melts in summer.

According to Dilip Gurung, tourism entrepreneur and secretary of the Chomrong Tourism Management Sub-Committee, there are four hotels in the Annapurna base camp in the footpath area but now two more have been added.

One more hotel has also been added to the Machhapuchre base camp. Now there are six hotels.In Himalaya One moe hotel is added.In Deurali there was 4 hotels now one has been added.There were three hotels in Dobhan nou 2 has hotels are added.

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