Nov 18, 2023: 24,409 international tourists explored the breathtaking Annapurna conservation area in the month of mid-October to mid-November. Among them, 7,479 hailed from South Asian nations, while 16,930 came from various other countries. Dr. Rabin Kadaria, Chief of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), revealed that this marked the third-highest tourist influx in the month since the commencement of the year 2080 BS.

In the earlier month, the ACAP region witnessed 31,951 visitors. Over the initial seven months of 2080 BS, a total of 125,534 foreign tourists explored the Annapurna region, showcasing a significant surge compared to the same period in the previous year, which recorded 95,911 visitors.

Dr. Kadaria acknowledged the gradual revival of tourism in the Annapurna region after a slowdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He anticipates a further increase in tourist arrivals with the onset of the second tourist season of the year. Notably, the ACAP specifically tracks data for foreign tourists entering the Annapurna circuit, while the count of domestic tourists remains unaccounted for. Nevertheless, a notable influx of domestic tourists, especially those journeying to Mustang and Manang by road, has been observed.

Dr. Kadaria highlighted the bustling activity of both domestic and foreign tourists at various destinations along the Annapurna circuit, including Annapurna Base Camp, Mt Mardi, Ghandruk, Tilicho Lake, Thorangla Pass, Upper Mustang, and Ghodepani. Covering an expansive 7600 square kilometers, the Annapurna conservation area continues to attract visitors from around the globe, signifying a positive trend in the region’s tourism. It is worth mentioning that even the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, made his way to the Annapurna Base Camp during his recent visit to Nepal.