April 03, 2023: The Khumbu region, also known as the Everest region, has been experiencing a surge in external tourism as the spring season starts. On a single day, more than 1,000 tourists arrived by air in the region, marking a significant increase in the number of visitors.
Sagar Kadel, an employee of Lukla airport, reported that 55 flights took off from Tenzing Hillary airport on Monday alone, with more than 1,000 tourists arriving by air. Tara Airlines, Summit Air, and Sita Airlines have all operated multiple flights, with Tara Airlines operating 15 flights and Summit Air and Sita Airlines each operating 20/20 flights. It has been reported that more flights have been operated this season than ever before, and all flights have been fully booked.
However, the airport authorities have reported that the pressure on incoming travelers is increasing, and some departing travelers are facing cancellations. This is a cause of concern for the region’s tourism industry, which heavily relies on incoming travelers for its economic sustenance.
The Khumbu region, located in the eastern Himalayas of Nepal, is home to Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world, and several other peaks that attract adventure and outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. The region is known for its stunning landscapes, cultural richness, and mountaineering history.
As the tourist season begins, the number of external tourists visiting the Everest region is expected to increase even further. However, with the surge in tourism comes the responsibility to ensure that the region is protected and preserved for future generations.
Local tourism authorities and stakeholders have a crucial role to play in ensuring that the region’s natural and cultural heritage is preserved while promoting sustainable tourism practices. The tourism industry in the Khumbu region must work towards balancing economic benefits with ecological and cultural sustainability, ensuring that the region remains a world-class destination for years to come.