October 26, Kathmandu: The journey time of the North base camp of Annapurna I at 8,091 meters in Myagdi has been shortened. The three-day journey has been shortened after the construction of a road from Annapurna Gaunpalika-4 Narchang to Dobhan-Chhotepa connecting Humkhola.

Shyam Purja, president of Annapurna Youth Club of Narchang, informed that the four-day trip has been shortened to two days.

“The road from Narchang to Chhotepa and from Chhotepa to Humkhola can now be reached in two hours by vehicle
,” he said. In 2068, the inhabitants of Narchang identified the ‘Maurice Hargos’ footpath connecting the base camp.

The Department of Tourism has upgraded the footpath connecting Humkhola to the base camp at a cost of more than Rs 25 million in the last fiscal year.

Tej Gurung, chairman of the Conservation Area Management Committee, Narchang, said that the Annapurna base camp is expected to attract more domestic and foreign tourists after the shortening of the travel period.

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