KATHMANDU, Nepal- Two new trekking trails covering the wide range of Mahabharat hill will soon be open for the tourists. Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), the umbrella organization of the trekking operators in the country has been initiating the works on exploring the trails.
Among the two, the first one named as Great Buddhist Master’s Trail will start from Panauti and will head towards Narayansthan (Timal region) and finally end in Lubhughat. “The trail has been named the Great Buddhist Master’s Trail as the region has some Buddhist religious sites dating back to the 8th century,” informed general secretary of TAAN Mohan Lamsal.
Mahabharat Rhododendron Trail, the next one, will cover the Timal region of Kavre district.
According to Lamsal, the TAAN will work on the project from August 19. “We will study the trail for two weeks. The trek will start from Timal region of Kavre district and go around Mahabharat range,” he said.
During the two weeks, a team of representatives from TAAN and the mountaineering sector will explore the area and prepare an official map, which can later be used by tourists for treks in these areas. According to TAAN, it also has plans to promote the trails for agro tourism and ‘Dark Sky Destination’, because during clear weather one can easily explore the night sky.
TAAN also has plans to connect both the trails and also the trails will be connected by two different trails.
According to TAAN, both the trekking trails have natural and cultural attractions. Trekkers can easily observe the Langtang range, Gaurishankar and Ganesh Himal along the trails.
Recently, TAAN completed the study of a new trekking route that links Rara National Park in Mugu to Khaptad National Park. The exploration trip had started on June 7.
The trail begins from Talcha airport in Mugu and passes through Sirkot, Sukhadhik and Kolti of Bajura. It enters Khaptad National Park from Kolti and passes through Tamail, Budhakholi, Baaisdhara, Surmasarobar, Dhulichaur and Chainpur before ending in Dhangadi. It was the first time that TAAN had explored new trekking trails in the far-western region.
TAAN had also completed the exploration of new trekking trails in Humla and Mugu in April.