KATHMANDU, Nepal-Aiming to promote new tourism destination, a new trekking route has been constructed through the Dhawalagiri Icefall Route connecting various VDCs in Myagdi district in the Annapurna area.
A five-kilometre section of the trekking route from Mutukate to Sewangdhuri has been constructed in the first phase.
Dhawalagiri Icefall Route stretches over 100 kilometer from Galeshwar in Myagdi district through Lete in Mustang to Koban also in Mustang. The route can be traversed in 10-12 days.
The route that could also be used as an alternative trekking route to reach Mustang has been constructed through the joint investment by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) West Region Chapter, Pokhara and the District Development Committee (DDC), Myagdi.
The trekking route is to be constructed at a cost of Rs 500 thousand.
The trekking route starts from Galeshwar, three kilometers ahead of Beni and passes through Piple, Bhagawati, Ruisedanda, Pakshyatradhuri, Mutukate, Bhediodar, Sowangdhuri, Dahabuki and Kalibaraha.
Other fundamental infrastructures for tourists would also be developed along the route.
Dhawalagiri Icefall route stretches over 100 kilometer from Galeshwar in Myagdi district through Lete in Mustan
Annapurna Conservation Project (ACAP) and TAAN had already conducted preliminary survey along the routes. TAAN is mulling over to introduce income generation schemes for the people living along the trekking routes.
The route will be opened to domestic and foreign tourists after upgrading the necessary infrastructures, according to TAAN officials. The route still lacks lack hotels, porter shelters, tea houses, toilets and drinking water among other necessities.
It is believed that the new routes will further boost tourism in Annapurna and help to lengthen stay of tourists in Nepal.
locals had long been asking for the new routes since as some of the old routes have lost their appeal to the tourists after moterable road reached there,’ Myagdi based local reporter Hari Krishna Tiwari told to Nepal Mountain Focus.