Road construction in Nepal trekking tracks evokes concern among local tour operators
Road construction in Nepal Nepal’s trekking tracks are being converted to proper roads with the government sanctioning road building projects in those tracks. This has sparked a lot of resentment from local tour operators and developers.
The trekking areas of Annapurna region attract 40,000 to 50,000 adventure tourists who loved the mountain trails with the rhododendron thickets and spectacular scenic beauty.
The locals are however quite pleased with the building of roads as it would lead to easier transportation. Earlier the Ghandruk village could be reached by a day-long trek through resplendent blooms of rhododendron, but recently built dirt road linked the village to the nearest community centre which can be reached in half an hour.
However, the road will hit the tourism industry hard as many hoteliers depend on trekkers for their annual businesses.
Most trekkers come to these hills to seek peace but motorways with jeeps blowing dust would drift tourists away from this tourism hot spot.
Tourists often prefer this place over Katmandu as they wish to get way from the humdrum of the city.
Local tour operators feel that the trekking tracks should not be disturbed. Development has to take place but away from the places that bring such huge revenue for the country. Some complain that the roads that are being built are not fully developed and maintained often adding to greater problems.
Many high-valued tourists have been discouraged to come to this region owing to the spoilage of the trekking tracks says Conservation officer for the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) in Ghandruk.
Officials from the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) are looking for other unexplored trekking tracks as development is required and will happen in popular regions.
The Manaslu trekking region is the new trekking zone that tourists prefer now. But there will always be need for development and keeping a balance with sustainable practices.
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