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Cho-La Pass at Khumjung becoming risky

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SOLUKHUMBU — The Cho-La Pass at Khumjung in Solukhumbu is becoming riskier in lack of adequate infrastructure.

There are not even arrow boards showing directions in this area which is covered with snow year round, due to which foreign tourists lose way and their life.

The Cho-La Pass is on the way to the Mt Everest base camp from the Gokyo lake, one of the famous tourist area in Solukhumbu district.

Located at an altitude of 5,420 metres from the mean sea level, Cho-La Pass is considered one of the most risky in the district. More, the trail leading to the pass is not in good condition.

Tourism entrepreneur Mingmar Sherpa stated that there is no trace of the trail on the snowfield as the topography keeps on changing due to the annual global warming. The route in the area has become more treacherous due to the glacier melting and the formation of glacial lakes and crevasses, he added

Some of the foreign trekkers and climbers visiting through the Cho-La Pass have gone missing as the track is covered by the snowfall.

The pass is dangerous for the visitors as they have to cross mounds of snow, said tourism entrepreneur Ram Bamjan.

Entrepreneurs have demanded managing iron rod and plastic ropes at some places of the pass for the safety of the visitors. Visitors who want to visit Gokyo and Everest Base Camp also should cross the pass.

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Number of tourist doubles in Sauraha this New Year

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CHITWAN — The number of tourists visiting Sauraha to celebrate the New Year has more than doubled this time compared to the previous years.

This augurs well for the prospect of tourism in Chitwan district, according to the tourism entrepreneurs here.

“A significant number of tourists have arrived here for celebrating the New Year. The tourist arrivals are expected to go up in the coming days if this is any indication,” said Suman Ghimire, president of the Regional Hotel Association, Sauraha.

According to Ghimire this has raised hope the number of tourists will increase by 20 per cent in 2075 BS.

Some 10,000 tourists visited Sauraha last year and an estimated 6,000 of them stayed in hotels.

Hotels in Sauraha are filled with visitors who have arrived here in connection with celebrating the Nepali New Year 2075 BS.

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Tourism entrepreneurs say that this time they had hard time providing accommodation to tourists and many tourists were seen exiting Sauraha for lack of accommodation.

“We had to even accommodate tourists by laying mats in hotel rooms,” shared Sheer Lal Pariyar, manager of Hotel Park Side at Sauraha. He said a large number of visitors had arrived in Sauraha three days before the New Year’s Day on April 14.

Sauraha is considered to be the third most popular tourism destination of the country after Solukhumbu, where Mt. Everest is located, and Pokhara.

In the past nearly 150 thousand visitors used to come to Sauraha. This year the target is to bring 180 thousand tourists.

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