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Piles of waste pose threat to Tilicho Lake

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MANANG — Tilicho, a lake in Manang district situated at the altitude of 4,919 meters above the sea-level, is the site of attraction of tourists from both home and abroad.

The natural water lake based in the Nisyang Rural Municipality-9 and an example of beauty and essence continues to welcome tourists in all seasons is situated on the Annapurna mountain range.

But the growing inflow of tourists started raising the environment issues here. Of late, piles of waste materials around the lake and on the sides of the trekking route leading to it have drawn the concerns of people who are worried over the protection and conservation of the beautiful lake.

The common sighting of waste materials left by visitors such as water bottles and food packages along the route to lake and the vicinity is obviously giving unpleasant look.

The area from Khansar of Manang to the Tilicho Lake Base Camp is largely used for throwing trashes by tourists. Though on the initiations of the Annapurna Area Conservation Project, local hotel entrepreneurs and locals, dustbins have been placed at multiple locations along the route to lake and around it, they normally remain unused by domestic tourists.

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Experiences of witnesses are that foreign tourists are conscious about the proper management of waste. They use dustbins to manage waste materials, but this practice is lacked among domestic tourists who do not feel qualm to throw them in open.

Hotel entrepreneurs complained that such practice has raised the issue of environmental protection. He stressed the need of making them (domestic tourists) aware of the proper management of garbage to keep lake surrounding clean.

Trekking guide Ram Adhikari’s experiences are that the lake area is becoming polluted year by year. Adhikari who arrives here every year finds the level of wastes gradually growing.

Timely interventions from authorities concerned are needed to stop haphazard throwing of garbage, otherwise, the lake will be littered quickly, locals say.

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Tourist arrivals up by 34pc as season kicks off

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KATHMANDU — The inflow of foreign tourists in Nepal has increased by 33.8 per cent to 91,820 international visitors in arrivals in September, according to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB).

The country has received 91,820 foreign visitors in September,thanks to strong growth from India and China, according to a press statement issued by NTB.

Nepal has four main seasons — spring, summer, autumn, and winter. Autumn, which falls between September an November, is the best season to visit the Himalayan nation as the skies are clear giving stunning views of the Himalayan peaks.

Tourist arrivals from India grew by 96 per cent in September in comparison to the same period in 2017 while visitor arrivals from China has continued to soar with an exponential growth of 55 per cent in comparison to the arrivals in the same month last year.

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Likewise, arrivals from Sri Lanka surged by 57.1 per cent. The overall arrivals from SAARC countries registered a sturdy growth of 52.8 per cent over the same month last year.

Likewise, arrivals from Asia (other than SAARC) have also recorded robust growth of 42.6 per cent. The number of visitors from Japan and South Korea has also increased by 8.9 per cent and 9.2 per cent, respectively.

The European markets generated 66.3 percent more visitors in September this year. Arrivals from Germany and France swelled 30.9 percent and 19 percent respectively.

However, New Zealand and Australia witnessed a decline of 9 percent and 4 percent compared to the 2017 figure. The number of visitors from the US and Canada also dropped 9 percent and 2 percent respectively in September.

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