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Tourism rebounds at Ghorepani

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Ghorepani hotels packed with Chinese tourists

MUSTANG — Tourism business has now gradually started recovering in the Annapurna Conservation Area Project region after suffering a blow due to the major earthquake on April 25, 2015.

Ghorepani, the major tourism destination in the ACAP region, has seen double the number of tourists visiting the area in a year’s period.

This has provided some succour to the local tourism entrepreneurs who had suffered a dwindling business in the year immediately after the earthquake.

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According to the logbook maintained by the Tourist Police Office, Ghorepani, 19 thousand 348 tourists visited Ghorepani in 2072 BS and the number reached 45,685 in the succeeding year.

Ghorepani in Annapurna Rural Municipality of Myagdi district is situated at an altitude of 2,810 metres from the sea level. It offers the visitors a panoramic view of over a dozen mountain peaks as Dhawalagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna. The tourists can enjoy the sunrise and sunset from the Punhill tower.

More, the place offers glimpses of the typical local Gurung and Magar culture in rural setting. It has also home-stay facilities, besides over a dozen hotels with all the basic amenities.

Ghorepani is the main destination for trekkers travelling on to Mustang from Nayapul in Kaski as well as for those using the route through Thorang-La pass in Mustang in their journey from Manang to Pokhara in Kaski. It lies on the way to some of the famous tourism destinations like Khopralek, Ghandruk and the Annapurna Base Camp.

Eight thousand 335 tourists visited Ghorepani in the last one month period alone, the Tourist Police Office, Ghorepani stated.

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4th Mountain Festival marked

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POKHARA — The 4th Mountain Festival 2017 was organised at International Mountain Museum in Pokhara to mark the International Mountain Day.

The United Nations has recognized December 11 as the International Mountain Day. The theme for the day for this was: Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger and Migration.

Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) has organised the the two-day-long event in coordination with Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation, Nepal Tourism Board, ICIMOD, USAID, and NMA Annapurna Chapter.

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The event includes several exhibition stalls representing lifestyle and cultures of mountains, according to Santa Bir Lama, president of NMA.

Lama said John Reinhard from the US was awarded Sir Edmund Hillary Mountain Legacy Medal for his contribution in the field of mountaineering during the event.

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