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The Ultimate Off The Beaten Path | Manaslu Circuit Trek in Nepal

Located in the north-west region of Nepal, the Manaslu circuit trek or simply the Manaslu trek explores the jaw-dropping scenery of extravagant mountains, glacial terrains, gorgeous rhododendron forests. And a broad diversity of landscapes from subtropical jungles to the alpine, all of which are native to this region. The Manaslu trek also offers an insight into ancient Buddhist culture as we explore various historically significant elements in almost every settlement area that we come across.

The Manaslu trek offers a magnificent view of Mt.Manaslu 8156M, the eighth highest mountain in the World, as well as, the tenth highest mountain Mt.Annapurna I. Along with these, you also get to enjoy the Annapurna region views of Annapurna South, Annapurna III, Machapuchare, Gangapurna, and Mt.Ganesh. Larkya La Pass 516oM. Which is considered by many to be the most dramatic pass of the Himalaya region is also one of the main highlights of this trek. The journey is the epitome of adventure.

Manaslu trek is also considered as a great alternative to the Annapurna Circuit Trek. By those who wish to embark on a more off the beaten path adventure, mainly due to the fact that it doesn’t receive as many trekkers, with just over 2000 people visiting every year. The best thing about trekking on a route as such is that you get to be close to nature. And experience peace like you’ve never had before. Come to think of it, this is how trekking is supposed to happen for real.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Description

Larkya Pass Top view in Manaslu Circuit Trek
Larke Pass Top 5106M.

The trek begins like any other regular trip to Nepal, with your arrival at the airport, and sightseeing around UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley. The following day, a half day-long drive from Kathmandu to Arughat, and subsequently, a couple of hours long drive will take you to Sotikhola, where the trek begins along the banks of the Budi Gandaki river. During the journey, you will cover places such as Machhakhola, Jagat, Deng, Namrung, SamaGaun, Samado, Dharamsala, Bimtang, Tilje, and Dharapani. On the trek, you will also get to cross Larkya La Pass 5160M. The journey ends as you take 4 to 5 hours long drive to Besisahar from Dharapani, and then back to Kathmandu.

In the beginning, you will go through various ethnic Gurung villages. But upon reaching a higher altitude, you will mainly come across the Tibetan population. The trek continues on a daily basis, however, at Samagaun, you will rest for one day for acclimatization. Altogether, the number of core trekking days in the Manaslu Circuit trek is 14 days. However, you can make variations to the itinerary, making your journey as long as 21 days. Needless to say, the period includes all the rest days and the ones assigned for side treks. The longest day is the one when you trek from Dharamsala to Bimtang. In the process, you also cross Larkya La. It is a high altitude mountain pass situated at an elevation of 5160 M.

Manaslu Circuit Trek Map

Manaslu Circuit Trek Route in Manaslu

The Manaslu circuit is a complex journey partly due to the variety of attractions found in the region. So, a general understanding of the area of the visit is important. Unfortunately, time is limited and not all parts can be explored. Thus selecting the most interesting sites to explore in such a vast area would require a Manaslu circuit trek map, with which you will have the freedom to select your sites of interest, the routes and side routes, and overall discretion regarding how you wish to conduct your journey.

Making plans, dictating your journey through the area, anticipating the challenges ahead, and deciding whether to face them or take a detour, becomes very convenient with the help of the Manaslu circuit trek map. A similar principle also holds for any of your general visits in Nepal.

Manaslu Circuit Trek After The 2015 Earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake in 2015 was nothing short of devastating for the country as a whole, with the Manaslu region being no exception. Numerous settlements including shops and teahouses crucial to the trek were damaged. The subsequent overflowing of rivers also washed away the trekking trail with the pathways at Yaru being an example. This, however, didn’t cause much damage to the trail at Uiya. Although the route was not dangerous, it was still quite difficult.

However, the task to restore the region was a priority among the populace, mainly as trekking was an important source of revenue for the region, and reconstruction projects began shortly. The parts of the trails damaged by the earthquake were rapidly restored, along with others, which couldn’t be supplemented via bridges and cross paths. The bridge near Budi Gandaki river near Jagat is one such bridge.

The Manaslu trail race, which involved around 25 trekkers and covered places such as Manaslu Base Camp, Pungen Gompa, and Hinang Gompa was conducted just a year after the earthquake and stands as a testament to the success of the reconstruction efforts. Today, the Manaslu Circuit trek has been restored perfectly safe and open for adventure.

Important Notes Regarding The Manaslu Circuit Trek

Before embarking on any journey, gaining a basic understanding of the situation ahead is always important, with the Manaslu circuit trek being no exception to this rule. Food and accommodation are some of the more general concerns expressed by most who have embarked on this trek.

Food

When it comes to food, a wide variety of cuisines are available at tea houses throughout the trek. These include Nepali, Tibetan, Indian, and Continental. During your hotel stay at Kathmandu, breakfast is provided but lunch and dinner must be covered on your own. Arrangements for vegetarian, vegan, or lactose-free diets can be made if informed in advance.

Food in Manaslu trek

Accommodations

Awesome mountains view from  accomodation in Bhimtang 3590M.

Accommodations include staying in a 2 or 3-star hotel in Kathmandu, and the best lodges picked by our guides on the trekking route. All accommodations will be on a twin shared basis, with the showers and lavatories being on a shared basis as you reach the mountains.

Difficulty and Fitness Requirements.

As with most treks, the Manaslu circuit trek involves high altitude climbing. Thus, acclimatization days are accounted for in the itinerary to prevent altitude sickness. A typical trek lasts 5 to 6 hours. Although feasible for people with an average level of fitness, the trek is still quite strenuous and will require a bit of determination.

Important Equipment and Cost

There is the various necessary equipment that is a must for your trip. These include an all-season sleeping bag and a backpacking sleeping pad. And the warm and waterproof jacket, mid to light trekking boots and trekking poles, a duffel and daypack. Trekking trousers and shirts including a base layer and a second layer fleece, warm gloves including inner and outer and warm thermal socks. A total budget of US $500 to $1000 is recommended for the equipment cost.

As the government has declared the area a special region for its preservation. You will need three permits. A Manaslu Restricted Area Permit, a Manaslu Conservation Area permit, and an Annapurna Conservation Area permit. An additional Tsum Valley restricted area permit is also required if you wish to embark on the Tsum Valley trek. The cost of the permits varies on the basis of the season and the duration of stay. They are listed as follows:
● $100 per week for months from September to November, with an additional $15 per day.
● For any other time of the year, it’s $75 per week, with an additional $10 per day.
● The Tsum valley trek costs another $40 per week and $7 for an additional day from September to November.
● For another 9months $ 30 per week/per person and $7 for an additional day.
● Manaslu Conservation Area Permit and Annapurna Conservation Area permits cost $30+$30 per person

Transportation by bus will cost around $10 while the less-crowded alternative via a private jeep will cost around $200. A guide will cost you around $25 per day which covers the accommodation, food, and insurance. A potter costs around $20. Accommodation for a twin room ranges from $6 to $9.

Similarly, visa, insurance, flight costs, and general costs of travel are also factors to be considered. The visa to Nepal costs $30 for 15 days, $50 for a 30-day stay, and $125 for 90 days. In conclusion, Nepal is in no way an expensive country so you should find your Annapurna base camp trek budget should be quite reasonable.

Travel Insurance

It is also highly recommended that you carry travel insurance, as trekking always comes with risks. The basic insurance needs to cover events such as flight cancellation, tour cancellation, and medical costs. Insurance policies may not cover trips over 4000 meters, so, it is important that you acquire details confirming that you are covered for both high altitude traveling and medical air support. The insurance cost varies greatly but on average around $150.

Best Time to Travel

Spring is the best season for traveling to the Manaslu region, as, during this time, not only the skies are clearer, but also you get to experience the best sceneries. However, during this time, there is a bit more crowd than other seasons, as everyone wants to have the best views and experience.

The temperature starts getting colder from December, with January being the coldest one. Where minimum temperatures can drop as low as -16 degrees. However, for those brave and experienced enough, looking to go on an adventure, this may be an ideal time for travel. February is another ideal time for winter treks, as the climate starts to lean towards a warmer spring

Autumn treks are also a possibility. September is the time when the monsoon comes to an end and the days become brighter and clearer. Hence, it provides clear views of the varied landscapes. October is the best month for these treks, as the weather is stable and the temperature is perfect. It ranges between 12 and 18 degrees, which is neither too warm nor too cold. November is the time for the annual Manaslu trail race or marathon.

Manaslu Base Camp Trek

Scenery from Manalu Base Camp 4800M.

The Manaslu base camp trek explores the base of Mt. Manaslu in the Gorkha region, inside the Manaslu Conservation Project. The trek to the Manaslu base camp trek offers a breathtaking view of Mt Manaslu, Mt.Ganesh, Mt.Shringi (7161m), and Mt.Lamjung (6983m). The variation in altitude means this region is home to a vast diversity of flora and fauna including the endangered snow leopard, blue sheep, and many such creatures.

You can treat Manaslu Base Camp either as a side trek or as the main one. Generally, by adding only a couple of days to your Manaslu Circuit trek itinerary, you can cover Manaslu Base Camp. If you choose to have Manaslu Base Camp as the center of attraction in your trek, you only need to cover a small portion of Manaslu Circuit Trek. Whatever the case, you get to enjoy the best of both worlds during Manaslu Base Camp Trek.

Tsum Valley Trek

Monks are in Mu Gompa Tsum Valley

First opened to the public in 2008, the Tsum valley Trek is the ideal one for those who wish to experience Tibetan Buddhist culture in detail. This trek takes you to the northern side of the Manaslu region, near the Tibetan border, where you can explore antique monasteries, mani walls, chortens, and other intriguing and ancient Buddhist architecture. You can immerse yourself in the scenic natural beauty of the Himalayas, as the trek takes you through massive waterfalls and rivers and breathtaking cliffs. For those interested in the natural expedition, this region is also home to a vast diversity of rare wildlife. One of the birds that you get to spot is Lophophorus, the national bird of Nepal. You can go for either the pre-arranged housing or camping trek, or you can go for a tea house trek. The Tsum valley trek lasts for 22 days and explores the once restricted northern part of Manaslu.

Himalaya Guide Nepal Pvt. Ltd. is a registered trekking company with professional guides and strong porters from the mountain. We have been working for 18 years in the tourism industry of Nepal, organizing trekking, peak climbing, expedition, hiking, tours, air ticketing, hotel reservations, and adventure activities. We give you all a heartfelt welcome from Himalaya Guide Nepal for your secure and unforgettable holiday in Nepal.

Bungy Jump in Pokhara Nepal

Bungy Jump in Pokhara Nepal is a second adventure activity in the tourism industry for adventure lovers in the Annapurna region. It seems different than the first one where we have in Bhotekosi River. These are different from each other. Bungy Jumping is based in tourist attractive place Pokhara. First bungy jumping facilities from a tower. This one using modern technology and very safe for the jump. Extra activities in Pokhara Paragliding Ultralight flight, Annapurna mountain flight. day tour around Pokhara local and touristic area. Bungy jump is an adventure trip in Nepal.

Bungy Jump in Pokhara Nepal

We will provide all the adventure trips as well as trekking, tour, climbing in Nepal. Organize a trip to Bhutan and Tibet as well.

Mountain Flight in Nepal

Mountain flight in Nepal is the best way to see the chain of Himalayas in Nepal. Most of the travelers are coming to Nepal for their holiday. And to see the culture, mountains, religious and world heritage sites. They have a plan to so Trekking, peak climbing, hiking, sightseeing, and rafting.

Those travelers have very short time in Nepal but they really like to view the highest mountain in the world and many others, they have option to go mountains flight which is amazing view of mountains those are in Nepal like; Mt. Everest 8848M, Kanchanjunga 8598M, Makalu 8475M, Cho-Oyu 8153M, Lhotse 8501M, Amadablam 6856M, Pumari 7138M, Nuptse 7879M, and Langtang range as well as other part of Ganesh Himal, Manaslu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges. The mountain flight is gaining high demand during the one season of the tourist arrival and to fulfill the demand, various private-domestic airlines operate mountain flights.

Mountain Flight in Nepal


Flight Operation: Every day in the Morning (all year round).

Best Season: September through May

Flight Duration:
45 minutes to 1 hour

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Besides this, we organize Trekking, Hiking, Peak Climbing, Sightseeing, Rafting, Jungle Safari, and many others. We have been working for 18 years in the tourism industry in Nepal. So, we are happy to organize all kinds of trips your interest.

Shree Airlines Adds Third Bombardier Aircraft to its Fleet

Shree Airlines. a newly established fixed-wing airline. Nepal has increased its fleet size to three after receiving another Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft.

According to the information released by the airline officials. The 70-seater Bombardier CRJ-700 aircraft arrived on Tribhuvan International Airport from Europe on 23rd June this year.

Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has allocated the Nepalese registration as “9N-AMB” to the CRJ-700 aircraft. The aircraft’s previous registration was “2-VRJD” and Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) is 10048.

Shree Airlines

Shree has already landed its two Bombardier’s CRJ-200 aircraft. Its base at Kathmandu in April this year but the commercial operation has not initiated yet. As per the airline official, the company has not received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from CAAN.

After Saurya Airlines, Shree becomes the second Nepali carrier to fly Bombardier aircraft. But Jet Aircraft have reduced travel time. And will help passengers. And travelers and break the duopoly of Buddha Air and Yeti Airlines on trunk routes.

Although, The airline said it would be spending Rs2 billion. Because its expansion project is expected to shake up the domestic aviation sector which seems to have quietened down of late.

Manang Air Chopper Crash-Lands in Gosainkunda

RASUWA: Manang Air crash in Gosainkunda from Kathmandu has crash-landed incurring minor damages and sparing human casualties on Saturday morning.

With six passengers aboard, the helicopter was maneuvering to land on the Gosainkunda helipad. When its tail-rotor accidentally scraped the surface causing a slight panic. All aboard the chopper including the pilot are safe.

Manang Air Crash, Two choppers along with a technical team have left Kathmandu to repair and maintain the helicopter and bring back the passengers. The coverage of the accident is continuing.

Manang Air Crash

Nowadays we have many helicopters in Nepal. I t is helping to carry trekkers when the weather is not clear during flight time. So, which is good for sky transportation due to many mountains and hills. It is difficult to make a flight and sometimes happen crassly.

When the weather is not clear. It is very difficult to visibility for pilots because Nepal is a Himalayan Country. So, everywhere a big hill and Mountains.

Published: June 10, 2017, 11:39 am On Nepal @thehimalayantimes.com

445 Reach Mount Everest Summit this Spring 2017

– SANGAM PRASAIN, Kathmandu

More than 5,000 climbers have set foot on the summit of Everest from the Nepal side since Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa first summit the world’s tallest mountain in 1953 and 445 Reach Mount Everest 2017.

This spring season, which ended on May 31, saw the fourth-highest number of successes with 445climbers making. It to the hallowed peak, the Tourism Department said. Including these 445, the total number of Everesters has reached 5,324.

445 Reach Mount Everest 2017. Giving a breakdown of the summiteers, Khem Raj Aryal, an official at the department that issues climbing permits, said there were 190 foreigners, 32 fee-paying Nepalis, and 223 high-altitude climbing guides.

445 Reach Mount Everest 2017

The government has a record of 375 climbing permits this season. An Everest climbing permit costs $11,000 for foreigners and Rs75, 000 for Nepalese.

Five people have died on the Nepal side of the mountain this season. Experienced Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck and Nepali Min Bahadur Sherchan died while preparing to make their bids.

American doctor Roland Yearwood, Slovak climber Vladimir Strba and an Indian climber Ravi Kumar died above the 8,000M marks. This area is knowing as the mountain’s ‘death zone’ where oxygen levels fall to dangerously low levels, heightening the risk of altitude sickness.

“This year’s success rate is satisfactory the short window of good weather,” said Aryal. It was a safer year on Everest in comparison to previous seasons, he said.

“Many climbers had to return as strong winds prevented them from climbing at the end of the season,” he said. “However, we expect 2018 to be better.”

This year, the climbing season was a few days late. The Gurkha Everest Expedition set the pace by mounting the first bid on May 15.

The 14 summiteers in the team include soldiers serving with the Brigade of Gurkhas and high-altitude mountain guides.

Everest saw a record number of climbers this season due to a backlog resulting from the 2014 and 2015 avalanches.

The world’s highest peak closed for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015 due to deadly avalanches. On April 18, 2014, a mass of snow slid down Everest near base camp and killed 16 Nepali guides.

The government had been extending the Everest climbing permits of those climbers who abandoned their bids in 2014 until 2019. Because that year, 326 mountaineers had received climbing permits.

The first post-avalanche ascent took place on May 23, 2014, when Chinese climber Wang Jing reached the summit of Everest. However, her ascent sparked controversy as she had flown over the Khumbu Icefall on a helicopter.

Then in 2015, quake-triggered avalanches killed 19 climbers. Not a single climb was made on Everest in 2015. This time, the government extended the permits to climb Everest for two years until 2017.

Government statistics show that 451 people climbed Everest last year. Among them, 197 were foreigners. 445 Reach Mount Everest 2017.

Published: 10-06-2017 08:56/ source Kathmandupost.com

Two Let 410 to Arrive by Next Week (Goma Air)

Goma Air, one of the progressive, reliable and popular airline company serving the mid-western remote areas of Surkhet, Nepalgunj. Because It is in the final stage of on procurement of two Let 410 series aircraft, a twin-engine turboprop short-range transport aircraft. So, it is a Czech aircraft manufacturer LET, mostly used for passenger transport in its existing fleet.

At this time, Goma Air has two Cessna Grand Caravan as 9N-AJT and 9N-AJU. And two LET410 UVP-E20 as 9N-AKY and 9N-AKZ on its fleet. This new LET-410 will be the third brand new aircraft to join the multi-engine fleet of Goma Air. This is gaining a big leap in the aviation service market share of the Nepal aviation industry. After the addition of the previous two new LET 410 series of aircraft registered ‘9N-AKY’ and ‘9N-AKZ’ on 2015.

Goma Air

As per the officials of Goma Air, two aircraft have left from Chita, Russia this Moring. And a schedule to touch the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu in between 22-24 February 2017. But the paperwork for getting the registration number has done. it can expect that there won’t be any delays for the aircraft to arrive in Nepal. But it will also commence the very first flight of this debuting company in the Nepali aviation industry. The new registration for the additional LET-410 aircraft is ‘9N-AMG’ and ‘9N-AMH’.

After the addition of two Let-410 aircraft in its existing fleet. This will be the third brand new aircraft to join the multi-engine fleet of Goma Air. which is gaining a big leap in the aviation service market share of the Nepal aviation industry. Because of the addition of the previous two new LET 410 series of aircraft registered ‘9N-AKY’ and ‘9N-AKZ’ in 2015.

The Let L-410 Turbo-let is a twin-engine short-range transport aircraft. But it can fly and land at 14,000 feet above sea level. And this design for the operation in Himalayan countries like Nepal where airports have usually Short Takeoffs and Landings (STOL) runways. The aircraft made in the Czech aircraft manufacturer LET, mostly used for 18 passengers on board.

The carrier currently operates regular and charter services to airfields in remote and mountainous areas STOL destinations of West Nepal like Jumla, Simikot, Dolpa, Lukla, Bajura, Rukumkot, Bajhanga and Tanana from its Surkhet and Nepalgunj hubs.

Posted on Feb 18, 2017 – 3:35 am by Anurup Pathak @ http://aviationnepal.com

Nepal’s Mountaineer Sherchan Eyes Everest Crown at the Mid-80s

Sherchan Eyes on Everest, Age does not seem to be a restraint to Nepal’s 85-year-old Min Bahadur Sherchan. Who once wore the crown of the world’s oldest Mt Everest conqueror.

He is all set to make a fresh attempt to summit the world’s highest mountain with full confidence once again. And the Agence France Presse reported from Kathmandu.

Sherchan Eyes on Everest
Min Bahadur Sherchan. Photo: THT/ File

Born in June 1931 in the Myagdi district of western Nepal. The former British Gurkha soldier.  had stood atop the 8,848M mountain in May 2008 at the age of 76 years and 340 days. But breaking the record set by Japanese mountaineer Yuchira Miura the same year.

Sherchan, however, had to fight a battle for over a year to get his feat officially recognized by the Guinness Book of World Record. Because he had received the GBWR certificate in November 2009 only.

In what appeared to be a Himalayan rivalry, Miura reclaimed the crown from Sherchan in May 2013 at the age of 80.

“My aim is not to break anybody’s record, this is not a personal competition between individuals. I wish to break my own record,” Sherchan told AFP in Kathmandu.

“By climbing the Everest at this age I want to boost the self-confidence of elderly people, inspire new generations and establish a proud identity for Nepal,” the report quoted Sherchan as saying.

“The gods should help with the weather and keep me well. I have no diseases. I’ve always been healthy. My age will not stop me.”

In 2009, Sherchan announced to make an ascent of the highest peak once again when he would turn 84.

“The age of 84 is the incarnation of ‘living God’ in Nepal,” Sherchan had said at a felicitation program in presence of then Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Sherchan had to give up his expedition in the wake of the April 2015 earthquake that triggered avalanche in the Mt Everest. But death scores of mountaineers.
Coped @thehimalayantimes.com

Altitude Sickness: Do’s and Don’t

Mountain climbing. Illustration: Ratna Sagar Shrestha/THT

SANTOSH BANIYA
Altitude Sickness is the rule of slow and gradual ascent, avoiding sudden gain in altitude by motor vehicle and trekking through the trails. So, we can make our trip more memorable, enjoyable and also free from altitude illness “22,108 foreign tourists. And around 8,392 domestic tourists did through the trails of Annapurna circuit in 2016”, said Babu Lal Tiruwa. So, UCO officer of Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Manang, during a press meet at Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA), Kathmandu.

Altitude Sickness

“This figure was the highest ever in the history of Annapurna region in both categories” he added. “Amongst the domestic trekkers, the majority of people were young boys and girls aged 16-30 years. And altitude Sickness most of them take a jeep or motorbike from Besisahar to Manang or Khangsar”. Said one of the lodge owners from Manang. So, the statistics from the Himalayan Rescue Association aid post in Manang from the fall of 2016 has the alarming figures which show that more than half of the altitude sickness patients traveled to Manang by motor vehicle.

The study on the rapid ascent using a motor vehicle to Manang is under analysis and more results are yet to come. But the number of patients with a severe form of altitude illnesses, that is high altitude cerebral edema and high altitude pulmonary edema in Nepali trekkers. Because it has dramatically increased in 2016 compared to previous years”, said Mr. Thaneswor Bhandari from HRA aid post in Manang.

Nepal Tourism Makes Spectacular Rebound

Nepal Tourism Makes, Nepal’s tourism experienced a dramatic turnaround last year after the earthquake and crippling trade embargo in 2015.

Foreign tourist arrivals to Nepal 39.71 percent to 753,002 in 2016. The visitor growth from India, China, the US, the UK, and Sri Lanka, according to the statistics of the Department of Immigration.

However, 2016 arrivals are still 4.69 percent down from 2014. when the country has welcome 790,118 foreign visitors. The tourism boom was expected to continue in 2017. And remains a major growth driver for the economy even as the industry sees low overseas promotional activities.

October, November, and December have been the most productive months for the industry, accounting for nearly one-third of total arrivals.

“It’s a dramatic growth. The industry is returning rapidly to its pre-earthquake growth level,” said Kedar Neupane, director-general of the Department of Immigration. “The tourism boom is expecting to continue in 2017 given a level of promotion by Nepal in the major source markets.”

He said that if the government, Nepal Tourism Board and private sector conducted aggressive promotional activities, this year could be an extraordinary year. “We can expect 1 million tourists in 2017 considering the current environment.”

Neupane said that Nepal could see a boom in Chinese arrivals this year following the move by the Chinese government to encourage travel to the country. China has announced Nepal Tourism Promotion Year 2017 in a bid to encourage its citizens to visit the Himalayan republic, according to the Nepal Embassy in Beijing.

“The industry carried out massive marketing activities in major source markets. After the earthquakes, leading to a massive recovery,” said tourism entrepreneur Basant Raj Mishra. “The arrival of foreign volunteers, as well as conferences held by I/NGOs in Nepal last year, propelled growth.”

Suman Pandey, chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Nepal Chapter, said that 2017 looked promising. But the crumbling Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal’s only international aerial gateway, could be a major setback.

“The hospitality industry in Nepal can accommodate more than 3 million tourists. But the airport is already choked with capacity constraints even though arrivals are way short of the one million marks,” he said.

TIA is currently served by 28 international carriers, and it has announced that it cannot accommodate more flights. “What does this statement mean? Of course. Nepal has become an attractive holiday destination for travelers, but TIA will remain the main obstacle to the growth of the industry.”

Himalayan country Nepal received a lot of media exposure following the earthquake which has aroused tremendous interest among potential travelers.

Nepal Tourism Makes the world’s leading travel guide Lonely Planet has named Nepal the world’s ‘best value destination’ for 2017. Likewise, Nepal’s Langtang region has been featured in The New York Times ‘52 Places to go in 2017’ list.

Nepal has also appeared in the January travel issue of chinadaily.com.cn. “Nepal remains a fabulous choice for budget-conscious travelers. Whether it’s the country’s world-famous trekking routes or the wildlife in the southern region. Travel costs per day are as low as $50 on average,” it said.

Nepal Tourism Makes

A breakdown of arrivals by market shows Indian travelers at the top of the list. Arrivals from the southern neighbor reached 118,249 last year, up 57.40 percent. Chinese tourist arrivals jumped 55.26 percent to 104,005. Travel trade entrepreneurs said that Chinese arrivals did not increase as expected last year as the key entry point.
Tatopani Customs in Sindhupalchok was closed after the earthquake. However, Rasuwagadhi is an important surface route with 23,452 Chinese visitors entering the country through this point last year.

Meanwhile, visitors from the US, Sri Lanka,, and the UK jumped 25.67 percent, 29.64 percent, and 55.71 percent respectively.