Kathmandu: Serap Sherpa was excitedly putting materials on the roof of a vehicle at Phungling Bazar, the headquarters of Taplejung, on Tuesday.
It looked like returning home to celebrate Tihar from abroad. He is a tourism businessman. With the arrival of tourists, they are preparing to go to the Kanchenjunga area to operate a Sherpa hotel. Domestic and foreign tourists have started arriving in the Kanchenjunga region, the third-highest peak in the world.
Sherpa, a tourism businessman, said that tourism businessmen are excited by the arrival of tourists in the Kanchenjunga area, which has been deserted for a long time. The tourism business is the main source of income for the communities in the high mountain settlements like Kapla, Phale, Ghunsa, Khabajen, and Lonak in Phattanglung Rural Municipality-6 of Taplejung.
Hotel owner Pema Sherpa, who is thinking of changing his profession after the arrival of tourists due to Covid-19, has come to the idea of not leaving the hotel business with the arrival of tourists.
According to the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council, 52 hotels are operating on the trekking trail to the base camp of Kanchenjunga mountain targeting tourists coming to Kanchenjunga.
Singi Namjong Hotel, built with an investment of more than seven million rupees, is in operation in Paktanglung Rural Municipality-6 Gapla.
Jiten Chemjong, the program assistant coordinator of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council office, said that four hotels built at a height of 3,500 meters to 4,500 meters above sea level with an investment of more than one million rupees are in operation.
Other hotels are operating with an investment of more than Rs 8 million. Hotels that have been closed for a long time due to Corona are now full.
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