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February 16, 2023

Tourism thrives in Kanchanjungha region

sunset at kanchenjung
Kanchenjunga sunset view (file photo)

Kathmandu: The tourism business in the Kanchanjungha area is gradually coming to its previous status with the increased number of tourists’ arrivals in the recent months.

A total of 439 tourists from different countries visited the region in the past four months, it is said. Tourism activities in the region remained almost negligible after the COVID-19 spread.

Secretary at Kanchanjungha Conservation and Management Council Office Man Kumar Limbu said that the tourism entrepreneurs are excited after the increased number of visitors in the recent months adding that tourism is a major source of income for them.

Currently, there are more than 50 hotels including big and small in operation in the Kanchanjugha trekking route. Singi Namjong Hotel established with the investment of Rs 70 million plus is offering services from Gyalpa village of Phaktanglung Rural Municipality-6, while four other hotels having more than Rs 10 million investment each are in operation.

Hotelier Pema Sherpa from Ghunsa said the arrival of tourists has made the entrepreneurs hopeful of their business though the pandemic time was disappointing for them.

Two trekking routes are used to reach the Kanchanjugha base camp. The visitors reach the base camp along the Sirijungha Rural Municipality in Taplejung district through Ganesh Chowk of Panchthar district to climb Mt Kanchanjugha, the third tallest peak in the world.

Likewise, the Kanchajungha base camp could be reached by using the trail along the Phaktanglung Rural Municipality after landing at Suketar Airport in Taplejung district.

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