The number of tourists visiting the Annapurna Circuit has increased by 11.82 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous year.
As many as 129,904 tourists visited the 21-day-trekking routes that connect 57 VDCs of Mustang, Myagdi, Kaski, Lamjung, and Manang districts, according to Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
Chairman of the ACAP Management Committee, Narchyang, Tej Bahadur Gurung said majority of the tourists in 2014 arrived here from third countries outside the SAARC region.
As many as 17,711 tourists visited the area in April, while the figures stood at 13,751 in March, and dropped to 10,781 in May and further declined to 5,191. The number of tourists in March, April, May, September, October and November were much higher compared to the winter season when the harsh weather acts as a deterrent for tourists.
2014 was the year with the highest number of tourist arrival since 1993, the year since ACAP began keeping records.
Around a dozen of Himalayan ranges, art and culture of the ancient and archeologically important Lomanthang, Mustang, the typical Gurung settlement of Ghandruk of Kaski including other places, the rhododendron forest and high hills are the major attractions in the region including trekking and mountain biking.