Trekking returns to normalcy in Manang-Mustang

After eights days of the fatal blizzards and avalanches, trekkers have begun crossing Thorang Pass area, that borders Manang and Mustang districts along the Annapurna circuit.

Thorang Pass, which lies at the height of 5,416 metres, is the highest point of the Annapurna circuit.

Trekking activities were halted after blizzards killed dozens in areas near the Thoranf Pass on October 14.

A hotel staffer at Thorang High Camp, Aaita Ram Gurung, said some foreign trekkers are beginning the trekking since Monday.

As many as three dozen tourists crossed the Pass on Tuesday and Wednesday, he added.

Manang Chief District Officer (CDO) Baburam Bhandari also confirmed that trekkers have already begun crossing the point.

A hotelier of Mustang, Anil Bhattachan, however, said two foreign trekkers returned to Mustang on Wednesday due to dense snow.

Tourism Officer of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), Narendra Lama, said many trekkers enquired them about weather situation at upper parts of the Annapurna circuit.

Meanwhile, first vice-president of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association, Deepak raj Adhikari, suggested taking safety equipments and clothes along with them while trekking to high mountainous areas.

Source: THT