Trekking thru Annapurna circuit restricted after blizzards

Following dozens of death by blizzards, authorities have restricted tourists to trek through some parts of the Annapurna circuit for time being.

According to the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN), trekkers now cannot pass through the trekking route above upper Mustang.

The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) is regulating the trekking activities in the area.

It has stopped collecting fees and giving approvals to trekkers to go beyond upper Mustang citing security reasons, according to West Regional President of TAAN, Ramchandra Sharma.

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“But, the trekkers can go up to upper Mustang,” he said, “There is no problem in visiting other places.”

Tourists from SAARC nations have to pay Rs 200 per person whereas tourists from other countries need to pay Rs 2,000 to enter the ACAP-governed area.

They are also required to pay an additional amount for the Trekkers Information Management System (TIMS).

Meanwhile, TAAN has also employed a team to rescue trekkers who were missing in blizzards and avalanches.

Source: THT