Tourist Arrivals Surge in Annapurna Region, March Figures Reach 30,199

Wed, Apr 3, 2024 12:16 PM on Latest, National,

An uptick in tourist footfall has been observed in the Annapurna region, with a total of 30,199 foreign visitors exploring its scenic vistas in March.

According to data provided by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP), this figure comprises 14,668 tourists from South Asian nations and 15,531 visitors from other countries. Dr. Rabin Kadaria, Chief of ACAP, noted that the arrival of tourists has escalated as the cold season concludes, with expectations of further growth anticipated in April.

In 2023, the Annapurna region witnessed a landmark achievement, hosting a record-breaking 191,558 tourists from 173 nations. This surpasses pre-pandemic records, with 2019's highest visitor count standing at 181,000. In contrast, 2022 saw 129,733 tourists exploring the region. Renowned attractions within the Annapurna region include the Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Ghandruk, Tilicho Lake in Manang, Thorangla Pass, Upper Mustang, Muktinath area, and Ghodepani in Myagdi along the Annapurna circuit.

Encompassing Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, Myagdi, and Mustang districts, the ACAP spans an expansive area of 7600 square kilometers, offering diverse landscapes and cultural experiences for travelers. The surge in tourist arrivals underscores the region's enduring allure and underscores the importance of sustainable tourism management to preserve its natural and cultural heritage.