Two eco-friendly trekking trails are being created around Nepal's capital city of Kathmandu as part of a strategy to boost tourism.
The country's government said it is building on the momentum of other projects to attract more foreign visitors to the area, and will develop trails of about 35km to 40km long.
Once the new trails are complete, the villages of Dakshinkali and Sundarijal will be connected, as will Budhanilkantha and Gosaikunda.
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has already asked Nepali contractors to submit bids to win the right to develop the trails.
The Dakshinkali-Sundarijal trail will pass through Matatirtha, Budhanilkantha and Shivapuri before ending at Sundarijal. The Budhanilkantha-Gosaikunda trail, on the other hand, will pass through Nuwakot.
The government is planning to complete the first phase of the trails by the end of the current fiscal year, and the next phase will begin once an additional budget is allocated.
Project manager Prakash Raghubanshi said eco-friendly materials will be used in the construction process, such as stones instead of sand, but the major challenge will be to save as many trees as possible as most of the area selected for trail construction is covered with forests.
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