Nepal plans new trekking trails

30th Nov 2012

Entrepreneurs are hoping to open up a number of new trekking trails in Nepal's Lamjung District, according to a national trade body.

The new trails are intended as a more tranquil alternative to popular routes such as the Annapurna Circuit Trek, which the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) said has felt the impact of being opened up to vehicles.

The TAAN is ready to provide technical and financial support towards finding and creating new trails in the district, the Association's general secretary Mohan Lamsal said.

"We have already been exploring new trekking trails for the Great Himalayan Trial and Lamjung has huge potential for tourism products like mountain-bike tours and jeep tours," Mr Lamsal added.

Speaking at the announcement, Bhesh Bahadur Paudel, the president of Lamjung Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said: "Lamjung holds great potential for tourism development but we have failed to exploit the potential to the fullest."

LCCI said it was exploring tourism possibilities in the region and that it was in the process of developing new trekking trails.

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