Tourism Flourishes in Annapurna: March Visitor Surge and Record-breaking Year

Tourism Flourishes in Annapurna

In March, the Annapurna region welcomed a total of 30,199 foreign tourists, as reported by the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP). Of these, 14,668 were from South Asian countries, while 15,531 came from other parts of the world.

The influx of tourists has been on the rise as the cold season subsides, with expectations of further growth in April, according to Dr. Rabin Kadaria, the Chief of ACAP.

In 2023, a remarkable 191,558 tourists from 173 different countries explored the Annapurna region, setting a new record. This figure surpassed the previous pre-pandemic peak of 181,000 visitors in 2019 and the 2022 count of 129,733.

Notable attractions in the region include the Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal, Ghandruk, Tilicho Lake in Manang, Thorangla Pass, Upper Mustang, Muktinath area, and Ghodepani in Myagdi, all of which draw tourists from far and wide.

The districts of Kaski, Lamjung, Manang, Myagdi, and Mustang are encompassed by the ACAP, which spans an area of 7,600 square kilometers.

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