Tamang Heritage Trail opens for trekkers

Hotel Entrepreneurs Committee of Thuman, along the Tamang Heritage Trail in Lagtang Region on Thursday declared that most of the sections of trail are safe and ready to welcome visitors.

Speaking at a program organized in Kathmandu, the entrepreneurs said hotels and lodges in Syafru, Gatlang, Tatopani, Nagthali, Thuman, Timure and Briddhim are safe and open for business. "There is no problem in the heritage trail," Tshering Lama, a local hotelier, said.

"As 90 percent of homes and hotels in the Langtang region have been damaged by the earthquake, it is difficult for people to believe that Tamang Heritage Trial is still safe," Lama said, adding, "As the trail and most of the hotels and lodges are intact, concerned authorities should help us to promote the trail."

According to local hoteliers, most of the hotels and lodges along the heritage trail are made of wood and hence are completely safe.

Ramesh Kumar Adhikari, administrative chief of NTB, said the notion that the Langtang Region is completely devastated is wrong and hence has to be corrected. "Local entrepreneurs are ready to welcome tourists in the region and tourists have started getting Trekking Information Management System (TIMS) card for visiting the region," Adhikari said.

Local hoteliers suggested trekking operators to devise attractive packages to woo more trekkers. "As the tourist season is coming, we must work out some packages or offer discounts for at least this autumn to attract more tourists," he added.

Local hoteliers say they can accommodate 200 trekkers per day. They have also asked concerned authorities to allocate some budget for rehabilitation of some damaged sections of the trail. "We have submitted our proposal to the Department of Tourism. We are hopeful that we will get necessary support and cooperation from the government," added Lama.

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