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Alternate trekking route to Upper Manag

Another good news for trekkers and adventure lovers!

Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is all set to develop an alternate trekking route for Upper Manang, which is often described as exotic and of geographically uncertain places in the remote region bordering Tibet.

While in 2011 Upper Manang received more than 100,000 trekkers and became most sought after trekking destination of Nepal, it continues to receive as many trekkers in the following year too.

"We are trying to develop a trekking route that will be separate from the route that is being used for general transportation," according to president of the association Mahendra Singh Thapa.

Due to the increasing volume of transportation in the trekking routes, trekking agencies are facing a tough time in assuring trekkers about quality trekking experience in the trekking route to Upper Manang.

According to trekking agencies, the trekking routes and tourist areas of various trekking regions have been overshadowed by fair weather roads staking their existence. Motorable roads constructed to various trekking destinations have adversely affected trekking routes.

"To provide quality trekking experience to trekkers, we are trying to develop a different route that will be used only for trekking purposes," said Thapa.

The association has formed a team which will soon head towards Manang to identify the best route. According to TAAN, it is planning to develop a new route that will start from Lamjung and initially be linked with Ghale Gaun, and later the route will be connected to the Upper Manang region.

TAAN also hopes that the development of new trekking routes will help in the development of the communities which are still deprived as compared to communities residing along the older trekking routes.

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