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Himalayas’ first accessible trekking trail opens

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The Himalayas’ first accessible trail for visitors with physical and mobility difficulties has opened
The Himalayas’ first accessible trail for visitors with physical and mobility difficulties has opened Photo Credit: DanielPrudek/Getty Images

Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal Tourism Board’s (NTB) minister, inaugurated the 1.3km trail at the first International Conference on Accessible Adventure held in Nepal.

The Himalayas’ first accessible trekking trail designed for visitors with physical and mobility difficulties opened last week in Pokhara as Nepal makes strides towards improving tourism accessibility. 

Rabindra Adhikari, Nepal Tourism Board’s (NTB) minister, inaugurated the 1.3km trail at the first International Conference on Accessible Adventure held in Nepal.

The 1.3km Deurali-Naudanda trail is part of the 14-km-long path that connects Sarangkot to Naudanda. The trail overlooks Mount Annapurna, Mount Fishtail, and Mount Manaslu. 

NTB CEO Deepak Raj Joshi said the hiking trail is a remarkable achievement in Nepal’s tourism industry.

The trial is set to be accessible for those reliant on wheelchairs, prosthetic legs and senior citizens who require a shallow incline and steadier pathway.

The government will also be taking initiatives to develop it as a model route and take it to the international market, Adhikari said. 

“We firmly believe this is in tune with the state’s policy to develop new products and to attract the untapped but high-end segment of differently abled domestic and foreign visitors,” he added.

Plans have already been laid to extend the path to three kilometres. 

Currently, it is estimated that 10% of the world’s one billion tourists annually live with some form of disability, said Four Season Travel & Tours operations director Pankaj Pradhananga. 

“It’s a big market that has remained untapped particularly by countries like Nepal. Besides, the elderly population is expected to grow faster and this provides opportunity for many,” Pradhananga said.


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