Corona effect all-pervasive in Annapurna trekking route

Manang, 3 March : The Annapurna trekking route has seen no human mobility due to fear stemming from global epidemic of coronavirus. The Annapurna circuit trek, which starts with counter-clockwise from Lamjung district headquarters, Besisahar, ends at Pokhara in Kaski.

There used to be a huge inflow of tourists to the trek during the season in past years. However, the trek in this season seems to be void. Surprisingly, there is no mobility of tourists trekking to Manang via Lamjung Besisahar, Khudi Bhulbhule, Bahundanda and Jagatchyamche.

The tourism and hotel entrepreneurs here have been disappointed due to almost-no arrival of tourists and trekkers. According to tourism entrepreneur Binod Gurung, last year the hotel rooms were fully occupied and there was the situation to accommodate tourists under the tent but this time almost all rooms are empty. Similar are the stories of other hotel entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, the Manang district administration office has called for locals to remain cautious of tourists and adopt alertness measures about spreading coronavirus.

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