TAAN developing new routes in Taplejung, Lower Manaslu
As a part of identifying and promoting new trails, Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) is developing new trekking trails in Taplejung and Lower Manaslu region. It had deployed two separate teams to explore the areas last month. Both the teams have already returned to Kathmandu. The first team led by 1st Vice President Rana Bahadur Khadka had explored the possibility of developing new trails in Taplejung district. The team has designed an 18-day trek that begins from Fungling – the district headquarters of Taplejung – and ends in Tumlingtar of Sankhuwasabha. The trek passes through beautiful villages of Mitlung, Chhitruwa, Lelep, Selep and Olangchung Gola in northern part of Taplejung district and enter Sankhuwasabha district after crossing the Lambasumba Pass (5177 meters). “We are hopeful that the trail will be popular among trekkers because it is a perfect blend of culture, nature and adventure,” Khadka said. “Besides, the trail offers the closest possible view of Mt Kanchanjunga.” Similarly, another team of TAAN has designed nine-day trek in the Lower Manaslu Region. Gopal Babu Shrestha, executive member of TAAN and leader of the expedition team, said excellent mountain views and unique culture and lifestyle of Gurungs are the major attractions in the route. “Dharche Danda in Lower Manaslu offers magnificent views of mountains – from Dhaulagiri in the west to Dorje Lakpa in the east.” Besides, beautiful villages of Gurungs in Laprak and Baprak are the major attractions in the route, he added. Both the teams also had representatives of SNV-Nepal, distrtict development committees of the concerned districts and local tourism development committees. Cartographers, videographers, photographers and report writers were also in the team. The teams would publish separate maps, brochures and documentaries to promote the new routes. TAAN plans to unveil new routes on May 29, which is celebrated as International Sagarmatha Day.