May 8: More than 6,000 foreign tourists, mostly Europeans, have visited Manang district since the beginning of the current fiscal year (FY 2021/22).
The Annapurna Circuit, which is one of the major tourist attractions of Nepal, has welcomed 6,584 European tourists during the review period. Among them, French tourists constituted the highest number at 801 followed by 699 German tourists.
Similarly, tourists from other countries such as Israel, the UK and India among others have also visited to the mountainous district, according to Annapurna Conservation Area, Manang chief Lekhnath Gautam.
The maximum number of foreign tourists arrived in the month of April when 2,382 visitors were recorded, said Gautam.
The Annapurna trail is popular among the foreigners as it includes sub-tropical forests, famous trekking routes such as snow-capped Thorang-La pass, Larke Pass and places such as world's highest altitude fresh water lake Tilicho Lake and holiest shrine-Muktinath Temple and high mountains.
On an average, around 77 foreign tourists are visiting Annapurna trail on a daily basis since the onset of tourist season this spring.
Lately, domestic tourists are also seen in Annapurna trail, recognized as one of top 10 incredible travel experiences in the world by Lonely Planet for 2021. -- RSS