Goodwill ambassador urges int’l travellers to visit Nepal

Kathmandu, August 27

The country’s Tourism Goodwill Ambassador Wang Jing has appealed to the world community to visit Nepal at the earliest as the Himalayan nation is in urgent need of tourists to revive its economy in the aftermath of the devastating April earthquake and the subsequent aftershocks.

Wang, who was recently honoured as a goodwill ambassador for China by the government, said that she would always be ready to welcome world travellers in the beautiful country for the upcoming holidays in autumn season.

“Since the earthquake first hit Nepal, the tourism sector has suffered with several tourists abandoning their plans and trips to the beautiful nation. So far, four months have passed and everything here could be fully and quickly healed,” the Mt Everest summitter said in a bi-lingual appeal.

Saying that resilient Nepali people are eager to host the tourists in their hometown, Jing also informed that most of the trekking and hiking routes across the nation were unaffected by the earthquake.

“After the quake, I went back to Everest base camp for a field research and we got first hand information,” the Chinese mountaineer said, adding that her team also completed base camp trip successfully and they were all safe and sound.

Feasible trekking areas include Mt Everest, Annapurna, Mustang, Dhaulagiri, Dolpa, Rara, Simikot, Limi valley, Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Mera peak for autumn season, read the statement.

“I am delighted to say that the majority of Nepal trips can be carried out from this autumn season,” she said, adding, “Life in Kathmandu is now running as normal and damaged historical sites such as the Durbar Squares are being re-built, while the government has also reopened the historical sites to the public along with many other UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Patan, Boudhanath and Pashupatinath, among others.”

According to her, Dolpa and Humla are all fine and ready for business for the upcoming season and Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, and the mystic Chitwan National Park are awaiting world visitors.

She also hoped that the upcoming autumn season would record world travellers visiting numerous tourism destinations in the country.

“I believe this will be a trip of your lifetime and your holiday trip will also contribute in the rebuilding process of Nepal and will greatly benefit the people in need,” the noted woman climber, who is also involved in different fundraising programmes in China

to support the quake victims, added.