Annapurna Trekking Circuit turning risky for tourists due to landslips

Pokhara, August 11

Landslides triggered by heavy rainfall on the Annapurna Trekking Circuit have posed a threat to the lives of trekkers.

Yesterday, a British tourist lost her life after she was hit by a boulder at Ghoptebhir, an area bordering Myagdi and Mustang, along the Beni-Jomsom road section.

Two Nepali nationals were also injured in two similar incidents on the popular trekking circuit.

Trekking Agencies Association Nepal’s Western Regional Association, Pokhara, chairperson Deepak Raj Adhikari identified the deceased as Charlottee Ema Katserne

Fullrton, 22.

According to police, the Briton had suffered serious head injuries in the incident. She died at Lete Health Post

in the course of treatment. The mishap happened while she was returning to Beni from Mustang.

Similarly, Dal Bahadur Fagami, 40, a driver, was injured after he was hit by a boulder at the same location, whereas cameraperson Utsal Pathak of AP1 TV was injured in a similar incident at Dana last Saturday. Both of them are undergoing treatment in Pokhara.

As per data, 138,815 visitors trekked the circuit in the last fiscal. Lal Prasad Gurung of Annapurna Conservation Area Project, Pokhara said 231.5 million rupees was collected in revenue from tourists entering in the conservation area in the last fiscal.