Emergency shelters, checkpoints established for trekkers

POKHARA: Two new checkpoints and half-a-dozen emergency shelters have been constructed in the central part of the country for the security of tourists.

At least 43 people of various countries lost their life in blizzards and avalanches around the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri on October 14, 2014.

Lal Prasad Gurung, Director of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (APCA) Pokhara, informed that they established two checkpoints in Manang and Mustang districts for the safety of tourists.

Gurung informed that the checkpoints would register the names of trekkers, provide information about weather condition and also provide local guides to the trekkers.

Hotelier Binod Gurung informed that some emergency shelters were constructed in the trekking route after the devastating snowstorm.

According to Deepak Raj Adhikari, Vice-Chairperson of the Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) Western Regional Association Pokhara, the October 14 disaster occured due to lack of weather information.

Annapurana Circuit, 215 km route of 10-days trekking, is very adventurous trekking route.