January 06 , 2017
Myagdi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) on Thursday organized a program in Kathmandu to launch the 'Dhaulagiri Sanctuary Trail'.
Different dignitaries, including National Planning Commission Vice Chairman Min Bahadur Shrestha, lawmakers from Myagdi district, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) CEO Deepak Raj Joshi and Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) President Chandra Prasad Rijal, jointly launched the map of the new trekking trail.
The trek starts from Jhi and progresses through Ghyasikharka, Phedi Camp and Odar Camp before reaching Dhaulagiri South Base Camp (4055 meters). It then descends Chhari and Dagnam before concluding at Beni – the district headquarters of Myagdi.
Pawan Shakya, a member of the team who explored the trek said, they trail is rich in natural and cultural attractions. "It offers trekkers an opportunity to know about Magar culture, tradition and lifestyle," he added.
Speaking at the program, TAAN President Rijal said that the new trail would offer something new to trekkers as well as pressure on the popular Annapurna Base Camp trail. "We have allocated funds for the route in the Fiscal Year 2016/17. We are hopeful that the route will liked by trekkers as it lies away from motorable roads," Rijal said, drawing the attention of the government and the NTB toward the need to develop infrastructure along the trail and market and promote the trail in the international market.
Similarly, NTB CEO Joshi said that the board would help in development of infrastructure and promote the trail in the national and international market.
Addressing the program, the lawmakers of Myagdi said that they would lobby with the government to allocate funds for infrastructure development along the trail.
Likewise, NPC Vice Chairman Min Bahadur Shrestha said that the apex policy making of the government would allocate some funds for the trail. "There won't be shortfall of funds. If needed, we can transfer funds from other headings as billions of rupees are lying unspent in government treasury."
TAAN General Secretary Karna Bahadur Lama, Secretary Mukti Pandey and Executive Members Sarita Lama, Pemba Sherpa and Fulee Sherpa, among others were present on the occasion.