POKHARA: Following massive human casualties triggered by blizzards, Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) today banned entry for trekkers to areas above Upper Manang on the Annapurna Circuit.
TAAN western regional chapter Chairman Ram Chandra Sharma said they had halted trekking on the higher reaches of Annapurna Circuit trail citing security reasons. Sharma said they had stopped Annapurna Conservation Project and Trekkers’ Management Information System from taking entry fees from trekkers.
Sharma, however, made it clear that they had not banned entry to the entire Annapurna area. “We have stopped trekkers from entering some parts of the Annapurna Circuit due to security reasons,” said Sharma adding “There is no problem trekking in other parts”.
A foreigner has to pay Rs 2,000 per person as Annapurna Conservation Project fee while a SAARC national has to pay just Rs 200. Tourists are charged Trekkers’ Information Management System fee. A foreign tourist has to pay $20 and $10 while visiting the Annapurna area alone and in group respectively. TAAN, Tourism Board and Tourism Ministry jointly collect the fees.
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