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  • May 23, 2021 at 7:20 am

Accessible Trail in Kaskikot Ready for Trekkers

What comes first on your mind when you hear the word “Trekking”? I think I won’t get wrong if I predict the responses “Adventurous/ Difficult / A game for fit ones / Tough game”, and I cannot afford to disagree that those who have had experience of trekking would also state lifetime experience in the response. However, to have that lifetime experiences in Nepal, of moving around in nature smelling the fragrance of forest and mud with the panoramic view of mountains, you need not be a healthy and fit contrast to the conventional definition of trekking. Here, I share something not so new but the product which has not had exposure as much it deserves the “Accessible Trail of Nepal”.

With the prime objective of making trekking inclusive and an available option for visitors, Nepal opened the first accessible trekking trail in Kaski in 2018. The trail takes trekkers along the panoramic views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, across Mt. Annapurna to Mt. Manaslu, starting in Kaskikot around 38 km from Pokhara, capital of Gandaki Province. The trekking route is especially constructed to allow easy access for all, fit with necessary amenities and services including disabled-friendly toilet midway.

The trekking trail which usually was under shadow among different tourism products of Gandaki is now under the process of upgrading. Different offices including Nepal Tourism Board, Office of Pokhara Metropolitan, Kaskikot Ward Office, have been working in collaboration for the upgrading and promotion of the trail. Now, United Nations

Development Programme has joined the “Immediate Livelihood Support for the Most Vulnerable Workforce in Tourism Sector” with Nepal Tourism Board. As a part of the program, workers are working to upgrade and beautify the accessible trail. Under the project, workers of tourism sector who have been unemployed since the pandemic are working for 45 days and to upgrade and beautify the trails.

“We were out of work for more than six months since the lockdown and out of work means we were almost out of food as well. This project has provided us the work of our sector and we are being paid for what we were supposed to do voluntarily as well: cleaning the routes/ maintenance of the trail,” said Mr. Narayan Sunar, one of the workers of the project.

While observing the current status and ongoing developments along the accessible trail, I am highly optimistic about the mileage the trail will get in the future which it deserves, as I believe that trekking should be accessible to all irrespective of their physical abilities.