Popular tourist spot Ghandruk shut down indefinitely amid COVID-19 threats

Published On: October 16, 2020 03:46 PM NPT By: Santosh Pokharel

POKHARA, Oct 16:  Ghandruk Village, a popular tourist destination in Kaski district in the western hills of Nepal, has announced to suspend all its tourism related activities to contain further spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The hotel entrepreneurs in Ghandruk Village, which is also one of the major entry points to the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC), decided to suspend their services until further notice even as this period marks the peak season of the arrival of tourists.

Chairman of Ghandruk Tourism Development Committee Kisam Gurung said they decided to suspend the tourism related services as there was fear of further spread of the COVID-19 in the area. Tourists, especially trekkers, reach the ABC via Ghandruk walking past Tadhapani, Ghorepani and Chhomrong.

Ghandruk Village used to be flooded with both domestic and foreign tourists this time around in normal years in the past.  The beginning of Dashain marks the beginning of the trekking season along the ABC region, attracting tourists from both home and abroad to create newer episodes, adventures and memories.

Nearly 300 hotels in the Ghandruk area usually host 70,000 foreign tourists on an average a year. The route to ABC via this area is favorite among trekkers as it offers magnificent view for sightseeing and adventurous journey to one of the world’s top ten trekking destinations in the world.


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