Manang District, Nepal – Tilicho Lake, situated at an impressive altitude of 4,919 meters in the Manang district, has now gained access to internet connectivity, bringing a breath of fresh air to tourists visiting this remote mountainous region. The newly launched service is expected to significantly enhance communication capabilities, particularly during altitude sickness and emergencies, according to Cholpa Gurung, the ward chair of Manang Dinsang Rural Municipality-9.
“The availability of this facility is anticipated to reduce incidents of tourists going missing or falling ill. Visitors can now stay in touch with their families and loved ones, offering them peace of mind,” said Cholpa Gurung.
The initiative has been set in motion to cater to the needs of travelers and is a collaborative effort between local tourism and hotel entrepreneurs. Karma Dendu Gurung, a hotel entrepreneur, emphasized that “Internet connectivity has been established with the primary goal of serving tourists.”
With the peak tourist season bringing a surge in visitors, the new internet service has become a boon for travelers and tourism entrepreneurs alike. The picturesque Manang district attracts tourists, both domestic and foreign, who come to revel in the breathtaking mountain scenery, the rich cultural heritage, and the local way of life. Additionally, Manang serves as a starting point for mountaineers and trekkers embarking on ambitious journeys to conquer peaks or trek along various routes.
Manang has witnessed a steady increase in foreign tourists, with over 200 of them arriving daily, as reported by Bhupendra Gurung, the chief of the tourist check and information center of the Area Office in Dharapani and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
As the region gears up for the festive seasons of Dashain and Tihar, the pressure of incoming tourists is expected to rise. The Annapurna Circuit, which passes through five districts including Lamjung, Manang, Kaski, Mustang, and Myagdi, has already seen over 14,200 trekkers exploring its routes in just eight months. The majority of these trekkers have hailed from Israel, France, and Germany, according to the center. While data on domestic tourists isn’t precise, it’s clear that Manang is increasingly becoming a tourist hotspot.
In light of the growing influx of tourists, a temporary health post has been established in the area through a collaborative effort between the rural municipality and the Area Office of ACAP. This health post provides valuable information to tourists exploring the Tilicho Lake and Thorangla Bhanjyang region, ensuring they are well-informed about potential health hazards and risks during their journey.
The addition of internet connectivity at Tilicho Lake is not only a technological advancement but also a significant step in enhancing safety and communication for all the adventurers and explorers who come to experience the awe-inspiring beauty of the Manang district.