Himalayan Times reports:
Trekkers are forced to start their trip to Annapurna Conservation Area Project on foot due to the general strike of the seven political parties, on Thursday.
Normally, tourists start trekking from Kaski’s Nayapul after a 42-km car ride from Pokhara. Sometimes, they take up the trekking trip from Dhampus or Kande, which are far from Nayapul. Former president of the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN)’s western chapter, Tika Ram Sapkota, said tourists leaving for trekking in Kaski’s Dhampus, Myagdi’s Ghorepani, Annapurna base camp, started trekking from Pokhara itself.
Some tourists chose to leave for the ACAP trekking trip from Sarangkot close to Fewa lake and Bhupi Sherchan highway, Sapkota added. The number of trekkers is scanty this time due to the bandh, transport strike and blockade, he said.
Only 27 tourists got permits for the trek in the ACAP today, said an ACAP counter staff in Damsite of Pokhara. A day before, 81 got permits, he said. According to the head of the Nepal Tourism Board in Pokhara, Pravin Khadka, tourists though small in number are going on the trek and there is no news of untoward incidents. The tourist spot, Lakeside, also remained closed due to the general strike. Tourists arriving at Pokhara airport had to walk to their respective hotels.