Everest Region Sees Surge in Tourist Arrivals as Season Begins

Tourists are beginning to arrive in the Everest region, drawn by the allure of the world's highest peak, Sagarmatha. Due to the chilly weather, there has been a lull in tourism in the Khumbu area for a few months, but with the onset of the month of falgun, both domestic and foreign tourists are gradually making their way.

According to the Tourist Police Office, currently, 50 to 60 foreign tourists enter Khumbu daily. The influx of tourists has increased with the arrival of falgun, as informed by Police Constable Shankar Khatri.

He stated, "The foreign footprint is growing in the Sagarmatha region." According to him, entrepreneurs who have closed homes and hotels are now heading to Namche Bazaar, the gateway to the Everest region, along with hoteliers who have also resumed work. Local businessman Toyakumar Shrestha mentioned, "The Sagarmatha region is becoming more international, and with the season starting and favorable weather, business growth is expected."

He added, "Foreigners used to come in droves, but this year, the surrounding areas are facing water shortages, and some places haven't seen snow. Tourists were disappointed if there was no snow."

This region, including the highest peak Sagarmatha, features other notable mountains such as Lhotse, Nuptse, Cho Oyu, Lhotse Shar, Pumori, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku, all exceeding 4,000 meters.

The area is also home to diverse wildlife, including Musk Deer, Thar, Himalayan Tahr, Langur Monkeys, Monals, Snow Leopards, Tibetan Snow Cock, and various bird species. Tourists coming to the Sagarmatha region prioritize observing the scenery and wildlife.

As the influx of tourists to the Khumbu region begins, the Lukla Airport is experiencing increased air traffic. Tenjing Hillary Airport in Lukla has witnessed a rise in the number of flights transporting both foreign and domestic tourists.

According to Sanjay Shrestha, Air Traffic Controller at the Lukla office, there are currently 10 to 12 daily flights between Kathmandu and Lukla. Additionally, tourists are chartering helicopters from Ramechhap for their travel needs.

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