About 4,000 foreign tourists have visited Upper Mustang in 29 years. From January to November, in the first six months of the year, 3 thousand 5 foreign tourists visited Upper Mustang. This figure is 1.5 percent lower than the same period in 2005.
According to Tulsi Dahal, chief of the Area Protection Office, Lomanthang, of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (Ekap), 1,939 visited Upper Mustang from January 1 to November. The current English month of December is yet to be received.
The checkpoint in Kakabeni, AKP, has kept statistics of tourists visiting Upper Mustang, which is in a semi-restricted area. The tourist arrivals in Upper Mustang are reported in January 1, February 3, March 1, April 3, May 3, June 5, July 3, August 5, September 9, October 29 and November.
While the number of tourists visiting the upper Mustang in proportion to the national figures is preparing to celebrate the upcoming year as a tour year of Nepal, the concern of the Mustangs has raised concern. The cost of entry fee, the rigorous process of permitting the tour and the old highway was transformed into the road, said Ram Bahadur Gurung, Treasurer of the Lomanthang Hotel Entrepreneur’s Association.
The locals have been doing a one-year pressure program to increase the number of tourists to operate alternate trails, publicity and reduce entry fees. For travel to the upper Mustang village of Lomanthang and Damodarakund Logheikar villages located in the border area of China, the foreigner has to make a group of at least 5 and obtain the permission of the Immigration Department for two days for 5 dollars.
If you have to stay longer than ten days, you need to disclose additional charges at the rate of $ 1 per day Must visit with permission from Kathmandu. The opening of well-managed hotels has increased with the expenditure of tens of millions in geographically remote and remote areas. Hotel entrepreneur Gurung said that business is in crisis due to lack of tourism due to costly fees and complicated process.
“We have submitted a memorandum to the villagers, the state and the federal government, declaring that the entry fee is expensive because tourists of all classes and economic status could not come to the upper Mustang,” Gurung said. We are waiting for the government’s decision till December. ‘
There are about two resorts, hotels and lodges operating in two villages with a capacity to accommodate up to 1 million inhabitants daily from Rs. This year, an additional seven beds will be added.
In addition to the road facilities, the arrival of domestic tourists during the holidays and holidays is not regular but regular. According to Ekap Lomanthang, the top 3 Mustangs, 4 thousand and 3 thousand 19 foreigners rode the upper Mustangs in the years 1, 2 and 3 respectively.
Mr. Krishna Neupane of Ekap Lomanthang said that he was looking for a new highway and destination to increase tourist arrivals. He said that the old highway had been displaced due to the road and it was preparing to operate the highway by incorporating various slums, caves, domes and palaces.
Dirt and smoke have affected the tourist when the road is built. The tourist bus has been cut short. Charan’s leader Maya Bista said that the tourist spot in the middle of the tourist attraction was traveling while traveling by means of transportation. Now it can be visited in 3-5 days, which used to take ten days. As the tourist goes directly to some places, the business of the township is affected.
In 1992, the first year when tourists opened in Upper Mustang for tourists, there were six tourists. Up to 7, there were seventy dollars entry fee per day.
Artistic mountains, deserts such as deserts, clay houses, Himalayan lifestyle, old Tibetan culture, palaces of historical significance, caves, gumbas, chorten, korla naka are the attractions of this area.