Increasing awareness and popularity of the Great Himalaya Trail among tourists worldwide requires better tourism infrastructure on the ground to be prepared for new trekkers along the trail(s). In addition to capacity building of local service providers like teahouse owners, guides and porters etc., the GHT Development Programme is therefore investing in infrastructure development in the countries’ emerging trekking destinations in East and West Nepal.
The UK government has recently allocated extra funds that will be spent for the construction of new trails, trail maintenance works, construction of bridges and visitor centres in five regions, namely Humla, Dolpa, Gorkha, Lower Solukhumbu and Taplejung districts. Work in the districts has already started and is scheduled to be terminated by the end of this year.
Funds, totalling 130,000 British Pounds will also be used to support the development of a small scale micro hydro power plant in Dolpa, solar and biogas plants in Gorkha, wifi services in Manaslu, the construction of community camp sites and rain water harvesting systems in Lower Solukhumbu and to finance electrification projects in Taplejung. Mim Hamal, Chief Technical Advisor for GHTDP: “New infrastructure developments will not only benefit future tourists along the GHT, but also contribute to increased living conditions of local people.”