Nepal opens first trekking for differently abled people

Published on : Monday, March 5, 2018

Village-in-NepalNepal in order to promote tourism along with the adventure trekking, the government will open its first accessible trekking trail designed specifically for people with mobility difficulties from Pokhara, Nepal on March 30, 2018.



This is 1.3km trail will facilitate trekking for people with disabilities as Nepal makes strides to attract a considerable portion of untapped accessible market.



The inauguration of the trekking trail will take place during a three-day international conference on accessible adventure to be organized from March 29 at Lake City.



The US-based International Development Institute is organizing the conference, expecting 50 international and 75 domestic participants which will give a boost in adventure tourism also.



The Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) Chief Executive Officer Deepak Raj Joshi said the conference is the first of its kind in Nepal, and will be looking to promote accessible holidays for people with physical limitations that remain vastly undeserved owing to inaccessible travel and tourism facilities and services.


He also said this conference will try and convey a message that Nepal is accessible to all people, regardless of disabilities, physical limitations, or age.



Four Season Travel & Tours Operations Director Pankaj Pradhananga and one of the organizers of the conference, said annually a predictable one billion tourist’s travel around the world, 10% of whom live with some form of disability.



Australian tourists with disabilities have spent around $8 billion on travelling. There are around 12% of the European market is dedicated to people with disabilities. The market for accessible tourism is large and continues to grow.



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