Tourists and locals travelling in the Myagdi Dhaulagiri Icefall Trail area have been forced to travel at risk as there are no suspension bridges at five places on the way.
Identified about a decade ago, this trekking path is one of the potential paths in the region chosen by the government as a tourist destination. Gum Bahadur Pun of Chimkhola said that tourists have to suffer due to lack of bridges in Khairo Khola, Fedi Khola, Setine Khola, Saral Dhara and Kati Baraha Khola from Raghuganga’s Ruisedanda to Dhaulagiri Icefall.
Experience of a tourist in Dhaulagiri Icefall
“Even if tourists come to reach Dhaulagiri Icefall, they have to walk across some rivers that do not have the bridge. Sabina Dhakal, who came from Kathmandu to visit Dhaulagiri Icefall, said that it was difficult to reach the place due to lack of bridges on the river.
“We kept walking somehow in other places however it was very difficult to cross the river. In some rivers, we were carried by the local people to cross the river” She said. Hence, it is necessary to build a bridge over the river to make this icefall a tourist destination.”
What are administrative doing?
Amrit Subedi, chief administrative officer of Raghuganga village municipality, said that the municipality has finalized the work of preparing DPR (detailed project report) to bring this path covering most of the wards of Raghuganga into effective operation.
“In DPR, the plan of making different infrastructures in different places has been included, we will submit the proposal to the concerned body and the ministry after getting the final report,” said Subedi. Chairman of Raghuganga Village Municipality. Besides this, Bhav Bahadur Bhandari said that the trekking path constructed in the area with a budget of Rs. 25 Lakhs has helped local people a lot, however lack of bridges in rivers has not been solved yet.
Locals are constructing trekking roads in Kokhebhir (Kokhe hill) with the help of ropes. Chairman Bhandari said that trail should be constructed by cutting a 300-meter-high hill on the Pipidharmi hill along with Kokhe Bhir.