The new trekking road to reach the base camp of Kanchenjunga Mountain is to be built at a cost of Rs 50 million. The Sirijangha village municipality has developed a three-year plan along with the budget of Rs 50 million.
In order to develop tourism infrastructure and promote tourism, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation is planning to build trekking road with 70 percent investment and the rest of the investments from the villagers.
Tikaram Gurung, chairman of the village municipality, said that a trekking road to reach the third highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga, is being constructed in partnership. The main aim is to develop a tourist destination infrastructure. Within this project, Rs. 35 million should be provided by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation and Rs. 15 million will be vested by village municipalities.
Chairman Gurung said that the process would be taken forward as per the partnership (operation and management) directive to complete the construction of the project within three years. The process of footway construction will start after conducting a preliminary survey in this fiscal year.
In the future people will be able to walk on the newly created road and reach Kanchenjunga Base Camp by looking at the mountains and observing the natural beauty. The visitors using present trekking road has to reach the Kanchenjunga Base Camp along the banks of Kabeli river. Due to landslides in some places, people are unable to walk. There is no hotel in the required place on the current trekking road and hotel will be established in the new one. The village municipality also has a plan to run a homestay.
The tourist destination infrastructure development program will start from Yamphudin of Ward No. 8. An adventurous trekking road will be built from Amji river to Kanchenjunga base camp via New Jhoreni, Tuplung, Dundudanda, Nagarcha and Chairam. Santosh Ghimire, chief administrative officer of the village municipality, said that the construction of the new trekking road could play a significant role in the promotion of internal and external tourism.
Ghimire said that the project could prove to be a cornerstone in raising the living standard of the people of Sirijangha by creating employment at the local level.
Environmental issues in constructing Kanchenjunga Trekking road
Chairman of the Kanchenjunga Conservation Area Management Council, Khagendra Fembu said that the approval of the conservation area should be taken before constructing the structure within the Kanchenjunga area. He said, ‘Protection has its own body, the conservation sector works by planning accordingly.”
Council chairman Fembu said the local government would not be allowed to work in the conservation area without permission. Council Chairman Fembu said that development can be allowed only by observing the environmental impact of development in the conservation area.