Nepal has launched its first accessible trekking trail in Pokhara city for the disabled and the elderly.
The trail was inaugurated by the country’s Culture and Tourism Minister Rabindra Adhikari, as a part of the three-day international conference on Accessible Tourism, which was held for the first time in Nepal from March 29 to March 31.
• The 1.3-km section is a part of a 14-km long hiking path in the ridge connecting Nepal’s Sarangkot area to Naudanda.
• The trail offers a magnificent view of Mt. Annapurna, Fisthtail and Manaslu.
• The trial is expected to enhance the prospect of attracting a strong segment of disabled and elderly tourist population to Nepal.
• To ensure the ease and comfort of the tourists, the trail has proper signage and washrooms.
According to Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), the concerned authorities have pledged more support in the coming fiscal year to lay down all the standards and facilities to establish the trail as 'probably the best' and 'leading trail' in Asia.
It is an emerging concept to ensure that tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, irrespective of their physical limitations, disabilities or age.
It enables people with access requirements, including mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive dimensions of access, to function independently and with equity and dignity through the delivery of universally designed tourism products, services and environments.
It includes both publicly and privately owned tourist locations.