Ghandruk—The Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) has conducted a week long cleanup campaign along the Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trekking trail which is one of the popular destinations in the world famous Annapurna Region.
The campaign began in May 14 and ended in May 20. According to program coordinator Tek Gurung, the cleanup was taken part by journalists, people’s representatives, ACAP staffers, mother groups, local youths and foreign tourists.
According to ACAP, more than five quintals of garbage had been picked during the campaign. Water bottles, juice canes, tobacco, cigarettes and biscuit covers and other plastic items were among the collected rubbishes. The campaign took place from Birethanti and went through Ghandruk, Chhomrong, Sinuwa, Bamboo, Dovan, Himalaya, Deurali, Machhapuchhre Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m).
ACAP has mentioned that there were not so much rubbishes as expected along the trekking trail. The good part is that the Chhomrong has its own garbage collection center where the villagers use incinerator to dispose non recyclable trashes, informed Sanctuary Youth Club chairman Mikash Gurung. ABC trekking begins from Nayapul, Dhampus Phedi or Kande and more than 60 thousands trekkers enjoyed the route every year.