TAAN and Bigu Rural Municipality Sign MoU to Boost Tourism in Northern Dolakha

In a significant move towards the exploration, development, and promotion of tourism, the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) and Bigu Rural Municipality in Dolakha have joined hands through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The formal signing ceremony took place at the TAAN Secretariat in Kathmandu, witnessed by TAAN Acting President Mr. Krishna Prasad Dahal and Bigu RM Chairperson Mr. Sanjib Oli.

The MoU aims to tap into the immense tourism potential of Bigu-Lapchi areas in Northern Dolakha. Highlighting its natural and cultural riches, the area boasts a stunning mountain range, including the newly discovered Chhopa Bimare peak at 6109 meters, glacier rivers like Lapchi and Tamakoshi, and a diverse mix of ethnic communities.

Moreover, Bigu RM is renowned for its 456 MW Upper Tamakoshi Hydropower Dam, featuring Nepal's longest 1,100m tunnel road. The region also holds historical significance as part of the ancient trade route to Tibet and falls within the Gaurishankar Conservation Area (GCA). Notably, it encompasses sacred sites such as the Lapchi Monastery, revered as one of Jetson Milarepa's perfected meditation caves, and the spiritual sanctuary "Khandro Rolwaling" concealed by Guru Rimpoche.

Recent accomplishments, including the triumphant ascent of Mt. Chhopa Bamare by a team led by Bigu RM Chairperson Mr. Sanjib Oli, open new prospects for trekking, peak climbing, pilgrimage, and spirituality-based tourism. The Chhopa Bamare Base Camp trail offers a virgin trekking experience through ethnic villages, serene lakes, temples, monasteries, and yak farms. It holds promise as a premier training center for adventure enthusiasts and a gateway to pilgrimage and cultural homestays.

The signed MoU stands as a significant milestone in positioning Bigu RM as the gateway to the Greater Lapchi-Rolwaling-Everest trekking trail.

 With plans for a new virgin trekking route from:

  • Kathmandu-Kalinchowk-Bigu Thingsangla,
  • Deudhung-Chhopa-Bamare-Chhoinag,
  • Khaskharka-Kukuraja-Lumnang-Lapchi,

the region anticipates heightened interest and engagement in the burgeoning tourism sector.

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