July 28, 2021

Sindhupalchok: Construction of ‘Himalayan Great Trail’ has raised hopes

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Sindhupalchok,. The Helambu village municipality of the district has put forward the ‘Himalayan Great Trail’ in its pride project. The village municipality has started construction of ‘Helmu Himalayan Great Trail’ (Dharmachakra Wall) since last year for its identity and tourist attraction.

The trail, which will be built at an altitude of 2,300 meters to 5,000 meters, is being constructed in Helambu for the first time in the world after China. The state and federal governments have also started the process of allocating budget for the construction of the project, which has been put forward as an ambitious plan of Helambu, said Nima Galgen Sherpa, chairperson of Helambu village municipality.

The trail, which has been under construction since last year, will be two and a half meters wide and three and a half meters wide. The construction of the 60-kilometer long trail will cost more than Rs 3 billion, said Chairman Sherpa. The trail is expected to help develop religious culture and tourism in the Helmu region, which has a history of Buddhism, said Sherpa. It is believed that the construction of the trail will promote tourism and improve the living standards of the locals.

The trail, which started construction last year, has now been constructed at three places including Nagidanda, Shermathan and Ghopteghyang. He said that the construction of the Great Trail, which was started with strong will despite the lack of local resources, is now worth seeing as an attractive tourist destination. Prior to the closure, both the internal and external tourists used to visit the Himalayan Great Trail.

After the completion of the trail starting from Buddha Park in Helambu, dozens of monasteries and religious places in Helambu including Dhanaki Devi, Bhemethang, Guru Rinpoche, Tapasasthala, Milarepa Cave, Palchowk Jayavagishwari Temple can be observed according to the Holmo tradition. The inside of the trail is machined with local stone, while the outside is carved with chino. Slate is used on the stairs.

The trail, which stretches from 2,400 to 5,000 meters above sea level, will take nine days to complete. During that period, the culture of Tamang, Holmo, Gurung and other castes will be observed. From this mountain trail, 80 percent of the mountains in the central and eastern regions can be seen. The world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, can be clearly seen from Pake Danda, which is on the trail.

In the forest here, there are animals and birds including Kalij, Ghoral, Lekali sheep, Red Pandal. Sherpa said that coordination is being made with the park administration to build a structure in Langtang National Park where the red panda lives.

Gosainkunda is one kilometer away from Semisidhang of the trail. Chairman Sherpa informed that the feasibility study of cannoning and paragliding has been completed within the trail area and the construction work of the bungee bridge has reached the final stage. Ambathan, the source of the Melamchi project that carries water to Kathmandu, also falls in the Helambu area. This place is 55 kilometers away from Jorpati of Kathmandu via Sankhu and 50 kilometers away through Sundarijal.

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