The heavy snowfall in March of this year was petrifying that made the region "No trekking zone" for some period of time. The hotels were closed until further notice. ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) Check Post was not allowing any trekkers to go beyond it. If the trekkers still were insisting to go by themselves, the officers at Check Post were making them sign a document stating "We are trekking at our own risk". This alert was spread for the potential dangers due to heavy snowfall and to halt the trekking for some time. The hotels, lodges and other accommodation facilities were shut down since March due to heavy rainfall and four hotels were destroyed unrepairable as per the information is given to TAAN (Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal).
The time has now come and there was a press release in one of the national daily newspaper with the headlines "Annapurna Base Camp Hotels reopening on August 18". During the temporary shutdown of hotels, the trekkers to Annapurna Base Camp were taking packed foods from Machhapuchhre Base Camp and staying there. But the condition at Annapurna Base Camp is now improved and safe for staying. Hence, the trekkers now can directly go to Annapurna Base Camp without going to Machhapuchhre Base Camp for food and accommodation. After the opening of hotels at ABC, a hotel can accommodate 20 – 30 guests easily providing all basic facilities at any time of the year. During the peak season of trekking, a hotel can accommodate up to a maximum of 50 guests.
Author: Step On Himalaya
Date: 3rd August, 2019