The Madi Rural Municipality has started a feasibility study to establish a cable car system on the foothills of the Annapurna mountain range, reports OnlineKhabar. If the study yields positive results, the addition of cable cars in Annapurna could steadily increase the number of tourist in the already popular base.
The study is being done by Cubic Engineering Consultancy Pvt. Ltd. The study is testing the possibility of operating cable cars from Bhukulcha, Sikles (1,540 meters) to Kori (3,800 meters). The total distance of the proposed cable car is 6.5 Kilometers.
The Rural Municipality’s Chairman Bed Bahadur Gurung said that the local government plans to introduce the system without affecting the ecological balance.
He plans to implement the project to promote tourism activities in this area in the long term. He added that if the project is implemented, Sikles will be as vibrant as Namche Bazaar, the entry point of Mount Everest in Solukhumbu.
Currently, treks and expedition along the Annapurna foothills are very popular with many positive reviews in different travel websites and a rating of 5 in Trip Advisor.