Trekkers Shelter Houses Built In Thorong La Pass Route 5416m

shelter house at Thorong La Pass route Annapurna Nepal

On 14th October 2014, a deadly snowstorm and several avalanches in different area of Annapurna Region killed at least 43 people and hundreds left injured. After that incident many travelers and travel agencies complained and demanded that government should establish some Emergency Help System in the mountainous region where trekkers, climbers and other people can get help in the time of emergency that will reduce to risk of life casualty during such disaster. This year the Mustang District Developmet Committee  has initiated some projects of constructing Shelter Houses through out the risk zones of the Annapurna Region.
At the first phase the government authority Mustang DDC (district development committee) has began the work of recognizing the hazardous zones and determining the possible methods to minimize the risks in those area. After completing the first phase of work, DDC Mustang has planed to  construct 5 Shelter Houses at different areas of Annapurna Region. Three Houses have been already built whereas 2 are still under construction.These houses are located at such points where the tea houses/hotels are not available at shorter distances. Like on the day to Thorong La pass (5416) there was no tea house and any kind of shelter built in between Thorong Phedi in Manang district and Muktinath in Mustang districts which takes at least 7 hrs. walk through steep up and downhill trails .Therefore the trekkers couldn't get any shelter in case of blizzards and avalanches. Now a shelter house has been built in this loop on Mustang side which helps trekkers in case of such emergency. These houses have attached toilets and can accommodate at least 60 people. These houses will be used for the intended purpose only.
Other sites for the Shelter Houses are "Hidden Valley" in the route of Tukuche Peak, "Dome Camp" at 43000m, "Surkhang" 3500m on the way to Damodar Kunda and one in Mustang-Dolpa Route (not yet fixed).
Other precautionary methods to reduce mountain hazards include checking weather before commencing every day activities, registering at every government established tourist check points, traveling in group, avoiding walk after 3pm  at such high passes, taking guide/porter who knows the
area better and taking all emergency numbers all the time.
Most of trekking routes in Nepal now have mobile phone connection that allows you to use internet to check the updated news and weather. You can get the weather information using cyber shops at certain stops, ask the hotel owners, enabling your Roaming service or making sure at least one of your group or crew has the internet enabled Nepali mobile phone SIM card.
 
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