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13 Mar, 2019

Two tourists travelling from Beshisahar, Ghalegaun, Pasgaun to Tanting within the Annapurna Conservation Area were stranded in Karpu hill of Madi-2 on March 08, 2019. Tim Klomp aged 22 (passport no: C6YRT12JJ) and Malte Niklas Vander Laden aged 23 (passport no: C6X87F63N), German nationals had lost their way in the forests as they were planning to reach Yangjakot, Madi-3. As per communication with Mr. Rajesh P. Gupta, Officer In-charge at NTNC-ACAP Bhujung, they made contact with the tourists only at about 8:30 pm on March 08. Given the resource constraints readily available for rescue during the time, the stranded tourists were assured that a rescue team would come the following day, the next morning. Tourists' safety and availability of a safe place for spending the night was also confirmed accordingly. In coordination with Mr. Guman Dhoj Gurung, Chairman of Namarjung Conservation Area Management Committee (CAMC), a team of rescuers headed to Karpu hill early the following morning at around 6:30 am (March 09 2019) with food and drinks. They arrived safely to Tanting at about 12:45 pm and were escorted to Pokhara by the Police from Rambazar station. Expenses for porter and food were borne by ACAP Office Sikles.

The route where the two tourists had lost their way falls under the Bhujung-Sikles trek, which is predominantly a local walking route than a trekking one. Although a relatively easier trek, prominent for its scenic views and rich Gurung culture, tourists are generally advised as a matter of good practice to use the services of Nepali guides to make for a more fulfilling experience.

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