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Trekking holidays: Nepal traveller numbers 'have almost tripled from 1990'

The number of travellers embarking on trekking holidays to Nepal has almost tripled since the early 1990s, the country's tourism board has claimed.

In 1990 around 11,000 people travelled to the land of the Himalayas for trekking or mountaineering trips in the Everest zone, a spokesman for the organisation told The Indian Express.

"The increase in the last two years has been significant," the source said. "Today, the number is close to 30,000."

Aditya Baral, director of the tourist board, attributed the country's growing popularity with travellers to the fact that it contains eight of the world's 14 highest peaks.

Mount Everest remains the biggest draw, he said, while Annapurna is widely regarded as the toughest mountain to climb in the world.

Travellers who wish to follow the trend by booking their own trekking holidays to Nepal may like to consider The Adventure Company's Everest Base Camp trip, which takes in the sights from Kathmandu to the 5,545m summit of Kalar Patar.

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