Trails of Trekking on the Nepalese Economy

23 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2020

Date Written: June 9, 2020


Trekking in Nepal is a major contributor to the GDP and subsequently to the economy. Research has shown that most of the villages and local communities located in trekking intensive areas depend on their daily income through the tourism activities that surround those regions. This study aims to determine the implications of trekking in such areas and how trekking has a heavy dependence in the tourism sector. Looking at historical tourism data, statistical records, surveys and interviews, the paper tries to answer the question of how significant the impact of trekking is and how different parties have responded to changes brought in by trekking in Nepal. The 2015 earthquake and the COVID-19 pandemic have been assessed to portray their effects on the tourism industry. Analysis of the data and responses have indicated the heavy dependence of trekking on geographically isolated areas and have also shown some underlying problems like selective development in these areas. Moreover, a sustainable approach towards tourism is being adopted.

Keywords: trekking, Nepal, local communities, development, sustainable tourism

JEL Classification: A22, J11

Suggested Citation

Shrestha, Mohit Lal, Trails of Trekking on the Nepalese Economy (June 9, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Mohit Lal Shrestha (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney ( email )

Sydney, NSW

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