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Nabji-Korphu eco-tourism trail

The much awaited country's first community based eco-tourism trail, the Nabji-Korphu trail in Trongsa was opened on November 20, 2006.

While the trail is expected to attract more tourists toLangthel and Korphu gewogs, most villagers are optimistic that rendering services to tourists would fetch them additional income.

According to tour operators the locals can run lodges, have campsites within the villages, provide horses for the tourists and also work as guides since they would be more familiar with the ecosystem of the place.

The new route will also address the seasonality problem, as they are best suited for trekking between November and April, the lean tourist season.

Inaugurating the trail, the agriculture minister, Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup said apart from all that, the trail was an attraction to tourists and Bhutanese people alike to visit historical places witness the culture and luxuriate in the area's unblemished natural environment.

The trail was developedwith funds from the Small Grant Program under the Tourism Development Fund.

Source: KUENSEL, Bhutan's National Newspaper 2006


Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park - Community tourism along the Nabji Trail

An example of sustainable rural tourism development

A team of DOT, NCD, ABTO and SNV staff decided to explore the possibility of community-operated trekking trails that would provide additional income for local communities residing in the Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park (JSWPN) (Bhutan's protected areas), which is located in one of the poorest districts in Bhutan. More than 90 per cent of the inhabitants of some villages inside the park lack self-sufficiency in cereals, and their location inside a national park limits their opportunities for earning cash income.

The highlights of the Nabji trekking trail include visits to small Bhutanese mountain villages and the Monpa ethnic group, diverse forests of the park, and possible sightings of endangered and vulnerable species such as the golden langur and rufous-necked hornbill.

Community Tourism: Nabji Trail Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park
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Key Achievements
In only three months, the project has generated an estimated US$ 7,000;
This amount is estimated to increase to about US$ 10,000 in 2007;
In 2006, approximately 210 households in six villages received a supplementary income from the tourist trail;
Part of the income from the project was paid into the Community Development Funds to fund communal expenses;
The project has shown great potential for increasing gender equality, although this is yet to be fully realised.
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The village communities along the trekking trail, namely the villages of Nimshong, Nabji, Korphu, Kupdra/Phrumzor and Jangbi, have expressed enthusiasm for the project and agreed to establish tourism management committees to plan and manage sustainable tourism development.

The committees are supported by the JSWNP staff, with the training, coaching and technical advice of the SNV adviser, DoT and ABTO.

Source: SNV 2007


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