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Either it be Manaslu Circuit Trek or any other walking adventures around the foothills of Himalayas in Nepal, there has always been a picture, and a talk about crossing a bridge, more often about suspension bridge. For instance, let’s talk about popular Tenjing Hillary bridge at Everest region on any other brigde that takes you another side of the river; its always kind of scary view especially when wind swings the whole thing. In the similar way, there were quite a few bridges along the trails of Manaslu circuit trek which were sadly damaged by earthquake.
The bridge at Machakhola that would let cross the local inhabitants and trekkers through river was destroyed by natural disaster and the route (trail) was diverted to another pass through. This new route was quite dangerous and was only way to reach Jagat. However, with enthusiasm and effort of locals, wooden bridge was constructed across Budhigandaki river which turned out to be life saver.
During the dry season, when there is less rainfall and less flow of water in rivers, another bridge was built across the same river that connects Jagat to outside world from which the man and mules could pass through.
In the same time, during 2015/16 with effort of Nepal government, locals and Swiss Engineering Company, the project funded by Samarath and DFID/UKAID there was a task to make permanent firm bridge to make safe and firm bridge from Arughat through which the supplies reach to villages like Nurbi and Tsum. The life of locals were getting miserable day by day as there were no safe way to reach those villages for medical and other supplies.
But now after the completion of construction of this bridge, it is absolutely safe to join Manaslu Circuit Trek and locals are eagerly waiting for tourists to visit upcoming peak season in the months of Sep, Oct and Nov. This is the time to visit Nepal and support local community.
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