Popular trekking trails around Mount Annapurna deemed safe, with minimal damage from quake

An assessment team says the most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during the April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return.

Kit Miyamoto of the California-based engineering firm Miyamoto International assessed the 200 kilometers (125 miles) of trekking trails around Mount Annapurna.

Only about 3 percent of the accommodations on the trail were damaged by the April 25 earthquake and hazards were found only at three spots on the route.

The devastating earthquake in April and a smaller one in May killed 8,898 people in Nepal.

Nepal is hoping tourists will return to Nepal in September when tourist season begins.