Perennial snow

Erbil’s Choman district boosts safety at snowy tourist spot Przhe

CHOMAN – Tourism officials in the Choman district of Erbil have implemented stricter safety protocols at Przhe, a popular tourist destination known for its perennial snow. Authorities have introduced multilingual safety warnings to alert visitors to potential dangers.

Przhe, nestled in the mountains of Kurdistan, is famous for its extensive snow tunnel that stretches more than a kilometer toward Mount Sakran. Despite its beauty, the site has been the scene of several fatal incidents in recent years where tourists were trapped inside the tunnel.

Halgurd Mohammed, head of Choman’s tourism department, emphasized the necessity of the new measures in an interview with 964media. “This year, regulations for visiting Przhe have been intensified to ensure tourists’ safety,” Mohammed said.

The structural integrity of the snow tunnels is threatened by rising temperatures, which increases the risk of collapse. Tourists are often tempted to enter the tunnels or climb atop them, actions that heighten the danger of accidents.

“We have issued safety guidelines in Kurdish, Arabic, and English to all visitors exploring the mountainous areas, ensuring they understand the risks,” Mohammed stated.

He also highlighted the risks to visitors from other Iraqi governorates who are unfamiliar with snow environments and might inadvertently enter these hazardous areas.

Additionally, Mohammed mentioned plans to station monitors at the site soon to provide direct guidance and warnings to tourists.

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