Most of the tourists and climbers reaching the base camp have reached there by air. Lately, tourists or climbers have preferred costlier airway to reach the base camp instead of a long journey involving hardship and lack of security and communications along the trail.
The mountain (8,167 meters) based in the Dhaulagiri mountain range is the seventh highest peak in the world.
"Most of climbers, guides, porters and tourists have reached the base camp on helicopters. Only six Sherpa guides have taken the trail to the camp," said Suk Bahadur Sunar, a local resident. Around 80 climbers, guides and porters have reached the base camp through helicopters, he said.
As a result, local economy has been affected. Hotel entrepreneurs and mule transportation service have been marred as they have faced a double curse; the infection and tourists reaching the base camp preferring airway in many cases.
To address the problems faced by trekkers; local, province and federal government have jointly constructed trekking routes accessible.
The Dhaulagiri trekking route is considered adventurous as it cuts through rocky and stark cliffs, dense forests and rivers.
A team of 46 climbers through Seven Summit Treks have reached the base camp, said manager of the Treks, Thaneshwor Guragain. Most of climbers have preferred airway to the base camp due to some causes like heavy rains and PCR reports produced within 72 hours for trekkers, he said.