January 20,Lamjung: Entrepreneurs are worried about the declining number of tourists on the Annapurna footpath, which is considered one of the most famous trekking routes in the world. Due to the extreme cold and risk of the corona number of tourists coming on a footpath from one to ten days ago has become zero as the area. They say that the source of income has stopped due to the non-arrival of tourists.
According to Bahadur Gurung, a tourism assistant at the Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Tourist Inspection Center, Dharapani, said that the number of tourists has been declining in recent times. Previously Daily 50 to 60 tourists were visiting the area. “It is not yet known how long the Corona will be affected, but if the footpath is deserted for a long time, it will be a great loss to the tourism industry.”He added.
More than thirty-five thousand tourists used to visit this footpath. The main source of income for most of these tourism entrepreneurs is tourists and the tourism sector. Pach Bahadur Gurung, a tourism entrepreneur from Annapurna Footpath, Lamjung Marshyangdi Gaonpalika-4, said, “We used to earn Rs 30,000 to 40,000 per day But now it 0.
Tourists come to Annapurna base camp trek to see the mountains, mountain views, high mountains, Manang customs, natural beauty. The entrance of Annapurna Footpath is in Lamjung. The Annapurna Footpath connects five districts including Lamjung, Manang, Kaski, Mustang, and Myagdi. When the footpath is deserted, not only tourism entrepreneurs but also hundreds of hotel staff, porters, and guides have been facing problems.