Nepal is slowly opening up for businesses after six months of lockdown due to COVID-19. As the entire world faces the challenge of the pandemic and struggles to contain the virus, Nepal also has its share. The country went through months of complete and partial lockdown that forced the businesses to shut down and the movement to halt. Nepal opens for trekking and climbing adventure in addition to other businesses opening slowly.
As we know, the COVID-19 lockdown badly affected tourism in Nepal and worldwide. All the trekking, climbing, and tour activities got canceled as the restriction in the movement came into effect then.
But now a ray of hope has appeared as the government of Nepal has decided to open international and domestic flights, and overland transportation. As the government relaxed the lockdown since 13 September letting the businesses open slowly, trekking and climbing groups will also be able to travel in the mountains from 17 October 2020.
Hotels and restaurants have started the business with strict safety protocols of hygiene, distance, masks, and sanitization, etc. With the announcement of the relaxation of restriction of trekking and climbing, people can enjoy trekking to Everest Base Camp and other regions. The climbers will also get the permits for peak climbing and mountain expeditions.
This relaxation is exciting news for trekking and climbing operators, guides, porters, hotels, restaurants, and all other related sectors. Although we cannot expect a huge flow of tourists right away, it is a positive step to at least open up the business.
As the government rule, for now, the tourists traveling to Nepal will have to have the recent PCR negative report to enter the country. Once you arrive in Nepal, you also need to stay in 7 days of quarantine before starting the trip.
What is happening at Nepal Climbing Adventure?
We, at Nepal Climbing Adventure, have also been excited about the announcement. As an agency that always prefers the safety of the clients first, we have prepared ourselves accordingly to serve our clients in the days to come.
We have trained ourselves and all our staff on the safety procedures and protocols to operate the trips post-COVID lockdown. Our groups are usually of small sizes all the time so it is not a big issue for us to manage the group. All the trips that we operate post-COVID will use selected hotels, vehicles, and restaurants that have followed safety protocols strictly.
With this announcement of the opening of trekking and climbing in Nepal, our team is ready to take you into the mountains. The mountains have also got the much-needed rest and now are ready to receive trekkers and climbers.
COVID Situation in Nepal
Although Nepal has cases of COVID-19, the recovery rate is high. As of today, when we are preparing this blog, the total number of people affected is 64,122, and 46,233 of that number recovered. There is a death toll of 411 of which most of them had several other complicated health issues before the COVID-19 infection.
You can find more information about the cases in Nepal here.
As we all have to live amidst the virus, no idea how long, we all have to start the ‘New Normal’ way of life. The travel industry will also need to adapt to the new normal situation and operate the tour adventures accordingly.
And we are ready for that. Are you ready to travel?
Stay Safe, Stay Strong.
Author: Nepal Opens for Trekking and Climbing
Date: 21st September, 2020