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Trekking in Nepal resumes from 17th of October

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After a long break, trekking in Nepal seems to be getting resumed from 17 October. The decision was made on the Cabinet meeting which was initially recommended by the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC).

As per the government spokesperson and Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali’s briefing on the cabinet meeting, trekking and mountaineering groups are to be allowed to take foreigners up the mountain from 17 October.

Tourism activities including hotels and restaurants had been on halt since March. It’s been six months of inactivity in the tourism industry and the country has taken a severe hit due to this.

On the 21st of July, the government tried to ease the lock-down and the hotels were allowed to open on a certain allocated time. However, soon after the number of cases skyrocketed, and the government was forced to close again on the 20th of August.

Flights regulation

International flights were allowed from September 1st with strict protocols. Only 800 passengers were allowed on each day as per the Tourism and Civil Aviation (http://www.tourism.gov.np/np).

Yogesh Bhattarai, the Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister has suggested that a total of 3,000 passengers per day might be allowed to land very soon.

However, to this date, foreigners are still not allowed to travel in Nepal. They are also required to bring an RT PCR negative report which has to be done 72hrs prior to the departure. Though, passengers seem to be unsatisfied with the regulation. They have complained regarding the unnecessarily long waiting time at holding centers upon arrival at Kathmandu.

Current Situation

On 13 September, the government of Nepal loosened the lockdown in Kathmandu Valley. Shops reopened for limited times on certain days of the week. Even public transportation, taxis, and private vehicles are allowed following the odd-even rule.

The odd-even rule implies that vehicles with odd/even numbers are allowed to run according to the Nepali odd/even date.

In Nepal, the tourism industry alone brought USD7 million in 2018-2019. To a small country like ours, it’s 8% of the country’s GDP. That means nearly 2 million used to benefit indirectly from tourism. Therefore, the shutting of travel and tourism has affected a large number of employees in Nepal.

But sadly, the recent reopening of businesses and transportation has raised the cases in Nepal up to 1,500 every day. The majority of them are from Kathmandu. The total cases at the date of writing this are 62,797 out of which 46,267 have been recovered and 401 deaths.

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Although, the lockdown has been loosened it’s not necessarily safe. There’s been a lot of complaints of hospitals not admitting patients due to the fear of the virus. Thus, the cases have not yet gotten under control, and the systems here remain unorganized.

Final thoughts…

The government is compelled to ease the lockdown at this point and it seems to be doing just that. Let’s hope for the best as tourism is getting resumed from 17 October. It’s a mixed feeling that travel agencies carry, but only the future can tell what happens next.

Nevertheless, the cases are still rising regardless of the easing of the lockdown. Businesses or transportations should operate with strict protocols and it’s up to us to be conscious of our health. If not, then the country is one step from the lockdown Phase III.

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Asmit
2020-07-16
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Lifetime Experience We had a super time in Everest Base Camp last year. Trekking to this place was dream for many years which come true with the help CoreTreks and team members.
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2020-03-06
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Higly recommended I did the Langtang Valley trekk with Gosaikunda lakes included. The preparation and communication for that has been great all the time. Nim is an excellent and knowledgeable person. My Trekkingguide was Gorakh and i couldn't have hoped for a better one! I felt like i was in good hands throughout the trekk and he took care of my dietary needs. They also booked my bus ticket to Pokhara and asked the bus driver to pick me up at a place which was closer to my accommodation. Thank you so much Nim!! Next time i will do the Manaslu trekk with you :)
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2020-03-04
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2020-01-19
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2019-12-12
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Great service Beautiful temples and delicious food After touring around the Kathmandu valley, I’m inspired to explore more about Nepal. Unfortunately it will have to be during my next visit. The city is way busier than I expected it to be. As we drove outside the valley, we discovered some peaceful environment and beautiful temples. The Nepali cuisine in Kathmandu was something I would love to try again. They are spicy but delicious. I have to say that the people in Nepal are really friendly and welcoming. Everyone greeted us with love and treated us nicely. There was no fear for a lone traveler like me to get through the tour. Thanks to CoreTreks and the team for making this tour possible for me. I booked last minute but they helped me through everything. I really appreciate it. If you are looking to visit Nepal, I highly recommend that you book from CoreTreks they are the best.
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2019-08-23
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2019-06-24
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2019-03-11
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이홍래
2019-01-24
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Langtang Trekking 이제 돌아와서 한숨돌리고 적네요. 네팔이란 나라가 처음이고, 한국에서도 등산한번 하지 않았었는데, 갑자기 네팔이 가고 싶었습니다. 네팔에 가면 뭔가 꽉막힌 마음이 뚤릴것 같았고, 복잡한 머리가 정리가 될것 같았습니다. 다행이 CORE TREK 의 Nim을 만나 트레킹을 잘 마무리할 수 있었습니다. 랑탕 출발하기전 호텔 부킹이나 팀스 / 퍼밋 , 환전 및 준비물 구매 등 그리고 이런 일들을 하기위한 이동까지 꼼꼼하게 함께 챙겨 주어서 그나마 잘 준비하여 트레킹을 시작하였습니다. 그리고 트레킹 중간에 대부분이 3G를 사용하지 못해 가족들에게 연락이 되지 않았는데, 다행이 Nim과는 현지 폰으로 연락이 되어, 저 대신 가족들에게 연락도 가능하고, 중간 중간에 문제 있는지등 그리고 복귀 마지막날 뭔가를 잘못먹었는데 아파서 호텔에서만 누워 있었는데, 그래도 타국에 누군가 연락할 수 있다는게 많은 도움이 되더군요. 저는 포터 및 가이드 없이 혼자서 갔다왔고, 트레킹이야 혼자만의 싸움이였지만, 카트만두 출발전 / 복귀후에는 Nim이 많은 도움이 되었네요. 다음에 또 네팔에 오게되면 필히 Nim과 함께 하겠습니다.