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Nepal is open for tourism | Trekking and Climbing Autumn Season Commences

On 20 July 2020, Nepal government announced to resume all international and domestic commercial passenger flights from 17 Aug 2020. Nepal mandated a nationwide lockdown from 24 March to Mid-June to prevent the outbreak and spread of COVID-19. All international and domestic commercial flights were suspended effective of nationwide lockdown. Currently, only rescue and reputation flights are allowed. Those arriving before 16 Aug are still required to go in quarantine for 14 days. 

With the daily cases now dropping and the recovery rate increasing lately, things are now getting back to normalcy here in Nepal. Nepal government is now planning to resume all tourism-related activities for upcoming autumn season 2020. Other essential businesses and public transportation have already resumed nationwide. 

On 21 July 2020, a high-level committee announced that all tourism-related activities will resume for the upcoming autumn season. With the resume of international commercial passenger flights, the government has announced that all trekking, climbing and other tourism-related activities can commence. Trekking and climbing permits will be issued for the upcoming season. 

More detail on this news is still weak as the government is still deciding with stakeholders and experts on the arrival protocol. Procurement of visa, self-quarantine, PCR test report submission etc. are still in the decision and we expect to hear more confirmed news on this soon. 

The situation on the mountain will be completely different for this season and as a responsible adventure company, we will strictly adhere to the safety protocol and operation guidelines set by the government of Nepal. Read what you should expect if you are travelling to Nepal this autumn. 

For more information please read below

Yes, we are delighted to announce that we will be operating trips for autumn 2020 as planned. We will strictly adhere to the safety protocols set by the government in the operation of our trips. We have made some changes on our trips for the safety of you and our staff. Please get in touch with us to check if there have been any changes made on your itinerary or services.
Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation, (MoCTCA) Nepal is yet to announce on the arrival protocol for tourists arriving in Nepal. No statement has been made regarding the arrival protocol but most probably you will need to present a PCR test report at the airport after your arrival. You may also be asked to present a COVID free certificate before you board a plane so having a PCR test report is useful. Please check with your airlines if they require it as well.
International commercial passengers flights are allowed to operate from Aug 17, 2020, but no further statement was made regarding the visa acquirement process. MoCTCA is coordinating with the related ministries about the arrival protocol at the moment. We will have confirmed news about this in a few days and we will update here accordingly.
This is also yet to be decided and announced by the concerned authorities. However, tourism stakeholders are bidding with the government to reconsider the required quarantine provision for tourists arriving in Nepal.
Getting travel insurance is highly required now more than ever. With too many uncertainties regarding international travel in hand, having travel insurance is definitely a must. The general guideline of choosing Insurance remains the same as like before now, you should also consider having a COVID-19 insured insurance policy. Please check with your insurance provider if they can provide you with a policy that will cover if incase you contract COVID-19
If you choose not to travel this year, please get in touch with us and we will schedule your trip for next year without any additional cost. For fixed departure trips, please choose the departure dates published on our site for your next trip date. For a private trip, please select the travel dates for next year suitable to you as per your preferences. We will accommodate your request and confirm the trip accordingly.
We definitely do not want to adapt the trial and error method in operating our trips especially when there are too many uncertainties. Safety is always a priority and we will assess every factor carefully and mitigate the risk in every way possible. For more information, read how we are preparing for our trips.
Most of the airlines that operate Nepal flight are likely to resume their flights from Aug 17th onwards. Please check with your airline if they are operating flights on your travel date.
There have not been any changes made in your travel itinerary as of now. However, depending on the changes in the international and domestic flight schedules, there could be some changes in your itinerary. Should we have to make any changes, we will devise a new itinerary keeping all safety factors in mind.

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Highland Expeditions is a high altitude adventure travel company based in Kathmandu, Nepal founded by local alpine experts with over 30 years of experience in trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas.

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