Nepal to open the autumn season for trekking and climbing for domestic and international tourists from October 17 2020.
Tourism in Nepal has been completely shut down since March 2020 after the second case of COVID-19 was traced. The country went under a full lockdown for almost 3 months and began to ease the restrictions slowly under different phases. Now, after almost 8 months, the government has announced, Nepal is open for tourists activities such as trekking and mountaineering from October 17.
On 21 July 2020, a high-level committee announced that all tourism-related activities will resume for the upcoming autumn season but it was later overruled with cases increasing. Now, the date of tourism opening in Nepal has been set to October 17. In the meantime, few climbing permits have been issued for domestic tourists.
In March, just as the mountaineering season was round the corner, the government of Nepal mandated a lockdown, restricting flights and movement across the nation in order to contain the virus. The spread has not been fully contained till now but the government is bidding to resume the travel safely.
On 17 August, the Nepal government announced to resume international flights for Nepali nationals and foreign diplomats. Limited flights were conducted at the earlier stage and today more flights are being conducted. Passengers were required to produce PCR Test report of COVID negative at the boarding area. Only those having a COVID free certificate, tested no more than 72 hrs before the arrival date in Kathmandu were permitted to board the aircraft.
Likewise, domestic flights, hotels and restaurants are set to resume from Sept 17 following proper guidelines. Prince of Bahrain has also arrived in Kathmandu on September 16 for Lobuche East peak climbing and Manaslu expedition.
With 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 Sept 28, the Government of Nepal has announced the arrival protocols for tourists visiting Nepal this autumn. All tourists arriving Nepal from Oct 17 for trekking and mountaineering purpose will have to adhere to the following guidelines:
1. All arriving tourists will need to produce a PCR test report of COVID-19 free conducted no more than 72 hrs before arrival.
2. All arriving tourists will need to obtain a visa from their respected countries.
3. All arriving tourists will need to stay 7 days quarantine in Kathmandu after arrival with the PCR test conducted again on Day 5.
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 and WHO. Read what you should expect if you are travelling to Nepal this autumn.