Corona Virus and its Effect on our Upcoming Season in Nepal

Updated: 18th October 2020

7 day quarantine on arrival in Kathmandu. That is what to expect from any upcoming trip in Nepal in 2020. Our bigger concern is this rolling into 2021. The Nepalese government are now saying foreign clients can go to the mountains from the 17th October. This is more like the 24th October as you will have to quarantine in Kathmandu for 7 days. More importantly will international airlines actually have flights into Kathmandu on or after the 17th October. Will thousands of people show up?

We are not that confident that access will be straight forward as Nepal has changes opening dates numerous times. There are no real entry requirements at present and no real plan in place. There are real challenge in terms of medical support,  repatriation and insurance cover.

We have a number of people keen to travel in early November but looking at 2021 would be a better option.

Updated: 15th September 2020

Trekking and mountaineering groups will also be allowed to take foreign clients up to the mountains from 17th October.  The decisions were taken on Monday’s Cabinet meeting on the recommendation of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC).
The government had relaxed the lock down from 13 September in Kathmandu Valley, allowing shops to reopen for limited times, and on certain days of the week. Public transport, taxis and private vehicles were also allowed on odd-even days.

Tourism and Civil Aviation Minister Yogesh Bhattarai hinted last week that up to 3,000 passengers a day may soon be allowed to land.

However, foreigners are still not allowed to travel to Nepal, and all passengers must have RT PCR negative reports done 72 hours before departure. Despite this, inbound passengers have complained about unnecessarily long waits at holding centres in Kathmandu on arrival.

The relaxation of restrictions come even as the number of confirmed cases in Nepal has been rising at between 1,000-1,500 every day, with more than half of them in Kathmandu Valley. On Tuesday, there were 1,451 new cases nationwide, bringing the total to 56,778.

Updated: 9th September 2020

We hope you are doing well at this challenging time. We wanted to get in touch with you and let you know the Nepalese Government has still not released information on entry requirements into Nepal for this upcoming trekking season. As of right now the government has said that 16th September is the date that international travel for tourism will resume. This has been changed multiple times. With one week away until that date, the fact they have not released any entry requirements is very concerning. We are hearing that a 7 day quarantine will be in place on arrival in Kathmandu this season, however, this has yet to be confirmed.

We have a number of people who would like to trek to Everest, Annapurna, Mera and Island Peak who are flexible in their schedules.

We can be flexible and run trips for you if you are comfortable with quarantine and being flexible with your dates. But keep in mind that this will require you to wait and see how things play out over the coming month.

We know some of you are very keen to travel this year and we want to remain as flexible as possible for you. If you can let us know your position and flexibility this will help us plan ahead. I am happy to find a time to chat with you and explore options. I look forward to hearing back from you.

Updated: 24th August 2020

The Government of Nepal has announced that scheduled international flights will be allowed to operate in Nepal from September 1, 2020. As per the statement, the Government has also prepared guidelines for the international flights with permission for only chartered and closely monitored scheduled flights for this period till further notice. Repatriation flights, diplomats, expats and international aid officials are allowed to fly into Nepal during the period.

It is mandatory for passengers to be equipped with negative PCR reports not older than 72 hours before boarding. Airlines must ensure that all passengers boarding have tested negative before 72 hours. Passengers will need to stay quarantined in a hotel in Kathmandu for the next 7 days (This pay change) at their own expense.

In case of airlines that carry untested passengers and with PCR negative passengers together, quarantine for all passengers in a designated hotel in Kathmandu shall be arranged at the airline’s expense.

As per the statement MoCTCA, shall create a flight schedule to allow flying in from countries where COVID-19 spread is more controlled and PCR tests are easily available. Only chartered flights shall be allowed from countries that do not have easily available PCR testing facilities.

The regular scheduled flights shall be strictly monitored by the Government. It is mandatory for passengers from these flights to carry and produce the following

Documents Before Boarding

1). Valid visa/ entry permit
2). PCR negative test report not older than 72 hours
3). Filled online COVID-19 Crisis Management Center (CCMC) form copy with bar code
4). Hotel booking for a minimum of 7 days

Updated: 19th August 2020

Kathmandu Valley has reported 159 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Wednesday. Of the total cases, 134 were detected in Kathmandu alone — the district with the highest number of total as well as active cases till date in Nepal. Among the newly infected in Kathmandu, 89 are males while 45 are females, stated the Ministry of Health in its regular press briefing.

Seventeen infections surfaced in Lalitpur in the last 24 hours, of which 10 are males and seven are females. Similarly, eight Covid-19 cases were reported in Bhaktapur — of them six are males and two are females.

International flights have been suspended until the 16th September 2020.

A minimum 7 day quarantine is not workable for for most people and we are challenging this right now. We may get this down to a 3 night quarantine. Time will tell.

Updated: 21st July 2020

The government has announced resumption of all international and domestic flights from August 17th 2020.  The Ministry of Culture Tourism and Civil Aviation informed us that it would let all tourism related activities including mountain climbing in the autumn season commence.

With this latest announcement, the tourism fraternity believes that the industry which incurred a loss of over 10 billion rupees a month during the COVID-induced nationwide lock down would gradually return to a new normal.

“The ministry plans to resume all tourism related activities by following health and safety protocols from August 17th. We eagerly await news of any stipulations placed on visitors to Nepal. Safety protocols are being finalized and hopefully will be released soon.

Updated: 6th July 2020

We have been informed that Qatar Airways will resume Daily flights into Kathmandu from the 13th July 2020. We hope to hear from from other airlines on when they will resume flights into Nepal.

Updated: 24th June 2020

This message was sent to us about re-opening trekking services in Nepal. A decision was made by the Nepalese Government to open lock down and reopen all offices. All governmental offices have reopened on the 15th June 2020 with all the precautionary measures.

Updated: 20th June 2020

The Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation on Friday said that it was planning to resume all domestic and international flights from August 1. The ministry has already directed the aviation authorities and departments to make necessary preparations for the resumption of domestic and international flights starting August 1st 2020.

Nepal has suspended all passenger flights enforcing the nationwide lock down on March 24th to contain the spread of COVID-19 infection.  The ministry is planning to resume flights from August by taking all stakeholders into confidence.

According to him, the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal has already prepared necessary guidelines to resume domestic and international flights as per the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Authority Nepal and the World Health Organisation.

Flights will resume with health and safe distancing measures in place.  Adding that resumption plan would also depend on the behavior of COVID-19 virus.

Nepal has reported 7,848 cases of the Corona-virus infection across 74 districts with 22 fatalities till date.

Updated: 6th June 2020

There was a meeting yesterday in Kathmandu.  It is hoped that will slowly start opening from the 15th of June.  Kathmandu is still on lock down, but some shops have started to open breaking the lock down. Also restaurants have started to doing home deliveries. Vehicles will be allowed on the roads with odd and even numbers alternate days. Apparently Bhouda, Swayambu and the Durbar Margs will open soon. Domestic flights will start soon. They are bringing in rescue flights at the moment. People will have to socially distance moving forward.  The aim is to slowly open over the next month. We are not sure when international flights will open. We are also not sure what it will mean for trekking, but Nepal is starting to open a little which is a good sign. This information has just been on the news, and announced after this government meeting yesterday.

Updated: 18th May 2020

This is a challenging time for everyone around the world at this time. We have heard sad stories from developing world countries.  The post Covid-19 lock down days are going to be just as challenging if not more so for communities across the globe. Nepal is still on lock down, this will hopefully curtail the virus, and allow us back in in September. There is very little movement at the moment but some officials are saying if we do open in September what will that look like.

We can almost certainly expect that everyone entering Nepal will have to have a negative Covid-19 test the week before entering. There may be long delays in visa entry lines.  Everyone will need to wear a mask in the city and hotel. We can expect that everyone in lodges will have to wear a mask/ buff while interacting with others. This will be a very challenging but doable. Thank you all for the donations in support of our staff in Nepal. We received an additional $5,000 from a private donor. Over $11,000 will be going to Nepal and our staff will be able to receive this once the lock down is over.  30 people have benefited from your direct support and we thank you once again.

Updated: 27th April 2020

It was interesting reliving the 25th April 2015 Earthquake in Nepal over the weekend. I feel this pandemic will have more ramifications if Nepal can not open up to tourist by September, than the earthquake those short 5 years ago.

Nepal has not officially closed for May, but there are no flights and with most countries under lock down we will not be able to travel to Nepal until September 2020. We have moved all our May trips to later this year and hope we will be in a position to run trips later this year. If you are interested in further information, feel free to get in touch with us directly.

Updated: 3rd April 2020

As you are aware the most of the world are under stay at home orders. We hope everyone is following these guidelines as it will help us all get back to travel sooner rather than later.

For anyone expecting to travel to Nepal in May, this is highly unlikely. There is a 99% chance this will not happen. We fully expect Nepal to keep its border closed for the month of May. We do need to wait on official word on this closure before we can transfer any trip to later in 2020 or 2021. This is a waiting game but hope to have further information in the next 7 to 14 days.

If you need any specific information from us do not hesitate in emailing us. We can set up a time to chat and happy answer any questions you may have.

Updated: 19th March 2020

International flights will not be allowed in Kathmandu from the the 20th March to 15th April. This may be extended all the way to May 2020. With social distancing in place and people staying away from each other lets hope these extreme but very necessary measures curve the scale of this virus.

It is looking very unlikely that all of our planned trips in Nepal will happen this season. We had a lot of trips planned to Everest Base Camp along with our sleeping at EBC treks, Island Peak, Mera Peak, Annapurna Base Camp etc…..

You can see all our upcoming trips HERE and we have a search option on the homepage of our website if you need to search for specific information.

Feel free to email if you need any further information on re-booking your Nepal trip.

March 2020

There has been more news coming out of Nepal tonight (Nepalese time) stating that the Climbing season on Everest and all spring expeditions have been cancelled.  There has yet to be further clarification or any official communication from the government of Nepal to the trekking/mountaineering agencies, so we are waiting until this evening (morning time in Nepal) to have further clarifications to give you.

They have also put a HOLD on all tourist visas from March 14th – April 30th being granted on arrival to Nepal.  This means that all Visa’s will have to be applied for in your home country, prior to travel to Nepal, no matter where you are traveling from.We know this is VERY confusing at the moment, and there is not a lot of clarifications that have been given as this was released late in the night Nepal time.

Once we have further information, we will share it with you right away, but we do want to update you as we hear things so that you are aware of what is happening at all times.We will be back in touch the minute we have more information. SUPPORT our staff in this time of need.

Updated: 13th March 2020

All foreign nationals and Nepalese citizens (even who have swab test PCR health certificate) entering Nepal from 14th March 2020 are subjected to stay in self quarantine for 14 days from the date of arrival.

For anyone booked on our March and April 2020 trips we will be in touch with options for re booking in the following season. You can track updates on the virus from The World health Organization.

Nepal has already been hit hard. Hotel occupancy rates in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan have fallen by 70-80 percent, according to news reports. Citing Nepal’s fragile public health system and the lack of adequate response from the Nepal government, the World Health Organization has put Nepal at “very high” risk of a Covid-19 outbreak. Nepal continues to report only one case of the virus in the entire country.

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