Corona Virus and its Effect on our Upcoming Season in Nepal

Updated: 26th July 2021

Nepal has a new prime minister as of last week. We expect the Nepalese Government and tourism authorities are reviewing current Covid protocols and entry requirements. We will like to see no quarantine for vaccinated travelers, we will know more over the coming weeks. If the 7 day quarantine remains in place for all visitors, we will need to know sooner rather than later if you still plan on travel. Based off science and current information we will require all travelers going to developing world countries to be vaccinated. It is also great to hear the USA has sent 1.5 million covid-19 vaccine does to Nepal.

Updated: 14th June 2021

It is great to see Covid cases in Nepal drop by 60% since the high in mid May. A lot of our staff have been vaccinated but Nepal have a long way to go to reaching 70% vaccinated for covid-19. We will be waiting until August for further information on entry requirements for September 2021 onwards. We will update this page once we have official information.

Updated: 1st May 2021

Our Season in Nepal is ending. With a 10 day quarantine for all visitors on arrival in Kathmandu it makes the remaining trips impossible to run. Even tough everyone was vaccinated we have to follow the rules. We will be back in Nepal in September. We encourage all our clients to get vaccinated for covid-19 as quickly as possible. The vaccine may be required to enter Nepal in the near future.

Updated: 28th April 2021

Possible 10 day quarantine on arrival for all visitors even vaccinated travelers. This could be the end of travel to Nepal in the pre monsoon season.

Updated: 20th April 2021

There are very few trekkers in the Everest region at the moment. In total, 13 people arrived in Namche yesterday. There are less than 150 climbers on Mount Everest. We have 2 small teams in the Everest region at the moment and 3 more groups heading to Nepal before the end of the season.

Nepal staff getting vaccinated

Updated: 8th April 2021

With quarantine in Kathmandu gone for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers, anyone who can get to Kathmandu is welcome to join our treks in April and May. You still need a negative PCR test 72 hours before travel and then test again on arrival in Kathmandu. We still have some space available on our sleeping and EBC trek in May. There is also space on the trip Ian is leading in May 2021. We are also taking a lot of booking for our September to December trips in 2021. Some of our staff have received their vaccine in Kathmandu which is great. We hope this continues to roll out across Nepal in 2021. Get in touch if you need any further information.

Vaccine available in Kathmandu

Updated:  19th March 2021

Nepal has removed quarantine requirements for travelers who have taken both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.  Official word to follow in the coming days. The Tourism Minister, told the Kathmandu Post today that the decision to remove quarantine requirements for foreign tourists was taken by Thursday’s Cabinet meeting. The new guideline to visit Nepal will be implemented soon.

Last week, the Tourism Ministry had proposed removing quarantine requirements for travelers who have received both doses of the vaccine. Tourists coming to Nepal have to submit documentation or cards as proof that they have been vaccinated.

Unvaccinated travelers will still have quarantine for 7 days on arrival. More information to follow.

Vaccine available in Kathmandu

Updated:  18th March 2021

Nepal has pretty much been closed off for a year now. This has been challenging for everyone especially our local team on the ground. We want to thank everyone to donated more than $15,000 in support of our staff. Right now, a proposal has been sent to the council of ministers to remove the mandatory quarantine. The proposal recommends just a negative PCR test 72 hours before an International flight to Kathmandu. We will keep tracking this over the coming days.


Updated:  19th February 2021

Nothing official has been released from the Nepalese Government which is very disappointing. Firstly, we do plan to move forward with some March, April and May trips this season. Secondly, it looks like there will be a 7 day quarantine on arrival in Kathmandu along with a negative PCR test 72 hours before travel. Thirdly, we can help with getting a PCR test in Kathmandu on day 5. We will conduct our briefing and the team will fly into Lukla on the scheduled start of the trip. Stay tuned for further information.

Updated:  20th January 2021

Here are the newest requirements that will effect most travelers:

1). All foreigners should obtain a tourist entry visa from the Nepalese Diplomatic missions abroad.  So you will have to get your Visa before you travel to Nepal.

2). All travelers must have a COVID-19 negative report (RT-PCR/GEne Xpert/True NAAT or equivalent) obtained within 72 hours prior to their departure from first port of embarkation.  Children 5 years and younger, accompanied with parents, are exempt of this.

3). All passengers from United Kingdom as first port of embarkation or transits are restricted to enter Nepal until further notice.

4). All travelers are subject to follow health and security related protocols of GoN.

Current Entry Requirements for Nepal

Updated: 15th January 2021

We are hopeful we will be able to run all our trips in Nepal in April and May. Right now we are hearing that you will need to have a negative PCR test 72 hours before arriving in Kathmandu. Our staff will bring an authorization letter into the airport and show to the immigration officer.

On arrival in Kathmandu you will need should to go to the hotel, the next morning you will have to do a PCR test. PCR reports will be given that evening. If all clear we can fly to Lukla the next morning as scheduled.  On return, you will need to be tested one day before leaving the country.  If this changes we will post it here.

Updated: 8th January 2021

Happy New Year! but things are not looking great for visiting Nepal this spring season. We fully expect the negative PCR test on arrival and 5/7 day quarantine on arrival. Widespread availability of the vaccine will be needed to return to developing world countries like Nepal. We are continuing to review and evaluate the situation and when we have information we will post it here. If you would like to donateand support our staff in Nepal please let us know.

Updated: 27th December 2020

Nepal Entry Procedure Updates
1). Restriction to all travelers from the UK or those who transit from the UK until further notice (connected to the new more transmissible strain discovered recently)
2). Understanding that all countries which have Nepalese embassies are authorized now to provide visas on discretion. No need to provide the trek itinerary etc. That’s only applicable for the visa on arrival recommendation.
3). NRN’s are allowed to come in with just the PCR test 72 hours pre-boarding, and get visa on arrival (just adding it there, even if not directly related to tourism)
Updated: 2nd December 2020

As you may know Nepal is open for trekking and 7 day quarantine has been lifted. This may be implemented next season but this is still unclear. While some people choose to trek to Everest and across the Himalaya’s in winter time, we really only run small private groups during this period.

With good news on the vaccine front, we hope this is widely available by March 2021. A Covid-19 vaccination maybe be required for entry into Nepal in 2021. We are tracking information daily and really hope we can get back to Nepal very soon.

Updated: 23rd October 2020

After confirmation of the first Covid-19 case in Namche Bazar this week, officials of the Khumbu rural municipality have decided to indefinitely shut down the Mount Everest region for outsiders effective Saturday 24th October 2020.

Updated: 16th October 2020

Nepal is a non starter for 2020. Confusion continues to reign over the reopening of the country for tourists. The latest decision is to allow foreign tourists only from mid-November, which supersedes the government’s earlier decision to allow tourists in mid-October. They really do not want any tourists visiting over the coming months into winter.

With an uncontrollable rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in the last few weeks, the sector is doubtful if mid-November is a realistic target. It is not looking very good.

Updated: 9th October 2020

The Nepalese government has decided to allow foreign tourists carrying a negative PCR test report to visit Nepal after the 17th October 2020.

If you can provide a negative PCR test for Coronavirus 72 hours before departing your home country to visit Nepal you will not have to undergo the 7 day quarantine on arrival. In saying this, they could change their mind at any time.

However, arriving tourists should stand for the antigen test or instant PCR test immediately upon arriving at Kathmandu airport.

The government also plans to waive off COVID insurance of US$ 5,000 for visiting tourists but the travelers must assure that their medical costs would be covered by themselves or the handling agencies, should they contract Covid-19 while staying in the country, sources added.

Foreigners meeting required criteria will also be provided visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport from the 17th October onward. I am sure there will be more to follow.

Updated: 29th September 2020

We have been informed that there will be a mandatory 7 day quarantine on arrival in Kathmandu. You will also need to be tested at the beginning and end of Isolation. We have no idea how this will be managed and monitored.

We believe entry into Nepal will happen after the 17th October. Will there be international flights in and out of Nepal? who knows. We are trying to find out if Qatar Airways will resume flights. Turkish Airways may also be an option. Do not expect to land in Kathmandu on the 17th October. We will keep reviewing this information and keep you updated.

We know this is not workable for 99% of you and we look forward to welcoming you to Nepal in 2021 or 2022. Feel free to get in touch directly at

Updated: 18th September 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.

Our goal is to be 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

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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