Traveling once this pandemic is over, is the best way to get relief from months of Lockdown. It is the best way to heal your mind and spirit through the beauty of nature. Being close to nature and spending some time after months of staying inside the home will surely help you see this world from a new perspective. Conclusively, it is the best gift to give yourself for the new beginning.
COVID 19 Pandemic and Tourism in Nepal
Nepal - A Country Full of Magic and Mysteries
For the people of Nepal, this situation is nothing new. From the era of Ebola all way to swine flu and the devastating Earthquake of 2015, we have survived all of the emergency crises. The only new thing about the COVID crisis is the Lockdown. We have come across some very difficult times and overcome them with a strong arm and this COVID 19 shall also pass.
The Government of Nepal had imposed a strict lockdown with the register of the 2nd case of COVID 19 in March. With a mission to contain the spread of the virus, the government suspended all on-arrival visas and put a ban on all trekking and expedition activities. Afterward, the nation imposed a two-monthly lockdown and then implemented three-phase restart protocols.
According to the protocol, the Nepal government lift up the lockdown in the least affected areas like Kathmandu to ease up the life of the people with mandatory health safety protocols to be followed.
During that time, the government of Nepal also resumed all international flights along with domestic flights. The trekking and expedition are also allowed in certain parts of the regions like Everest, with necessary safety protocols.
In the meantime, the prince of Bahrain along with his team came to Nepal for Lobuche Expedition. It was the first expedition journey after the long lockdown.
No matter how hard the situation, we have never shaken off or felt any weaker. Every crisis we have faced has provided the opportunity to learn something from it and we definitely have become better and evolved stronger. This COVID-19 19 pandemic has also taught us how small negligence can be a dangerous disease. Contrary to that we are following the safety protocols suggested by the health experts and we are ready to open the door to the New World.
Protocol for Safe Travel in Nepal for 2020 / 2021
Nepal, a country of brave warriors, is a natural haven for all enthusiasts. Nepal stands tall with the world’s highest Himalayan peak, Mount Everest (8848 meters). Yearly thousand of people all around the globe visit this beautiful nation, with a dream to witness the true glory of reaching the foothills of Mount Everest.
Nepal – being a landlocked country, the only way to enter from the western country to this Himalayan kingdom is by air. As people have started adopting the new lifestyle devasted by COVID, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition have taken into consideration to make the travel experience for travelers as safe as possible. Going hand in hand with NTB (Nepal Tourism Board), we are doing everything we can to make your travel experience as safe as possible without you having to undergo any hassle and extra struggle.
Nepal government has released a safety protocol which is to be followed mandatory for all the travelers who wish to visit Nepal once the international flight is back to Normal. WHO recommended social distancing as an important part to minimize the transfer of the CORONA virus. Nepal has always been the country that greets the guest Namaste or Namaskar, (Done by joining both hands). So social distancing will not be an issue when we visit Nepal.
Operational Guideline For Safe Tourism in Nepal
Regarding the safety protocol, you will not see any stones unturned when you land at the Tribhuvan International Airport. However, once you are in the Kathmandu Valley, the safety might be quite concerning. However, we have everything covered. As per the recommendation of WHO, Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition have all the necessary safety equipment you require for your day-to-day itinerary while you are in Nepal.
Arriving at the Tribhuvan International Airport, we will be provided you with necessary safety equipment like a temperature screening device, quality mask, hand sanitizer, face shield, etc. We will do everything to make your travel experience amazing without compromising your health. From the day you arrive in this holy land to the day you took off for your own country everything you do will be very organized with cleanness kept at the highest priority.
Is Hiking/Trekking in Nepal, a better idea for post-COVID 19?
Nepal is the Himalayan country with the world's highest mountain peak, Mount Everest (8848 meters) in the North, green hills in the middle, and plain terai in the south. Unlike other countries, the diversity of Nepal is truly unique which reflects the vibrant colors of culture and sense of history.
Nepalese people practice Atithi Devo Bhava which translates to the guest is a god. So, we heartily welcome all the guests and show them the true gesture of the brotherhood. Moreover, the country is home to 10 out of 14 world's highest mountain peaks in the world making the country a paradise for trekking and mountaineering.
Trekkers Hiking from Lukla to Everest Base Camp
The population distribution of Nepal is very common. Some of the most famous touristic destinations are the least populated with 12 to 15 families residing in the area. With the least population density in the most ruler part, traveling in Nepal is the safest way to explore the beauty of nature at its best.
What makes Nepal the best destination for trekking and hiking activities is the very few cases of COVID 19 cases. The higher infection rate is in the city area and as you go to ruler areas only one or two cases of corona infection are discovered. So, trekking in such an area will be the best thing to get away from all the hustle and bustle created by COVID 19.
Some of the most famous travel pages like Lonely Planet and other reputed news channel has positioned Nepal as the best trekking destination for post COVID19. The Lonely Planet has kept the Everest Base Camp Trek of Nepal, a must-do trek after COVID-19 is over. This is because the population of the place roughly counts to 3 – 4 thousand and the trekking and hiking in the wanderlust of the Himalayas is truly a wonderful feeling that’s last for a lifetime.
Post COVID-19 Trek in Nepal
Home to some of the world's highest peaks in the world, Nepal is the country of contrast. Nature blends perfectly with the vibrance of the culture and beautiful history. In Nepal, you will find no corner where history doesn’t dwell. It’s the place where deities mingle with mortals, where mountains sing the glory of the Nation and the place to achieve true liberation.
With the rising cases of COVID 19, it is uncertain whether to make a travel plan or not. This dilemma will last unless a medical cure is not found. In a matter of fact, if a medical cure is found, then the world is waiting for you to go out and explore. Traveling post-COVID-19 19 is the best way to enjoy the Nature of its beast. As all people have been under strict lockdown, nature has got time to heal and flourish its true beauty. So, we can enjoy the beautiful nature once we go over COVID19.
Gomba Decorated With Prayer Flags - On the Way to Everest Base Camp
The CORONA pandemic has also devasted the economy of Nepal, forcing people to undergo a strict lockdown. As the nation has uplifted the lockdown and resumed national and international flights, it’s the perfect time to be one with nature. Although the CORONA virus has spread throughout the nation, most of the trekking destinations are still safe to travel to. Because of the remoteness of the location, some of the places like Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, and many other famous touristic destinations don’t have any Corona positive cases. With the government allowing trekking activities in such areas, they have requested all the lodges and hotels to strictly follow the safety protocols.
Having said that the places are safe, we should not be careless. Following strict protocols and guidelines will help minimize the risk of spreading the virus. In places like Everest Base Camp, Manaslu, and other regions, travelers have already started visiting, so maintaining a proper distance while using a quality mask, and hand sanitizer is mandatory for your and others' health.
Why Trek to Everest Base Camp after post COVID – 19?
Everest Base Camp Trek from Kathmandu is one of the must-do trekking destinations, every travel enthusiast has on their bucket list. Traveling to this divine place will surely help you go over the long pandemic frustration of staying inside the home while giving you new rays of hope to begin your life in a new way.
Trekking to the Everest Base camp is the combined package that takes you all the way to the foothills of the world's highest peak Mount Everest where you will be a part of exploring rich Sherpa culture, witness the views of shoring Himalayan peak, slow-moving glacial lakes and many more. During your voyage, you will also get a chance to see some of the endangered flora and fauna grazing along the trails.
Hiking through the Khumbu region and passing one of the oldest national parks i.e., Sagarmatha national park, knowing more about the mountain heroes Sherpa, passing through woods under the shadow of 8000 meters high mountains, listening to the enchanting prayers blend with the vibrance of the prayer flags, passing through unmelted snow glaciers, is a thrilling and most wonderful experience you will have.
Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking is one of the busiest trekking trails in Nepal. Trekking to the Everest Base camp post-COVID 19 is the best time to enjoy the glory of Everest. The crowd at the least provides you the optimum chance to interact with the locals and know more about the Sherpa tradition and also hear some tales.
Nature Best Healed Up and Ready to Be Explored
Here are some tips for a safe travel Experience in Everest Region:
- Always maintain a distance of 1 meter with everyone during the trekking.
- If you need to greet anyone then say Namaste rather than a handshake. Saying Namaste is the Nepali tradition, this is the best thing to do at this time.
- Never share your personal goods like Towels, clothes, toiletries, etc.
- Always carry hand sanitizer, a mask, and gloves. After use makes sure to dispose of them properly.
- Don’t share your meal or utensils with anyone.
What is the best alternative trekking destination to Everest Base Camp for Post COVID-19?
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking
Annapurna Base Camp
Annapurna Base Camp Trek is a favorite among most trekkers. As the trek is amazing hiking through the diverse landscapes while exploring the amazing Nepali culture and tradition. Other than that, this trek is famous for the beautiful views of mountain vistas including the world's 10th highest peak i.e. Mt. Annapurna.
Manaslu Circuit Trekking
Manaslu Circuit Trek - Off The Beaten Trek in Nepal
It is often heard that travelers are not satisfied when traveling to a famous travel destination. It's all because of the crowd, which makes your trip daunting. If you want to trek to where you can enjoy true wanderlust with the least crow, then we got you covered. Manaslu Circuit trekking is the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trekking which is an untouched"characteristic heaven trekking in Nepal.
How Should you prepare for your trip to Everest Base Camp post-COVID-19?
At Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition, the safety of our clients is the highest priority. The outbreak of the COVID 19 pandemic has devasted the travel industry of the entire world. The government of Nepal is doing everything it can to contain and minimize the spread of the CORONA virus.
To contain the spread of COVID-19 the government of Nepal has adopted the following protocols. These protocols are to be followed for ensuring your safe travel while you arrive in Nepal.
- A visa must be issued before arriving in Nepal. We can help with the required documents for your visa approval. See the official procedure for a travel visa in Nepal.
- Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be asked to show the COVID 19 free certificate issued not more the 72 hours. So make sure you do the necessary check-up before you depart for your adventure in Nepal.
- All activity leaders have to keep the Daily Leader Log in a preset format to record the itinerary. There should be a need for contact points to enable contact tracing and include daily temperature checks. The clients require a self-administered symptom form.
- Prepare yourself to stay quarantined for 7 days in Nepal. You must show the advance booking of hotels upon request.
- It is better to bring a mask, gloves, and hand sanitizer with you.
- Make sure to keep a 2 – 3 foot distance while talking to anyone.
- Make sure to get travel insurance before you travel. Click here to learn about the insurance policy you must have while trekking in Nepal.
- While trekking, always uses a mask and fabric to cover your face.
- We recommend you have your own personal equipment for trekking and expedition. Sharing of personal equipment like a down jacket and sleeping bag will not be a good idea at this time.
- In order to minimize the risk of contamination, we recommend you maintain a high hygiene level.
Preparation Tips for Everest Base Camp Trekking
Fitness Guide for Mount Everest Base Camp Trekking
For trekking to the base camp of Everest, fitness is the benchmark. If you are not used to walking then the trip to Everest will be a nightmare than an adventure. It is best to make a schedule and start training. A proper workout schedule will ease up your actual trekking days.
Here are some of the trekking tips pro trekkers used for Everest Base Camp Trekking.
Why Himalayan Scenery Treks & Expedition is the best option for you traveling in Nepal after COVID- 19?
Himalayan Scenery Treks and Expedition is a Nepal Base travel and tour company that has been serving in the field of Tourism for more than two decades. We are specialized in tours, trekking, and outdoor activities. For HST satisfaction and safety come at the topmost priority. We always make sure our customers get the best out of their travel without compromising safety and it’s no different now either. Concerning your safety, all the safety equipment is made available at your service anytime.
Traveling with HST you will find some experienced and well-trained trekking leaders and guides who are ready to help you and guide you to some of the amazing places in Nepal. All the trekking leaders and guide of HST are fluent in English, and Nepali and also speaks the language of the Himalayan region. So if you are traveling with you in the remote Himalayan region, our leaders will make sure that you will get a homely environment.
Making things easier for you we have crafted some exclusive deals and discounts for post-COVID 19 travel in Nepal. As the tourism industry has been shut down for a long it is our effort to bring the travel industry of Nepal to its life again. Don’t miss out on this deal because you don’t know when this health crisis will be over. You just lock upon your destination today and chose the dates when you’re ready.
Check out our special packages for post-COVID-19 travel or plane your custom trip with our travel planner.
We are all set and looking forward to welcoming you into our beautiful country.