Last Updated: October 12, 2020
Here’s some good news to all mountain trekkers and climbers out there! Nepal is reopening for tourism just in time for the perfect autumn trek to the Himalayas and it’s planned to be on August 17, 2020.
That’s right, all international flights will resume as the country’s lockdown ends. And by that, it also means resuming all tourism related activities. The ministry made this surprising announcement earlier this week reiterating the importance of following health and safety protocols.
Who Can Travel To Nepal?
All flights will initially only fly from countries with low cases of COVID-19. Nepal’s government wasn’t able to further intricate which countries would be prioritized first. The good news is that more countries will be added constantly.
On a more positive note, this means all travelers from all nations are welcome only if they fly in from low risk countries.
What Are The Requirements To Enter Nepal?
Health certificates proving that they are free of COVID-19 are a must-have for all travelers arriving in Nepal. However, the authorities haven’t finalized yet the details on whether they will only accept tests or the time required the test was completed.
Is There a Mandatory Quarantine Upon Arrival?
The Nepalese government has not yet finalized any rules regarding this matter. For now, all tourists traveling before August 17th will be forced into a state-run quarantine center.
Will Trekking and Climbing Resume?
There are now necessary guidelines for climbers and trekkers who plan to visit starting August 17th.
Although it’s not yet final, the Department of Tourism has already started preparing them. DoT will soon issue Standard Operating Procedures for agencies who are running the climbing and trekking activities.
All trekking and expedition operators are now ready to resume climbing activities following the safety protocols in the coming autumn season. Once the flights resume, most of the agencies will run expeditions on Mt Manaslu and Mt Ama Dablam.
October 12 update: Authorities in Nepal will allow trekking and mountaineering activities to resume on October 17, 2020. Foreign tourists who will take part in these activities must first quarantine in a hotel for seven days before leaving for their trek or climb. They will also be tested for Covid-19 at the start and end of the quarantine period.
What Are The Businesses That Will Resume in Nepal?
- Hotels and other accommodation facilities
- All tourism related activities
- Trekking and climbing permits
So you may now start gathering up all your trekking and climbing essentials from your checklist and pack your favorite backpack. After all, to everyone who jets down to Nepal, this country still stands as a winning combo of astonishing raw wilderness and bold mountain culture that will bring you to literally the top of the world.