Can I Do Adventure Trekking During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Nepal?

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Due to the sudden outbreak of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in the world and also affect in Nepal, the government of Nepal lifted the lockdown implemented in the entire country from the march to stop the spread of this virus. After the continuous 4 months lockdown, it was ended on 22 July 2020 and almost all the institute began to operate as on a normal mode, but the education and other service are still closed to stop the further spread of the coronavirus. Some area like in Terai region is still the red light zone of this virus due to the open border with India (listed in top 3 being badly infected by this virus), but in other parts, the things have almost become normal now. So the Ministry of Tourism had published the notice that all the domestic and the international flight will be open soon by following some required safety protocols. And the government decided to bring the things back to normal.

So if you are planning to enjoy the adventure trekking in Nepal you should know some public spaces and services:

  • Many shops will serve costumers wearing some form of face masks and only offer the takeaway facilities. Shop opening may be varied by the location.
  • You are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks in the public and ban on the large gathering.
  • Entertainment centres such as cinema halls, dance ar, club, spas, beauty parlour, salons, summing clubs, zoo, museum, libraries remain closed for a certain time till next notice.
  • Permission for the mountaineering expenditure which has been suspended will be resumed.

So the question for "Can I Do Adventure Hiking in Nepal during the Pandemic?' then the short answer be "Yes".

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The Health and safety protocols for doing the adventure trekking in Nepal are:

As the ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation has issued detailed documents on the operating applicable to the entire tourism sector. To operate the business more safely as well as be safe so the document contains some set protocols to be followed and some of them I have listed below:

  • Carry your masks while travelling with Nepal hiking trek.
  • If you discover the symptoms of any sort of illness while enjoying the trekking then please inform your guide and leader.
  • Go through the travel medical insurance including the helicopter evaluation.
  • Carry your sanitizer with you in your packs.
  • You should agree to go through the health and safety protocols issued by the trekking agency.
  • Avoid using the common goods, carry your own personal, as well as toilet accessories during the trek.
  • The trekkers must do the health check-up in the health post.
  • The guide must carry the personal kits which should include First Aids, gloves, masks and other accessories.
  • During the adventure trekking guide will serve the meal and tea so the trekkers can avoid the sharing of the utensils.
  • Avoid the shaking hands and hugging to the locals as well as your dear one and adopt to say Namaste by joining your hands with slide bow your head to the local peoples.
  • Maintain the distance with your team member and also avoid joining the group of the locals or any big festival.

How is trekking in Nepal be safer during this pandemic?

The only mode of getting to Nepal from the UK, America and other Asian country is by the air, but if you are from India and Tibet you can travel to Nepal by walking. Following the safety protocols, carrying the required medicine and accessories, maintaining the distance with your friends and other groups of Nepal set up by the Tourism Board Nepal and ensure to implement it properly during the trek with make your walk safer during this pandemic.

Like other countries, the greeting styles of the Nepalese is unique, where people greet by pressing hands, both palms touching one another, all the figures pointed upwards called "Nameste". So there is less chance of transmitting.

So trekking in Nepal is quite safer compared to other countries if you planned to trek in Nepal.

Nepal hiking trek will be alert about everything about from the moment of your arrival at the International airport util you fining the trek to Nepal, and be at the airport again to fly your hometown. Nepal highing trek will guarantee your safety. During the trek, you will pass through the several bodies check-up, normal temperature checks by the infrared thermal gun at the every entry point to make sure that your body temperature is alright and also make sure to keep you informed about your health condition every single day.

During the trek, carrying the quality sanitizer and high-quality face masks are a very important aspect. You will be provided with high-quality sanitizer and masks and other equipment at your services all the transportation, flights, teahouse accommodation will be in a very organized manner. We will also make sure to serve your meals in your sleeping rooms the dinning in the rooms for your safety.

 

Why trekking in Nepal is suitable during the pandemic?

The main reason for trekking in Nepal is very suitable during this pandemic, is that the greeting style of the locals is very alluring and fewer chances of spreading from one person to another person. The trekking packages are also affordable as well as you will get a discount on many things.

Maintain the distances, following the safety protocols given by Nepal Tourism Board and by your agency, you can go back for the hiking, camping or trekking.

Trekking in Nepal is also very suitable during this pandemic as Nepal is very peaceful trekking destination. With the very peaceful and less crowded trekking route, you will get to enjoy the attractive view of the surrounding nature.

Best outdoor activities that can be done in Nepal during the pandemic:

There are mainly outdoor activities that are same as it used to be before, but there are still the same beauty, so if you are planning for spending your vacation in the less crowded places with takes you in the wilds, hills, the lap of the snow-capped mountains and many more:

Then there are several options that you can consider to spend your vacation in the pandemic:

Everest Base Camp trek

Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most popular trekking routes in the Himalayan which is standing at an altitude of 5500 meters (17,900 feet). Listed in top three best trekking route in Nepal around 40,000 people per year make the trek from Lukla airport.

Flying from the Kathmandu to the Lukla enjoy the amazing views of the Himalayan flora and fauna, with the backdrops views of the snow-capped mountain starts the trek to base camp. however, trekking to the Lukla from Jiri without talking the flight is also possible. There are no direct roads from Kathmandu to Lukla so the only transporting large and heavy goods is done by the plane.

From the Lukla, trekkers hike upwards to the Sherpa capital of Namche Bazar which is at the 3440 meters following the beautiful valley of the Dudh Koshi river. It is around two days hike to reach this town so the trekker enjoys the acclimatization days. Though it is the rest and the acclimatization day, it not all about resting whole days, today you will explore this beautiful town, get to know more about the local people, their hospitality, religions, dress up and many more things. You will also hike to the Everest View Hotel of the places, enjoy the beautiful surrounding views from this hotel with the most-iconic mountain-Mt Everest. Then the next day you will continue the hike to Dingboche, standing at the altitude of 4260 meters before resting for another day for further acclimatization. Another day you will hike to Everest Base Camp via Gorakshep and hike to Kalapather (5545 meters)- an attractive views point of the trek which offers the amazing views of the snow-capped mountains including Mt Everest, Mt Lhotse, Mt Nuptse, Mt Pumori and many more.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

The beautiful Annapurna Base Camp Trek also include in one of the amazing treks which are getting popular due to its underrated. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is the moderate difficulty trek so many people trek this region to embark the natural beauty with the wonderful snow-capped mountains with some struggles.

With the breathtaking views of the world 10th highest mountains and gets to enjoy its surrounding snow-capped mountains. Trekking to this region, as the increase in the walking altitude you see the people being more friendly.

The beautiful Annapurna mountain is standing at the altitude of 4130 meters and facing some difficulty like altitude sickness and enjoy the view reaching to its base camp makes your trip more beautiful and memorable. During the trek, you will also hike to the Poon Hill-the major attraction of the Annapurna Base Camp Trek, as well as the vantage point to enjoy the beautiful sunrise and the sunset views over the snow-capped mountains. From here you can see the clear view of the snow-capped mountains including Annapurna ranges, Mt Dhaulagiri, Mt Manaslu, Mt Ganesh Himal and many more.

Trekking to the Annapurna region means you will get to see the change in the weather temperature as well as the clothing, food and housing of the local peoples. You will mostly spend your night in the teahouse. You will also see the high influence of the Tibetan and the Buddhist culture and tradition. If you are seeking for the peaceful as well as the beautiful trek in Nepal, with both adventure as well as cultural exploring the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is right for you.

Langtang Region Trekking

Langtang RegionTrekking provides the beautiful and wonderful scenery and cultural experience with the fewer visitor than Everest and the Annapurna region. The beautiful view of the Towering mountain, rhododendron forest and the Langtang river define the natural landscapes of the region. The trial of this route takes you through the beautiful and the traditional village with the spiritual sites including monasteries, the stupa, Gumba, mani and the prayer flags. Langtang Lirung is the highest peak of the Langtang which is a subrange of the Himalayan.

Trekking to the Langtang region is a good choice for both nature and adventure lover where you can see the mindblowing views of the snow-capped mountain including Langtang Himal, Langtang Lirung, Langtang Ri, Lakpa Dorge, Ganesh Himal I, Ganesh Himal II, Ganesh Himal III, Yela Peak and many more.

Langtang region trekking offers you with many lifetimes experience, nature and wildlife views and many.

Peak climbing includes:

Mera peak climbing

Mera Peak Climbing is one of the beautiful peak climbing in Nepal very famous for the people who want to explore the remote place and enjoy peaceful peak climbing. Mera Peak with an altitude of the 6476 meters is the highest permitted trekking peaks in Nepal. This peak lies in the remote area of the Everest region so many peak climbers once to experience this peak climbing in the lifetime.

From the summit of the Mera peak, you are rewarded with the magnificent views of the over 8000 meters snow-capped mountains including Mt Everest (8848 meters), Mt Lhotse (8516 meters), Mt Cho Oyu (8201 meters), Mt Makalu (8463 meters), Mt Kanchenjunga (8586 meters) and many other surrounding peaks.

Island peak climbing

Island peak is also known as the Imja Tse peak, is a mountain in the Sagarmatha National Park of the Himalayan in Nepal island peak offers the panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains. From the top of the Island peak, you can view Lhotse, Lhotse Shar, Nuptse and Mt Makalu.

Island Peak Climbing is getting more famous among the trekking peak climber because of its stunning views as well as also offers to the adventure lovers to explore the Everest Base Camp. This peak is located in the Khumbu (Everest ) region which offers the impressive views of the mountain environments from the Lhotse glacier. Island peak is at the altitude of 6189 meters which is located between the Lhotse and Imja glaciers so this peak is also famously called as the Imja peak by the Nepalese. From the high point of the Island peak, you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Lhotse and also Mt Ama Dablam.

Why explore Nepal with Nepal Hiking Trek during the pandemic?

The main reason for trekking with Nepal Hiking Trek is that we have been offering services to the adventure and nature lovers since long periods of times. With the experience and expertise in all the outdoor activities especially including trekking, hiking and climbing with the experienced and efficient team member who is well known about the trekking region and motivate us to be the best. As every path gives us the unfortunate incident in the last 10 years but it also gives the amazing opportunity to learn and overcome form the crises. May this time is a little different from the other due to the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 but one day we will be in your normal places.

So, can I do the adventure trekking in Nepal during the pandemic? Of course, yes. To do the adventure trekking during this pandemic all you have to know is about the travel restrictions applicable in your country? Permite, your health check-up papers and a few others, we will try best to help in this.

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