Is Nepal Open for Tourism?

  • Mandipa Itani
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Is Nepal Open for Tourism? well, it is the first question that crossed your mind while planning for the trip to Nepal after the pandemic outbreaks. so yeah, now Nepal is fully open for Tourism. After the long close down due to the outbreaks of COVID-19, Trekking in Nepal is finally open for the adventurous trip and track following the safety protocols.

Nepal tourism, Nepal is considered one of the safer countries than most other countries around the globe, due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Nepalese people are very kind, lovely, and helpful, they show lots of respect and make you feel like your own home. Over the past ten years, Nepal Has enjoyed a growing fascination from travelers from all over the world but in the past two years, every business in Nepal is distracted by the pandemic. Finally, it came to an end and everything was going back on track.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your safety while traveling abroad. Nepal Hiking Trek takes the safety and security of its clients very seriously and provides credible and timely information in our article to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel to Nepal.

Nepal and Nepalese are guided by the famous quote “Athi Devo Vabh” which means Guest is another incarnation of God. This reason made Nepalese treat Guests or foreigners treks like they were gods and welcoming gods into their homes. People are very hospitable. The Nepalese people are very welcoming.

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Let’s get deep to the point with some general FAQs we received during and after this pandemic.

Is it the best time to visit Nepal in a pandemic?

Well, every business sector is closed down during this pandemic keeping the health concerns where some still gave their services following the safety protocols. Now the pandemic is fading and the business sector is getting back to its business. Planning to trek during this time is very affordable with quality services, and you will get a good discount on each and everything you use.

When’s the best time to visit Nepal after COVID-19?

As we know the peak seasons for trekking in Nepal are from March to May and September to November when you will see clear skies with breathtaking mountain views. There are also the months when the trails are most crowded. So trekking after COVID-19, we all want to avoid the crowd so the winter months of December to February and summer months of June to August are great times to visit although the weather during these people can be unpredictable. These months offer a unique experience with a less crowded route. These months are best for challenging and adventurous experiences when the temperature is pleasant and allows for better wildlife sightings.

What’s it like trekking during the monsoon season after COVID-19?

During the monsoon season the months of June to August, most of the surface in Nepal experience heavy rain each day. So it's wet and humid and the trails in the lower trekking region like Langtang, Ghandruk, Ghorepani, etc can be quite muddy, it's still a great time to visit if the rain and muddy trails don’t bother you anymore. You will have the trail to yourself less crowded route, a peaceful journey, the skies are often clear in the morning. Also, it's the best time to trek certain regions like Mustang and upper-altitude regions like Annapurna which lies in the rainshadow.

What is a private trip? Can we have a private trip during this pandemic?

A private trip refers to a trip where itineraries are built around your travel dates and interests and it's just for you whereas a group trip is open for others to join. Nepal Hiking Trek believes that having a private tour is a more meaningful, beautiful, and fruitful experience during this pandemic.

Do I need to be quarantined after entering Nepal?

If you are vaccinated and Have a valid PCR test report which should be negative then you don’t need to be quarantined but if you seem to have certain symptoms then you need to be quarantined for 3 to 7 days.

What date does the trek start?

Your trek starts on the date you are ready for or that works best for you. Normally you need at least 1 to 2 days in Kathmandu when we organize your necessary trekking permits, you can spend this time shopping for your trek, exploring the city, and many more fun activities within.

Do I need to carry my luggage for safety?

Leaving your luggage at your hotel in Kathmandu or the Nepal Hiking Trek office is best, makes your trip comfortable and relaxing and your luggage will be waiting for you when you return from your trek.

Do I have to carry my gear?

No, just you’ll have to carry your essentials including sunblock, water, a hat, a camera, and a few other necessities, others will be carried by your porters like your gear, extra clothing, and overnight essentials. Consider porter for the longer trek as they are especially helpful but for the shorter trek like 2-3 days, you may option it and trek with your guide if you are comfortable carrying your gear. But hiring a porter is a good way to support the local economy and is quite affordable as well.

How long do we need to trek each day after a pandemic?

Walking in the mountains takes 4-6 hours. When you start your walking at 8 am and end around 5-6, then you will have several breaks and stop for lunch along the way. The higher elevation you get, the shorter your trekking days will get due to the altitude.

Is it compulsory to trip guide and porter?

No, tipping is not required or compulsory but it's expected. Guide, porters, and drivers are provided with tips at the end of your services showing how happy you were with the services.

How difficult are the treks, during and after the pandemic?

Talking about the difficulty of a trek is somehow tricky as it depends on your experience of trekking in altitude and physical fitness. In the mountains, a trek's difficulty depends on the altitude and the duration of the trek. the higher you walk, the more challenging the trek becomes. Treks like Ghandruk, and Ghorepani poon Hill, are categorized as easy or moderate trek difficulty whereas some days in the year can be more challenging on this route too. For the highest altitude Everest Base Camp Trek, Gokyo, Annapurna Base Camp, and Annapurna Circuit trek are classified as difficult as the trek becomes more challenging when you are hiking over 5000m or longer.

Top Best Treks in Nepal on Pandemic!

 Everest Base Camp Trek

Walk to the lap of the world's highest mountains set from a jaw-dropping view with the challenges in the trails, Everest Base Camp Trek is the most popular trek on the globe. It is a moderate-difficult trek which is approx. 130 kilometers in distance.

The trek is not only a trek but a footstep closer to the paradise of the world. So for the adventurous experience and to get lost in one of the highest routes book an Everest Base Camp Trek, walking through the challenges, lush forest, breathtaking mountains, Scattered Sherpa settlement, and Namche Bazar.

The trekking paths run over the edge of the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park where you can see the unique flora and fauna, and discover distinct vegetation. You will also witness the Tengboche religious society and famous Tengboche monasteries which is a deep concentration in the Khumbu region.

Since the trek is very popular, its route gets quite crowded during the peak time of trekking, despite being crowded, Everest Base Camp continues to be the popular trek that deserves to be listed in the list of tp best treks in Nepal.

Its popularity is the same in this pandemic too, following the safety protocol, one can enjoy this beautiful trekking route without any obstacles.

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp Trek are:

  • Included and is listed as the fourth-best trek in the world by Lonely Planet
  • Adventurous mountain flight to Lukla
  • Sagarmatha National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Namche Bazaar- the capital of Sherpa settlements.
  • The base of the world's highest mountains.
  • Hike to Kalapather- the vantage point to enjoy the panoramic views of the mountains.
  • Walking through the lush forest covered by the blooms of rhododendrons.
  • Magnificent mountains landscapes
  • Tengboche monatseries- the oldest monastreis of the Khumbu region.
  • World's best high adventure.

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most demanded treks in Nepal. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is an adventurous and legendary trekking trail that takes you deep into the Annapurna massif to the foot of the Annapurna south, to the gorgeous ranges of the landscapes, lush rhododendron forest, and local settlements.

The trek starts with the drive to Pokhara from the capital city, a walk with jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped mountains, Gurung villages, sunrise views over the mountains from the poon hills to the base of the world's 10th highest mountains, and ends with the relaxing natural hot spring in JHigu Dannda.

The adventurous and extraordinary base camp of the Annapurna is surely one of the best trekking trails in Nepal.

After a long period of lockdown, the walk-in nature will help you to regain. Trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp can help you boost and make you forget to form your disturbance due to this virus.

Highlights of Annapurna Base Camp Treks

  • Walkthrough the Annapurna Conservation Area.
  • Panoramic views of lake valley (Pokhara)
  • Natural hot spring-Jhinu Danda
  • Views of the peak above 7,000 meters
  • Crossing the world’s widest pass- Thorongla pass
  • The base of the world's 10th highest peak- Mt Annapurna
  • Walking through the scattered villages of Gurung and Magar

 

Ghorepani poon Hill Trek

Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is also one of the best treks to do in Nepal after the pandemic and also an excellent opportunity to enjoy the high adventure saga. Away from the hustling and bustling life of the city, if you truly wanna lost in nature, enthusiastic about learning about Nepal’s beauty, stunning mountains, and rich culture Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is best for you. The hike offers admiring beauty without any trekking experience.

Ghorepani poon Hill Trek is the early-moderate difficulty trek that starts with the dive to Pokhara from the capital city and hikes crossing the scattered villages of Gurung and Magar. It is also the easiest trek in the Annapurna sanctuary of Nepal. The trek offers jaw-dropping views of iconic peaks including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchre, and many other surrounding peaks. If you are planning to trek in the challenging route the poon hill trek can be a great option for having an acclimatization and beginner experience, as it is the best short and affordable trek.

Highlights of Annapurna Ghorepani poon Hill Treks

  • Cultural treks
  • GHorapni- the famous village of Gurung and Magar settelemts
  • Beautiful sunrise and sunset over the snow-capped mountain including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, and many more.
  • Best short and budget-friendly trek in Nepal
  • Climbing adventurous 3381 steps
  • Beautiful scenery of rhododendrons, rice paddies, and snow-capped mountains.

 

Annapurna Circuit Trek

Annapurna Circuit Trek is another's best trekking trails in Nepal but has lost a bit of its character due to the crowds and recently constructed roads despite this the trek remains a great adventurous trail passing through the scenic diversity, beautiful views of the peaks of the Himalayan including Lamjung, Dhaulagiri and Annapurna itself crossing the adventurous Throrog La Pass which offer the panoramic views of the surrounding through the dusty road to the world's deepest gorge Kali Gandaki, the trip is surely one of the best adventure trekking in Nepal.

Annapurna Circuit Trek is also considered a side trip to Tilicho Lake- one of the highest-altitude lakes in the world. Annapurna Circuit Trek is considered the least difficult trek of the major treks in Nepal. Due to the newly constructed road, the trek is not a full circuit so trekking through throng la passe descend through Muktinath down to Jomsom where we end our walk. We can also arrange the full Annapurna Circuit Trek combined with the Annapurna Base Camp Trek at your request.

Highlights of Annapurna Circuit Trek

  • World’s classic trek
  • Walking through the ancient male walls and monasteries
  • Diverse landscapes
  • Crossing Thorong la Pass- over 5,000
  • Jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped mountains like Lamjung, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and many more.
  • Muktinath temple- one of the famous temples of Nepal.

The Langtang Trek

The Langtang itself refers to the spectacularly beautiful, it is the trek with a real heart that offers a great excursion into the Langtang region of Nepal, combining the admiring Himalayan scenery with rich Tibetan-influenced Tamang culture. The trek takes you through the magnificent rhododendrons forest to the alpine meadows to the Kyangin Gompa- a famous Buddhist monastery, a walkthrough with open-vista mountain trails, traditional villages, and Buddhist cultural sites including monasteries, mani walls, and Chhortens.

So tight your laces to feel the magnificent beauty, for the inspiring and challenging experience of walking, experiencing the hospitality of people and lifestyles. Surely Langtang Trek is one of the best treks in Nepal.

Highlights of Langtang Treks:

  • Short treks near the Capital city (Kathmandu)
  • Less crowded and off-beaten paths
  • Kyanjin Gompa- famous Buddhist monasteries
  • Exploring Langtang Valley
  • Jaw-dropping views of Langtang Himal
  • Discovering some rare animals like Red pandas, Snow Leopard, etc.
  • Other famous monasteries and traditionally built stone houses.
  • Local indigenous people.

In the end, I want to say that though the business is closed down for certain months due to this virus, everything is going back to normal so these things will not disturb the trekking route. We guarantee to give you a smooth trekking service.

I hope this article clears your doubts. If you want to know more about the conditions of the ongoing situation and its obstacles in trekking routes then please contact us at nepalhikingtrek@gmail.com.

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