Trekking in Nepal? Learn How to be Safe from Coronavirus!

  • Mandipa Itani
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If you are planning to trek in Nepal then learn about the current situation of Nepal during this pandemic and learn how to be safe from coronavirus.

First, let me tell you about the current situation of Nepal during this pandemic:

A 31-year old student who had just returned to Kathmandu from Wuhan on January 9, tested positive of the virus recorded as the first cases of coronavirus in Nepal which was confirmed on 23 January 2020. It was also the first cases of the COVID-19 in south Asia. Between January and March to stop the outbreak of the virus, Nepal took the step by providing the necessary supplies, medicine, upgrading health safety.

The virus gets spread so Nepal took the first step to stop the spread of the virus by implementing the lockdown from 29 march in the whole country as well as in the China and India border, stopping all the international in and for flight and the long lockdown ended on 22 July.

The first cases of local transmission of the virus were confirmed in Karnali district on April 4 and the first death case in Nepal due to the virus occurred on 14 May was a pregnant woman from Kathmandu. According to the Ministry of Health and Population, up to September 3, 2020, the total confirmed cases of the disease was a total of 42,877, where the 24,207 people recovered and 257 lost their lives in the whole country.

This viral virus is detected in all province and district but the province no-2 and Kathmandu were badly hit by this pandemic up to now.

The latest news of all the Nepalese living in the foreign country, as for the Nepalese abroad and the non-resident Nepali Association has reported in the total numbers of 12,667 confirmed cases, where 16,190 recoveries and return their home and 161 lost their lives all across the 35 countries.

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Government of Nepal published the notice to open the international flight from the August 15 but the new conformed cases increase day by day and it seems out of control all across the country, so again the country went through the lockdown, where all the international flight, as well as charter flight, are postponed until the next notice.

So here we will talk about how to protect yourself and others from the pandemic while travelling in Nepal:

  • Wash your hands often with water and soap for at least 20 seconds within the gap of 20 minutes, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing while trekking.
  • If you are not in reach with soap and water in the route then use the hand sanitizer which includes more than 60% alcohols.
  • Stay connected with your loved one through the video and phones calls, text and social media then gathering with them.
  • Avoid direct touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay far from the people who are not feeling well and discover some symptoms, also remember that some people without symptoms may be able to spread the virus. If you discover any symptoms then remember to tell your guide.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel and gathering, stay in your places visit only if the guide takes you.
  • Maintain social distancing of 1 meter with the people while trekking.
  • Always go through the thermal body temperature checkup and use hand sanitizer while entering in the bank or any other offices.
  • Remember to use the face shield to cover your eyes, mouth and nose and wear a mask when you going to the grocery shopping. It helps to protect not getting infected.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes by using tissues and throw it in the trash after using it, if you don't have tissue then use your elbow not your hands and wash your hand immediately.
  • Clean your phones, keywords, lights, tables, switches daily.

Who are the high risks of COVID-19?

Any individual of any ages with the conditions listed below are at the higher risk of getting serious from COVID-19 but high chances for the old citizens cause they have discovered the many diseases in these ages.

  • Having a serious medical condition, having the heart, lungs and liver disease, diabetes, asthma and so on.
  • Having the weak immunity power with a weakened immune system, people including those who are undergoing the cancer treatment, smoking a facing other health condition.

Basic symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

It takes around 2-14 days to discover the sign and symptoms of the coronavirus. It is quite difficult to tell the exact symptoms that the coronavirus patient discover but here we have listed some common sign that every patient of the virus had:

  • High fever
  • Loss of smell and taste
  • Dry cough
  • Tiredness

Other symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Cheat pain
  • Muscle aches

Older people will have serious problems with the COVID-19 because they have discovered the many unknown serious diseases and increase at the high-risk serious illness of coronavirus like:

  • Serious heart diseases including heart failure
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Weakened immune system
  • Chronic Kidney disease
  • Sever cell disease

Other conditions also increase the risk of serious illness such as:

  • Asthma
  • Liver disease
  • Lung disease
  • Nerve and bran system condition
  • High blood pressure

Some preventive measures of coronavirus are:

  • Clean your hands with soap and water, use the hand-base sanitizer frequently while touching the external goods.
  • Avoid direct touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use the mask, gloves and face shield while going out from the home.
  • Take a day rest and stay in your room if you feel uncomfortable, and start the trek only if you feel comfortable and well.
  • If you have discovered a high fever, dry cough and difficulty breathing then immediately seek medical attention.

Trekking in Nepal in and after COVID-19 pandemic

Government of Nepal had just published the notice mentioning that the international flights will be closed for certain periods. As the country has gone through the lockdown. It is impossible to enter in Nepal during this pandemic also the Tourism of Nepal will also not permit to trek during this pandemic. There is no means of travel, no vehicle will pick you to trek. So it is impossible to make a trip to Nepal during this pandemic and Lockdown.

But I didn't mean that you cannot trek after COVID-19 pandemic. You can book a trip with the trekking agency during this pandemic and make a trip to Nepal after opening the international flight.

Trekking agency is looking for booking of the trip with a very discounted price, following the protocols of the company. Trekking agencies are accepting the advance while booking of the trip, make you a suitable itinerary, and also if in case you face virus is not controlled until your booked date then agencies are ready to refund your amount after charging bank charges and few other charges.

Nepal Hiking Trek is one of the best trekking agency who offers the best and popular packages, we will accept your advance trip booking and make you trip packages with very reasonable prices. Nepal Hiking Trek will help you to refund your amount in case of cancellation of the trip.

It is better to trek the short and untraveled trekking route during this pandemic avoiding the popular trekking route like Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Langtang Region Trek.

Best Treks during the COVID-19 Pandemic

There are many fascinating landscapes and unique culture that you will encounter during the trekking route. All the trek during this pandemic you will get with very reasonable price, so you may be planning to trek the popular trek including Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp and Langtang Region Trekking. but you should remember that you are planning to trek after the pandemic, it means the pandemic is not completely disappeared so you should follow the safety rules and protocols given by the agencies.

Besides planning during the peak season like Spring (months including May to June) and Autumn season (months including September to November). You can trek during the offseason like summer and winter season considering some problem you might face in these seasons.

But it is not always better to risk your life so I would like to recommended you some short less crowded trek and listed in underrated one in Nepal, which is less visited but best trekking route.

Mardi Himal Trek

For those who want to enjoy the short and less travelled trekking route in Nepal than trekking to the Mardi Himal is best for them. It falls under the underrated trek in Nepal but it doesn't mean that it is not beautiful. The trekking route, landscapes and backdropping views it offers are very alluring.

Standing at the altitude of 4550 meters, Trekking to this region is fruitful, as you will crossing the many charming scattered villages of the locals, you will get to know more about their ancient history, their culture, hospitality, encounter and explore more.

After a tiring walk facing many up and down in the trek, the final views of the Mardi Himal will blow all your tiredness during the walk.

Mardi Himal trek is very beautiful for those who just wanna trek the less crowded trek in Nepal within a very reasonable price.

Mardi Himal Trek was first introduced in 2012 starting from Pokhara city your walk ends after reaching in Mardi Himal Base Camp. walking through the dense forest, breathtaking views of nature, amazing views of the snow-capped mountains including Annapurna ranges, Machapuchhre ranges and few more surrounding peaks. Thus Mardi Himal Trek is worthy for you to trek.

Manaslu Region Trekking

Manaslu Trekking is also listed in the underrated trek but this trek is very alluring and beautiful to trek after the pandemic, as you will get to see the fewer trekkers compare to the other trekking route and people are very considering, very beautiful and amazing. Being one of the moderate treks, Manaslu region trekking gives you the thrilling trekking experience because of its difficulty.

Manaslu Region Trekking is a very short trek which can be completed within 13-16 days and is best trekking return during and after this pandemic with very reasonable prices.

Walking through the off-beaten paths, dense forest, scattered villages, gompas, monasteries, this trek is very worthing during these periods.

People of this region are very friendly, so you will get to experience the quality of time in this region. Manaslu region is near to the Tibet so you will see the high influence of the Tibetan and Buddhist culture in this region.

The base of the world 8th highest mountain is the highlight of the Manaslu Region Trekking, Mt Manaslu (8156 meters), you will cross Larkya Pass (5,135 meters)-one of the attractive view-point of the trek to enjoy the clear views of the snow-capped mountains.

You will see the vast change in religion, clothing and temperature throughout the trek, during the trek, you will mostly eat the local foods and sleep in the tea houses.

You will experience and see the new things, ancient culture, their arts, the handicraft of the region. You will see Yak, the goat is used here to transport the goods and luggage. So trekking in this region during the trek is worthy.

Kanchenjunga Trek

Trekking to the world third highest mountain-Mt Kanchengunga but still this trekking route falls in the underrated trek in Nepal, due to its remoteness and its route. So the trekking route in peak season is also not crowded compared to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. so trekking to the Kanchenjunga during this pandemic is very fruitful for the open looking for the best trekking route with less crowded visitors.it is the unexplored and unexploited beautiful trek in Nepal.

This trek takes you through the remote lifestyle of the eastern part of the country. Gives you the different experience knowing about their languages, culture, dressing and many more things.

Trekking through the Kanchenjunga conservation area, you will explore the many unseen and unique wildlife of the region in this conservation area so Kanchenjunga Trek during this pandemic is fruitful.

Lamjung Region Trekking

If you want to go the most beautiful place where only a few have been explored, then I would recommend you to trek Lanjung Himal Trek, it is one of the unexplored and unexploited treks in Nepal but actually, it is one of the beautiful places that many people search for. During the walk, you will pass that many beautiful during villages including Ghandruk, Sikles. You will get to see the backdropping views of the many iconic peaks including Mt Annapurna, Machhapuchre and many other surrounding peaks.

As it is less visited and crowded trekking route in Nepal, there is very less risk while trekking in this pandemic, you will get the good acclimatization facilities with very discounted prices.

Trekking Lamjung Region during this pandemic is a lifetime experience and also worthy trek.

Final saying:

As I mentioned above, during this pandemic it is better to see underrated trek to avoid the risk of this pandemic, but also to make your vacation fruitful with a lifetime experience. chose the best trekking agency to make your trek more beautiful and experience more.

In this Nepal Hiking Trek will be your best choice-with more than 10 years of experience, we will help you to meet your interest considering your safety as our priority.

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