After six months of lockdown due to Coronavirus (Covid-19) in Nepal, the Government has decided to allow flights, hotels, restaurants, buses from September 17, 2020. The government allows to reopen trekking and mountaineering destination for all the domestic and international travelers and allow foreign visitors for trekking and mountaineering from October 17, 2020. Foreign travelers should follow proper government health protocols to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. All businesses sector are required to follow the health protocol in order to operate. Nepal has reopened Mt. Everest and other Himalayan peaks for the autumn season to boost the tourism-dependent economy. Tourism Department has issued climbing permits and must follow health protocols issued by the government. The travelers flying into Nepal must present PCR negative report within 72 hours prior to departure from the country, proof of advance booking of hotels for seven days, and a copy of the form need to fill up by accessing from the COVID Crisis Management Centre(ccmc.gov.np).
After the decision of the government to reopen tourism, the prince of Bahrain with his team has arrived on 16 September via Shaikh Isa Air Base to climb Manaslu and Lobuche peaks. Mingma Sherpa, Chairman at Seven Summit Treks welcomes the crew of Royal Guard of Bahrain at Tribhuwan International Airport. Prince Khalifa, and commander of the Bahraini Royal Guards, will be leading the team to climb Mt. Lobuche and Mt. Manaslu. The 18-member expedition team will include three Britons and 50 sherpas. The team is in quarantine in a hotel in Kathmandu for a week prior to the commencement of their expedition, following Nepal’s current quarantine provisions for foreign arrivals. The crew has dedicated to complying with all the protection rules and protocols set by the Nepal authorities. The team has an itinerary around two months to scale Mt Manaslu and Mt Lobuche and preparing to climb Mount Everest in the spring of 2021. The government is currently in the process of allowing foreign climbing and trekking expeditions from October 17 onward. The Royal expedition would be an inspiration to the mountaineers and nature lovers seeking to refresh themselves in Nepal.