footpath added to the Great Himalayan Trail

A dozen destinations have become convenient for open trekking after the coronavirus epidemic. The government had opened the door to foreign tourists from October 17.

Since then, 12 destinations have become convenient for tourists, according to the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). However, in some restricted areas in the Himalayan region, the entry of tourists is still restricted.

According to General Secretary of TAAN Sarita Lama, tourists and tourism entrepreneurs should follow health safety standards during the trek. There is a provision that a report with a negative PCR should be mandatory. Tourist must stay in the hotel quarantine as per the protocal. Trekkers must also have a trekking permit.

Which destinations are open to tourists?

  • Kanchenjunga Trekking Area
  • Everest base camp trekking route
  • Mardi Himal trekking area
  • Manang trekking area
  • Mustang Trekking Area
  • Dolpa trekking area
  • Humla trekking area
  • Manaslu Trekking Area
  • Helambu Trekking Area
  • Ruby Valley Trekking Area

14 days quarantine mandatory in Dolpa

Among the open trekking areas, in Dolpa tourist arrivals have been tightened. According to General Secretary Lama, the PCR report of a tourist should be negative even if he reached there from any entry point. Such tourists will be able to enter Dolpa.

After entering, tourist will have to stay in quarantine for at least 14 days at their own expense. Only then wil be allowed to trek in Dolpa.

Dolpa
Photo: Dolpa

The government allows tourists to come to Nepal after reporting a PCR negative for the last 72 hours and booking for a 7-day hotel quarantine in Nepal. The entry of Dolpa has been tightened.

Annapurna trekking route and Ghandruk area closed

Although other trekking routes in the country are open, one of the most attractive trekking in Annapurna has been closed by local tourism entrepreneurs. They have stopped the trek, saying the coronavirus infection may spread locally. According to Secretary-General Lama, it is not possible to trek to Annapurna and Ghandruk immediately for the same reason.

Everest hiking open with conditions

The previous ban on the Everest trekking route to the Everest base camp has been lifted conditionally. The Khumbu Pasanglamu Municipality has lifted the indefinite ban imposed on October 22 by making a decision on October 25.

Accordingly, the village municipality has decided to recognize only certain hospital’s PCR test. According to Binod Bhattarai, chief administrative officer of the village municipality, the tests conducted by all government hospitals have been recognized.

However, in private, only the PCR tests conducted by Hams Hospital, Star Hospital and B&B Hospital will be recognized by the village municipality. Earlier, Bhattarai had mentioned that they had to make such a decision saying that people had entered the village even after taking a fake report from a private hospital.

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