Nepal awaits - Spring brings hope
Updated: Jan 31, 2021
The pandemic has brought great difficulties and sadness throughout the world but at last we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and start to hope again for better times this year. Nepal, as other countries, is starting to vaccinate its citizens and the Tourism Minister on Friday announced an intent to allow unrestricted entry to vaccinated tourists for the spring season.
So far in Nepal the infections and and death rates are fortunately much lower than many Western countries, with just over 2000 deaths recorded.
The current infections are highest in Kathmandu itself but life is mostly back to normal with internal travel operationaland schools, businesses and shops open.
But it has still been a very difficult time with many losing livelihoods,. The travel industry has been decimated with 2020 bringing fewer than 20% of the visitors of the previous year, mostly before the March lockdown. Guides and porters have had no source of income for since the Autumn 2019 season and without any form of social support from the government most rely on subsistence farming to feed their families. So there is a desperate hope that Spring can start to bring visitors back to Nepal.
Nepal's Everest region among others are now encouraging trekkers back, removing all COVID restrictions. The hope is that tourists from countries where vaccinations are moving ahead will want to take advantage of the unusually quiet trails.
We are ready to welcome you back! Nepal awaits.....
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