KATHMANDU | Nepal has re-opened access to its mountain ranges, including the Everest, shipments fall in the hope of reviving its tourism sector hit hard by the crisis of the coronavirus, on Friday announced the authorities, and this in spite of the uncertainties related to the COVID-19.
Nepal had closed its borders in march just before the high tourist season, during which thousands of trekkers and mountaineers visiting the Himalayas.
This decision is motivated by the pandemic has cost millions of dollars to nepalese economy, and private number of Nepalese of their work.
The confinement was lifted the last week, and Nepal is now open “for tourism activities, including mountaineering and trekking”, said to AFP Mira Acharya, the nepalese ministry of Tourism.
Still, international flights to Nepal will resume only on August 17.
The “re-opening” of the mountains of nepal comes at a time when the country has yet identified this week more than a thousand cases of coronavirus, for a total of 19 547 since the beginning of the epidemic.
The authorities continue to “work” on the protocols for health security, said Ms Acharya, and in particular the duration of the quarantine that will be required to observe the tourists arriving.
A given that is one of the main concerns of foreign investors seeking to return to Nepal, said Mingma Sherpa of Seven Summit Treks, one of the greatest expeditions of the country.
“It would be a relief for the sector if we could restart shipments after the season totally virgin of the spring”, he said.