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Mandatory Travel Protocols for Trekkers and Mountaineers in Nepal

After the much awaited announcement of reopening of trekking and mountaineering, the government of Nepal has released the travel protocols for trekkers and mountaineers.
Once the trekking and mountaineering resume on October 17, you will be able to enjoy the adventure in the mountains of Nepal. But to ensure maximum safety from the pandemic, the government of Nepal has announced the guidelines and provisions for entering Nepal. Each and every traveler entering to Nepal has to follow the rules and conditions strictly.
These are the mandatory provisions that will come into effect in the post-COVID-19 tourism industry in Nepal.  
This blog will enlighten you about the travel protocols for trekkers and mountaineers
1. The traveler has to obtain the Nepal visa before arriving in Nepal. But if any traveler is unable to get the Nepalese visa in his/her country, s/he can obtain the travel permit to Nepal coordinated by the trekking company that s/he is traveling with. His or her travel plan will be recommended to the Department of Immigration of Nepal by the Department of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board.
2. The travelers recommended according to Clause 1 will get the visa from the immigration point upon arrival, from where they will be checking in to Nepal.
3. The travelers need to submit the following documents while entering Nepal:.
  a. COVID-19 Negative report tested within 72 hours before arriving in Nepal
  b. Valid Nepal Visa or travel permit
  c. Document of Hotel booking to stay at least 7 days’ quarantine before the adventure starts
  d. COVID-19 Insurance of at least USD 5,000
4. The traveler has to stay at least 7 days’ of mandatory quarantine before the start of the adventure.
5. The traveler has to go for a PCR test on the 5th day of quarantine on his/her own expenses. S/he will be allowed to go trekking or mountaineering only if the PCR report comes back negative.
6. According to clause 5, if a traveler tests positive in PCR, s/he has to stay in hotel quarantine until the report comes back negative.
7. The trekking or mountaineering group has to get insurance of at least 100,000 rupees from the Nepali trekking and mountaineering staff before obtaining the trekking or mountaineering permit.
8. The trekkers and the mountaineers have to follow the health protocol guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Population, Nepal, while on the adventure.
9. The travelers need to follow other terms, conditions, and protocols published by the Department of Tourism. The concerned company has to inform travelers about the protocols and provisions.
These are the mandatory provisions to enter Nepal for a trekking or mountaineering adventure. There are several health guidelines and protocols to follow once you can start the adventure. 
We will send you the details of those health guidelines when you are ready to travel for trekking or climbing the mountains in Nepal. 
Let us know if you have any questions regarding post-COVID-19 Nepal travel.

Author: Mandatory Travel Protocols for Trekkers and Mountaineers in Nepal

Date: 30th September, 2020

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