Nepal’s Mountaineering Tourism Faces The Loss of 10 Billion Rupees
Nepal’s mountain tourism (Trekking and mountaineering) sector has faced a loss of around 10 billion rupees due to COVID-19. According to the business associations, Nepal’s mountain tourism was affected before the lockdown, and after the lockdown, the situation has become even worse.
The Corona pandemic has affected businesses in the mountaineering region. More than 1.5 million workers and employees have lost their jobs. It is estimated that more than 125,000 people are directly and indirectly involved in the mountaineering sector and more than 25,000 in the trekking sector.
According to the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the manpower of this sector has completely lost their jobs due to the Corona pandemic. Similarly, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, has mentioned that the coronavirus has caused a loss of over Rs 42 billion to Nepal’s overall tourism sector. According to the Department of Tourism, Rs. 560 million revenue was collected from mountaineering and Rs. 120 million from NMA in the last fiscal year 2076/77.