Mountaineering Sector Shows Good Indicator in Tourist Arrival This Season
KATHMANDU- The Himalayan tourism sector, which suffered heavy losses in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, is showing some good signs this year. Although the mountaineering sector suffered unimaginable losses last year, there are indications that the number of foreign climbers who want to come to Nepal in the current season may increase.
According to the Nepal Mountaineering Association, the number of people wanting to book from abroad for climbing on a daily basis is increasing. According to the association, there is a provision of quarantine for foreign nationals when they come to Nepal. The association is confident that this number will continue to increase as the government is removing quarantine time and creating an environment for entry into Nepal on the basis of health check-ups to keep the climbing sector afloat.
So far this season (March-May), the number of people wanting to climb Mt. Everest has reached 400, according to the association. There is a rule to climb Mt. Everest from March 1 to the last day of May.
According to the association, foreigners are also interested in other mountaineering. A team of Icefall Doctors has reached the Everest base camp to create an environment to start the ascent. The team of Sherpas has started rope fixing work in the mountains. The Department of Tourism has formulated procedures to manage the climb.
According to the concerned businessman, the number of people wanting to come to Nepal not only for trekking but also for trekking and visiting is increasing. Hoteliers have stated that the number of inquiries related to hotels is increasing. When foreigners want to stay in Nepal for a long time for mountaineering, the problem of visa and quarantine is solved and the foreigners can come at the same rate as before, said the businessman.
The government had allowed the team, including the Prince of Bahrain, to climb Mount Manaslu by a cabinet decision during the Corona pandemic. The expedition had returned after a successful ascent of Manaslu. The team may return to Nepal to climb Mt. Everest, said a mountaineering source.