The global pandemic of coronavirus (COVID-19) has turned out a devastating scenario in travel and trekking throughout the world and also in Nepal. The adventure souls around the world had to be confined in their own places canceling their travel plans. So is the case in the Everest base camp trek, which remained empty for almost a year, and finally, the Everest region has started to welcome trekkers completing the safety protocols of the Nepal government.
Till the last date of 2020 (December), about 200k COVID positive cases were declared in Nepal. About 2k human casualties were declared and the country faced lockdown along with causing chaos in the life of common civilians. Tourism, which covers 8% of the total GDP of Nepal, was badly affected and is crawling now to uplift out of the worse conditions.
The hospitality industry around the world became the most affected targets along with other service sectors. Everest Base Camp trekking trail used to welcomes thousands of trekkers every year that would use various services like guides, porters, meals, accommodation, flights, mule transportations, and various other things that would continue the better economy in the Himalayan region of the Everest. After the COVID-19 crisis attacked in this country, the EBC Trekking trail faced an unexpected emptiness. To avoid such worse conditions, the rays of hope came in this sector after the development of vaccines.
After doing farewell to the crazy year of 2020, the New Year 2021 has brought positive changes in the tourism and hospitality industry. Everest base camp trekking comes in the first position as thousands of domestic and international trekkers enjoy adventure trekking along with Everest expedition trips and peak climbing crews. The government of Nepal has already declared to welcome trekkers and travelers meeting the criteria.
Despite various blind sceneries and emptiness in the Everest base camp trekking trail, there’s a chance of reviving trekking and tourism activities in Everest. The trails became new without human traffics and less pollution happened there. The good changes in bio-diversity came after a long span of time. So, the Everest base camp trekking trail is not only a heap of trash and garbage anymore, which is a great and positive change. Trekkers can fully enjoy their trek to EBC with the virgin setting of nature.
Various safety protocols have been introduced by the authorities in Nepal. It is for the purpose of uplifting tourism and at the same time block the spread of diseases. Some of the safety protocols are mentioned below:
- Must have 72 hours PCR negative report of COVID-19 at the airport (Indian Nationals need not stay in quarantine if they show 72 hours PCR COVID-negative report from 17th Dec 2020)
- 7 days of hotel quarantine after arrival in Nepal (going to change in 3 days) and sit for the PCR test in Nepal
- Must have 5000 USD covid insurance
- Must apply the safety measures like mask, sanitizers and if required also the face shields
- Social distancing
- No handshaking, only Namaste (Namaste is a common greeting in Nepal)
Note: COVID-19 safety protocols and rules from the authorities might change with the recent scenario. So, it’s better to stay in touch with Shiva Excursion or with the specified websites of the Nepal government. On the other hand, even the local authorities can amend the rules and regulations along with the safety protocols, which we will update regularly to our clients and website visitors.
Trek to Everest Base Camp after post COVID – 19
Millions of people are waiting for a suitable time for trekking in Nepal Himalayas, where Everest base camp comes in the front position in the bucket-list of the thrill-seekers. The trek can be true healing to reveal the frustration, depression, and pandemic feelings in the Himalayan heart of Mt. Everest and its surroundings. Trekking and traveling is a divine spirit, which nurtures humankind and all living beings.
Trekking to Everest base camp with Shiva Excursion, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19, we follow all the safety protocols and regulations set by the government of Nepal and the Khumbu local authorities. During the pandemic period, our field staff has learned how to act in the trekking regions and make you feel safe. We emphasize your safety from the very initial level after you arrive at the airport.
Furthermore, we manage private air-conditioned vehicles to pick up and drop, book fully sanitized hotels, and recommend hygiene restaurants. In Everest trekking, we book the best available lodges with warm and hygiene dining halls.
Once again, the spectacular Himalayan sceneries of Mount Everest (8848.86 meters), Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and the neighboring peaks are waiting for your arrival with great smiles. The diverse nature of the Sagarmatha National Park, flora and fauna, Rivers, Glaciers, and rugged trails are ready to welcome you with safety preventions. Enjoy the exotic trekking and hiking to Everest Base Camp with exploring the Sherpa culture and hospitality throughout the trekking. Ohm Mani Padme Hum.
The ideal itinerary of Everest Base Camp Trekking begins from Lukla after a half an hour Himalayan flight from Kathmandu, follows the Sherpa villages like Phakding, Jorsalle, Namche Bazaar, Tengboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and hike to Everest Base Camp along with Kalapatthar. The rest of the trek is to hike downhill, all the way to Lukla, and fly back to Kathmandu.