Trekking and climbing in Nepal after the Covid-19 pandemic
For 20 years, the health and safety of our clients have been our number 1 priority. Peaks and Treks (Expedition Himalaya) continues to make the well-being of our clients, and our staff, our most important priority, especially during the time following the Covid-19 pandemic.
A visit to Nepal and the participation in a trek or a climb has always been one of the most exciting and fulfilling activities in the world. However, there have always been risks associated with such activities and we, as travel professionals, have been able to identify and manage those risks accordingly and communicate them clearly to clients so that they can make the best preparations possible.
In this section, we detail the specific actions that we are taking to ensure that the risks associated with Covid-19 are understood and mitigated so that all of our clients and staff are as safe as they can be.
The extent of the Covid-19 pandemic has been limited in Nepal. Nepal has reported one of the lowest infection rates in the world and there has been a very small number of deaths. This was due to a quick lock-down of the country with the result that the Spring 2020 trekking and climbing season was canceled. However, whilst the impact of Covid-19 has been limited, especially in the trekking regions, we will be implementing additional safety and hygiene measures to reduce any possible risks and increase the precautions that all of our staff and clients will take.
Arrival into Nepal
Upon arrival in Nepal, you will be met by our transfer team who will take you to your hotel. All of our staff will wear face masks and will maintain the recommended social distance. Upon disembarking, we recommend that you wear a face mask and maintain social distancing protocols whilst you make your way through the different immigration phases. We recommend that you wear gloves to handle your luggage and use hand sanitizer to clean your hands once you remove your gloves.
At the hotel
We recommend that you wear a face mask when you are in any public spaces within the hotel.
We recommend that you wear a face mask and maintain good hand hygiene whilst you are in Kathmandu when you are sightseeing, shopping, or eating. Additionally, we recommend that you maintain social distancing protocols whilst in restaurants. All restaurants will be following recommendations from the Nepalese government.
Transfer to start of trek/return from the trek
We will adopt similar protocols to those mentioned above related to the transfer from the airport. All staff will wear face masks, adopt social distancing protocols, and wear gloves to handle luggage and we recommend you do the same. On domestic flights, we recommend the continued use of face masks and frequent use of hand sanitizer. The same applies to any road transport such as transfer by jeep or private bus.
On the trek
Once you are on the actual trek it will not be necessary to wear a face mask although we recommend continued social distancing. Excellent personal hygiene on a trek has always been a common feature of our trips and this will continue to be a priority. We will provide hand sanitizer for all clients so that whenever necessary they can clean and disinfect their hands. We will also provide soap as necessary.
Accommodation and meals on the trek
We use the local lodges known as tea-houses for the majority of our overnight stays, with a limited number of nights spent in a tent for high camps on our climbs. We believe that tea-houses will be a safe environment with the correct adoption of social distancing protocols. We will provide our clients with the option to take meals within their rooms so that get do not need to eat in the communal dining room at busy times. Additionally, we will provide an option for our clients to sleep in tents and take food from the tea-houses if they wish, with a minimum surcharge. The precautions that we will implement are similar to those in your home country in restaurants, hotels, and other enclosed spaces i.e. social distancing, good hygiene, and use of protective equipment i.e. face masks and gloves.
We are able to arrange quick and convenient transfers back to Kathmandu, by helicopter, in the event of any health issue. This has always been the case on our trips and that will continue to be a key part of our customer service.
Each trekking group will have access to supplementary oxygen in the case of any medical emergency. However, our priority will always be quick evacuation back to Kathmandu.
Single travelers will not be required to share a hotel room, or a room in a tea-house, or a tent. Only members of an existing social group will share rooms.
We will maintain an adequate supply of face masks, hand sanitizer, soap, and paper towels for the use of all clients for the duration of the trek. We also recognize that clients will probably want to bring their own personal supplies. However, our stock will be available as necessary.