Mar
19

China opens Everest for its Nationals in the Spring Season

 

China opens Everest for its nationals in the spring season An undated picture shows Chinese mountaineers preparing for Everest Expedition. Courtesy: Yarla Shampo KATHMANDU: China is all set to allow its nationals to attempt to climb the world’s highest peak from Tibet side in the spring season, according to sources. This season, no foreigners would be allowed to climb Mt Everest from the northern route but Chinese teams could easily get permit for Everest expedition, a high-level source at the China Tibet Mountaineeri...

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Mar
13

Nepal government puts all tourist visas on hold and cancels all spring climbing expeditions

 

Nepal Government puts all tourist visas on hold and cancels all spring climbing expeditions The visa suspension will begin March 14 and last until the end of April, depriving Nepal of millions in Everest climbing fees. Photo: Nirmal Purja for Project Possible The Nepal government, late Thursday night, decided to temporarily stop issuing on-arrival tourist visas to all countries and has put an end to all spring mountaineering expeditions, including Everest ascents. The decision comes a day after the World Health Organization declared th...

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Mar
13

Government of Nepal Announces Sweeping Travel Restrictions

 

Government of Nepal Announces Sweeping Travel Restrictions KATHMANDU: The Department of Immigration under the Ministry of Home Affairs has today announced sweeping travel restrictions as a measure against COVID-19. The Department issued the notice considering the World Health Organization’s declaration that the coronavirus outbreak was now a pandemic. Visa-on-arrival for all foreigners entering the country through Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) immigration point has been suspended from March 14, 2020 to April 30, 2020. A meeti...

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Mar
13

Nepal shuts Mount Everest ahead of climbing season amid corona virus fears

 

Nepal shuts Mount Everest ahead of climbing season amid coronavirus fears PHOTO: Climbers had to wait in line to summit Mount Everest in 2019. (Nirmal Purja/Nepal ) Nepal says it will ban foreigners from climbing Mount Everest this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Key points: The peak climbing season is from March to May and attracts a large number of Australians Nepal makes more than $5 million a year just from the permit fees it charges climbers each year Clearing Everest of climbers may allow local authoritie...

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Mar
13

China Closes North Side of Everest Due to Corona virus

 

China Closes North Side of Everest Due to Corona virus It has been a wild and turbulent 24 hours when it comes to news surrounding the coronavirus. Yesterday, not only did the WHO declare the virus a pandemic, American president Donald Trump issued a travel ban fro most of Europe coming to the U.S. On top of that, the NBA suspended the rest of its regular season after a player tested positive, while screen legend Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson have announced that they have contracted the virus as well. If that wasn’t enough, lost i...

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Mar
02

Tourism Ministry cancels Visit Nepal promotions for March but experts say it is too little, too late

 

Tourism Ministry cancels Visit Nepal promotions for March but experts say it is too little, too late As travel entrepreneurs say the coronavirus outbreak has all but doomed Visit Nepal 2020, the prime minister instructs to call it off. Two weeks ago, Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai announced that Nepal was a “coronavirus free zone” and exhorted foreign travellers to come to Nepal without hesitation. Unwilling to abandon its Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, Nepal is among the few countries that have not restricted air travel to and from Chi...

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Mar
02

Taskforce formed to set up quarantine at TIA

 

Taskforce formed to set up quarantine at TIA KATHMANDU, March 01: A taskforce has been formed to manage a quarantine meant to checkup the health of all the inbound and outbound passengers at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA). A ministerial level decision was taken by Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai at the Ministry today. The decision was taken as to apply precaution measures to prevent the novel corona virus epidemic. The taskforce was formed under the chair of Civil Aviation Authority of ...

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Mar
02

Visas on-arrival have only been halted temporarily for citizens of five countries hit hard by Covid-19, Immigration Department clarifies

 

Visas on-arrival has only been halted temporarily for citizens of five countries hit hard by Covid-19, Immigration Department clarifies Only citizens from China, Japan, South Korea, Italy, and Iran are no longer eligible for a visa-on-arrival and will need to obtain visas at the Nepali embassy or consulate before arriving in Nepal.A passenger in a protective mask uses her phone at Rome's Fiumicino airport. Reuters File Photo The Nepal government has decided to stop issuing visas on-arrival to foreign nationals from five countries that hav...

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Feb
16

6 Mountain Peaks in Nepal That You Can Conquer Easily

 

6 Mountain Peaks in Nepal That You Can Conquer Easily   Anyone who’s spent some time up in the mountains has imagined climbing it. After you ascend from the base camp, there are panoramas of extensive valleys from ridges. As Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the cool breeze, you wipe your perspiring brow as you keep ascending towards your destination. There’s more to climb but the vastness of the mountains humble you as you surge towards the top until the cloud hover below you and you stand over the world and breathe. Yet this dr...

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Feb
05

MBC hotels introduce food menu for trekkers

 

MBC hotels introduce food menu for trekkers ITAHARI, Feb 03: Hotels along the Makalu Base Camp (MBC) trekking route are introducing food menu for the first time. Makalu Barun Hotel, the only hotel chain along the 15-day trek route from Num, has introduced its menu. ''Hotels and tea houses along MBC trek would not have a menu for service and trekkers would suspect on our professionalism'', said DawaChhiring Sherpa, the owner of the hotel chain, ''Therefore, we have introduced menu for the first time.'' Previously, dependent on camping ...

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