Is Everest Base Camp Trek Open in Nepal
Definitely, the Everest Base Camp Trek is open now. The Government of Nepal has announced a Special Flight Schedule and updated Protocol for Visitors arriving in Nepal for trekking and climbing. Airlines and travelers can now comply with the updated protocol, which includes mandatory Hotel Quarantine in one of Government approved hotels for 5 days. If you are aspiring to visit the Everest Base Camp, it is possible now. Based on the recently implemented protocol, trekking companies like us have started to book the trek.
The planet earth is a common home of all the creatures and it is the perennial source of unending pleasures and joy. Nature has given us so many things, joy, and happiness but humans’ greed is so unbound that nature has designed the regulations to keep the balance and every living creature is compelled to accept such realities. Nature keeps on threatening human beings by challenging their knowledge and experience. History shows that man has suffered from several epidemic diseases live Back Death, Avian Influenza, and 10 other deadliest killer viruses. The principle of nature cannot be changed by anyone because nature creates a balance by itself. COVID 19 is among such other pandemics which has plagued man with threats, dangers, and casualties.
COVID 19 is the latest deadliest killer virus which literally means Corona Virus Disease 2019. It is a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. The virus outbreak started from Wuhan in China has become the greatest threat to the globalized world. We are witnessing the tragic page of history and panic situation every moment.
The socio-economic depression has started to cause hysteria among the people. It has already diverted the track of many people. The tourism industry has been affected more severely than others at present because other sectors have little mobility along with the government’s decision of partial lockdown. Currently, the Government of Nepal, Department of Tourism has published an Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking which allowed travelers to trek to the Himalayas in Nepal following special health and safety protocols. Nepal has temporarily implemented 7 days quarantine on all foreign travelers. We expect this to be lifted shortly and that our treks from September onwards will run on schedule.
Table of Contents
- 1 Requirements on Arrival or Visa on Arrival
- 2 Before Arrival
- 3 On Arrival in Nepal
- 4 On Departure from Nepal
- 5 Safety Protocol in Nepal
- 6 Current Situation Updates
- 7 2021 Trekking Season
- 8 Travel Insurance
- 9 Rescheduling Policy
- 10 Reschedule Free of Cost
- 11 Travel Insurance
- 12 Choose a Different Trip
- 13 Things to Consider
- 14 COVID in the Everest Region
- 15 About Everest Base Camp Trek
- 16 Highlights
Requirements on Arrival or Visa on Arrival
The tourism business has come to a halt since the Corona Virus outbreak in Nepal. The government of Nepal has implemented Lockdown from 24 March 2020 to 21 July 2020 when the first variant of Corona Virus was spread in Nepal. As soon as the lockdown ended there has been little mobility in the tourism industry. However, it has again come closer along with the second lockdown that began on 28 April 2021 after the rapid spread of a new variant of the Coronavirus.
There has been travel restriction since the COVID 19 pandemic started in Nepal. However, the government of Nepal has resumed on-arrival visas and international flights for international trekkers and mountaineers by implementing Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking for trekking and mountaineering in Nepal in 2021.
As per the new rule, the following provision has been made for a visa for traveling in Nepal:
- Bring the following with you to the airport.
- Negative COVID Test Report within 72 hours of your departure flight. Bring your proof of COVID vaccination if you have it. A COVID test is required even if you have been vaccinated.
- Nepal Visa from your local embassy or Pre-approved Visa letter of recommendation (we will provide if needed). If you need the pre-approved letter please let us know as soon as possible.
- Proof of Travel Insurance.
- Fill out the form at: https://ccmc.gov.np/arms/person_add_en.php
- Bring a copy of the QR code generated to the airport.
- Present a clear itinerary, flight, and initial hotel booking.
On Arrival in Nepal
Department of Immigration has decided to resume all the suspended Visa services on 2nd July 2021. So, getting an on-arrival visa is not a big problem. But if you are aspiring to visit Nepal at present you can appeal for a visa via the Nepalese Embassies and Nepalese Residential Missions abroad. You need a COVID test before departing from Nepal. We can help arrange this. Please arrange some extra days at the end of your trek to accommodate for testing.
You will need to quarantine for 7 days. After your 7 day quarantine, you are free to trek.
Note: Indian Nationals are also required to quarantine for 7 days.
On Departure from Nepal
You need a COVID test report before departing from Nepal. We can help arrange this as well. Please arrange some extra days at the end of your trek to accommodate for testing.
Safety Protocol in Nepal
Our guides and office team in Nepal have been fully acknowledged Covid-19 safety protocols and will be strictly following safety procedures. We will be taking the following steps to ensure your safety during your trip.
- All team members have been trained in the Covid-19 prevention protocol.
- Cleaning and disinfection of all trekking gear and equipment after every trek.
- Proper hand sanitization of crew members and guides.
- All food packaging and cooking areas will be properly cleaned and sanitized.
- All crew members and office staff will practice social distancing.
- All crew members will have a health check and temperature screening before interacting with guests.
Current Situation Updates
We are closely monitoring the situation in Nepal and will be updating this blog post regularly as soon as we get new information from the authorities.
We take our guest’s safety very seriously and always recommend following US State Department and CDC travel guidelines. The latest updates can be viewed on the following links:
2021 Trekking Season
There are several factors we are encouraging our guests to consider while they plan their trek:
- Visa Requirements & COVID Testing – As mentioned above in the same this blog post. If you have any doubt, you can visit any one of the websites mentioned above.
- Quarantine Requirements – As per the new protocol, all international travelers must stay in quarantine for 7 days in a government-recommended hotel after arrival.
- Flight into Nepal – International flights have resumed to Nepal. If your flight schedule is changed we will work with you to make sure that your trip runs as smoothly as possible.
With the travel restrictions in place, many airlines are offering free cancellation or adjustments for your flights if your travel dates are impacted. Please check the terms on your ticket and consider getting supplemental travel insurance to cover any delays or cancellations if this situation impacts your trip.
We recommend watching your flight plan closely for any updates, and please keep us advised of your current flight status so we can arrange your airport pickup.
Note: Indian Travelers are covered under the India – Nepal Travel Bubble and are not required to quarantine. They are required to have a negative PCR COVID test upon arrival and departure taken within the last 72 hours.
Covid-19 Testing Requirements – In addition to the testing requirements for Nepal some airlines and/or countries may require a recent Covid-19 test before boarding your departure flight from Nepal. Please verify this with your airline before your trip. Please plan the extra time at the end of your schedule accordingly. Tests cost around $30 and we can assist with the arrangements.
During weekdays (Sunday to Thursday) you can get test results on the same day as long you take the test before 1 pm and if after 1 pm or on weekends (Friday & Saturday) you can get the test result on the following day.
Note: Transfers to the hospital and testing costs are not included in our trekking packages. Tests cost around $30 and we can assist with the arrangements.
We require travel insurance on almost all treks that cover evacuations up to 6000m. In the current circumstances, it’s a good idea to also make sure that your insurance covers trip interruption or changes to your international flights. Some insurance companies offer a Cancel for Any Reason (CFAR) upgrade for an additional cost that may be worth the money. Keep in mind that your travel insurance will not cover your cancellation without a valid reason.
The situation with the Coronavirus has put many travelers in dilemma and is a common question from our guests. We understand that personal safety concerns or country-specific travel restrictions may make travel currently impossible.
At this point, we are not refunding deposits for trips canceled due to this outbreak. This is stated in our “Terms of Service.” We use your deposit to make necessary payments ahead of your arrivals, such as hotel accommodations, park fees, permits, staff salaries, and other operating expenses. The reason for our cancellation clause “due to events beyond our control” is that if something catastrophic happens and everyone cancels at the same time we are not in a position to refund multiple deposits.
This does not change our dedication to top-quality customer service. So, what are your options?
Reschedule Free of Cost
We will apply your deposit to a new date. You don’t need to decide on the date now. We will hold your booking deposit until you’re ready to plan whether it’s later this year or even in 2021 or 2022. Please notify us of your cancellation at least 30 days before your trip.
Many travel insurance policies cover lost trip costs including deposits. We will help you with any necessary documentation for your claim.
Choose a Different Trip
We have happy customers from most of the European and American countries. We are conscious of our customer satisfaction. If you would like to change your destination we can apply your deposit towards a different trip.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time of crisis.
To check our entire policy view our: Terms and services. It can be hard to plan for an international trip while conditions are uncertain, but we are happy to help with any questions you have. We have been leading treks in Nepal for over two decades. Our team is experienced in managing logistics and ensuring our guests are safe and comfortable during situations like this.
The following information is required for an on-arrival visa
Trekkers must receive an invitation letter from the government-registered local trekking agency. For that, the Trekking agency needs these documents from the visitors.
- Passport photocopy
- Travel insurance photocopy
- Vaccine certificate photocopy
- Both ways Air tickets copy
- 7 days hotel quarantine booking confirm the letter
- From the trekking agency
- Company Pan certificate
- Tax certificate
- Guide and Porter negative PCR reports
- COVID 19 insurance copy
- Trekkers Tim’s permit copy earlier
- Trekking region itinerary
- Agency sponsors letter in detail.
- Trekking agency associations of Nepal (TAAN) certify letter
- When you submit all of your documents to the Nepal Tourism Board and Dept of Nepal Immigration, they will give you a letter of recommendation that you can use to get a Nepal visa on arrival in 2021 for Trekking and Mountaineering expeditions.
- Getting your Nepal visa on arrival after COVID 19
- If you are planning to travel to Nepal right now for trekking or climbing in any trekking region, we are here to help you. There is no need to worry about obtaining an arrival visa. The 7-day hotel quarantine rule could change soon or later, hopefully, it will end after July 2021
Things to Consider
Corona Virus is the most recent and deadliest virus outbreak on the earth. It is spreading everywhere and the new variants of the virus are appearing one after another. The virus has challenged human knowledge and genius. Medical scientists are not able to make a vaccine that will prevent this lethal virus. The only best way to prevent you against the Coronavirus is to adopt safety precautions. Taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing the mask, keeping the room well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing into a bent elbow or tissue, etc can reduce the possibility of virus attack.
Though we are organizing the Everest Base Camp Trek with full safety, you must consider the following things throughout the journey:
- Maintain at least a 1-meter distance between yourself and others to reduce the risk of infection when they cough sneeze or speak. Maintain an even greater distance between yourself and others when indoors.
- Make a habit of wearing masks. Clean your hands before you put your mask on, as well as before or after you take it off.
- Avoid spaces that are closed, crowded, or involve close contact. Meet people outside, avoid crowded or indoor sitting, and keep your window open when inside a room.
- Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water to eliminate germs including the virus that may be on your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with your hands before you wash them properly.
- Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay home if you are sick.
COVID in the Everest Region
The Nepal Government has so far denied having any knowledge of positive cases at Everest Base Camp. However, there are some rumors regarding the outbreak of COVID 19 at the Everest Base Camp. The rumors also have created fear among the trekkers and some people are pressurizing the government to close the mountain expeditions. But the matter of the fact is that the Everest Region was free of COVID and is now also as safer as before to visit.
According to the website of the Department of Tourism, the government had issued 394 Everest climbing permits for this climbing season. Despite the chaotic and lethal impact of the Corona Virus, the Everest expeditions of the last season soothe the hazards on the tourism industry.
The growing number of people in Everest also has created some fear among the people. Negative messages were spread which poisoned the general people’s thoughts. But the visitors were not set free for the mountain without a due course of quarantine. People even suspect that foreign climbers are a major source of revenue for the Nepalese government so, the government is shadowing the reality. Authorities are mandating that visiting climbers quarantine in Nepal before proceeding to Base Camp, but concerns have been raised within the climbing community that a serious outbreak at the mountain would be devastating.
But the number of coronavirus cases has decreased sharply in Nepal in recent weeks, and the government is provisioning the vaccine to the general public as well. Therefore, you must not worry about Corona in the Everest Region.
Your safety is our concern. We don’t book the trek going beyond the safety protocol of the government. You can rely on us.
About Everest Base Camp Trek
After the traumatic days, trekking to the Mount Everest Base Camp due to lethal COVID 19 is nothing less than surfing to heaven. Everything looks real and fresh. It will definitely soothe the hysterical days that you are passing through.
This classic trek includes four out of ten world’s highest peaks. Nowhere else on the earth is there such a dense constellation of mountains of such height. Basically, you will be breathing and eating mountains throughout. At the backdrop of such grandeur, you will find incredible Himalayan vegetation and wildlife that include Tahrs and Monal. And to the top of all, adorable Sherpa Hospitality comes second to no one. Everest Base Camp Treks felicitates you with everything; you should leave nothing, even the internet.
Everest Base Camp Trek is the most thrilling, exciting, and challenging trekking itself. Located in the Khumbu Region of Eastern Nepal, it is beautiful heaven. Besides the astonishing views of pearls like mountain chains, you can have real experience of the Sherpa and their typical lifestyle. Moreover, strolling over Namche Bazaar and Sagarmatha National Park gives sufficient Knowledge about Mountain culture, vegetation, and wild lives.
Nepal Guide Trek and Expedition offers the best itinerary for the post-COVID 19 seasons to reach the Everest Base Camp and Kalapatthar. Though it is one of the challenging treks of Nepal, many enthusiastic trekkers from all around the world aim for this venture. Trekking to Everest Base Camp will give you a lot of new experiences to cherish for a lifetime. This adorable journey begins with a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla. From here, you will have an amazing trek to Phakding, Namche Bazaar, Tyangboche, Dingboche, Lobuche, Gorakshep, and finally to the Everest Base Camp. After visiting the base camp of the world’s tallest mountain, you will also hike to Kalapatthar, the world’s best viewpoint.
Our EBC trekking has been designed considering both experienced as well as beginner trekkers. We have an acclimatization day at Namche. This will help you to prevent yourself from altitude sickness and other challenging circumstances.
Nepal Guide Treks and Expedition intend to make your 14 days trek to the Everest Base Camp less challenging and more comfortable. Most importantly, we are determined to make your trek safe against Corona. Do book with us for a safe and memorable EBC trekking package.
- Everest Base Camp Trek brings you close to the foot of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest (8,848m).
- Everest Base Camp Trek offers you a spectacular view of the towering mountains of the Everest Region.
- Everest Base Camp climbing also includes the visit to Sagarmatha National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The most significant aspect of this trek is you can see Khumbu Icefall and Khumbu Glacier.
- Everest Base Camp Trek also provides you an opportunity to visit the oldest and largest monastery of the region, Tyangboche.
- This trekking package also includes climbing Kala Patthar (5,545m), one of the best viewpoints on the earth.
- Everest Base Camp Trek gives you a platform to explore Sherpa Communities, Himalayan Culture and Civilization, and Sherpa Museum at Namche Bazaar.