Nepal announces opening from mid-October

Everest (l.) and Lhotse

From 17 October, foreign mountaineers and trekking tourists are to be allowed to enter Nepal again. This was announced by the government in Kathmandu. Those entering must present a negative corona test, which must not be older than 72 hours. After arrival in Kathmandu a quarantine of at least one week in the hotel is mandatory. Because of the corona pandemic, foreigners are currently not allowed to enter Nepal – unless they are diplomats or work for UN aid organizations.

About 1500 new infections per day

However, it is not yet possible to predict exactly what the regulations will look like in a month’s time, nor whether the government will back down again in view of the development of the corona pandemic in the Himalayan state. There can be no question of a decrease in corona infections in Nepal – quite the contrary. On Tuesday, for example, about 1500 new cases of COVID-19 were registered. In total, more than 58,300 corona infections have been reported (as of 16 September), 379 people have died. And the number of unreported cases in the Himalayan state is probably high.

Mountaineers from Bahrain arrived in Kathmandu

The Royal Guard expedition team from Bahrain

Nevertheless, the “special” expedition team from Bahrain arrived in Kathmandu today. The 18 mountaineers led by Sheikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family, had – as reported – received a special permit from the Nepalese government. They first want to acclimatize on the six-thousander Lobuche East near Mount Everest and then climb the 8,163-meter-high Manaslu – as training for an Everest ascent in spring 2021.

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