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Adventure travel in Nepal during the COVID-19 pandemic. How is Down to Earth Adventure operating its trips?

Nepal’s cabinet meeting recently announced that it will be resuming international flights for general tourists starting 17th September 2020 on the recommendation of the Covid-19 Crisis Management Committee (CCMC). Those traveling to Nepal for trekking, tours, and mountaineering activities will also be allowed from 17th October onwards. With this major announcement, the question in every traveler’s minds who had been forced to put their long-awaited plans of traveling to Nepal on the back burner is that how their bucket list trips are going to be operated amidst this pandemic and if they are going to be safe while trekking in Nepal right now.
With the reopening of the tourism its associated sectors, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation of Nepal recently issued detailed documentation on the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and health and safety protocols for the entire tourism industry and its peers to minimize the impending risks of Covid-19 and to ensure the well-being of the visitors during the pandemic. These protocols are in line with WHO guidelines. The documentation contains thorough guidelines for varieties of activities out of which here are some that apply to group tours and treks:
  • Clients should carry their own masks to use when traveling.
  • Clients should inform their guide or leader of any symptoms of any sort of illness.
  • Clients should have travel medical insurance that includes helicopter evacuation, and the travel medical company would ensure that clients would be medevaced out in case of any illness.
  • Clients have to agree to follow the company’s health and safety protocol in case of any suspected case of virus transmission.
  • Clients shall agree to follow the company's health and safety protocol in case of any suspected case of virus transmission or illness within the group or the area.
  • Clients shall be requested to carry their own sanitizer with them in their packs at all times.
  • The trek leader or guide must report the health status of group members in all the health posts that lie in the trekking route, also have health check-up done. These reports are to be submitted regularly to the Agency for future contact tracing.
  • The group shall not hand out sweets or other things to kids or locals while trekking or at camp.
  • The group shall maintain distance from other trekking groups and villagers.
  • Shaking hands and hugging locals or other trekkers should be avoided at any time. Adopt ‘Namaste’ (Joining hands and bowing head slightly) as a non-contact form of greeting.
  • All groups shall maintain social and physical distancing as per protocol from other trekking groups, lodge staff, and locals.
  • The guide shall ensure that the lodge owners and staff are maintaining their property as per established guidelines
  • The guide shall advise clients to strictly follow health protocols in lodges (coughing into elbow or shirt, wearing masks, not handing common condiment containers without clean hands, not touching door handles without clean hands, not using any common towel, etc).
  • The guide shall make sure that the kitchen facilities and rooms in the lodges are
  • Clean, sanitized, and sterilized.
  • The trekking company would have a full medical kit including sufficient extra masks, inhalers, plastic gloves, thermometers, and oxygen cylinders.
  • Ensure proper management of Waste/Garbage Materials.

For full comprehensive guidelines please follow the link Operational guidelines with health protocols for tourism sector.

Apart from following these protocols that have been made compulsory for the travel and tourism industry by the government, we as an adventure travel agency will be taking extra precautions to provide safe logistics and ensure our trips are run with an utmost priority toward our guest’s safety. Here are some of the extra measure we will be adopting for our guests;
  • Copies of negative COVID-19 (PCR) test results obtained within 72 hours prior to the departure of the trip of all the local staff (leaders, guides, sherpas, and porters) will be provided to the guests. We will require the same from our guests as well. This will put aside any anxieties and confusion among the guests and the ground crew.
  • For all group treks operated by DowntoEarth during the pandemic, all clients will be provided with a single tent, except for couples or people who have traveled to Nepal together without any extra charges or a single supplement. This applies to all the trips booked and canceled/postponed before the pandemic as well.
  • High-quality Four-season sleeping bags will be made available for hire. However, we encourage each of our guests to bring their personal sleeping gear.
  • Guests are requested to bring their own masks and sanitizers enough to last the duration of their visit but we will be providing extra masks and sanitizers just in case anyone runs out of them.
  • D2E guides will be monitoring each guest’s temperature and their overall health situation during the trek and while in teahouses.
This pandemic has unquestionably caused enormous changes in each and every one of our lives, our very way of thinking, and brought out fears in all our hearts. But we believe travel to be the salve to a lot of these seen and unseen wounds and we are here to help you ignite that wanderer’s spark buried deep in you again. So if you had been stalling on your plans to trek in Nepal, now is the time to browse for those ticket rates and let us take care of the rest.

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Best regards,

Rahul Shrestha
Managing Director
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