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Can tourism in Nepal overcome the realities of the consequences of COVID and the ongoing global recession?

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Nov 14, 2022

As businesses around the world grapple with the impact of the COVID pandemic, it looks like adventure tourism is rebounding. Many people have been confined to their own countries for more than two years, so there has been a welcome rush to tourist destinations this summer. Just look at the chaos of airports to see the proof. And it looks like adventure tourism in Nepal is also about to make a big comeback.

According to the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), 473,563 tourists visited Nepal in the first 10 months of 2022, compared to 230,085 in 2020 and 150,962 in 2021. Although the figures for 2022 have not yet reached pre-pandemic levels, that’s good news. for tourism in Nepal.

Mountaineering is the main source of income.

Mountaineering provides a huge income to this developing nation, so it is a relief to see this sector thriving again. According to the Ministry of Tourism, 560 climbers, including Sherpas, have successfully climbed Mount Everest this season. With 425 foreign climbers, hailing from 59 countries, paying US$11,000 in royalties per person to climb the world’s tallest mountain and accompanying Sherpas paying US$650 per person, this injected much needed funds into the climbing industry. and tourism. It should be noted that climbing groups have braved not only COVID, but the mountains themselves to pursue their passion throughout the pandemic. It must also be said that scaling Everest is not for the faint-hearted at any time, and success is not guaranteed. Three people have died climbing Everest this season: a foreign climber and two Nepalese. Although death on Everest is not unheard of, with modern equipment and improved skills, it should be noted that dead on mount everest decrease. For those who want to know more, you can consult

Not everyone who travels to Nepal is a mountaineer. Many tourists come for trekking, which is more affordable and within reach of almost everyone in terms of physical condition and budget. There are many trails across the country, from one-day hikes and three- or four-day treks to longer routes that involve staying in basic accommodation or tents.

To this day, the hiking trails around Mount Everest remain among the most popular, with the Everest Base Camp Trek rank high in popularity. This trek follows the route taken by mountaineers from flying to Lukla, one of the highest airports in the world, visiting Namche Bazaar, the market town in the heart of the Sherpa homeland to reaching the base camp of the Everest and the magnificent Kalapatthar ridge from where the views of Everest are even more stunning.

The likes of Everest Base Camp Trek first attract adventurers to Nepal, and they often return to experience other treks. More recently, helicopter tours have taken visitors directly to Everest and other places without the need to walk for days. With all these treks, circuits and adventures waiting for you, why shouldn’t Nepalese tourism get back in shape? You can find Everest Base Camp Trek answers and details here. You can also search for other tours to suit your vacation style on the same site.

Recovery yes, but still a long way to go

After experiencing a marked upturn in tourism this year, it is true that there is still a long way to go for the tourist section of Nepal to fully recover. In October, 88,582 tourists arrived by air. This is a 62% drop from October 2019. And things are still slowing down in the hospitality industry. Senior Vice President of Nepal Hotel Association, Mr. Binayak Shah, says that the average hotel occupancy rate is only 25%. But with many inquiries for upcoming tourist seasons, things are definitely in place.

There has been an increase in the number of Indian and Bangladeshi tourists, Shah says, which signals a positive note, especially since visitors from neighboring countries tend to come all year round and not just during “tourist seasons”. » traditional spring and autumn. With the majority of arrivals from SAARC countries and Europe, those most conspicuous by their absence are Chinese visitors. While parts of China are still in lockdown and strict travel restrictions are enforced, tourism awaits their return.

While the tourism sector hopes that more people will travel due to the reduction in the number of COVID cases and the increase in the number of people vaccinated, the economy must also be taken into account. How governments handle recessions, fuel shortages and other spending this winter will impact the tourism sector next year. We can only hope for the best.

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