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Interviews with lodge owners and trekking professionals

Interviews with lodge owners and trekking professionals were taken in three trekking and climbing destination regions of Nepal: (1) Makalu-Barun National Park and Buffer Zone, (2) Manaslu Conservation Area (Nubri), and (3) Sagarmatha (Mt. Everest) National Park, and are transcribed here. We wanted to hear directly from the lodge owner-operators and guides concerning what they know about COVID-19, how they receive their information, and how they’ve responded to the safety protocols recommended by the Government of Nepal and international health organizations. Summaries of the interview responses are provided before each of the questionnaires.