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Kathmandu valley lockdown further relaxed, private vehicles to ply on odd-even basis

By The Himalayan Times ONLINE

Published: 05:50 pm Jun 20, 2021






Anger grows in Nepal over Covid vaccine delays

“Nepalis died for Britain and India, now they are letting us die."

Alisha Sijapati, The Nepali Times, June 18, 2021






Disasters in Nepal come in waves

There are crises within crises, layers upon layers of calamities

Kunda Dixit, The Nepali Times, June 17, 2021






Nepal valley suffers quadruple disaster

After surviving the 2015 earthquake, wildfires and the pandemic, Melamchi is hit by deadly flood

Amit Machamasi, The Nepali Times, June 16, 2021



Monsoon hits Nepal with a bang

Heavy precipitation floods Himalayan rivers in Central Nepal, putting towns at risk

Nepali Times, June 15, 2021



TIA lacks mechanism to check baggage loss

By HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE

Published: 09:25 am Jun 11, 2021



Pandemic and the political-economy of oxygen supply

Donations of oxygen plants in response to second wave may force local producers to fold

Kaustubh Dhital, The Nepali Times, June 9, 2021



Nepal braces for monsoon-pandemic double hit

Covid-ravaged Nepal is facing another high risk flood and landslide season

Sonia Awale, The Nepali Times, June 9, 2021



Nepal’s doctors are like soldiers fighting a war

In cities and villages, medical workers on Covid frontlines now get a little help from telemedicine

Donatella Lorch, The Nepali Times, June 6, 2021



US announces Covid-19 vaccines for Nepal and other countries

Not clear how many doses Nepal gets from 7 million Washington allocated for over a dozen Asian nations.

Anil Giri, The Kathmandu Post, 4 May 2021



In Nepal, virus climbs from plains to mountains

As the daily case load drops in the Tarai, the pandemic spreads to remotest Himalayan villages

The Nepali Times, 28 May 2021



60 to 64-year-olds to get Chinese jabs as WHO urges world to give shots to Nepal

With health system bursting at the seams and a third wave likely, the world must show the same level of generosity that Nepalis have showered on visitors for years, UN body says.

Arjun Poudel, The Kathmandu Post, 2 May 2021



Nepal Covid-19 impact worse than official figures


Only hospital deaths are counted, without testing daily caseload total is meaningless

Kaustubh Dhital, The Nepali Times, May 30, 2021



Life hangs by an oxygen tube in Nepal


Journalist recounts the frantic search for oxygen for her cousin suffering from Covid-19

Unnati Chaudhary in Kailali, The Nepali Times, June 2, 2021



As Covid-19 crests, Nepal eases restrictions


Lockdown remains till 14 June, but some rules relaxed

Nepali Times, June 2, 2021



Limited passenger flights to Turkey to begin Thursday and Qatar next week


Flights allowed to China as well but the country is yet to lift its travel ban.


Sangam Prasain, Kathmandu Post, 1 June 2021



Nepal allows limited passenger flights to and from China, Qatar and Turkey

The move, amid a ban on all international flights, is aimed at facilitating travels, as chartered flights are said to be charging exorbitant fares.

Sangam Prasain, Kathmandu Post, 31 May 2021



Vacillating on vaccines

Let’s see fewer Tweets of donated items that Nepal can afford to buy, and more timetables for vaccine deliveries.

Editorial, The Nepali Times, 25 May 2021



With COVID-19 cases surging, Nepal asks global community for urgent vaccine help

Nepal, the landlocked Himalayan country, currently has one of the highest COVID-19 viral reproduction rates in the world.

The Conversation, 26 May, 2021



The COVID-19 Pandemic May Be the Hardest Mountain Nepal's Sherpas Have Ever Had to Climb

A coronavirus outbreak on Mount Everest has seen dozens of people evacuated by helicopter from the foot of the world's highest peak, derailing Nepal's plans for a record climbing season.

BY ROJITA ADHIKARI / EVEREST SOUTH BASE CAMP AND KATHMANDU, TIME, MAY 21, 2021 6:05 AM EDT,



Despite coronavirus scare, more than 170 climbers summit Everest in a day

With a record 408 permits issued, the mountain remains crowded even after many abandoned their ascent as climbers and guides show Covid-19 symptoms.

Sangam Prasain, The Kathmandu Post, 24 May 2021



Aid pours into Nepal, but where be vaccines?

International community rushes oxygen and PPEs, but Nepal is not even getting the vaccines it paid for

Sonia AwaleMay 22, 2021, The Nepali Times



3-pronged strategy to save Nepal from Covid-19

Mushfiq Mobarak and Neela SaldanhaMay 21, 2021, The Nepali Times



United Nations calls for support to its Nepal Covid-19 emergency response plan

The Rs9.7 billion plan fund is being set up to assist 750,000 of the most vulnerable people affected by the pandemic.

The Kathmandu Post, 22 May 2021


It’s an Emergency

Nepal’s most immediate needs: oxygen and vaccines

Sonia AwaleMay 20, 2021


Steep Covid-19 Rise in Nepal Mirrors India’s Surge

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By Krishna Pokharel, WSJ.com, 18 May 2021

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Steep Covid-19 Rise in Nepal Mirrors India’s Surge

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Statement on Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis from the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies & an open Letter to the White House: Prioritize Nepal for Immediate Vaccine Aid, 18 May 2021

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ANHS Statement on COVID-19 in Nepal

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Statement on Nepal’s COVID-19 Crisis from the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies & an open Letter to the White House: Prioritize Nepal for Immediate Vaccine Aid, 18 May 2021


China cancels spring Everest climbing season over Nepal Covid-19 cases

* Sports authorities say action needed to ensure there is no chance of imported infections

* A group of climbers already on their way to summit from northern side

Mimi Lau, South China Morning Post, 16 May 2021


Scrambling for jabs, Nepal in talks with Russia, China, US

With India, the vaccine powerhouse, itself in dire need of international support, the government looks to other countries to acquire shots as coronavirus cases surge.

Anil Giri, The Kathmandu Post, 18 May 2021


No one is safe until everyone is safe!


How you can help Nepal in this hour of need!

Raj Gyawali, 17 May 2021


As infections surge uncontrolled in the country, WHO says Nepal has emergency needs

In his regular press briefing the UN health agency’s director general also called on rich countries to help in the equitable distribution of vaccines to avoid a ‘moral catastrop

The Kathmandu Post, May 15, 2021



An Everest expedition abandons base camp after several climbers test positive for the coronavirus.

A prominent mountaineering company abandoned its summit expedition on Saturday after more climbers were found to be infected with the coronavirus.

By Bhadra Sharma, The New York Times, May 15, 2021



Nepal’s diaspora comes to the rescue

Migrant workers in the Middle East dispatch oxygen cylinders home to help Nepal flight the pandemic

Upasana Khadka, May 15, 2021, The Nepali Times



Facing a COVID Crisis, Nepal Cries Out for Help

“People are dying every few minutes because of a lack of oxygen, we don’t know when this will end…It’s chaos”

By Peter Gill, The Diplomat, 14 May 2021




Nepal allows ‘special flights’ to evacuate stranded foreigners

The government has also permitted the evacuation of a number of Indian nationals using Kathmandu as a transit point to escape the flight ban in India.

Sangam Prasain, The Kathmandu Post, 14 May 2021



Tourists wait to get out amid virus surge, lockdown

There are around 2,000 foreign nationals currently in Kathmandu who are trying to leave, officials say. Flights are suspended until May 31 midnight.

Sangam Prasain, The Kathmandu Post, 12 May 2021



Nepal says its Covid response is under control – everyone can see it’s not true

I’ve watched from the UK as family and friends share increasingly desperate news. Nepal’s leaders have ensured the lack of preparation


By Subina Shrestha, The Guradian, 11 May 2021

China to create 'line of separation' at Everest summit over Covid fears

China will set up "a line of separation" at the summit of Mount Everest to prevent the mingling of climbers from Covid-hit Nepal and those ascending from the Tibetan side as a precautionary measure, Chinese state media reported on Sunday.


Story by Reuters—Updated 2:07 AM ET, Mon May 10, 2021, CNN Travel

Concern in China over Nepal Covid-19 surge

Chinese social media users urge their government to help Nepal fight the pandemic


Aneka Rebecca Rajbhandari and Raunab Singh Khatri in BeijingMay 10, 2021, The Nepali Times, 10 May 2021

Scrambling for jabs, Nepal in talks with Russia, China, US

With India, the vaccine powerhouse, itself in dire need of international support, the government looks to other countries to acquire shots as coronavirus cases surge.


Anil Giri, The Kathmandu Post, 10 May 2021

Nepal is being overwhelmed by Covid. We need help

KP Sharma Oli, Mon 10 May 2021 09.16 EDT, The Guardian

Nepal’s life or death O2 quest

With government overwhelmed, activists risk infection to find and deliver oxygen to coronavirus patients

Nepali Times, May 8, 2021

NTB Update Regarding Tourist Evacuation to Kathmandu

Friday, May 7th, 2021

With the rapid increase of the cases of COVID-19 (with new variant) infections in Nepal, we would like to inform you that the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal has decided/instructed the following with regard to the movement of individuals in the country:

  1. Nepalese citizens as well as foreigners willing to enter Kathmandu Valley from any entry points shall have to mandatorily stay 5-day quarantine in any of the hotels approved by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation. The list of such approved hotels can be viewed at the website of Nepal Tourism Board: https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/covid-html

  2. After the 5-day quarantine, a PCR test shall have to be done.

  3. The cost of hotel stay including three meals a day has been fixed as NPR 3000 Nett per day.

In case of any foreigners requiring rescue flight/s to Kathmandu from any part of the country, all concerned are requested to mandatorily coordinate with Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) before getting the approval of such rescue flight/s from the office of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN).  The concerned agency or person coordinating for such rescue flight/s should fill up the online “Evacuation Form” which can be accessed in the website https://www.welcomenepal.com/plan-your-trip/covid-19.html

For further information, please contact:

Tel:  9851254666

Email: [email protected]

How Nepal can survive 2nd Covid wave

Masking up, physical separation and mass immunisation

By Buddha Basnyat, The Nepali Times, 2 May 2021

What does a COVID-19 outbreak mean for life at Everest’s base camp?

Climber Mark Synnott talks about the COVID-19 outbreak in Nepal and his search for the camera that could change history

BYPETER GWIN, National Geographic Travel, PUBLISHED MAY 7, 2021

Nepal reports 19 positive Covid tests at Dhaulagiri base camp

Decision to allow expeditions to go ahead dealt blow after outbreak on world’s seventh highest mountain

Rajneesh Bhandari in Kathmandu, 5May, 2021, The Guardian

Nepal’s imploding Covid-19 crisis: Abandoned by government, not prioritized by the international community

Nepalis are facing multitude of emergencies and drowning in desperation

Siromani Dhungana and Kashish Das Shrestha - 3 May, 2021, Nepal Live Today

Covid cases at Everest base camp raise fears of serious outbreak

In recent weeks, several climbers have been flown out of Mount Everest Base Camp after reporting symptoms of Covid-19, then tested positive.

By Navin Singh Khadka
Environment correspondent, BBC World Service, 5 May 2021

Infections are surging among climbers trying to scale Mount Everest.

In recent weeks, several climbers have been flown out of Mount Everest Base Camp after reporting symptoms of Covid-19, then tested positive.

The New York Times, 5 May 2021

The COVID Outbreak on Everest Is Getting Worse

A climber posted on social media that the situation at Base Camp is “a total shitstorm. I had no idea what I was flying into.”

Outside, 4 May 2021

Everest Covid outbreak throws climbing season into doubt

Nepal authorities accused of underplaying seriousness of situation as daily cases soar

By Peter Beaumont, The Guardian, 3 May, 2021

The die has been cast

With over 7,000 cases over the past 24 hours, Nepal has crossed the point of no return. The best time to act was yesterday; the second best time is now.

By Pranaya SJB Rana , The Record, 2 May, 2021

Govt. Halts All Domestic, International Flights

Kathmandu, May. 2: The Meeting of Council of Ministers held today at the Prime Minister's residence in Baluwatar has decided to halt all the domestic flights from today midnight and international flights from 12:00 am on May 6.

By Sapana Thami, The Rising Nepal, May 1, 2021

Nepal runs out of hospital beds as India’s outbreak spills across the border.


The coronavirus outbreak in India has spilled across the border into Nepal, where health officials have warned that hospital beds are unavailable, vaccines are running short and the number of new infections is rising faster than overwhelmed clinics can record them.

By Bhadra Sharma, May 1, 2021

Is Everest Base Camp the World’s Next Covid Hotspot?

Despite the official party line from the Nepal government, Covid appears to be tearing through Everest Base Camp.

Ben Ayers and Diwan Rai, 30 April 2021, Climbing Newsletter

Kathmandu electric crematorium running non-stop

More than 30 fatalities nationwide for a second day in a row as Nepal is hit by second wave

Amit Machamasi, The Nepali Times, April 30, 2021

Nepal facing deadly Covid wave similar to India, doctors warn

Situation is out of control’ as cases spike and hospitals run short of beds and oxygen

Rajneesh Bhandari in Kathmandu and Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi, The Guardian, 20 April 2021

Everest: The Haste to Escape Base Camp

About 8 persons per day are being evacuated from base camp with COVID symptoms, while climbers attempt to distance themselves by staying at higher camps instead of rotating down.

Angela Benevides, The Explorers Web, 28 April 2021

Nepal COVID infections surge, fuelled by India’s mutant strains

Nepal, which shares a long porous border with India, reported 3,032 new infections on Sunday, the highest daily surge recorded this year.

ALJAZEERA, 27 April 2021

Mt Everest City

Despite Covid-19, Everest is more crowded this spring than at any time in climbing history

Monika Deupala in Everest Base Camp, The Nepali Times, April 26, 2021

Prohibitory orders in Kathmandu Valley from Thursday

Tika R. Pradhan, The Kathmandu Post, 27 April, 2021

Fake negative test reports cause for concern

Chandan Kumar Mandal, The Kathmandu Post, 24 April 2021

Off the Record 003: The Second Wave

Pranaya Rana, Off the Record, Issue 003 • 23 April 2021

The First Case of COVID-19 at Everest Base Camp

The pandemic continues to complicate hopes for a normal season on the world’s highest mountain

Taylor Gee, April 20, 2021, Outside

Unmasking the second wave

Nepalis are ignoring the new coronavirus surge

Sonia Awale, The Nepali Times, April 15, 2021

Preparing for a ‘No Normal’

The coronavirus surge in India has increased the risk of the spread of the virus to Nepal

Editorial, The Nepali Times, April 13, 2021

1st signs of the 2nd wave in Nepal

The coronavirus surge in India has increased the risk of the spread of the virus to Nepal

Sonia Awale, The Nepali Times, April 8, 2021

Nepal’s smoky mountains

Views of the Himalaya from Kathmandu during the lockdown last year, and this week

Nepali Times, April 7, 2021

As Climbers Return to Everest, an Already Dangerous Ascent Becomes Extra Perilous

Nepal, desperate for tourist money, says it has taken steps to prevent a coronavirus outbreak, including social distancing at base camp and evacuation plans in case Covid-19 flares up.

By Bhadra Sharma and Emily Schmall

April 4, 2021, 11:57 a.m. ET

Nepal relaxes entry for tourists

No quarantine and visa on arrival now, but conditions apply

Nepali Times, March 30, 2021

Fully vaccinated people can resume travel at low risk to themselves, new CDC guidance says

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday released a highly anticipated update to travel guidance for people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, eliminating some testing and quarantine recommendations.

By Lauren Mascarenhas, CNN

Updated 11:42 AM ET, Fri April 2, 2021

The Current State of International Travel According to the CDC

If you’re someone who enjoys travel—especially international travel—2020 was probably a very challenging year for you. Thanks to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of us were forced to stay close to home for months at a time. And if you did manage to travel, chances are it was to a destination within driving distance…

March 4, 2021 by Kraig Becker

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES NEPAL & EVEREST BASE CAMP

Update March 27th: Coronavirus Rescheduling & Trip Updates

The good news is that Nepal reopened for trekking and has lifted the quarantine requirements for all travelers (View latest news). The following requirements are now effective for travel to Nepal.

David Urmann 27 March 2021

Nepal govt shuts schools, colleges for four days owing to pollution

The Government of Nepal has decided to shut all educational institutions for four days starting Tuesday, until Friday, owing to the severe deterioration of air quality in recent days.

The Himalayan, 29 March 2021
Note: this article is included because air pollution is also impacting tourism in Nepal, specifically in terms of the cancelled international and in-country flights that are preventing tourists from arriving.





Disregarding Covid-19 risk, hundreds of maskless youths celebrate Holi in Kathmandu

Health experts fear the revelry could become a ‘super-spreading’ event leading to another coronavirus crisis.

Anup Ojha, 29 March 2021






Nepal removes quarantine provisions for tourists vaccinated for COVID-19

Kathmandu [Nepal], March 26, (ANI): Nepal on Thursday enforced new travel rules removing the quarantine requirements for foreign tourists who have got both doses of Covid-19 vaccine, in an attempt to give a boost to pandemic-depressed travel and tourism business in the country.

ANI, 26 March, 2021


Nepal (Travel Restrictions, COVID Tests & Quarantine Requirements)

This page was last updated on 25 March, 2021.

Wego Travel Blog


In a bid to boost tourism, Nepal lifts mandatory quarantine for vaccinated tourists

Travellers visiting Nepal currently must go into mandatory hotel quarantine for a minimum of seven days upon arrival in Nepal.

Sangam Prasain

March 19, 2021


'Vaccine passports': Will they be available in the U.S. in time for summer?

NBC News senior medical correspondent Dr. John Torres writes about his search for vaccine certification.

By John Torres, M.D.

March 14, 2021, 5:30 AM EDT

Nepal should now allow visa on arrival

Even before vaccine passports, the government needs to ease entry procedures for visitors

Sonia Awale

March 10, 2021

Conservation vs tourism: Restriction on helicopter flights in Everest skies brings Nepal govt, entrepreneurs at odds

In mid-January, Sudhir Chaudhary, an Indian journalist, flew to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar on a Simrik Air helicopter. To many, his visit was seen as an excursion of Nepali tourism’s USP, the Khumbu valley. As Chaudhary is the Editor-in-Chief of Zee News, there were no further questions to him regarding the purpose of his visit; he went and came back without much trouble.

Shashwat Pant

No dissemination of pictures of others on Everest without permission

As the mountaineering season nears, Department of Tourism introduces a slew of rules to avoid controversies. These are old rules and cannot be enforced, say observers.

Sangam Prasain

Nepal to Reopen Everest for Spring 2021 Despite Ongoing Pandemic

As a nation that relies heavily on tourist dollars, Nepal found itself amongst the destinations that were struggling. It is a country that offers some of the best mountaineering and trekking on the planet, but with very few travelers able to make the journey, local guides and their support team found themselves without clients.

March 9, 2021 by Kraig Becker

Increasing tourist arrivals raise recovery hopes

Tourists are gradually visiting the country after the government relaxed the rules and regulations put in place to limit the spread of the coronavirus infection.

By ARPANA ALE MAGAR, Published: 01:02 pm Feb 04, 2021

Confusion reigns as officialdom keeps changing entry protocols for tourists as peak season begins

Different agencies have different quarantine rules. The beleaguered tourism industry worries the season may be over before the government gets its act together.

By Sangam Prasain

Icefall doctors leave for Base camp to open the Mt. Everest route for the spring season

A 10-member team of icefall doctors left for the Mt Everest Base camp to fix a climbing route up to Camp II of the World's Highest Peak for the Spring season, this year, today.

By Sandeep Sen - Aashish Chaudhary

Nepal welcomed around 9,000 foreign tourists in January

According to the records of the Department of Immigration (DoI), visitors from 121 countries entered Nepal during the period. Of the total number, 4,028 were Indian tourists and 1,877 were Chinese. Similarly, 874 visitors were from the US, followed by 136 from the United Kingdom and 113 from Turkey.

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How to Be a Respectful Trekker in Nepal

There are dozens of trekking routes across Nepal, but whichever route you are trekking, you should make an effort to do so respectfully. Not only will this reflect well on your own culture or nationality, but it shows consideration for the people and land that are hosting you. Trekking respectfully in Nepal can leave a positive cultural and economic impact. You may make lasting friends, or at the very least know that you made a good impression.

Inside Himalayas

Covid: Airline industry travel pass ready 'within weeks'

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) says it expects its digital Covid Travel Pass will be ready "within weeks".

BBC News

Come one, come all, says Everest region to tourists

The local administration has removed all Covid-related requirements including test report and quarantine for visitors.

By Sangam Prasain

HIGH WATER

Scientists trace the origin of the damming of the Arun River in April to a bursting glacial lake near Mt Makalu

By Alton C Byers in the BARUN VALLEY

‘It’s as if there’s no Covid’: Nepal defies pandemic amid a broken economy

Cases appear low and sports venues are packed, but protests are on the rise as jobs are lost and personal debt soars.

Miniature Satellites Reveal Cause of Deadly Uttarakhand Flood That Devastated Dams

The disaster draws attention to the controversial hydropower projects in the Himalayas

By Kelso Harper on February 12, 2021

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More Himalayan tsunamis

The Nanda Devi glacial lake flood on 7 February is a warning for the rest of the Himalaya to be prepared

Editorial, February 8, 2021

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Latest CDC Travel Recommendation for Nepal

Nepal COVID apps

  • Covid NP

    COVID NP will act as a platform where the public can get authentic and official information from the government, can acknowledge their status of COVID-19 health status and even can help government in tackling COVID-19. The official website is https://covid19.gov.np

  • Hamro Swasthya

    Hamro Swasthya is a mobile application developed by Ministry of Health and Population, Government of Nepal to provide reliable information on important health to Nepali citizens. At this time of COVID-19 global pandemic, this app is dedicated towards COVID-19 control and awareness, but the overall target of the application is to cover all health related issues in coming days.

  • Nepal Covid-19 Surveillance

    Nepal COVID-19 Surveillance System is a collaborative effort of Nepal Research and Education Network (NREN), Center for Information and Communication Technology (ICT4D), Innovative Solution Pvt. Ltd. (Insol), I. Click Pvt. Ltd. (iClick), Public Health Concern Trust-Nepal (PHECT-Nepal), Nepal Disaster and Emergency Medicine Center (NADEM) and Innovative Data Solution Pvt. Ltd. (IDS). The system is designed to detect community spread of the disease, which will help Government, Local Government and Communities to fight against Corona outbreak.

Nepal Tourism Think Tank (Facebook Group)

A ThinkTank for strategizing the future of Nepal Tourism. Also a connector between the tourism industry and the deep unknown (the rest of the world).