Everest is Open, But Will Anyone Show Up?
With international flights scheduled to begin on August 17, Nepal authorities have also granted trekking and expedition agencies permission to operate. Local companies are ready to outfit expeditions to Everest, Manaslu, Dhaulagiri, Cho Oyu and a number of 7,000’ers and 6,000’ers. The only element still missing is — mountaineers. International flights can land on Nepalese soil through a progressive process. It starts by allowing flights from “safer” countries and imposing quarantines until mid-August. The plan is to slowly lift these restrictions and have a regular flow of flights to Kathmandu by September. Nepal’s Department of Tourism is ready to issue climbing permits for autumn and is currently preparing safety procedures for tour operators and staff. Local outfitters, such as Tashi Lakpa’s Seven Summits Treks, will offer climbs of Everest-Lhotse, Manaslu, Makalu and Dhaulagiri. Meanwhile, Mingma G’s Imagine Nepal has set... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web