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Vaccination expiry dates & environmental issues: the next challenge for tourism

Trekkers returning to Nepal

The top two new challenges bearing down on tourism revival Tourists in the form of trekkers have been slowly seeping into Nepal for the past month since it started visa on arrivals again. In total in October 2021 there were just over 23,000  “arriving” into Nepal. Compared to 134,000 in October 2019. If the past …

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Lonely Planet Thorn Tree Closes Forever

Lonely Planet have permanently closed their community travel forum, the Thorn Tree With no warning, other than its long spiraling lack of care, Lonely Planet shut down the popular travel forum Thorn Tree in mid-September (2021). Not only that, but they deleted decades of information, history, and people’s friendships in what once was the world’s …

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Nepal restarts visa on arrival for vaccinated tourists – no quarantine needed

Tetang Upper Mustang Trek

Getting a visa on arrival is once again available in Nepal Someone was obviously listening two weeks ago when I wrote about the situation in Nepal 2021. Late last week it was announced that Nepali immigration are now reinstating visas on arrival for all vaccinated visitors with no quarantine!  There are, however, some necessary steps …

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How is Nepal doing in 2021?

Three trekkers in Nepal

Nepal heads into its fourth trekking season with not much happening Normally at about this time of year we’d all be gearing up for the peak visiting season in Nepal. It’s when the best weather arrives and tourists arrive to soak in the sun, mountains, culture, and lifestyle of the Himalayan nation. This year, like …

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Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks print (second edition) now available

Kathmandu Valley Heritage book in bookshop

Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks in paperback (second edition) I’m delighted to announce that my first of its kind Kathmandu Valley Heritage Walks book is now available in print internationally! It’s been an epic 10+ year project that not even the pandemic could stop.  Please note: If you bought the first edition of this book, then …

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First Everest summit expedition cancelled due to rising COVID-19 infections

Mount Everest Panorama

In the middle of the Everest climbing season Nepal is also in the middle of a second COVID-19 wave The Austrian expedition company Furtenbach Adventures announced on Saturday that they were cancelling their attempt at climbing Mount Everest this season. Such calls are usually made due to bad weather. In 2021 it was due to …

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Second Wave of COVID-19 hits Nepal hard: do not falter, but show the way

Trekkers in Nepal During the Pandemic

Finally, everyone is worried The first wave came in 2020 and people got sick. Tourism stopped. Over the past year Nepal met the pandemic with its typical resilience. The 2015 earthquake is still in many peoples minds. To this day people are still waiting for promised aid to rebuild their houses. Others knew it wasn’t …

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