Right now the whole world is in despair due to coronavirus outbreak. Amidst this chaos, the travelers who are stranded are suffering more with countries tightening their lockdown after the growing number of corona cases and deaths. Government of Nepal has also imposed complete lockdown since 24th March to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, around 2000 travelers are stranded in Nepal due to the lockdown. In response to this distressing situation, Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) has initiated a support network named Stranded in Nepal to facilitate the travelers for their safe return to their respective countries. The network enlists all the important services any traveler require at the current situation. The services include different WhatsApp groups (support channel, who want to stay & wait, who want to leave, country-wise), embassies details, airlines details, accommodations, restaurants and eateries list which are still serving and important information & links. The network also offers useful tips and guidelines to the travelers as follows:
In the meantime, the Government of Nepal is in constant contact with concerned embassies for returning their citizens. The Government in collaboration with local authorities is also evacuating the travellers by ground transferring and airlifting them to the capital city. Khumbu Pasang Lhamu Rural Municipality and Hotel Association Lukla are providing free lodging and fooding facilities to those stuck in Lukla (effective from 26th till lockdown period). Some hospitality providers are also offering free food and accommodation to the travellers in Pokhara and Kathmandu.
Though the situation is upsetting, Nepali tourism is responding it with patience and positivity. Explore Himalaya wholeheartedly appreciates such initiatives and extends thanks to everyone involved in this relief work especially Nepal Tourism Board, Government of Nepal, Local Authorities and Kind Hearts! We are also doing our best to arrange food and accommodation for our travelers and speed up their repatriation.
Hopefully all of us will overcome this situation very soon! Stay Safe, Stay Strong!!!