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Nepal's Second Wave of Coronavirus Leaves Mt Everest Deserted

Nepal's Second Wave of Coronavirus Leaves Mt Everest Deserted
Prayer flags at the Everest basecamp with Mt Annapurna in the backdrop, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The Himalayan range is empty and so is the Everest base camp which had only 150 climbers this year

OT Staff
November 11 , 2020
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The pandemic is seeing a second wave in Nepal. The tourism industry has been affected the most, with Mt Everest once again standing deserted with no mountaineers.

The Himalayan range is empty and so is the Everest Base Camp which had only 150 climbers this year. Generally this region remains crowded.

In August, after months of lockdown, travellers Mount Everest had reopened. Nepal had closed its borders just before the spring, the season when numerous mountaineers flock to the Himalayas. This cost the country millions of dollars as well as jobs. The autumn trekking season usually starts from September till November attracting hundreds of overseas travellers to Nepal.

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A major source of income in Nepal, the tourism industry has been badly hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. According to official data, the industry had generated more than $2 billion in 2019.


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