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Should you stay or should you go? Options for the Nepal fall season
As Covid took hold of Nepal just prior to the spring climbing and trekking season, the impact on the local population rapidly became evident.
With international travel slowly opening up, the option to return to Nepal for the fall climbing and trekking season became a slight possibility, but still with much uncertainty in the air.
Guiding companies took a range of approaches, from limited options, to advocating a strong point of view that any visit was just plain fool-hardy and potentially putting both locals and yourself at risk.
Perhaps the most vocal, with a very well thought through approach is Guy Cotter who heads up Adventure Network, who concludes his newsletter with:
“It comes down to who you are as a person and who you are prepared to put at risk for your own reward.”
Climbers have long been an internally focused and self-centered group on the whole, and anything that stands in the way of doing what we wish, when we want, is not uncommon. Yet right now, it seems looking beyond some immediate gratification, is certainly the most caring approach to the countries we visit.
As we dip into the fall season, the real pain is in Nepal itself, as highlighted by the Nepal Times in their article covering what the economic cost has been over the last 5 months. With virtually no work, and currently no flights into the country, the entire tourism industry is at a stand-still, and associated revenues non-existent.