How we are operating and organizing trips safely and smoothly after Pandemic in Nepal
There are a lot of speculations and concerns about when people can freely travel and go to their favorite destination after such a Covid pandemic. Many nations around the world have officially welcomed people for tourism whereas as such are limited to domestic tourists. After long research and understanding of the Covid-19 virus, we’re at a point where if necessary precautions are taken, everyone will be safe and healthy. It’s 90%+ success rate of covid vaccine by many American Companies and soon everyone will have access to it. With all this information it’s no doubt if necessary precautions are taken, we can travel safely. We at Discovery World Trekking were doing our own research about how trekking/expedition can be made safer after a pandemic and after months of lockdown, we are successfully organizing and operating tours and treks in the Himalayas of Nepal. Here’s How we organized and operated Everest Base Camp Trek with Gokyo lake with Mr. Niklas in November of 2020.
Safety First - Trekking in Nepal
Discovery World Trekking has been providing the best quality service since established. our experience in operating treks/expeditions has always been hygienic, safe, and adventurous. Yes, Covid-19 demands extra safety and we have it covered for our valuable clients. We are equipped with the best quality covid prevention kits, high-quality sanitizers, masks, and temperature monitoring devices. After lots of research and hands-on experience during the pandemic, we are totally prepared and already welcoming thrill-seekers and mountain lovers since November of 2020. We aim to organize a healthy and memorable venture for our valuable clients.
Nepal starts vaccination drive against COVID-19
We have some good news before this February 2021, we’re closer to going back to normal life as almost every country has started its covid-19 vaccination. Like Europe and the Americas, Nepal has also started its Vaccination program earlier this week. It’s a piece of great news for everyone, especially for the travelers and tourists who were skeptical about how is Travelling going to be safe. Now you can worry less and enjoy more of your adventures.
The Government of Nepal is planning to inoculate 20 percent (or 6 million) of its population in the first phase to immunize people above the age of 60 in addition to frontline health workers, and according to emergency needs. We hope soon everyone will get a vaccine and the world be safer to travel like before the covid. Glad to see how Nepal is doing its best to fight against the covid and make Nepal Safer travel!
We were prepared and we succeed
In November 2020, Niklas joined Discovery World Trekking for the classic Everest Base camp trek with Gokyo Lake too. “It was once in a lifetime experience”, he says. Here’s how his experience was at Everest Base Camp in his own words from our TripAdvisor Page.
All necessary equipment & Visa Information on Post Covid Travel
We have made sure that we'll have a temperature screening device every time with us so that you’ll be alert and informed about your health condition each day. From the day you arrive in Nepal, everything will be in a very organized manner with cleanliness kept at the highest priority. As per the guidelines by Nepal Tourism Board, Gear like Temperature screening devices, sanitizers, high-quality masks, and all other equipment on that particular date will be at your service for all safety precautions. The guidelines approved by the Ministry of Culture, Tourism, and Civil Aviation of Nepal for mountaineers and trekkers :
- Trekkers and mountaineers are allowed into Nepal as of Oct 17. Please contact your travel and trekking agency for more up-to-date information. If implemented, the guidelines provide that:
- t is required to obtain a visa before arrival through their travel and trekking agencies.
- A PCR report is mandatory for 72 hours prior to departure from their home country
- A hotel booking for 7 days' quarantine is requisite.
- A PCR test should be taken on the 5th day of quarantine before proceeding to their expedition.
- Trekkers and mountaineers must possess insurance of at least $5,000 USD against COVID-19
- On your arrival, you'll complete the immigration formalities and head straight to your hotel for quarantine. It is mandatory to stay under quarantine for seven days.
- If the PCR test result is positive, then you must isolate yourself and remain under quarantine for the required period, until you get two negative PCR tests.
- hotel room charge for this period shall be borne by you.
- On the 5th day, a PCR test will be conducted. You need to arrange for the test by yourself by visiting a clinic that has a PCR testing facility. It is mandatory to stay inside your hotel room until and unless you receive your report. You will be allowed to start exploring Nepal on the 7th day only if your test result is negative.
- Insurance of NRS.1,00,000/- must be deposited as COVID-19 insurance for the guides and field staff in Nepal. This insurance will be taken care of by Discovery World Trekking.
- PCR tests for Trek leaders & field staffs along with insurance will be provided by Discovery World Trekking
- Based on the Department of Tourism’s recent updates all the above-stated standard operating procedures (SOP) and safety protocols for travelers must be followed by tourists visiting Nepal. The agency which organizes the vacation for the tourist will be responsible for informing and updating their client about the safety protocols for travelers and SOP.
Important Visa Information
Discovery World Trekking offers you full assistance for the processing and approval of your visa application prior to your travel. However, to get your visa approved you will have to send us the following documents:
- Photocopies (colored) of your Passport
- International Flight Details
- Details of travel insurance with Covid-19 coverage costing not less than USD 5000/-
- Confirmed hotel reservation for 7 days to be utilized for the quarantine period. We will book the hotel room for you as per your budget.
Welcome to Tribhuvan International Airport
We at Discovery World Trekking make sure to be there to receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport. As per tradition, we welcome you with Garland and smiles. While at the airport we make sure to make necessary Covid-19 Guidelines and drop you at your Hotel. Here’s How we welcomed Mr. Nikal for his trip to Everest Base Camp with Gokyo Lake Trek.
EBC Trekking experience of Niklas with Discovery World Trekking
Just back from an amazing experience trekking to Everest Base Camp (5,364m), Kala Patthar (5,643m), Cho La Pass (5,420m), and Gokyo Ri (5,360m) in November 2020. I had planned the trek for nearly a year but was interrupted by the pandemic. I caught a mild version of Covid in late September, and tested positive for antibodies right about the time Nepal re-opened for trekking and mountaineering mid-October and saw the opportunity of a lifetime; to trek nearly undisturbed in what could otherwise be a fairly crowded peak-season.
I came in contact with Paul and had long and detailed discussions about Nepal’s travel restrictions; visa, insurance, and PCR test requirements, etc. Paul and his team were extremely helpful and updated me on all the latest news, how to interpret the regulation while helping me apply for a visa. In the end, I had no trouble entering Nepal or continuing my journey towards Everest.
I traveled to Kathmandu in early November, was met at the airport by my guide, Karan, who brought me to my hotel and helped me get the required PCR test to allow me to continue my journey to Lukla. Karan was very helpful throughout the trek; had updated knowledge of which villages were open or closed (all of the major hubs along the trail were open, although maybe only 1-2 lodges in each village), he provided me with face masks and alcogel when needed and helped me set the right trekking pace depending on how strong or tired I felt. He carried a sizable medical kit, tested my blood oxygen level (pulse oximeter) every night, and provided me with Diamox (voluntary) as a precaution when we got above 4,000m, to help prevent altitude sickness. In the end, I experienced only very mild symptoms.
Trekking during the pandemic never felt like a concern; in part because I had antibodies (although you never know how long or well such protection lasts), but also because social distancing is rarely a problem on the Everest trail. Although we did meet a few very nice fellow trekkers at some lodges, half the nights we were the only guests in the lodge. When crossing Cho La from Dzongla to Gokyo we trekked for nearly 8h without meeting a single soul (tourist or Nepali) on the trail.
Everest Base Camp (5,364m)
The trek went from Lukla to EBC, Kala Patthar, Cho La, and Gokyo back to Lukla, covering 190km in at times very tough terrain. It was planned for 14 days but we did it in 12, at my own request. It was very demanding at times (I chose to carry my own 14kg backpack), but the views and the experience were amazing and clearly worth all the effort. The weather was optimal; clear skies all days except 1½. Very cold at night, particularly when 4,000m, but warm/mild in the daytime. Food was very good; avoid meat, aim mainly for boiled food and you will be fine. I experienced no stomach issues.
In the end, I am extremely pleased with my journey, very thankful to Paul and Karan for all their efforts, and hope that more people discover the advantages of visiting Nepal while the number of visitors remains far below the usual.
Best moments of the Trek
Everest Base Camp Trek is full of amazing breathtaking landscape, White snow-capped mountains, and some interesting places like Hotel Everest View (Highest Altitude Hotel in the words at nearly 4,000m/13,000ft), EBC trek is truly an iconic trip. Opened in 1971, Hotel Everest View has been listed on the Guinness Book of World Records (2004) as the Highest Placed Hotel in the world at 13000ft. Featured in 100s of famous Travel magazines and Travel Guides.
Mr. NIklas At Hotel Everest View
This hotel is in the middle of the world’s highest peaks, the view from the restaurants is just magical, also the view from the room is such a heavenly experience. Situated within the Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park in Nepal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel offers a 360-degree view of the awe-inspiring peaks. With a view of Mt. Everest from every room, visitors can immerse in this mesmerizing scene in luxury.
Mr. Nikals at Kala Pathar (5,550m)
As our trip was an extra added adventure, Discovery World Trekking also organizes a short trip to Gokyo Lake which is Another perk of this trip. Gokyo is the most popular lake situated at 5,000m height making it one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. On the freezing temperature, the lake freezes for the most part of the winter and international Ice Hockey is organized which is one of the most thrilling experiences to have. The Gokyo Lakes are considered sacred by both Hindus and Buddhists. According to Wikipedia Research “more than 500 Hindus take a holy bath in the lakes during the Janai Purnima festival, which usually occurs in the month of August” & “On an average, more than 7,000 tourists annually visit the Gokyo Lake. The lake is worshipped as the residing place of 'Nag Devata' (Snake God); a temple of the Hindu deities Lords Vishnu and Shiva is situated at the western corner of the lake. You’ll be shocked to know, ThereTheir is a belief that birds and wildlife in the area should not be harmed and has traditionally protected fauna which might be one of the best traditional practices in the History of Mankind.
Ama Dablam ( 6,812m)
Another best part of the trip is the majestic view of Ama Dablam. The iconic shape of the mountains draws the attention of many tourists on the way to EBC. At an elevation of 6,821m, it shines Golden with sun rays from the village of Dingboche. Recently, Qatari royal family member Sheikh Mohammed Abdulla M. A. Al Thani climbed Mt. Amadablam in Mt. The Qomolangma region increases the popularity of the Unique mountain.
Similarly, another notable place in the EBC journey is definitely “Tengboche Monastery”. Tengboche monastery is amidst the Sagarmatha National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site of "outstanding universal value”), draped with a panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, including the well-known peaks of Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, and Thamserku. Its History goes back to 1918, believed as the holy monastery is the savior of the village.
Mt. Everest view from Kala Pather(5,550m)
Many tourists find out later that you can’t see Mt Everest from Everest Base camp. That’s we tailor our trek in such a way that we hike up to Kalapathar to get the Majestics View of Mt Everest on our trip to Everest Base Camp. Having the most iconic views of Everest, Kalapathar also offers a Magical view of Nuptse and Changtse which is just spectacular. With a rise in popularity and for more scientific researches, Kalapathar has the World’s Highest Webcam installed from where you can view the most iconic view from the top of the world. This is the most exciting part of the journey where you see Mt Everest from the closest point possible. Now you know where to get the best views of Mt Everest, don’t miss hiking up to Kalapathar!
So many unique mountains, amazing views, and the unique lifestyle of Sherpa culture and their traditions is just a perfect blend of amazing trekking experience. This trip takes us to the native Sherpa village which is a sacred place for that community for centuries. You'll also taste the local food of Sherpa people which helps them to stay energized all day in such cold temperatures.
Yet another making of Mother Nature, Khumbu Glacier, This icefall is the first major attraction point—and among the most spectacular—on the standard south col route to Mt Everest (Sagarmatha). It is also the largest glacier in Nepal in the lap of Mt Everest. It is considered one of the most popular routes for the ascent of the mountain. And yes, you'll get to experience the Khumbu glacier in person during Everest Base Camp Trek.
A family trip to Ruby Valley Trek
Similarly, it was very exciting to welcome Phillip’s family at Tribhuwan International Airport. After the pandemic, it was a great challenge to ensure safety and satisfaction at the same time. With our extensive research and with the sincere support of local people, we’re able to manage and operate the trek around the off beaten Ruby Valley Trek a.k.a Ganesh Himal Trek.
We were more than glad to see the Philips family for the unique Ruby valley trek. With Discovery World Trekking Happiness is guarantee and we’re just carrying the legacy of years of quality service experience which makes your journey a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It's always special when having small kids on board in such an amazing trek. We recognize how exceptional those moments can be and we make sure to accommodate everything you need for the journey. We welcome Mr & Mrs. Philips, their very young 1-year-old baby, 5-year-old kid, 9-year-old, and the eldest 12 years old all together and are ready to make this trip enchanting and adventurous for everybody.
Here’s what Philip’s Family had to say about our hospitality, “We could not have asked for a better time trekking in Ruby Valley with our 4 children (12, 9, 5 & 1 years old). We had a wonderful guide, Dol, & 3 amazing porters Amrit, Prabhat & Gokul. They were so professional, helpful, patient, focused & a joy to get to know. They helped our family, with small kids, to cross over Pansang Pass & enjoy so many beautiful places.
On this particular trek, we were able to visit their own home village, Chalish (Mr. Gurung’s Village), & get to meet their immediate family members & learn about daily life thereof planting, harvesting & preparing important crops such as red millet & corn, cooking over a fire, visiting the school there, hearing the stories of childhood & seeing the cohesiveness of people working together. Our experience was unforgettable! The package they offered made our time very smooth & well-provided for. Mr. Paul Gurung was always in good contact with us, answering any questions swiftly. He is very detailed-oriented & organized things so well for our family. We had no problem getting our visas at the airport, & the staff was waiting for us outside to take us to our hotel. On the trail, we ate the food of the villages we visited. We took refreshment from nature & a wifi-free part of the world! We had a great family time!
Concerning Covid-19, we all made sure we tested negative before our trek. The staff took precautions, & we felt very safe as we went on the trail. There is no evidence of Covid-19 in these areas. We could enjoy a normal life again in the beauty of the Himalayas. We are confident this experience will remain in our family's hearts forever!”
Finally Certificate of Completion of Successful Trek
After Every Successful trek, we congratulate our clients, Mr.Nicklas, & Phillips family with an official Certificate of Completion of Everest Base Camp & Ruby Valley Trek. It’s a huge moment every time we reach Base Camp which gives us of Sense of achievement and we feel proud to be part of it.
Trekking Experience With Discovery World Trekking
Have a Look at How Mr. Gerg & Ms. Jayde’s experience was at Everest Base Camp. “We’re feeling Alive, it’s victory, it feels like we’re at the top of the world,” they say. In Fact, it is an achievement that makes you go along trails of the Great Himalayas which tests your limits but at the same all counts. There’s a quote by Yama Buddha which literally translates to “It’s the hustle of slope which makes the top the most beautiful”.
By the time you reach your destination, you’ll see how better you know your pals, the journey gives you lifetime memories and amazing friends which go through your life.
When you join Discovery World Trekking for trekking/expeditions, we welcome you as a family. We really think it’s our utmost responsibility to take care of everything which you’re here in Nepal. Since Covid-19, we have made several changes and taken many precautions authorized by Nepal Tourism Board for Making your vacation in Nepal a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
We Heartily welcome you for an amazing venture in the great Himalayas of Nepal.