During the spring season would have been filled with tourists interested in trekking and mountaineering. But, lately this time of the year the villages, mountains, and trails are desolated due to the coronavirus pandemic.
During the months between March and May, there are hundreds of trekkers from all around the world who visit Nepal to explore Kathmandu, Annapurna, Pokhara, Nagarkot, and many more.
Travel restrictions due to coronavirus outbreak and lockdown have hampered Nepal’s tourism badly. Hotels and restaurants were packed during the spring season and today they are completely empty. During the month of March, when the Nepal government announced a comprehensive nationwide lockdown, as well as travel restriction for international flights, the slight hope people had been also crushed.
The tour guides used to help trekkers to explore and view the beauty of mountains and lakes in Nepal. But, things are notably complex this year. Ghandruk is empty during a beautiful spring season. There are no trekkers relaxing in the sun, sipping warm tea after a long trek. Lodge owners used to be busy preparing meals, cleaning, and preparing rooms for tourists are quiet and empty today.
After the 2015 Nepal earthquake, the number of tourists significantly reduced to just 5,016 from 12,265 of the previous year. Amid coronavirus pandemic, Nepal’s various trekking routes are confronted with a vague future. Experts say Nepal’s tourism industry that has been hit badly by the nationwide lockdown measures. The mountaineering is expected to slowly revive only when a much anticipated preventive vaccine for Covid-19 is developed.