Nepal Opens to Climbers and Trekkers Starting October 17

As with the rest of the world, Nepal has been struggling with the coronavirus since it was declared a global pandemic back in March. Not long after, the country closed its borders to the outside world, shutting off access to the Himalaya just before the start of the lucrative spring climbing and hiking season. That … Read more

New Study Shows Everest has Gotten Safer Despite Being More Crowded

A new study conducted by the University of Washington and the University of California takes a look at the past two decades of climbing on Mt. Everest and comes away with some interesting results. Despite conventional wisdom and media reports, the researchers behind the study have determined that even though the mountain has become increasingly … Read more

Nepal Delays Opening to International Travelers, Fall Climbing Season in Doubt

After cancelling the spring climbing season in Nepal due to the coronavirus, the local tourism economy has been pinning its hopes on a return to normal activities in the fall. But as the number of COVID-19 infections continues to rise in that country, even that now looks like it is in serious doubt. A few … Read more

Nepal Prepares to Reopen But Will Anyone Come?

Nepal took a big step forward in its plans to reopen to climbers and trekkers this week, even as the country continues to struggle with the coronavirus. But with the Nepalese tourism sector losing more than $10 billion rupees ($83 million) per month during the lockdown, the economic impact of staying closed has weighed heavily … Read more