Nepal Closes All Mountains, Including Everest

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Everest: no crowds this spring.

Nepal has joined China in suspending all Himalayan climbing expeditions in response to the coronavirus threat, according to the Kathmandu Post. It has also ended on-arrival visas for all countries until April 30. This has been confirmed by Nepal’s Department of Immigration, as per point x. below.

“Sadly, we have to agree that this is a responsible call to make right now,” wrote outfitter Lukas Furtenbach on social media.

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Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko

Jerry Kobalenko is the editor of ExplorersWeb. Canada's premier arctic traveler, he is the author of The Horizontal Everest and Arctic Eden, and is currently working on a book about adventures in Labrador. In 2018, he was awarded the Polar Medal by the Governor General of Canada.

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Damien François
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It IS confirmed.
http://www.nepalimmigration.gov.np/
Sad, very sad.
We are witnessing History, and WW3.

Craig Quigley
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WW3? slightly over dramatic!

People’s health comes before mountaineering, although I do feel sorry for the communities who depend on this tourism to feed their families.

Damien François
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Not really, it has started at the latest in September 2015, when Tshermoney – 15 minutes from here… – opened the flood gate.
Which planet are you living on?
KArma, all is related! Mitakuye oyiasin!
And, yes, it’s sad for Nepal, but pc won’t help!
Are you a aprent of Carrol Quigley? Then read his “Anglo-American Establishment”…

Craig Quigley
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Nepal and China have banned climbing mountains due to a Pandemic of Coronavirus. What that has to do with WW3, or any of the other rubbish you spout is beyond me!

Damien François
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Exactly, beyond the common sense you don’t seem to have. Just 2 things you might start to think about:
– Europe is a mess. Why?
– China-Iran-Italy: The New Silk Road. Rings a bell?
In 2020, NOTHING is spontaneous, NOTHING. Social engineering, everything is exctly that! Heard the name “George Soros”? Then back to my first question…

Vladi
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The mountains will be here next year and the year after. We can wait.