On July 30, the Nepalese government announced the opening of the autumn climbing season and resumed issuing permits to climbers to climb the world's highest peak, Mount Everest.
Mila Acharya, an official of the Ministry of Tourism of Nepal, said, "We have restarted mountaineering activities and will issue autumn mountaineering permits", but climbers must abide by the health regulations issued by the government.
Nepal cancelled all spring mountaineering activities in March to curb the spread of the new crown virus. The cancellation of peak climbing season activities affects hundreds of foreign mountaineering enthusiasts and approximately 200,000 mountain guides, porters, and handymen, causing Nepal to suffer millions of dollars in losses.
The autumn climbing season in Nepal lasts from September to November. International flights are scheduled to resume on August 17, and all foreign passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The expedition organizer believes that this means that climbers will not come in the short term. An organizer, Ang Celin, expected: "Smaller peaks may welcome climbers, but I don't think big mountains will."
Reuters reported that the number of new crown cases in Nepal is still rising. As of the 30th, this South Asian country had a total of 19,547 confirmed cases and 52 deaths. On the same day, Nepal allowed hotels and restaurants to resume operations, but with some restrictions. Binayak Shah, vice president of the Nepal Hotel Association, said that it is temporarily not allowed to hold meetings or open gyms and other places.