A limping economy weakened by external sector vulnerability

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Cholendra Bahadur Karki, who owns and operates a trekking agency, has been receiving enquiries from foreign tourists regarding trekking sites such as the Annapurna and Everest routes, among other things.

In a statement to the Post, Karki, managing director of Himalayan Joy Adventure Pvt Ltd, said, “Around 30 groups have already confirmed their trekking plans with us for the months of February, March, and April next year.”

However, the advent of the Omicron coronavirus variety has spurred countries all over the world to adopt travel restrictions as a precaution.

“After a long period of consideration, my company decided to organize trekking for a large number of parties. The fact that they are being forced to cancel their vacation plans as a result of the new variation will be a major setback for us,” said Karki, who is also the first vice-president of the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal.

From February through April, during the peak season, his company organized trekking for over 60 groups per day in normal hours.

After the number of Covid-19 cases in Nepal began to decline at the same time that the government ramped up its vaccination campaign, the country’s tourism industry, which contributes significantly to the country’s economy, was on the verge of regaining its footing after being virtually destroyed by the pandemic for the previous two years.

According to the Nepal


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