Covid-19 Coronavirus Safety Precautions

Covid-19 Coronavirus Safety Precautions


NEPAL IS OPEN! We invite you for 2020 climbs and treks during Dec as well as in 2021. Our British, American, and European leaders and Sherpas will look after your safety, following W.H.O. Covid-19 guidelines. Come Join Us For Good Adventure!

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease, first notified to the World Health Organisation early in 2020. Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  A few will develop a serious and potentially fatal illness.  It seems that people with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, cancer, and others, are more susceptible. Currently there is no known cure or effective immunisation for the virus.  Back to The Newsletter

Some symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • High temperature – people feel feverish and flushed: hot to touch on forehead, chests or backs.
  • New, continuous cough – this means coughing, a lot, for more than an hour, or more coughing episodes within 24 hours.
  • Loss or change to the sense of smell or taste – this means people infected will notice that they cannot smell or taste, or things smell and taste differently.
  • Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms but, be aware, some people can be carriers and have no symptoms (meaning that they are asymptomatic).

Ways of reducing infection

  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth when you are around people who are not in your social bubble. You may wish to wear a mask most of the time when you are away from your home.
  • Wear a face covering if social distancing is not possible or if it may be compromised (for example, on aircraft & on public transport).
  • Wash and clean hands regularly.
  • Socially distance from people,wherever possible.
  • Form social bubbles and keep them as small as possible.  Once formed, members of the bubble shouldnot allow new to join the social bubble.
  • Likewise do not enter other people’s social bubbles.
  • Where possible, meet outdoors. You may wish to wear a mask at outdoor meetings. When you are indoors near other people, wear a mask over nose and mouth.  
  • Do not share drinks, food or sunscreen.
  • Isolate immediately if any symptom occurs.

We have based our guidelines on advice from several associations. This advice may change and we will update you as soon as possible, if so.

Below are some of the main advisories. Please stay updated and consult with your local advisories. Please check all the entry and exit requirements as these requirements are changing frequently.

Pre-Trip

If you have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, or are in a household with someone displaying symptoms then you are advised to stay at home.

Make your own travel packs by stacking disinfectant wipes into resealable plastic bags.  Ensure you have a good supply of face masks and lots of hand sanitiser.

Find out in your town or region where to obtain a PCR nasal swab test for Covid-19 Coronavirus. This test (with an official paper printout showing your test result was "negative") may be required for entry to Nepal, and the Nepal Government may have rules about obtaining one within a certain number of days before you fly. We will inform you of the latest Nepali rules about this. So please do your homework now and find out in your town or region where to obtain a PCR nasal swab test for Covid-19 Coronavirus, and how long it takes, will they provide you with an official paper printout to carry with you on the flight to Nepal showing your test result was "negative", etcetera.

Flying

Where possible, your airline will inform you on measures to minimise transmission of coronavirus.Also where possible, check in online to avoid face-to-face contact at the airport.

You are strongly encouraged to check in baggage to the aircraft hold and minimise any hand baggage. This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimise the risk of transmission.

Please make sure that any luggage which will be checked in does not contain any lithium batteries (in equipment such as laptops, or stand-alone batteries such as powerbanks), valuable or essential items (such as cash, credit cards, keys, medicines), or other prohibited items.

Enter the airport on your own, unless you are flying with members of your household

You should wear a face covering in the airport,

Follow instructions from airport and airline staff, which may include:

  • Where to sit
  • How to queue at check-in, security or when boarding the aircraft
  • Instructions on screens, barriers or floor markings
  • Requests to move to less busy areas

At check-in

Where possible, avoid touching surfaces in the airport. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds after using self-service check-in, luggage trollies and other frequently touched surfaces.

Depending on the airport you fly from and where you are flying to, you may need to have your temperature checked before flying.

Avoid walking around the airport and mixing with people that you do not normally meet.

In shops at the airport, follow social distancing measures and, where possible, pay by contactless card.

On board the aircraft

Your airline will advise you on measures in place for your flight.

Wear a mask and do not touch your face. You can remove your face covering to:

  • Communicate with someone who relies on lip reading
  • Avoid harm or injury
  • Take medication
  • Eat or drink, if reasonably necessary

During the flight, you should:

  • Remain seated as much as possible
  • Follow instructions and guidance from crew
  • Use contactless payment where possible
  • Be aware there is likely to be a reduced food and drink service
  • Make the cabin crew aware if you become ill

On arrival in Nepal

  • Use hand sanitiser regularly, when entering any building, before starting an activity and as often as possible throughout the activity
  • Social distance as much as possible and where not possible wear a mask.
  • It is the clients’ responsibility to comply with Covid-19 precautions
  • Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, medical staff will check to see if you have a fever, if your temperature is high then you will have to self-isolate or be admitted to the hospital. Other medical tests/procedures may be required. Also you may be asked to quarantine.

Cleaning and Hand washing

The guides, leaders and Sherpas will ensure that all group equipment is sanitised regularly. This includes in the dining and shower tents. Our guides will be washing their hands and/or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer before meeting groups, and at any other time they feel it is appropriate during and after the trip. Our staff will carry extra hand sanitizer, but we strongly recommend you bring your own

Face coverings and social distancing

We are encouraging our guides to maintain social distance between themselves and team members  whenever possible. There will be times that, due to the nature of the activities, your guide will need to be within the recommended distancing. On such occasions, we require our members and guides to have a face covering and to use the mask to cover your nose and mouth. If you are unable to wear a mask for medical reasons please contact the office to discuss prior to the trip so we can inform the guide.

Healthcare in Nepal

If you need medical attention and/or if you think you have any symptoms of COVID such as a fever or persistent cough please avoid contact with others if possible and go to a medical facility. Please let your guide know what is happening.

Public spaces and services

  • Shops are beginning to open, though many will only serve customers wearing some form of face masks. Shop openings may vary by location.
  • People are required to maintain social distancing and wear masks in public, and there is a ban on large gatherings.

NOTICE FROM HOTEL MANAGEMENT:

  • Guests must stay in isolation at least seven days.
  • Guests must provide PCR report copy to the hotel.
  • Guests must carry their own luggage to the room.
  • Room and laundry service will not be provided until one week after arrival, just necessary items will be kept on the table on floor in the morning.
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be self-service and guests to put used items in dustbin only.
  • Masks must be worn at all times in hotel.
  • Sanitizer, soap must be used when meet people and when coming from outside.
  • Social distancing must observed at all times
  • We look forward to full cooperation with you, sorry for any inconvenience caused COVID – 19

   Kathmandu restaurants and bars

  • The number of tables in restaurants and bars will be reduced.
  • Wear a mask except when eating and drinking.
  • Use hand sanitiser or wash hands regularly.
  • Ideally sit outside.
  • Remember to socially distance

Bus/car/taxi/aircraft in Nepal

  • Always wear a mask
  • Social distance if possible
  • Use hand sanitiser
  • Stick with members of the SummitClimb expedition

On the expedition

  • * Our staff will be working hard throughout the expedition, trek, and climb, to be sure surfaces are sanitized and overall a very high level of hygiene is achieved.
  • When crossing paths with other groups, maintain social distancing if possible. If not possible then wear face coverings
  • If first aid is needed then social distancing is not possible so PPE must be worn (Face coverings and gloves)
  • Where possible clients should use own equipment that is fully sanitized. Rental gear must be fully sanitized. We will assist you with sanitizing your own gear and we will thoroughly sanitize group gear.

It is important that our leaders, Sherpas, office team, our climbing/trekking members ensure we all remain aware of the necessary actions to reduce infection.  However, we must all realise that, by leaving home and travelling to undertake activities with people we have not met before, the risk of infection is greater than it would be if we stayed at home and did not take part in travel, trekking, and mountaineering activities.. Everyone involved has a responsibility in assessing COVID-19 risk BEFORE, DURING and AFTER your journey to the mountains.  If you feel that anyone’s safety has been or is being unduly compromised whilst taking part in our courses, please tell us, your Guide or service provider immediately.

The above are guidelines and we recommend that you follow these to the best of your ability. Please note that unfortunately we cannot prevent the spread of Covid-19 fully, however by following these rules we aim to minimise the risk as much as possible.

Going Home

Please check your country guidelines when you return home as you may be required to quarantine upon return.

We look forward to climbing and trekking together with you.

Best regards from everyone at SummitClimb and SummitTrek

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NEPAL IS OPEN! We invite you for 2020 climbs and treks during Oct, Nov, and Dec, as well as in 2021. Our British, American, and European leaders and Sherpas will look after your safety, following W.H.O. Covid-19 guidelines. Come Join Us For Good Adventure!