Covid-19 Coronavirus Safety Precautions

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Covid-19 Coronavirus Safety Precautions

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THE MOUNTAINS ARE OPEN! We invite you for 2021 climbs and treks. Our British, American, and European leaders and Sherpas will look after your safety following W.H.O. Covid-19 guidelines. Come join us for a great 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.
Some symptoms of coronavirus are:
  • High temperature
  • New, continuous cough
  • Loss or change to the sense of smell or taste
  • Most people with coronavirus have at least one of these symptoms but, some people can be carriers and have no symptoms
  • Ways of reducing infection
  • Wear a mask over nose and mouth when you are around people
  • Wear a face covering if social distancing is not possible or if it may be compromised (for example, on aircraft or 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 should not allow new people to join the social bubble
  • 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.


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

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THE MOUNTAINS ARE OPEN! We invite you for 2021 climbs and treks . 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!

Nepal Travel Guidelines

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 sanitizer.
  • Obtain Travel medical insurance which covers Covid-19 (minimum $5000). You will need a letter from your insurer stating at least $5000 COVID medical cover.
  • Many of our members are now using a company called Global Rescue, https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/summitclimb/they provide advisory and transport services in connection with COVID-19 in the same manner as any other infectious condition. Their Travel Insurance Product is offered through their Partners at International Medical Group.
  • Helicopter rescue insurance covering you during trek and mountain climb. (We can recommend Global rescue: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/summitclimb/)
  • If you have not had the vaccine, then you must obtain a Covid-19 Coronavirus PCR (nasal swab) test, taken less than 72 hours before boarding your flight to Nepal. You must carry and show a negative test result. So please find out where to obtain a PCR nasal swab test and how long it takes to obtain results. Verify that you will receive an official printout to bring with you on the flight to Nepal showing your test result was negative.

If you agree to do all of the above, then we will get you a visa letter. It can take a week for us to obtain the visa letter, so the sooner you agree to the above the better. The letter from the Nepal Government will say you can get your visa on arrival at the Kathmandu Airport.


Flying


  • Your airline will inform you of measures to minimize transmission of coronavirus. 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 minimize any hand baggage. This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimize the risk of transmission.
  • Enter the airport on your own, unless you are flying with members of your household.
  • Wear a face covering in the airport and during travel.
  • Follow instructions from airport and airline staff
  • At check-in
  • 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.
  • Follow social distancing measures and, where possible, pay by contactless card.
  • Onboard 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 will likely to be a reduced food and drink service
  • Make the cabin crew aware if you become ill

On arrival in Nepal


  • Use hand sanitizer regularly; when entering any building, before starting an activity, and as often as possible throughout the activity
  • Social distance as much as possible, and when not possible wear a mask.
  • Comply with Covid-19 precautions
  • New rule states that vaccinated people (showing very perfect original documentation with all stamps, etc) will not have to quarantine, so it seems you could arrive in KTM on day 4 (while others are quarantining).
  • If you have NOT been vaccinated, then you will be required to undertake 7 days quarantine in Kathmandu (KTM) hotel before your trek or expedition (we are trying to shorten this) at your expense. We will book the hotel for you, a normal standard hotel or the luxury 5-star hotel. Generally we advise members to come to KTM on the normal beginning date of the trip, and then the trip will run as per normal schedule, just it will be 7 days longer at the end, due to the quarantine at the beginning. So you could be flying home 7 days later. We will try to make the quarantine shorter. Please Note: however, in the case of the Everest and/or Lhotse summit climb, the quarantine will NOT make the trip 7 days longer.

HOTEL OPTIONS FOR QUARANTINE (we will book one of the following hotels for you):


  • 5 Star Hotel (famous Yak and Yeti Hotel with amazing lobby, large garden, beautiful rooms, delicious food, health club, etc) quarantine 7 days (3 meals per day): $1190,
  • Yak and Yeti Hotel for 2 nights at end of trip: $340.
  • OR Standard hotel in Kathmandu quarantine 7 days (3 meals per day): $450.
  • On 5th day of quarantine in the KTM hotel, you will need another negative PCR test report (if PCR positive report then you will need to quarantine until you get a PCR negative). This will be at your expense, cost will be approximately $20-$50 for PCR test. After 2 more days in the hotel, your trek/climb will begin. We will try to make the quarantine shorter.

Cleaning and Hand washing


  • The guides, leaders, and Sherpas will ensure that all group equipment is sanitized regularly. This includes in the dining and shower tents. 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 less than two meters of a member. 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.

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
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be self-service
  • Masks must be worn at all times in hotel
  • Sanitizer must be used when meet people and when coming from outside
  • Social distancing must be observed at all times
  • 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 sanitizer 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 sanitizer

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 and go to a medical facility. Please let your guide as soon as possible.


Public spaces and services


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

On the expedition


  • All leaders, staff and Sherpas will be taking complete Covid-19 precautions, wearing masks and social distancing. Also they 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)
  • 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 realize 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 minimize 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.
  • Please note that a PCR test will be administered in KTM at the end of the trek and a negative report is required before boarding the international flight home (at your expense, $20 - $50). Covid PCR tests in Nepal are administered on a 12 hour basis. So you have your Covid PCR test in the afternoon and  the following morning you get your result.
Pakistan Guidelines

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 sanitizer.
  • Obtain Travel medical insurance. Many of our members are now using a company called Global Rescue, https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/summitclimb/they provide advisory and transport services in connection with COVID-19 in the same manner as any other infectious condition. Their Travel Insurance Product is offered through their Partners at International Medical Group.
  • Helicopter rescue insurance covering you during trek and mountain climb. (We can recommend Global rescue: https://ss.globalrescue.com/partner/summitclimb/)
  • If you have not had the vaccine, then you may need a Covid PCR test (negative report) no more than 72 hours before you fly to Pakistan and you may need a Covid PCR test (negative report) before you fly FROM Pakistan to go back home. It really depends on the airline and the origin and/or final destination. In Pakistan the test can be taken in the afternoon and the results would be available the following morning (12 hour turn around).

Flying


  • Your airline will inform you of measures to minimize transmission of coronavirus. 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 minimize any hand baggage. This will speed up boarding and disembarking and minimize the risk of transmission.
  • Enter the airport on your own, unless you are flying with members of your household.
  • Wear a face covering in the airport and during travel.
  • Follow instructions from airport and airline staff
  • At check-in
  • 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.
  • Follow social distancing measures and, where possible, pay by contactless card.
  • Onboard 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 will likely to be a reduced food and drink service
  • Make the cabin crew aware if you become ill

On arrival in Pakistan


  • Use hand sanitizer regularly; when entering any building, before starting an activity, and as often as possible throughout the activity
  • Social distance as much as possible, and when not possible wear a mask.
  • Comply with Covid-19 precautions
  • If you have NOT been vaccinated.In Pakistan you may need a Covid PCR test (negative report) no more than 72 hours before you fly to Pakistan and you may need a Covid PCR test (negative report) before you fly FROM Pakistan to go back home. It really depends on the airline and the origin and/or final destination. In Pakistan the test can be taken in the afternoon and the results would be available the following morning (12 hour turn around).

NO quarantine is needed in Pakistan


Cleaning and Hand washing


  • The guides, leaders, and Sherpas will ensure that all group equipment is sanitized regularly. This includes in the dining and shower tents. 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 less than two meters of a member. 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 Pakistan


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 and go to a medical facility. Please let your guide as soon as possible.


On the expedition


  • All leaders, staff and Sherpas will be taking complete Covid-19 precautions, wearing masks and social distancing. Also they 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)
  • 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 realize 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 minimize 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.
  • In Pakistan you may need a Covid PCR test (negative report) no more than 72 hours before you fly to Pakistan and you may need a Covid PCR test (negative report) before you fly FROM Pakistan to go back home. It really depends on the airline and the origin and/or final destination. In Pakistan the test can be taken in the afternoon and the results would be available the following morning (12 hour turn around).