Hotels in Namche, gateway to Everest, shut indefinitely

Kathmandu: All the hotels and lodges located in Namche Bazaar, a tourism hub on the way to Mount Everest, have been shut indefinitely after the number of climbers and trekkers going to the Everest region has plummeted to near zero.

In its bid to control the spread of novel coronavirus in the country, the government has already decided not to issue any permit for summitting any mountain including Everest this spring season. Following that, the Lodge and Hotel Association in Namche made a decision to shut all the hotels.

The association has clarified that the hotels will resume their services once the government makes any decision regarding the arrival of trekkers and mountaineers.

The country is losing millions of rupees it would earn from the tourism industry due to the coronavirus crisis this year.