Nepal tourism hit hard as global coronavirus fears close Everest

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The mountain’s closure is devastating for many in a Himalayan nation that relies heavily on trekkers and climbers

The tiny airport at Lukla, perched on the edge of a mountain high in Nepal’s Himalayas, usually echoes with the roar of propeller planes flying a constant stream of adventure-seekers into the small town, known as the gateway to Mount Everest.

During the peak spring tourist season, tens of thousands of trekkers and mountaineers arrive to test themselves on the popular trek to Everest base camp, and perhaps go on to climb the world’s highest peak.

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Written by Pete Pattisson and Roshan Muhammed Salih in Kathmandu
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/19/nepal-tourism-hit-hard-as-global-coronavirus-fears-close-everest under the title “Nepal tourism hit hard as global coronavirus fears close Everest”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.