Hundreds of Trekkers remain stranded on mountain-trails after Nepal enters lockdown

In the wake of the nationwide lockdown in Nepal imposed in a move to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus or COVID-19, hundreds of trekkers remain stranded on high-altitude trekking trails across the country.

A “Stranded in Nepal” website, Twitter, and WhatsApp has been set up by the Nepal Tourism Board to keep in touch and relay information about conditions and needs of those stuck.

Yogesh Bhattarai, Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation said in a statement, “All the stranded tourists will be rescued, kept safely for self isolation and facilitated for their safe journey back home.”

The country entered into its one-week lockdown beginning 6 a.m. March 24 to 6 a.m. March 31, during which no public and private vehicle is allowed on the streets, except for food transport vehicles and ambulances.

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