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Holly Yu Tung Chen

Chomolungma (Everest), Lhotse and Nuptse as seen from Kala Pattar.

Pandemic Impacts of 2020 and 2021 Raise Questions for Adventure Tourism

Nepal halted on-arrival tourist visas for the majority of foreign visitors and canceled all spring mountaineering expeditions. The country wouldn’t reopen until August 2020, just in time for the post-monsoon trekking season. As climbing journalist Holly Yu Tung Chen looks back on the impacts of the pandemic on the economies and health of mountain communities in Nepal, she observes some of the ongoing questions of how to make adventure tourism more responsible and sustainable in a precarious era.