Mount Everest closed over coronavirus fears

TRAUMATIZED HOTELIERS, UNEMPLOYED SHERPAS

Nepal depends on mountain tourism. Thanks to permits to climb Everest, which cost $ 11,000 per person, the Nepalese government raised more than $ 4 million last year. All that changed with the virus. In Kathmandu, there are hundreds of small agencies that compete for hikers and mountaineers. Hotel owners are also greatly affected when tourists are absent. Many hostels will be empty, restaurants and shops are running out of customers.

“They are desperate, traumatized. Most of the hotels in Kathmandu are rental houses. The hoteliers advance the wages of the employees, the water and electricity bills, the bank loans, in the hope of obtaining benefits,” told DW the Sherpa Mingma Gyalje, head of the Imagine Nepal expedition organization.

“Our guides, sherpas, and kitchen staff are unemployed at this crucial time of year when they normally make the most money,” added the sherpa.

𝑶𝒑𝒆𝒏 𝒏𝒆𝒙𝒕 𝒑𝒂𝒈𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒖𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒈