August 7: The impact of coronavirus has left more than 150,000 people involved in the trekking and mountaineering sector unemployed.
Both mountaineering and trekking activities were completely halted for four and a half months during the peak season of the year due to Covid-19. It is estimated that the mountaineering industry of Nepal might have lost around Rs 10 billion worth of income. Both the trekking and mountaineering agencies say that more than Rs 10 billion has been lost due to Covid-19.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA) estimates that more than 125,000 people are involved in the mountaineering sector, directly and indirectly.
Similarly, Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) informs that trekking activities provide employment to more than 25,000 people in the trekking sector.
However, Nepal Tourism Board estimates that around 90,000 workers are involved in Nepal's mountaineering and trekking sector.
At the same time, Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Kedar Bahadur Adhikari said that plans have been made to create 4,000 jobs for 30 days by identifying areas that can create employment immediately.
However, it is not likely to be implemented as the situation has not improved completely.