COVID-19 ; Effects on high altitude trekking

COVID-19 ; Effects on high altitude trekking

The effects of COVID-19 on trekking

In the present life, we all are terrified by the virus named COVID-19. The entire society
is stopped in this country and besides the world also. We are going through this
mantras ‘Don’t touch, keep aside’. The effect is falling down the whole economy also.
The governments protect and consoling us to get out of this danger. And we are waiting
for a blessing of God when and how we will revive again with our daily life.

Why do we love trekking?

A lot of people love the way of trekking. It gives a taste of freedom and a feel of
touching the ground. Trekking removes tiredness and boringness from our nagging life.
Who loves trekking; they know the depthless of an adventure of trekking.
The beauty of nature attracts the mind so much that it considers the stress of a long
walking distance easily. And where the mind is, our body also prepares without fear. It
has been said that trekkers help the way of discoveries from ancient history.

What is the current situation?

Along with the other sectors, trekking has also been hampered a lot for the Covid-19.
The recent outbreak virus is leaving the trekkers worried about their agendas terribly.
According to the recent coronavirus reports, India has witnessed about 325 cases so far
and this report has instilled sustained fear and anxiety in the trekkers’ mind. Resultantly,
all the treks of the mountains have been postponed and rescheduled for later.
An order enforcing a travel ban has also been issued by the Indian government and the
postponed treks will not be granted until they are permitted by the government.
Awareness campaigns are going on amidst the readers and customers regarding this
natural pandemic all the guidelines issued by the government are being obeyed.
Eight positive cases have been reported at Ladakh, also one in Uttarakhand and one in
Himachal Pradesh. So the movement of tourists in these states has been banned by the

respective state governments until further notice. Besides, slope managers, team
leaders, and government officials from the trekking states of India and Nepal are in
regular contact so that they can be kept safe from the possible dangers.

Will Indian trekking destinations will be opened now?

You may go for domestic travel in India. But it is an issue for trains and airlines too as
they are stopped by the governments. We should avoid international and national
airports, railway stations and any type of congested area as they are very likely for a
huge gathering. It may increase the chance of spreading. The main issue is the virus is
young and unknown in our existence. So keeping a distance from any object can save
our society.
In the last week, many trekkers canceled their plan as there is no cancellation charge
on your tickets. You may go for a chance again with the same fare. So just grab the
chance for a better and safe journey. You will receive an email from your trek-
coordinator. If your trekking plan is between April to June, you have to ask to postpone
your travel planning.

And the entire non-essential visa has been suspended for the Locked down. Only the
essential visas are issued till 15th April. And also it’s important to save our life from any
unwanted circumstances. Who can say, outside of your room, one bearer is waiting for
the virus. Doctors are advised to wash our hands in 10-15 minutes. Without an
emergency, we must not go outside. Even if we have to, we should wear musk; keep a
distance from any other person. As the virus spreads over direct contact.
Day by Day, the number of affected people is increasing in India. To be safe from the
virus, We should try to clean all objects that come from markets. And of course, when
you are traveling via public transport, if you watch a person coughing or sneezing, you
must keep a distance of 1 meter from him/her. And when you are outside of your home,
don’t touch your mouth, nose, eyes, and hair also. And after returning home, if there is
no availability of water, you must use a hand sanitizer containing 60% alcohol. All of the

advances are coming from WHO(World Health Organization), so every one of us has to
obey the rules.

How can we take precautions to prevent Covid-19?

You have to wait for the continuation of the treks until you get the confirmation from the
governments. For this, we have to pray for the better of this present situation. There
must not be any more records of death. The situation will be under control, we all will be
safe and secure and get back to our daily routine from the claw of this destroying virus.
The respected Prime Minister of our country has already announced a lockdown of 21
days all over the country. So, it is sure, between these times any trek can’t be practical.
And, maybe the Locked-down duration increased, and then all types of treks must be
canceled during the last day of April.
In this crucial time of this world, everyone doesn’t want to spread the dreadful virus. We
have to wait for a good time for our families. All the trekkers’ batches have been
suspended at this point for their safety. Just a touch from an affected person can
deprive a fresh life in just 6 days.
So, you may preplan your trekking idea after June. We hope God will help to cross this
fighting time then. International airlines are closed now, but that time it may be fine after
the month of May. And many of the airlines are not charging for your rescheduling
flights.

Conclusion
It’s a tough decision to take. In the world, most people carry their livelihood by the
salaries or their hard-earned money. But understanding every circumstance, the
Government bounds our behavior.
You feel a depressing mood after reading this article but believe in your strength, it must
be fulfilled in your life span. But standing in this situation, ‘To Save’ is the main motto of
our life.

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