Solukhumbu. The Khumbu Pasangalhamu Municipality has provided free food and lodging to the tourists who are lacking in the Everest region.
Tourists visiting the Everest region are on the verge of a lockdown to avoid the Corona virus (Covid-19), a worldwide pandemic. The villagers issued a statement saying that the tourists in Namche Bazaar, Phakding and Luklabar Bazar in Khumbu area have made free living arrangements.
“We have arranged for more than 300 tourists to stay free on behalf of the villagers in Khumbu area,” said Lakpachiri Sherpa, spokesperson for Khumbu Pasangalhamu Village, adding that the tourists are co-ordinated by the Lukla Hotel Association, Fakding Hotel Association and Namche Hotel Association.
Spokesman Sherpa said that the villagers will spend the entire expenditure on food and lodging for the tourists in Namche Bazaar, Phaking and Luklabazar. “We have also requested to provide free wifi to the tourists staying at the hotels which have been entered,” said Sherpa, adding that the villagers have arranged for free meals and lodging as most tourists from Khumbu area have been deprived of their expenses.
More than 200 tourists have been stopped in Luklabarbazar now. Similarly, data is being collected on the fact that there are 30/35 people in Fakding and how many are in Namche Bazaar, said Sherpa. Sherpa also said that all the tourists in Khumbu area are being monitored and informed by various agencies within the village.
Meanwhile, the Embassy has initiated the initiative to return the citizens of different countries in Nepal. Just a few days ago, the Korean government rescued its citizens in Kathmandu by sending a special ship. Other countries have also requested the government of Nepal to take their citizens to the country, said the embassy official.