to our regret, we are forced to postpone this 10th edition of the Everest Trail Race again until November of the next year 2022.
The reasons, although significantly different from last year, are equally painful for us when making this decision.
The second wave in Nepal has been especially virulent until a few weeks ago, causing a long lockdown for the population and closure, or partial opening of the airport, in addition to forced quarantines on foreigners upon arrival in the country, through the very few authorized flights .
To date, the restrictions on entry into Nepal are mandatory quarantine, both for vaccinated and non-vaccinated, in addition to the usual PCR 72h before departure.
To all this, we must add the uncertainty generated by the restrictions and changes of days and times for the arrival and departure of the Kathmandu airport, established by Civil Aviation of Nepal
As if it were not enough, and no less negative, fundamentally motivated by being Nepal on the red lists of many countries, we must add another mandatory quarantine when returning to the country of origin, which in the case of ETR, affects 2/3 parts of registered participants, who have requested, in their vast majority, to postpone their participation to 2022.
Currently, the incidence of the Nepal pandemic, in terms of numbers, is approximately the same as a year ago on the same dates, with a much slower rate of vaccination than desirable, and has reached only a 10% of the population, added to little optimistic omens regarding an imminent third wave.
As a registered runner for 2021, you have a priority to participate in 2022. This year, everything and with the current situation, the places in the race were full, that is why our position is to give you priority, as was done in the last year.
Once these registrations have been verified for next year 2022, the vacancies will be opened to new participants.
We will personally contact all the participants scheduled for this November 2021 in the next few days.
Again, to tell you that we deeply regret this situation, tremendously complex for everyone, hoping and wishing that you and yours are in good health.