Expedition leader, Garrett Madison, and the Ama Dablam team have arrived in Kathmandu and have started their mandatory 7-day safety quarantine (in style) at the Hotel Yak & Yeti. Adhering to the current Entry Protocol for Mountaineering Expeditions and Trekking in Nepal, all were required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result taken less than 72 hours before travel before boarding their planes and upon arrival in Kathmandu. After 5 days in quarantine, they will all take another COVID-19 test and, with another negative result, will be able to finish the arrival quarantine after 7-days and start the Ama Dablam expedition. Our Gokyo Ri / Lobuche / Island Peak team is also in arrival quarantine. Here’s Garrett with the details from Kathmandu:
Hello, this is Garrett calling in for the Ama Dablam climb expedition, as well as our private Gokyo trekking programs.
We made it to Kathmandu, Nepal! It was smooth flying all the way from the U.S. to Nepal, had a couple of layovers along the way. But very smooth flying. Got into Nepal, no issues with our visas. We had all of our documents in order and just made it to the hotel.
We’re all checked in at the Yak & Yeti hotel. We are, actually, the only group here at the Yak & Yeti hotel – the Madison Mountaineering teams for Ama Dablam and the Gokyo treks. We’ve got it all to ourselves! Looking forward to a great day here tomorrow, breakfast, and some exercise here in the courtyard at the Yak & Yeti.
Everyone’s doing great and we are looking forward to enjoying our quarantine period here in Kathmandu!
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