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Updates on Nepal
Travel Information

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As of October 9, 2015, the Nepal government has lifted all curfews. A severe fuel shortage is affecting travel and emergency services; consult your tour operator before travelling.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advised against all but essential travel to the northern parts of the following districts of Nepal (as shown on the map):

map of Nepal
  • Gorkha (including the Manaslu trekking region)

  • Rasuwa (including the Langtang Valley trekking region)

  • Sindhupalchok

  • Dolakha

Disagreements arising from Nepal’s new constitution have led to protests and strikes in Nepal with many turning violent in the Terai districts, leading to multiple fatalities. All curfews have now been lifted. Listen to announcements from local authorities and take advice from your tour company.

Protests can occur at short notice and turn violent. Clashes between protesters and police may occur anywhere, including at border crossings. Stay away from protest areas. Delays at border crossings have caused a fuel shortage and may affect travel.

Delays at border crossings have caused a severe fuel shortage which is affecting travel and provision of some emergency services. Consult your tour operator before you travel.

Major earthquakes on April 25th (epicentre Gorkha district) and May 12th (epicenter Sinhupalchok district) caused extensive damage to buildings and infrastructure. Main roads across Nepal are open, but road conditions are poor.

Nepal is in a major earthquake zone and remains at risk from further earthquakes, aftershocks, landslides and flooding. You should familiarize yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake; the risks to personal safety are likely to be higher in the areas to which the FCO advised against all but essential travel.

The monsoon season normally runs from June to September. Flooding and landslides often occur during this time. Road travel anywhere can be hazardous, particularly in rural areas and in those parts of the country to which the FCO advised against all but essential travel.

Seek local advice from your tour operator, the tourist police or the Nepal Tourism Board on whether it’s safe to travel, particularly on remote trekking routes away from the main roads. Make sure any vehicle you travel in is equipped to deal with the risk of landslides (e.g. winches, ropes).

Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes and walk with at least one other person. Take note of weather conditions and forecasts, and come prepared. Altitude sickness is a risk in all trekking regions.

All airports are open and both international and domestic flights are operating as normal. All air carriers from Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to safety concerns.

A number of tour operators have decided to stop using certain airlines due to safety concerns. Specific safety concerns about Sita Air have led a number of tour operators to stop using them.

Trekking in Nepal

Never trek alone. Use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk with at least one other person.

Altitude sickness is a risk, including on the Annapurna, Langtang and Everest Base Camp treks.

Accidents happen due to insufficient information, inappropriate equipment or overestimation of your own capabilities. Follow the advice given by local authorities and guides. Ignoring such advice could put yourselves and other mountain users in danger.

The following hazards exist throughout the year, especially above 3,000m: - sudden weather changes - avalanches and snow drifts - landslides and flooding - glacial crevasses and hollows - rockfall - thunder storms and lightning - altitude sickness - sun exposure.

You should:

  • take note of weather forecasts and conditions

  • make sure you’re physically fit and have the necessary experience

  • make sure you’re physically fit and have the necessary experience

  • inform someone of your plans

  • take warm clothes and wet weather gear

  • use sun block (SPF20 or higher) and sun glasses.

Make sure your insurance covers you for your intended activity, including travel above 3,000m, mountain rescue services and helicopter costs.

The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) provides live updates on trekking conditions in Nepal. Online weather forecasts are available on the website of the government of Nepal Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology.

Treks can take longer than expected. Flights across Nepal, particularly in high mountain areas, can be delayed due to poor weather conditions. Keep your tour operator, guide and family informed of your situation and travel plans. In remote areas, including long stretches of the Annapurna Circuit trek, mobile phone coverage and internet services are extremely limited. Consider renting a satellite phone.

A valid permit and Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) card are needed to enter Nepal’s main trekking regions.

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