Nepal: Is Nepal safe ? With a big question mark


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Nepal: Is Nepal safe ? With a big question mark

Whilst socially it’s fine (and this was the essence of the original article) the current post-earthquake situation raises many questions. In consequence, to get an accurate reply, you’ll need to research widely, beginning perhaps with the Nepal Forum page

A recurring question, perhaps fuelled by poor journalism or by out-of-date advice from Governments,  is ‘Is it safe to travel in Nepal ?

The short answer is yes, it is very safe in fact. Nepal feels more safe than most other countries around the globe, possibly due to the the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness.  Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growing fascination to visit from travellers from all over the world.  The People are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming. This applies to all sections and political groups: even during the Maoist hostilities of the early 21st century there were very few cases of any hostility towards visitors and the Maoist-led government declared 2011 to be ‘Visit Nepal Year’.

The following statistics (from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office) are interesting: whilst obviously there are greater numbers of UK visitors to New Zealand and to the USA than to Nepal, they nonetheless suggest that Nepal is a safe destination.

Hotels:

In Nepal there are many kind of  standar  Hotels.you have alot of choices for your staying there, which is depend on your trips budgets.Of course, there are international standar Hotels, Golf courses.Recently ,their economic is booming rapidly every year you can see many changes around cities. By 2018 they will have two more international chain Hotels (Mariott & Sheraton) in Kathmandu. And two other  international Airport is under construction which will be complete by 2018 as well.

NEW ZEALAND

76 British nationals required consular assistance in New Zealand in the period 01 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 for the following types of incident; deaths (23 cases); hospitalisations (9 cases); and arrests, for a variety of offences (24 cases).

USA

1,972 British nationals required consular assistance in the USA in period 01 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 for the following types of incident: deaths (152 cases); hospitalisations (123 cases); and arrests, for a variety of offences (1,534). The majority of cases occur in New York City; the tourist areas in Florida (principally Orlando and Miami); and Los Angeles and San Francisco. You should be alert to the dangers of car and street crime in cities.

NEPAL

18 British nationals required consular assistance in Nepal in the period 01 April 2008 – 31 March 2009 for the following types of incident; deaths (3 cases); hospitalisations (1 cases); and arrests, for a variety of offences (20 cases).

Dawa Sherpa, from Khumjung, adds

“As a resident of Nepal the following is the real situation.

The visitor to Nepal can be advised that Nepal is safe for travel. Some news media suggest that this is not so, but that reflects a distorted, paranoid view of Nepal.

Welcome to Nepal to celebrate Nepal Tourism year 2011”

Rhythm D adds:

Although there are few cases of deaths and crimes of tourists the government and local authorities of Nepal are trying every effort to make the Nepal safer for tourists from all over the world. In July, 2012, the government has banned trekking in Nepal without Nepali staffs for the safety and security of tourists, due to a couple of recent cases of tourists missing, and in one case being found dead. This new move by the Government of Nepal is aimed to make trekkers safer.

Update September 2012 

The Nepali government has not banned trekking by individuals without a guide. This was a hoax created by TAAN. Currently all trekkers are free to go independently, no guide is required.

Additional Info for trekkers

The above 2012 update is correct, trekking is still allowed on the main teahouse trekking routes (Everest, Annapurna and Langtang /  Helambu) and TAAN was trying to manipulate the government into banning solo trekking under the banner of Safety, which would have been very good for their members, Trekkers still require trekking staff in restricted areas, such as Upper Mustang, Dolpo and Manaslu (At least for the moment)

Conclusion:

Nepal is comfortable and safe destination for all nationalities in the World

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