Is Nepal Safe to Travel?
Now Nepal is back to normal condition from the disaster, we are operating the trips in Nepal regularly since last week of June. You also can read the review about our services and safety on client review page.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu valley reopen for tourist so cultural tour in Kathmandu also possible now onward. (Since 15th June 2015)
The earthquake occurred on 25 April 2015 made fearsome among the travellers who wanted to visit Nepal. The questions are raised; is travelling in Nepal safe? Are there still the places for visit? Can we find good hotel for accommodation in Kathmandu and other cities? How about food scarcity? Etc. It’s been a nearly one and half month of earthquake and now Nepal is slowly getting back to normal condition like just before the earthquake. Yes of course we got so many damaged in Kathmandu and nearby districts but we still have various places to visit for tourists.
Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across many districts of the country. Centuries-old buildings were destroyed at UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley, including some at the Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Squar, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Changu Narayan Temple and Swayambhunath Stupa and outside Kathamndu valley Manakamana Temple got damage. Some need few years to rebuild and some can visit in a month as reconstructions works are being there. Boudhanath Stupa and Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu are not affected by earthquake and tourist and devotees are visiting there every day.
As you are visiting Nepal for sightseeing tour the 2 day tour of Kathmandu valley is reduced as 1 day trip. But Chitwan National Park, The Lake city Pokhara and The birthplace of Lord Buddha “Lumbini” is still welcoming you with their full of beauties and charm. You can combine some easy hiking on your tour around Kathmandu valley (Nagarkot, Dhulikhel) with scenic nature and Himalayan views.
Apart from sightseeing tour you can enjoy the river rafting in Trishuli River, Kali Gandaki river, Seti River, Karnali river for 1 day to 10 days as per your timeframe and which you can do as extension trip as well.
The main adventure holiday in Nepal we can called “trekking” also can be done in so many trails. The Langtang region, Manaslu and Rolwaling trekking areas are affected by earthquake but most popular trekking trail like; Annapurna region, Mount Everest region, Upper Mustang, Kanchenjunga, Around Kathmandu valley are same as before earthquake occurred. If you want to explore more remote area of Nepal, Dolpo & Guerrilla trekking trail want your feet place in their soil.
Upper Mustang trekking
Beyond these long holiday trips; you also can enjoy with paragliding, helicopter tours, ultra light flights near the Himalayas, exciting Everest mountain flight, rock climbing, canyoning etc. which takes few hours to whole day.
You can exchange money in the cities where you can find several money exchange shop and gift shops and restaurants are opening up to 16 hours in a day which means your travel is pretty easier than you think. Our international airport and domestic airports are running as previous days and the land transportation also as usual. But one thing is sure you must travel with reliable travel agency who is fully licensed with Government of Nepal and provided experienced guide and staffs for your trip.
Few reasons why Nepal still can attract tourist for their holiday
- Only 1 out of 10 National parks affected.
- 3 of 8 UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites affected by earthquake.
- Only 2 out of more than 100 trekking trails were damage.
- Highways and subways are not damage
- 90% hotels are safe to stay (5 star standard hotel to budget guest houses)
- Airports (International and Domestic) are not affected
- Commutation service, hospital, restaurants are opening/working as pre-earthquake days
- No viral diseases in Nepal
- Only 10 out of 75 districts are affected. The epicenter of earthquake was in Gorkha district and affected to nearby Kathmandu area. The most affected areas are non-touristic villages.
- Your visit will be great help for local guides as they will get job
Despite above mentioned facts; some countries have issued travel advisories discouraging their citizens to travel to Nepal. Our best suggestions to you are keep your mind open, find the actual facts and ignore the silly advisories which are not realistic. Once you place your feet in this Himalayan land, then your will realize this land is welcoming you to show its natural beauty and cultural heritage.
For your information, we are back to our normal schedule and are now taking booking for trekking, sightseeing tours and adventure travel in Nepal, Tibet & Bhutan.
Your best help for Nepal and Nepalese people is to visit Nepal, so the local people can get job and raise their living standard.