Is it Safe to Trek in Nepal Again?
On the 25th April and the 12th May 2015 Nepal was hit by powerful earthquakes which devastated the country. Over 7,000 people were killed and 14,000 injured in the quakes, including many travellers who were visiting Nepal to climb Mount Everest.
Just a few months on, a report has now been published claiming that key trekking paths are now safe to travel. The report was conducted by earthquake specialists Miyamoto, who found that some areas (the Annapurna region for example,) had received very little damage during the quakes and so were safe for travellers.
The report was commissioned by the Nepalese Government, who have welcomed the findings. Nepal has seen a massive decline in tourism following the natural disaster, which has put further pressure on the country, as 40% of their 80,000 annual tourists come specifically for adventure travel.
However, the report has come under fire from several sources, who all claim that the study was conducted too quickly for such a large area, and did not consult trekking experts and operators in specific areas.
If you’re planning a trip to Nepal it is extremely important that you check the advice of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), who still advise against all but essential travel to much of the country. Remember, your travel insurance will not cover you to travel against the advice of the FCO, so it is really important that you double check and do plenty of research before the peak season begins.
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