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1. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

hey,

any one out their been through nepal recently?
I met someone who said its getting quite danerous with the political conflict and all that?

i am thinking in april/may flying to nepal and making my way via india and vietnam to thailand .. just for a bit of madness for a few months.

Anyone any info on nepal or ideas for a lonesome traveller

cheers

oj

2. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

Hello!
Im going to Nepal myself in July and I was a bit concerned about safety over there but I spoke to a few people about it and they say its safe enough for tourists as long as you are cautious not to go to certain areas!But I think its something worth having a good look into just incase you stumble on a shady situation!

3. Posted by miranda73 (Full Member 76 posts) 10y

I went to Nepal last October 05 and we did Gokyo lake trekking. The situation was ok.

However, I met some tourists who eventually had to pay a certain amount to the Maoist. Don't worry, they don't threaten you as long as you pay the money. They are 'friendly' and wear normal dress - jeans, t-shirt, etc.

Usually what they requested from you after they received money were
1. you will have official receipt
2. keep the receipt in case there are other 'check points' then you don't have to pay again by showing the receipt
3. keep relax and enjoy the 'conversation'
4. funny things: student gets discount 50%, foreigner working in Nepal discount 25%

4. Posted by Twinkle (Travel Guru 1112 posts) 10y

that doesnt sound so bad!!!I was a bit concerned after hearing a few nightmare tales but its reasurring to hear its all kinda pretty official and not so frightening!

5. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

y/day,( Sat) there was a big demonstration in the streets of Kathmandu against the King by the political parties. There were clashes them which i happened to see in the TV. According to some newpapers,a tourist who standing near by and watching was whisked away by the police and was questioned was later released. Of late, Nepal has been experiencing strikes, demonstration, curfew etc..
Therefore it is better to take the help of a Nepali host(if you have) and to be away from scene of demonstrations. Also be prepared for curfew and/or strike.
This is not to discourage tourists intending to visit there but just informing them to know the situation just before you arrive and be safe.Just watch the TV news channels incase you are planning to visit soon.

6. Posted by oj (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

thanks guys,

yeah i believe nepal's elections are end of feb so hopefully the situation should have calmed down by april ... i will keep an eye on it ..

thanks for the info on maoist and the reciepts - made me laugh and also makes me feel less concerned about possible situations

cheers
owen.

7. Posted by xiaowee (Budding Member 12 posts) 10y

oh my... my friends i have already booked booked with a local operator to travel between 5 feb to 14 feb. i believe the election is on 8 feb... we intend to stay in kamanthu only for a few days before venturing out to Pokhara, and last 2 days again back to kamanthu...

anyone can update the situation in nepal right now? still safe to travel?

Tks so much!

8. Posted by atchoum (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

This link will keep you up to date : [url=http://www.nepalnews.net/

9. Posted by atchoum (Budding Member 15 posts) 10y

This link will keep you up to date : http://www.nepalnews.net/

10. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 10y

I am in Nepal at the moment. In one week there has been 1 22 hour curfew, 4 nightly curfews starting at either 9 or 10 pm until 4am, and 1 nationwide general strike. Politically the country is in chaos and protests are happening on an almost daily basis in Kathmandu. Armed police/soldiers are on the streets all the time. Pokhara suffered the same curfews too. On saturday the police piled into a load of protestors in Durbar Square, Kathmandu. They were pretty indiscriminate with there beatings and a few tourists get caught up in it (1 Polish tourist had his arm broken). Most people i have spoke to are cutting there trip short and heading home or to India. I spoke to a Norwegian guy who comes here all the time and he is bailing out early too. If you are coming around the time of the elections do not be surprised if there is widespread disruption to businesses/public transport.

The good news is that everybody realises the importance of tourists to Nepal so they are trying not tie the tourist industry into the troubles However, when they make you sit in your hotel all day, and no transport runs nationwide another day then there policy is failing.

My advice is postpone your trip if you are planning to come in the next few weeks. This country is too beautiful to spend your time locked in a hotel in Kathmandu.