I will be traveling to Nepal this October for a volunteer program. I will be assisting in a hospital in Kathmandu for one month. I have read about a recent travel warning on the US Dept of State website. It states that the Maoists are now considered a terrorist organization by the US and travelers are urged to use caution. Since I will be with an organization, I feel less vulnerable. But I was wondering if anyone has traveled there recently or currently lives there and could tell me the exact situation. I'm not sure if I should cancel my trip or just be careful. Any advice would be appreciated.
I was in Nepal in December/January. I had no problems whatsoever when I was there. Friends of mine went before the peace talks. They found the Maoists polite, though on many treks they did demand a tax in order to continue your trek. We did a Everest trek and ran into no tax collectors. Remember the US State Dept is very, very conservative on it's website. Be cautious as you would anywherre and you'll be fine. I found Nepalis to be the kindest, most helpful people. Once you get there, I think you'll laugh at the US State Depts warning.
Now Nepal is totally peace i heard & US Dept of State website that was true because the Moist nick group Y C L made the little mistake only but there is no doubt for tourist they help them , I was there in feb007 but i felt safety.Nepali people are so helpful & give simile that i like more , I was there for Trekking I had done ABC (Annapurna Base Camp ) For the local Trekking office in Kathmandu . They also help for volunteer program too. You may log on trektibet dot com or mail aryalha at yahoo dot co dot uk for more information . Hope you will get clear information from there .
Have a nice time while in Nepal
It is true that Nepal has been troubled by the Maoist revolution and still the unrest is far from over. Maoists do not target tourists, they normally target government extablishments, but an ordinary person can easily be caught in the cross-fire.
Moreover this problem is less in Kathmandu and more in interior Nepal. Just be cautious and follow the safety instructions.
cheers, have a nice trip