My friend has just come back from Tibet, and she heard Nepal was closed for foreigners becos of civil fights?What is the best season to be there? Is it safe for a single girl to travel alone in Nepal? Thanks! I`m thinking of travelling there after I quit my current job.
I don't know anything about Nepal being closed to tourists, id be very surprised if that was true, unless i've missed something major. Perhaps there are just still some difficulties in getting into Nepal through Tibet. The Maoist 'uprising' is ongoing but it has never affected tourism directly.
Maybe the Irish have been kept out of the loop, because as far as I know, and I'm going, so it had better be true, is that whilst there are Maoist "issues", it is most certainly not closed to tourism, and in fact, the Maoists are continuing to encourage the tourism industry, as they know it is central to the Nepalese economy. I think that there have been recent "shutdowns" or strikes in Kathmandu, and that trekking alone is not encouraged, but the main trekking routes are still open and safe. I'm heading off in April, so this had better still be the case then!
I think it's just the Maoist problems continuing. I would be careful about trekking - go with a group rather than on your own.
Kathmandu is great, but is affected now and then by Bhunds or strikes, which can last about 3 days.
These are called by the Maoists and most businesses observe them fearing reprisals. There have been the odd attacks at police stations in the capital, so listen to warnings and stay away from gatherings and suchlike.
Nepal is wonderful, so worth the effort.
Thanks, everyone. I guess the Maoists there might treat Chinese better...I`d make out a careful plan before I set off. I`ll see if I can go there in January or around becos I hear it doesn`t rain much and there`ll be less tourists by then.
I have a girl friend who travels solo to Nepal many times... she usually goes there to teach in local schools I think. If you want detailed info, I can put u in touch with her.
So, I guess its safe to go