Is Nepal Safe for Travelling After the Earthquake ?

The recent 7.9 magnitude earthquake in Nepal make confusion in the international market whether Nepal is safe or not for travelling. We are pleased to inform you that Nepal is now safe for travelling. At this period visiting Nepal is not only for gathering, it is also the good opportunity to help the affected and rebuild the Nepal. The uncertainty, the hesitancy is understandable as the devastating earthquake had shaken up the lives, however things are gradually catching up the pace and life is slowly coming back to normal. We have collected some important information from various sources which should help to learn about Nepal after the situation of Earthquake.

The Government of Nepal, Ministry of culture, Tourism and Civil aviation on its press release has assured that Nepal is safe and secured place to visit. Except for the earthquake worst hit districts (out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 8 are affected), life has come back to normalcy; everyone is back to their daily routines.

Tribhuwan international Airport (TIA): The only one international airport Tribhuwan International airport is back into its normal operation. All international and domestic flights are operating normally now.

Trekking routes: There are still many trekking routes in Nepal other than the affected areas. Regarding the affected areas we can wait for the decision of expertise!! Personally we need to wait the monsoon to see the affect. Then after we will know whether it's doable from this fall or have to wait until Spring.

The trekking routes in Annapurna and Everest regions are all okay and operational. As per Mr. Bikram Neupane, National Coordinator of Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA).

It doesn’t count for the Langtang region. This part of Nepal was the worst affected, and it will take a minimum of 6 months for treks to operate there.

The areas Mustang/Dolpo/Makalu, these are also the least affected trekking areas. It has been assured that Mustang & Dolpo can be operated in this summer without any issue.These are also the least affected trekking areas.

It is highly commendable that friends of Nepal all over the world are helping the country with relief drives. However, the most sustainable way to help Nepal is to go there on a holiday.

Other Popular Destinations: Many of the trekking routes have a minimum impact of earthquake. Moreover, other popular destinations like Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya and various national parks and wildlife reserves are safe and intact.
Places in mid and Far western development regions like Dolpa, Rara of Mugu, Badimalika, Khaptad, Rolpa/Rukum are known as center and capital of natural beauty. As well as we can develop gurilla trekking trail in these areas.

UNESCO World heritage site in Kathmandu
In Kathmandu valley, there have been damages to some monuments, a few collapsing completely, but the majority of structures in Patan and Bhaktapur have withstood the earthquake. The monuments in Bhaktapur durbar square are standing tall except the temple of Wutshala. The UNESCO sites of Pashupatinath temple & Boudhanath stupa are unaffected.

Unfortunately Kathmandu Durbar Square is affected the most. The residential buildings in the old part of the cities have been affected, too, especially in Bhaktapur. However, all have not.

The work has already begun to clear the debris of collapsed buildings in the valley.

Thankfully other major tourist destinations like Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Lumbini are unaffected by the earthquake.

Hotels and resorts: 90 % hotels in Kathmandu are in full operation. The Government of Nepal is inspecting hotels to identify if the property is safe to stay or not considering the extent of damage caused by the recent earthquake.

Communications: Telephone services, Internet is operating as normal condition.

Tourism has been central to Nepal's Economy and will be the key to our recovery which are divested form the massive earthquake. You can help Nepal by scheduling your next holidays to our beautiful country of Himalaya and the birthplace of Lord Buddha.