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Nepal Warnings and Dangers

  • Maoist

    Kathmandu Warnings and Dangers

    My first day in Kathmandu meant my first contact with the maoists – they were “requiring” a general strike, apparently because they were not satisfied with the ambassadors recently appointed to a number of European capitals. Groups of teenaged boys marching down the boulevards with red flags with communist symbols, quarrelling with shopkeepers who...

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  • Maoist

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    The BIG question on everyone's mind now is " Is it Safe to visit Nepal " -- This IS a very difficult question and all the individual prospective traveller to Nepal can do is weigh up All the pro's and Con's after researching the Current situation over there !! I Myself did Exactly this using these pages here at VT a + Lonely Planet Thorn Tree and I...

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  • Food/Water

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    What was once a great little inexpensive restaurant in central Thamel has now really gone downhill, the prices have almost doubled in the last 12 months (10% “Service Charge also now added) and the quality f the food has hit rock bottom. I have been back twice this trip just to make sure I hadn’t gone on a bad day – But the second time I went the...

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  • Altitude Sickness

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    When you gain altitude, you must obey the rules, These rules are Very Simple, Once you reach 10,000 feet (3.000m) you Must stay 2 nights to aid acclimatisation, then after this you Must Only gain 1,000 feet (300m) per day (Sometimes it isn’t possible to stick to this rule because of a lack of accommodation, so if you gain more altitude than you...

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  • Animals

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    Yes, monkeys are here too. I was totally unaware that monkeys can be in that high altitude. Please keep all your food stuffs safe or else it can be snatched right away from your hands. Be Alert while roaming around the Temple area.

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  • Permits/Papers

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    2013 update I am pleased to say that the idea of banning independent trekking in the Langtang Region (As well as other teahouse trekking routes) has been abandoned – The official word is that the policy has been put on hold indefinitely – So lets all hope that it stays that way ;-) In my opinion TAAN jumped the gun and what they originally said on...

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  • Pollution

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    Protecting your digital camera is important during the trek as during the trekking season (I was trekking in April) the air and soil on and along the trekking trails is very dry, polluted with animals' excrements. Dust was everywhere and it took me long time to clean my SLR.

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  • Police

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    Nepal, in specific Kathmandu, is loaded with very corrupt police (the military police were far less corrupt than the Kathmandu city police). There have been stories of police scamming tourist due to mandatory bribery and even in some cases black-male. Be aware and alert, especially while in Kathmandu!

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  • Hygeine

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    If you are only going along the main mountain trekking routes and not hanging out in the Terai,staying at farms with animals, living and eating out of poorly sanitated rural homes, I would not be concerned about most exotic diseases and parasites connceted with Nepal. There are probably more MDs along the national park trails than anywhere else...

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  • Avalanches

    Nepal Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful of avalanches when trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, especially the part near Deurali before Macchapurcharre Base Camp. I have to pass by 3-4 previous avalanches on the route. You can get the news of avalanches from the towns along the way.

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  • Beware!

    Just for your info. :) At this moment, cultivation, possession, dealing and selling cannabis is prohibited in Nepal and its environs but in most cases it’s no one’s business. Even carrying a small weed quantity can lead you to imprisonment.Cannabis are against the law in Nepal since you are most likely to be taken in the police station if you are...

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  • Diamox -- To take it or Not ??

    When you gain altitude, you must obey the rules, These rules are Very Simple, Once you reach 10,000 feet (3.000m) you Must stay 2 nights to aid acclimatisation, then after this you Must Only gain 1,000 feet (300m) per day (Sometimes it isn’t possible to stick to this rule because of a lack of accommodation, so if you gain more altitude than you...

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  • "Dhoti"..(Indian)!!!

    No Idea from where to start but I have to write about the experience I recently got in Nepal. Nepalese people in general called Indians "Dhoti". The word is derived from Dhoti which is a piece of cloth worn by Biharis (native or inhabitant from the State of Bihar, India), who are frequent dwellers of Nepal as the Indo-Nepal border is an Open Border...

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  • The Question of taking Malaria...

    This is an often asked question so I will try and shed some light on it ;-)The risk of catching Malaria in Nepal varies depending on where in Nepal you go and when you go there. I have travelled to Nepal a total of ten times in November, December, January, February, March and April and never taken any Malaria preventatives , I Know that this...

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  • Ban for independent solo trekkers in The...

    2013 updateI am pleased to say that the idea of banning independent trekking in the Langtang Region (As well as other teahouse trekking routes) has been abandoned – The official word is that the policy has been put on hold indefinitely – So lets all hope that it stays that way ;-)In my opinion TAAN jumped the gun and what they originally said on...

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  • Check your Guides Licence

    Over the last few years I have seen an increase in the amount of people who claim to be guides who have no formal qualifications and therefore shouldn’t be pretending to be something that they aren’tPart of the problem is that less scrupulous agents hire out these “None Guides” as real guides in an attempt to save money – This isn’t helped by some...

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  • Big Belly" Restaurant – Gone to the...

    What was once a great little inexpensive restaurant in central Thamel has now really gone downhill, the prices have almost doubled in the last 12 months (10% “Service Charge also now added) and the quality f the food has hit rock bottom.I have been back twice this trip just to make sure I hadn’t gone on a bad day – But the second time I went the...

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  • Extending your Visa in kathmandu

    2012 update – The visa office has moved since I wrote this “Tip” in 2010, But it is still in the same area. Visa extensions are still the same price and the system of extending them is still more or les the same – I have updated as follows1) Negotiate a taxi to The immigration office in Kathmandu in the morning – The office has recently moved, but...

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  • DO NOT SAY NAMASTE TO THE DRIVER !

    I learned this the hard way. I was in a jeep and I realised I had not greeted the driver as we bumped down the road. So I said "Namaste" and held my hands together. Big mistake! the driver had to turn around to look at me and return the greetings. How we didn't then take out 5 people and a fruit stall - I don't know. Please do the pleasantries with...

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  • Minimise the chances of losing your...

    What to do to minimise the chances of this adversely affecting your trip1) Make sure your travel insurance has adequate cover to compensate you if your checked in baggage is completely lost2) Try and get all your essentials into your hand baggage (most of your trekking gear is less important as this can be hired or bought inexpensively in Nepal)3)...

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  • Altitude sickness.

    If you are going trekking in nepal then altitude sickness is something that you should study a bit before you go as this can become a serious issue in the Himalayas.Once you go up above 3000 meters altitude then there is a fairly big chance that you will feel the altitude to some extend.some people can trek to 5000 meters without problems and some...

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  • Political demonstrations and general...

    The political situation is at the time i write this (september 2012) quite rocky and there are many demonstrations and strikes.The political landscape in Nepal is sharply devided and the two main groups are the royalists and the maoists who spend a lot of time trying to obstruct the other wing instead of governing the country.In the past the...

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  • Dangers of Trekking alone

    Personally I don’t think it is the greatest idea for Anyone to trek alone in Nepal, Particularly as a single female as there have been some incidents lately where solo females have been found dead or “Disappeared” The latest of these was in June 2012, Debbie Maveau a Belgian woman, who had gone missing for 16 days in Langtang and found dead in a...

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  • Beware of flash strikes before reaching...

    There is a lot of political turmoil in Nepal currently. We faced a tough time, as we were on a short trip of 4 days to Kathmandu, out of which there were a lot of street demonstrations for two days.Although the Nepalese are courteous enough, to allow tourist vehicles to go through a mob infested area, it can get ugly at times. Chances are that you...

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  • My Old Adage

    My Old Adage goes like thisHotels are for SleepingRestaurants are for EatingTrekking / Travel Agents are for arranging Trekking and TravelThese days Hotels try to be a “One Stop Shop” trying to provide Everything that their guests might require – My own advice would be to stick to “My Old Adage”My reasonsHotel Travel desks simply haven’t anything...

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  • Obtaining TIMS permits at the Sagarmatha...

    I have never done this myself, but saw the possibility of getting your TIMS at the Sagarmatha Park Gate posted on a travel forum a few months ago, so I emailed my preferred gent in Kathmandu to see if he could confirm that this was true.He replied saying that it is possible, but this isn’t normal practice and wouldn’t advise anyone taking this...

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  • Paying Deposits to agents based in Nepal...

    The First thing to mention is to make sure that your chosen agent is listed on the TAAN Members directory Normally an agent won’t ask for a deposit unless he stands to loose money if for some reason you didn’t show up.However sometimes when you are booking treks, flight or other services through agents based in Nepal in advance you will be asked to...

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  • ADULTERATED DRINKS AND FOOD

    There is a problem of adulterated food and drinks in Nepal. The good news part is that these thihng you find mostly in non-tourist establishments, serving Nepali locals. There has recently been a scare on Tuborg beer being added methylalcohol and of ghee (clarified butter) made from food waste, not milk, the latter was found in Amoul brand sweets.A...

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  • Flyin Thieves!!!

    This may be sound very plain but it's very important that your luggage is well packed before keeping it on the roof of the bus in your Bus journey in Nepal. If you are carrying laptops or other valuable things with you, keep it with you inside the vehicle, while travelling. Last year I lost my laptop while travelling between Kathmandu to Pokhara...

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  • Monkeys again!!!

    Yes, monkeys are here too. I was totally unaware that monkeys can be in that high altitude. Please keep all your food stuffs safe or else it can be snatched right away from your hands. Be Alert while roaming around the Temple area.

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  • Staying healty on the trek

    If you are only going along the main mountain trekking routes and not hanging out in the Terai,staying at farms with animals, living and eating out of poorly sanitated rural homes, I would not be concerned about most exotic diseases and parasites connceted with Nepal. There are probably more MDs along the national park trails than anywhere else in...

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  • Don't get impaled on freshly cut tea...

    The green and elegantly groomed scenery at tea plantations, mostly in far eastern parts of Nepal, but also a few places further west, harbour two main hidden dangers. The first is pesticieds/herbicides, even thoguh the usage is diminishing, local and downstream water sources are heavily affected by the exessive use. Do not drink water from local...

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  • Internet purchasing of domestic air...

    Do not ever purchase a domestic electronic ticket for Nepal over the internet from abroad. Buy it in Nepal directly from the airline office or an agent once you arrive or by way of an agent you fixed your other travel arrangements in, like trekking. The way they handle credit card info over the net is not secure.And if cancelled, computer systems...

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  • Security of your luggage on bus roofs

    Security of your luggage on bus roofs can be a problem in Nepal, Especially on busses to popular trekking road-heads like Jiri– But there are several things you can do to minimise the risk of theft.1) When you luggage is loaded, pop up on the roof yourself and padlock you rucksack to the roof-rack – OK this won’t stop someone from delving inside it...

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  • Should I hire a porter out on the way ?

    Personally, I would hire your porter out from a reputable agency in Kathmandu Before you start you trek, The reasons are1) Always remember that it is YOU that are responsible for any Staff that you hire out, This responsibility includes their health and welfare as well as ensuring that they have appropriate clothing for the trek. All the Reputable...

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  • Trekking from Namche Bazaar – Gokyo –...

    Do Not Cross Cho La Alone – Trekkers are still missing presumed dead who have attempted this !!However, a lot of people don’t wish to employ a guide for their entire trek so another option is to hire your guide out in Namche Bazaar, give him a small deposit and arrange for him to meet you in Gokyo the evening before you plan to cross. The guide...

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  • Dust and your digital camera

    Protecting your digital camera is important during the trek as during the trekking season (I was trekking in April) the air and soil on and along the trekking trails is very dry, polluted with animals' excrements. Dust was everywhere and it took me long time to clean my SLR.

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  • Consider face mask in Kathmandu and...

    KTM is one of the most polluted cities in the world, similarly to Mexico City. In my opinion face masks when walking on the streets in the traffic peak is highly recommended. Face mask is essential during the trek as during the trekking season (I was trekking in April) the air and soil on and along the trekking trails is very dry, polluted with...

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  • Bus Trip To Pohkara

    If you take the bus to Pohkara, remember not to leave any valuables in your luggage that will be on the top of the bus. Many years ago on my first trip, I had 12 rolls of film stolen from my backpack, and was upset at the loss of memories on film :(

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  • Drinking the water

    Dont even think about drinking the water from a tap..it will kill you! Bottled water is readily available almost everywhere you go, but make sure that the plastic seal is intact on the top of bottle...some places have re-filled the bottles from the tap!

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  • Volunteering in Nepal

    Personally I would be Very Wary of volunteering in Nepal, or anywhere for that matter, unless I either personally knew someone working or has worked for the organisation in question, Or had a personal recommendation from someone that I knew and Trusted.Two years ago in Nepal I met an Australian Lass who had paid a lot of money to volunteer in...

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  • Don't redommend this travel agent

    into-thin-air gives the best information by far for Nepal.However Himalayan Magic Adventures.... I would never recommend them.I contacted him 6 month before doing the Annapurna Circuit , I had to decide quick cause it was the high season ...and he gave me a 18 year old boy who hardly spoke any English.When I demanded a professional porter/guide I...

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  • Not safe

    Water from the tap is not safe to use for drinking, brushing teeth etc.Bottled water is easy and inexpensive to buy.We never had any gastric-related problems during our visit. We usually had food at restaurants, or bought at some from the great bakeries around.

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  • Power Cuts

    Power cuts (load shedding) is very common, especially in Kathmandu. The cuts can last for several hours at a time.Do be careful at night, as these cuts leave the place very dark.

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  • Power Outages - Black Outs - or 'Load...

    This is certainly not a danger, but I was glad that I knew this bit of information going into my time in Nepal. As far as I understand, Nepal is not able to generate enough power to sustain all areas at their level of demand. The solution is schedule power outages in major cities all over the country. If you are staying in a hotel, hostel, or local...

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