If you have already booked your holidays or you are planning to visit Nepal in coming days, then Nepal is safe to visit. As Nepal is continuing to pick itself from the devastating earthquake that has claimed more than 7500 lives, Nepal’s tourism industry is slowly and steadily getting back to normal.
There is no reason for Nepal’s Tourism to grind to halt. The tourism products are still there – Mountains, flora and fauna, jungle and trail. We welcome you with an open heart.
-Ganga Sagar Pant. CEO Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN)
Panta insist that Nepal remains safe and urge people to come visit. TAAN is planning further more assessment expedition to the popular trekking and tourism areas in Nepal to gather more concrete details and information about the impact of the earthquake.
The 7.9 magnitude earthquake has left most of the cultural heritage site into rubble. All the three Durbar Square has been affected by the earthquake unfortunately Kathmandu Durbar Square has been affected the most. Majority of the structure in Patan Durbar Square and Bhakatpur Durbar Square have withstood the earthquake and can still be accessible however some areas inside the durbar square’s has been restricted to both the foreigners as well as the local due to security reason. The UNESCO sites of Pashupatinath temple & Boudhanath stupa are unaffected.
In the Himalayan, Langtang, Manaslu and Ghorkha Region are known to be the worst affected region and it may take several months for the treks to operate. Despite the Avalanche in the Everest, the Everest trails is safe to trek with fewer impact of the earthquake. The famous Annapurna region has been untouched by the earthquake therefore you can consider planning your trip to the beautiful Pokhara city and even start trekking the Annapurna trails while enjoying the stunning views and breathtaking mountain ranges. Most regions are still safe to trek including the Mustang and Dolpa trails, therefore you can consider trekking in these regions in coming days and enjoy your trekking holidays.
Thankfully other major tourist destinations like Pokhara, Chitwan, Bandipur, and Lumbini are unaffected by the earthquake.
Nepal tourism contributes 10% of GDP and provides jobs to many people of Nepal, who are fully depended on the regular inflow of the tourist. The only way you can support Nepal is to go on vacation and spend your much needed money, which will help sustain many lives of those affected by the devastating earthquake.
The tremendous amount of support and help from all around the world is highly commendable. However, the most sustainable way to help Nepal is go there on a holiday, so there is no reason to discourage visitor wanting to visit Nepal in coming months.