Nepal, one of the most popular tourist destination in South Asia, is in a crisis situation. Despite, being able to cater tourists, the nation is still suffering from negative media impression and general fear.
Questions to Ask Before Traveling to Nepal?
- Has government assigned Nepal safe for traveling?
- What major tourist destinations are heavily damaged?
- Is Disaster Tourism possible in Nepal?
- Where/When can you next trek in Nepal?
- How can you help boost the local economy via travel?
- What are the previous travelers saying about Nepal?
- What can I bring back from Nepal?
#1 Has Government assigned Nepal safe for traveling?
The Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation has released a public statement stating the assessment of damaged areas in Nepal and also areas which are least or none affected by the earthquake.
Of all trekking sites and routes of Nepal, Everest trekking route and Annapurna trekking circuit are safe. […] We would like to assure that Nepal is safe and secured place to visit. We encourage all tourists to visit Nepal and through this to help Nepalese people who are in trouble in this devastation.
#2 What major tourist destinations are damaged?
Among many tourist destinations around Nepal, Kathmandu valley, along with other popular trekking destinations, has suffered severe damages.
More than 20 monuments including world heritage sites are partially or fully collapsed. Many destinations situated afar earthquake site are known to be completely fine.
The lack of inflow of tourists has caused severe economic damage to the local community.
List of Affected Regions
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#3 Is Disaster Tourism possible in Nepal?
Indeed. It can be a favorable time to initiate disaster tourism to bring attention to the devastated regions. The major advantages Nepal can get from such initiation are the inflow of tourists and money, temporary employment, media attention and the reports of ground-zero situations.
Many tourists who visit the affected sites can also observe and learn about post-earthquake rehabilitation and redevelopment processes, along with helping local community by giving money or moral support.
#4 When/Where can you next trek in Nepal?
Spring (March-May) and Autumn (September-November) are two of the major trekking seasons in Nepal. It tends to be warm, humid and mostly wet during summer/monsoon season, therefore, those who wish to trek in Nepal can visit during Autumn season.
Few of the most reliable travel destinations in Nepal are;
#1 Everest Base Camp
Starting from Lukla 2,800 m (9,186 ft), a small town containing an airstrip “Hillary-Tenzing Airport” (the only airport in the region), the trek passes through numerous Sherpa villages and variety of Tibetan influenced monasteries, while conceding atKala Patthar 5,550 m (18,204 ft).
#2 Annapurna Base Camp
Passing through the high hills and ethnic villages of Gurung and Managi inhabitants, the trek assimilates both natural and cultural wonders of the region. One can even opt. to explore Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) and observe the rare flora and faunas of the region.
#3 Annapurna Circuit
Starting from a small town, Besisahar, the trek continuously crosses through the wider landscapes comprising of hills, mountains and peaks, only to end at the bustling town at Nayapul (the very Outset of ABC and Ghorepani-Poonhill-Ghandruk trek).
Pokhara is the 3rd largest city of Nepal. Located on the mid-western terrains at Kaski district, it has established itself as an ultimate holiday getaway and is popular for its exotic locations, cheaper accommodations, recreations and sports, in recent times.
Chitwan National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), covering 932 km2 /360 sq mi/, was established in 1973 in the subtropical inner Terai belts of South-central Nepal. It is known to be the first national park of Nepal
#5 How can you help boost the local economy via travel?
Tourism in Nepal makes up 4.6% of GDP. It helps to generate more than 400,000 jobs per year, and help boost the local economy via direct involvement with the locals. Your genuine effort to visit the nation during such crisis time can boost the moral of the locals and help generate much needed jobs and income.
#6 What are the previous travelers saying about Nepal?
A group of American Trekkers, the Johnsons, comprising of a family of four, recently completed the trek to Everest Base Camp. Here is what they have to say about their recent trip.
An Australian trekker, William White (Aged 68), recently completed his trek. Here is what they have to say about his recent trip.
#7 What can I bring back from Nepal?
Lots and lots of memories. Most travelers have seen Nepal in its glory, however, you’re the only one to see it in an entirely different display.