Nepal Earthquake : Stats and Why Travel Nepal Post earthquake.

The 25th April earthquake followed by hundreds of aftershocks has definitely shaken the lands of Nepal, but was unable to shake the spirit of Nepalese people. The 7.8 Magnitude earthquake forced many people to be homeless across the country and destroyed century old monuments including the UNESCO heritage sites like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

2 months have passed since the devastating earthquake, Nepal and its citizens are back to their feet and have started their normal lives. The closed heritages sites have been reopened form June 14 for visitor and other popular and famous travel destination has been intact and untouched by the earthquake. The official press release from the Ministry of Cultural, Tourism and Aviation makes it clear that Nepal is safe and secure to travel and explore.

Play the slide for the Stats of the Earthquake and Reason to make Nepal your next travel/holiday destination.


A Travel Company’s Initiative for a Sustainable Community in Nepal

nepal-vision-treks-logoNepal Vision Treks and Expedition, an adventure travel company in Kathmandu, takes immense pride being a community based company which contributes to the growth of the society. After the earthquake of April 25, Nepal Vision Treks (NVT) along with Pioneer Foundation took an initiative to save many lives and sustain the affected community.


On 10th and 14th of June, NVT’s latest effort took them to two remote villages which are heavily affected by the earthquake, namely; Khari village in Dhading and Bungkot in Gorkha. Gorkha and Dhading are among the areas that have taken the severest of the damages in the earthquakes.

Apart from that, NVT also contributed in renovating the roofs of five schools in Gorkha district. Other relief materials, including rice and zinc sheets. NVT family intends to continue contributing in the rebuilding of Nepalese communities post earthquakes.

Relief Materials Distributed

Item Quantity
Rice 15,000 kg
Lentil 1,500 kg
Tents 250
Zinc Sheets 200 bundles
Medicines
Temporary Shelters 50

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7 Question to Ask before Traveling to the Post-Earthquake Nepal

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?

  1. Has government assigned Nepal safe for traveling?
  2. What major tourist destinations are heavily damaged?
  3. Is Disaster Tourism possible in Nepal?
  4. Where/When can you next trek in Nepal?
  5. How can you help boost the local economy via travel?
  6. What are the previous travelers saying about Nepal?
  7. What can I bring back from Nepal?

#1 Has Government assigned Nepal safe for traveling?

Ministry of Tourism's response on Post-earthquake tourism in Nepal

Ministry of Tourism’s response on Post-earthquake tourism in Nepal

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

S.No Regions (Sub-regions) Destruction
1 Kathmandu Valley
Kathandu Durbar Square Medium
Patan Durbr Square Medium
Bhaktapur Durbar Square Medium
2 Nuwakot Medium
3 Sindhupalchok High
4 Rasuwa Medium
5 Gorkha
6 Manaslu Circuit Medium
7 Dhading Medium
8 Langtang High

#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

Trekkers posing at 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).

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#2 Annapurna Base Camp

buddhist memorial built at 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.

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#3 Annapurna Circuit

chorten-seen-at-annapurna-circuitStarting 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).

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#4 Pokhara

Relaxing at the lakeside in Pokhara

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.

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#5 Chitwan

Wildlife jungle safari chitwan

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

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#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.


Ask a Question to  the Travel Experts

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American Trekkers clarify, Nepal is Safe for Travel!

Ministry of Tourism of Nepal has released a press statement clarifying that Nepal is safe for the traveling, and encouraged people to visit Nepal soon. Source

Out of 35 trekking destinations, only 2 destinations have been destructed, namely; Langtang and Manaslu circuit trail, and 3 others are rendered unsafe.


The Johnsons from USA recently completed the challenging trek to Everest Base Camp. A Family of four took on a personal mission to enjoy Nepal, despite the crisis situation, and to prove that Nepal is safe and still accessible.

David, Lina, Hunter & Mina Johnson took off for Everest Base Camp on May 28. They spent 14 days on the trail exploring the Khumbu valley, Sherpa culture, mountainous scenery and native cuisines.


~Video Transcript~

David: I’m still here in Kathmandu having just finished 14 days trek to the Everest base camp. With a lot of thinking going to this trip with my family, we all are really happy, we had fabulous time and we felt safe as much as we can in an adventure travel.Hunter: Aw, there’s been a lot of devastation in Nepal. The cover’s been focusing on what broken, and how’s infrastructure in some place. I just want to send this message.

Lisa: Everywhere we went on this trek the shopkeepers and lodge owners and tea houses were all really happy to see us. There was lot of things closed because of the earthquake but there’s also more things closed because there weren’t the tourists here.

Mina: Despite all of our reservations and hesitations, going on this trip went out to be one of the most spectacular, fun and adventure this family has ever taken. We laughed and we howled and we met most fantastic people. We saw scenery that was beyond everything that our camera could capture or words could ever describe, and without a doubt all 4 of us would encourage any friends, family or acquaintances to come on this trek.

(Howling)

Good bye!


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Australian Trekker clarifies, Nepal is Safe for Travel!

Ministry of Tourism of Nepal has released a press statement clarifying that Nepal is safe for the traveling, and encouraged people to visit Nepal soon. Source

Out of 35 trekking destinations, only 2 destinations have been destructed, namely; Langtang and Manaslu circuit trail, and 3 others are rendered unsafe.


The Australian Trekker who has recently been to Nepal has to say about his recent trip to Everest Base Camp. According to him, Nepal is safe for traveling. Those who are considering to trek can do so.

William White (Age 66) from Perth, Australia came to Nepal on May 25. He completed his 14 days trek on June 5, and stayed 2 nights in Kathmandu. An old but spirited man, William told us that he wasn’t worried a bit.


~Video Transcript~

My name is William White. I’m from Perth, Australia.
I have just returned from Base Camp. Everest Base Camp is the very interesting place to go and is possible; we met a young doctor Rachel, and she told us Base Camp “Everest Base Camp” is accessible but except for a small space and time but it is still accessible, and that is the most important thing. “
The trek begun from Lukla, we proceeded up the valley, if I can call it that, it was beautiful. But it a bit of disastrous as far as buildings’ gone … there is plenty of stop over places for a remedial thing water.. food. The accommodation was limited in some places because of the post earthquake situation but there was plenty of accommodation in the mean time. The scene was beautiful ……population, the way the life was simple and it is well worth seeing how hard to work here. I find the trek very challenging, very challenging but it was a worthwhile and the experience of the Nepal country and the mountains as well beautiful.

What is the condition of the route to Everest Base Camp?

William white from Perth Australia

William White, aged 68, from Perth, Australia

The route in my opinion is very safe, but you got to remember this is the mountainous country but it is still possible, and you don’t come here to be afraid from the country, you got to enjoy the country. The country is there to be enjoyed.. the crossing of the bridges is a..in some cases is spectacular cause I never knew there was spans … the size of 100 meters and I was a little bit concerned at a Sir Adman Hillary Bridge. There’s been a new bridge build above it, but is very passable indeed.

I was little bit of concerned but when I see the tour guide walk over it, I said bugger, it that’s for me and I grabbed with my both hands and we proceeded on up the valley through Everest base Camp.
Sad, it was restricted place because there was no visitation back we can call it that….I never had a problems as far as accommodation goes. There were very few people there for a start but the accommodation is there and just actually waiting for the return of the tourist. The effort and the scenery of the country is very very seldom to get a chance to see this unless you come here and a enjoy it.

Did you have reservations about visiting Nepal?

Not at all. I was never worried, I am not easily worried.

What message would you give to fellow travelers looking to visit Nepal?

Well, you got to come here with open mind, I..I came with an open mind and I was ready to take whatever came and I think it’s time people return here. People are trying to rebuild and there are lot of international help coming to the country and it needs more help. Tourist returning and feeling safe that’s the main thing but the bottom line is you will enjoy the country sight.
The passes there was no obstacle for us to pass through to the Mount Everest base camp and the only coming down, I can add, was that Doctor Rachel……this was before Lobuche . She says Everest base camp is accessible expect for a small path but she emphasized it is still possible and I was still possible.

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