Do You love mountains? Have You dreamt to experience an adventure in the Himalayas for a long time? A reading about Kukuczka’s, Messner’s or Czerwińska’s mountain adventures increases Your desire to experience the next adventure? And maybe You wonder how a mix of Buddhism and Hinduism looks like in the society in which arranging marriages is nothing unusual? Would You like to taste Dhal bhat or famous momo dumplings or rather seclude for a few days in the mountain hostel and drink masala tea with a view for the Annapurna while reflect for a while on Your life … ? It is worth to visit Nepal soon, a season stars already in September.
During last months Nepal was particularly loudly talked about due to a tragic earthquake which has claimed more than 8 000 victims. Is it the end of a tourism to the country which is the most popular among mountain tourists?
The media, although, play a great and very helpful role both in informing about a current situation, as well as drawing an attention of the world to the need to help without which Nepal could not manage by itself, sometimes present a distorted image of the current situation in this mountain kingdom. That is true that it has been the largest and most tragic earthquake for 81 years. It is also true that Nepal will rebuild after this tragedy in the long-term and that a great deal of homesteads has been damaged, many destroyed, not mentioning personal tragedies connected with a loss of the loved ones, property and moral damages. The Nepalese need and they will need help for a long time, first of all, due to a fact that Nepal despite being one of the most beautiful countries in the world, it is also one of the poorest in the entire globe with a gross domestic product per capita circa (PPP) 2 172 USD (for comparison in Poland it is circa 22 513 USD!).
According to information provided by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), a continuation of a tourism in Nepal is safe, and it is worth to go there soo. Also due to a fact that many tourism agencies, hotel and guesthouse owners, as well as carriers have decided to decrease already relatively low prices of services they render. All of this in order to encourage tourists to come back here, and to convince them that Nepal is still safe.
We provide a few significant facts which may help You while making a decision:
• The Annapurna region has not suffered at all during the earthquake and it is safe for tourists – a tourism can be continued, for beginners we recommend, first and foremost, beautiful and easy trekking – Annapurna at sunrise.
• The Everest region in contrary to the information given by media is not largely damaged, we kindly invite to read our relation from last October. A majority of losses relates to the Solukhumbu region, at the south of Lukla from which start all expeditions to the Everest region. The routes lead upwards to the areas significantly smaller affected by the earthquake. However, a part of the homesteads has been destroyed, but they are being already repaired now. For many days after earthquaqe to Lukla were delivered supplies with materials to rebuild and most of them are already rebuild (having known Nepalese homesteads it is easy to understand why a rebuild is possible within a few weeks, at most months). What is more important for tourists – all bridges in the main trails has remained untouched and trails are accessible. In this region we particularly recommend a traditional Everest Base Camp or slightly more difficult, but unusually picturesque version – Trekking to the base under Everest through the Gokyo Lakes.
• The main historical treasures of Kathmandu have not been damaged. Pasuphatinath, Boudhanath, Budhanilkantha are still available for tourists and losses in these facilities are not large. Unfortunately, the royal Durbar Square has been damaged greatly, but a part of the sanctuaries has remained untouched (e.g. very eagerly visited Kumari Sanctuary - a living goodness. On 15th June 2015, just little more than one month after earthquaqe, Durbar Square and Boudhanath were reopened for tourists. The historic Dharahara tower has been totally damaged (often presented in media during the first days after the earthquake), which has not been yet entered into the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
• Unfortunately Bhaktapur – a beautiful medieval town situated circa 30 km from Kathmandu has been greatly devastated, although not all its sanctuaries has been damaged, many tourists still visiting this place because is still really worth to see!
• Patan Durbar Square, the Main Royal Square in Lalitpur (an original name of this town is Patan what means “A Town of Beauty”) was also reopened for tourists on 15th June 2015.
• In the Langtang and Manaslu regions, in that in the Gorkha neighbourhood a situation is poor. Unfortunately, these regions have been greatly damaged. A tourism in the Langtang region is neither possible nor safe now. In the Manaslu region, trails are being rebuild in order to enable again trekking in this area.
To sum up, a majority of trails is totally accessible and safe, a hotel infrastructure as well as communication are still available in most tourist regions. It is worth to save by the way, use discounts which are offered by agencies which render tourist services however You should always check up if You chose this legal one which gives appropriate warranties. Nepal and its cordial inhabitants wait – it is worth to see this beautiful country by yourself or come back to Nepal – nobody must to convince to that those who have visited it … :)