“New York City mom murdered on vacation in Turkey”
“English man and family found stabbed to death in Gibraltar”
All the above listed headlines make travelers to give a second thought on their travel plans. However, the worst travel nightmares happen across the world as the place declared safest to travel might suffer natural calamities and of course, the people having criminal mentality live everywhere.
To be killed or assaulted in a foreign soil, where help is uncertain and the people around are strangers is the worst thing travelers could imagine. However, the news of travelers murdered, abused, robbed or raped frequently gets space in global media. Recently, an American teacher was killed in Pokhara. Surprisingly the person accused to brutally murder her was her host, whom she knew through couchsurfing.com and had been staying in his apartment for three days before she got killed. She did no wrong to travel through couchsurfing.com as the site has established great relationships between the good hosts and the passionate travelers.
Travelers are equipped with all the necessary travel documents required during the holidays in the Himalayas. Apart from all the paper-works there are few practical things, travelers need to consider themselves and hence focus on implementing these to enjoy safe holidays in the beautiful wilderness of the Himalayas.
Having said this, we would like convey strong and valid message regarding travel safety in Nepal. The objective of this post is to aware travelers in Nepal regarding the least possible incidents that could happen. We as the responsible tour and trek operator assure travelers that Nepal is safe destination to travel, where guests are treated as Gods and Nepalese are kind, helpful and courageous people who are known for warm welcoming attributes with whatever resources they acquire.
When you plan your holiday in Nepal, the prime factor to consider is to choose the reputed local operator that has credible records of hosting safe tours or treks. While choosing the tour or trek operator make sure the company has acquired license to operate holidays across Nepal for the foreign travelers from the Ministry of Tourism and Nepal Tourism Board. Take time to figure out the organizations your possible operator is accredited or associated with. Make sure the company you have picked is also the member of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN). It is better if you travel with the trustworthy company referred by your friends or families. We also suggest to note down the contact details of your country’s embassy in Nepal.
Lone travelers who travel to Nepal without the operational support of local operator have been victims of fatal incidents caused by some uncivilized and the ill mentality people or by the other unpredictable consequences triggered by the nature. The same thing happened during the devastating quake 2015. Most of the travelers who died or went missing during quake 2015 were traveling around Nepal without the crew and guide support from the local operator.
Another important factor that trekkers need to know while undertaking challenging adventurous trekking holiday in Nepal is not to push beyond the limit. Do not push hard and follow the instructions of your guides so that you can save yourselves during the hard times in the remotest corner of the Himalayas.
Many trekkers die in elevated regions of the Himalaya because of Altitude Mountain Sickness- not everyone who died had ignored the instructions of their guides. However, we discovered the attribute of some trekkers to push to the extreme limit to experience the biggest highlight of the trip despite having physical problems has been the reasons of their deaths. The adrenaline hungry adventurers in Nepal, craving to feel the thrills of extreme adventures shall also seriously consider the instructions given by guides and the experts.
Next important thing travelers in Nepal shall consider is regarding the nightlife in urban towns like Kathmandu and Pokhara. Thamel in Kathmandu and Lakeside in Pokhara are vibrant destinations to enjoy drinks, music and food during nights. However, even these places cater nightlife until 2 AM.
These are safe places to party and security systems implemented in these locations are quite appreciable. However, we still suggest you to inform your tour operator about your whereabouts so that you are always into their loop. Doing so allows the local operator to immediately act for necessary backup.
We find it very important that our travelling contributes to the preservation of Nepal’s fragile and beautiful nature. We encourage Kipling Travels and Explore Himalaya to start working with different tea-houses / lodges and hotels on sustainability initiatives- like waste recycling, solar heating etc.
We work with the motto "Tourism for Development". Explore Himalaya Community Service Project was conceived to empower underprivileged segments of Nepal.