Is Nepal safe for travelers?
Yes. Honestly and precisely, Nepal is safe to travel and the reasons are many to prove this fact. After suffering the twin blow of earthquake in April and the economic blockade in September, this young republic nation has bounced back very well. Moreover, the damage as reported in many international media has been an exaggerated projection. Except a substantial damage to the Langtang region, all other major trekking destinations suffered from limited damage and these destinations, including Langtang region, are already back to business: Hotels are up and running, touristic areas have food and water to supply to travelers, trails have already been repaired and readied and climbers have completed a season of Everest summit in 2016.
Only 14 out of the 75 districts were affected severely by the earthquake and the western as well as eastern region of Nepal were unaffected by this disaster. This means the whole of Annapurna, Manaslu and Everest region remained safe and the earthquake related risks in these areas are out of question. Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Namche Bazaar and other popular destinations just ‘paused’ its business for some weeks following the disaster and are earnestly waiting for the guests now. Talking about Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Patan, the medieval cities of Kathmandu Valley, few of the ancient heritages suffered the blow out of which Kathmandu Durbar Square lost some of its ancient heritages and Bhaktapur Durbar Square also suffered some damage along with Patan Durbar Square. Boudhanath, a popular and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage suffered some damage and is undergoing repair. All of these sites are already open for tourists and are lively again. Historical tower of Dharahara is the only other prominent heritage, apart from damage in the Durbar Squares, which was lost due to the earthquake. Travel advisories and caution against visiting Nepal are things of the past now.
Trekking by US Ambassador to Nepal, Aliana B Teplitz, to Lo-Manthang of Upper Mustang in July 2016 with her family members and some embassy officials, is one of many trekking expedition in this enticing nation since the earthquake and blockade last year.
Economic blockade and the subsequent austerity-like situation along with unrest in some part of southern plains were settled comfortably. Fuels and other necessary commodities are available easily these days. Except the usual ups and downs of politics as in any other nation, there are no such disturbances currently.
Travelers like you are exploring the wilderness of Nepal, one of the top trekking destinations of the world and one of the most favorite destinations of travelers, globally. Nepal continues to spread its magic like before: Himalayas are still proud and hills are lush as ever, and the ever-smiling and resilient Nepalese will be available to greet you and present to you the natural, historical and cultural heritages and diversities which they are always proud to have. Nepal is already back in business!