Monthly Archives: July 2015

Most villages on Everest trail unaffected by quake: Report

20 July, 2015

A report prepared on the basis of structural, geotechnical earthquake damage and trekking safety assessment has concluded that most of the villages on the Everest Base Camp trail do not appear to have been affected by landslide hazards.

The assessment entitled ‘Damage Assessment of Everest Region‘ was conducted between June 27 and July 2 by Miyamoto International, a global engineering, construction management and project management company with funding from the International Finance Corporation.

According to the report, none of the nine suspension bridges assessed by Miyamoto engineers appear to have been affected by new geotechnical hazards. Much of the trail and most of the rock retaining walls, both above and below the trails, are undamaged as per the report. However, the engineers observed very little foundation damage to the buildings.

“As most of the trails and bridges are safe, we can resume trek from September after monsoon ends,” said Sagar Pandey, general secretary of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN).

TAAN expects that trekking business will revive by 25 percent from August and more than 60 percent by autumn next year. Continue reading

Google team: Nepal back on its feet

19 July, 2015

“Do you think Nepal needs more aid? Or do you think the world needs to know that Nepal is rising?”

Stacie Chan, a Google employee visiting Nepal, posed this central question at the conclusion of an event organised by Startup Weekend Kathmandu in SAP Falcha at Babarmahal on Saturday. Chan was a participant, along with 34 other people from Google, in a three-day interaction conducted by SW Kathmandu along with Nepal Rises.

More than 70 participants from Google, California-based Salesforce and Nepal pitched business ideas ranging from developing a platform for sharing disaster-related information between NGOs, locals and the government to re-establishing the reach for the Nepali media outlets so that international audiences are constantly updated on the post-earthquake developments. The winning business idea involved developing an online platform for effective disaster-response management.

“We have to de-mythicise this earthquake,” Chan said. She was the leader of one of the teams that proposed an initiative that would ensure that the news of the Nepali resilience and the reconstruction efforts being undertaken is communicated to the world. She said she had been keeping close tabs on Nepal since the Great Quake struck on April 25. She was devastated when she watched a documentary titled Nepal Rises and, when presented with the opportunity to experience first-hand what was happening in Nepal, she could not give up on it.

However, Chan also discussed how some of her preconceived notions of the earthquake changed when she got here. “There were so many images of disaster, destruction and horror wherever I looked on the Internet. When I got to Nepal, I kept asking myself, ‘Where are all the damaged buildings?’ I couldn’t find any,” Chan said. “Of course, I cannot forget the thousands of people who have lost their lives and thousands who are still suffering. Nepal is a beautiful place; there is so much more to it than just this earthquake. Why aren’t there images of shops opening in Kathmandu , or children walking to school? Why aren’t there images of Nepal rising?” Chan asked.

“I was pleasantly surprised as I travelled around Kathmandu ,” Chan said. “People around the globe were scared, initially—and not without reason. But now, we need to make sure that people around the world know Nepal for what it is. They need to know the brilliantly resilient Nepali people. They need to know that Nepal is rising.”

Chinese tourists expected to return to Nepal in August

July 10, 2015

Chinese tour operators

Chinese tour operators

“You go first, and we’ll follow.” This is what Chinese travellers say to tour and travel operators selling Nepal packages. Although, the Chinese government has not restricted its citizens from travelling to Nepal, potential visitors from the northern neighbour expect assurances from their tour organizers that it is safe to visit, a group of Chinese tour operators said Friday.

Currently, nine tour operators from China are on a Nepal visit. This is the first batch of tour and travel operators to visit Nepal after the April 25 earthquake. The operators said that Chinese travellers were likely to resume Nepal tours from August.

“Initially after the earthquake, we were under the impression that everything had been destroyed, but we see that except for a few places, all are intact,” said Linli Ru, operator of IA Holidays Guangzhou. “Nepal is a special destination for the Chinese as it is the birthplace of Gautam Buddha and contains the Himalaya mountains. So they cannot stop visiting the country.”

The operators who visited Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan and other places said they had been wooing their customers through the internet.

We chat, a popular messaging app, has become a common tool for promotion. The group has been sending photographs of various destinations in Nepal to publicize the country’s real situation as its tourism business has hit rock bottom after the disaster.

“This is the first group of Chinese operators in Nepal after the earthquake,” said Kishore Raj Pandey, chairman of Saathi Nepal Travel and Tours. Pandey was the first person to bring Chinese tourists to Nepal in 2002.

The Chinese government had granted Approved Destination Status (ADS) to Nepal in November 2001, allowing Chinese travellers to visit the country.

Before 2000, Chinese travellers were allowed to visit Nepal only on official visits. In June 2002, Chinese citizens arrived in Nepal officially for the first time as tourists.

In 2003, Nepal received 7,562 Chinese tourists. The number jumped to 46,000 in 2010. Since then, Nepal has recorded a dramatic boom in Chinese inbound. Arrivals jumped nearly three-fold in 2014 to reach 123,805, largely due to increased airline connectivity and China’s changing policy towards Nepal. Continue reading

US, UK, New Zealand lift travel restrictions to Nepal

July 04, 2015

As the situation heading towards normalcy after the April 25 earthquakes and aftershocks, various countries have started to remove Nepal from their negative travel advisory list, in a great relief to the country’s battered tourism industry.

Upper MustangThe United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand have lifted travel restriction for their citizens to visit Nepal except in the districts where the quake and aftershocks hit hard.
It is expected that more nations will remove Nepal from negative list in the days to come. Since the earthquake hit Nepal, almost all countries had advised their citizens not to visit Nepal. As insurance companies hardly insure visitors making trip to designated dangerous areas, travels to risky countries remains limited.

In the revised travel advisory, the US government said, “The Department of State terminated the authorized departure of non-emergency US government personnel and dependents on July 2, 2015.  This replaces the Travel Warning dated May 1, 2015. We encourage travellers to consult carefully with their travel and trekking agencies for current, location-specific information.”Trekking in Nepal

The US is one of the top five source destination for Nepal’s tourism. The UK has also revised its travel advisory on Nepal on Friday advising against all but essential travel to the districts—Humla, Mugu, Dolpa, Mustang, Manang, Lamjung, Gorkha (including the Manaslu trekking region), Dhading, Rasuwa (which includes the Langtang Valley trekking region), Nuwakot, Sindhupalchok, Kavrepalanchok, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, Solukhumbu (including Everest base camp and the Everest regional trekking routes), Sankhuwasabha and Taplejung.
“Travel on the main highway from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which passes through Nuwakot, Gorkha and Dhading districts, is exempted from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s advice against all but essential travel,” the travel advisory reads. Continue reading

Is Nepal Safe for Visit?

Is Nepal safe for Visit? The short answer is yes, it is exceptionally sheltered actually. Nepal feels more protected than most different nations around the world, potentially because of the religious way of the individuals and their common generosity.

Everest trekking region, safe for visitEverest trekking region, safe for visit

Yet, the awful news is it has likewise made a huge number of visitors drop effectively occupied occasion to Nepal because of the news feature demonstrating the harm to the nation much higher than on the ground, making global individuals feel the whole nation is at halt and it is a no go zone.

There is probably death toll and fallen homes in towns and kids staying outside the school without legitimate nourishment, water and sanitation will take years to revamp. Given the actualities the quake has just influenced 2% of the aggregate vacationer ranges and remaining destinations are all working as ordinary.

Langtang Valley before QuakeLangtang Valley before Quake

This is not just the time to visit Nepal as traveler to see mountains, learn societies yet one can be a piece of this incredible modifying process and live in the hearts and brains of those influenced for a long time to come.

Pokhara is exceptionally sheltered, and still enthralls with its grand mountain sees and peaceful lakes. Chitwan and Bardia likewise got away far reaching damage, and are in this way prepared to showcase their plenitude of characteristic life. The origination of the Buddha, Lumbini, did not bring about much harm and is fortunately all situated to welcome guests back to its hallowed soil.

Annapurna Base Camp, Safe for Trekking

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