Some of our Sodha Travelers have been inquiring about the safety in Nepal. Political violence has occurred sporadically throughout the country in the past, including protests, demonstrations, and localized vandalism. Currently, we have not canceled any tours that include Nepal and we will continue to process reservations for upcoming tours. However, we do not recommend hiking alone, particularly in Pokhara, Chitwan, and the Northern trails. Our team in Kathmandu continues to monitor the situation and we will notify you of any changes. More travel information and a detailed synopsis of the political disturbance can be found on the U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory.
As with any international travel, we urge travelers to exercise caution when visiting an unfamiliar area. Here are a few suggestions to stay safe during your journey:
- Ask your guide or hotel staff about the safe/unsafe areas of town. Do not venture out alone at night in unfamiliar neighborhoods.
- Avoid carrying large sums of cash.
- Do not wear expensive or excessive jewelry.
- Dress appropriately in public and pay attention to local customs.
- Make a copy of your passport/visa and keep it in a separate place, in the event your purse or bag is stolen.
- Keep your purse latched and closed, especially when visiting markets and commercial districts. Also, make sure wallets are not in an open back pocket.
Safety is our priority and an important part of the travel experience. We want our clients to feel prepared and comfortable. As the saying goes, "Over-prepare and under-pack. Not the other way around."