Last updated: 20 October 2014
The travel advice summary below is provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK. 'We' refers to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. For their full travel advice, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Most visits to Nepal are trouble-free.
Over 30 people have died as a result of heavy snowfall in the Annapurna region and north Dolpa district since 14 October. The weather is improving, but conditions at high altitude remain hazardous and light snow is forecast for the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu and Jomsom regions.
The local authorities continue to advise against trekking in the area around Thorang-La pass on the Annapurna circuit because of heavy snow. For other areas in Annapurna, you should check conditions with local authorities, guides or reputable travel agents before trekking to affected areas, particularly for high-altitude (above 4,000m) destinations like Annapurna base camp.
The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) is providing live updates on the situation in the Annapurna region. Online weather forecasts are available on the website of the government of Nepal Department Of Hydrology and Meteorology.
To British nationals who have been travelling in the affected areas: you are encouraged to get in touch with relatives by telephone or social media. Please also contact the British Embassy consular section in Kathmandu to confirm your whereabouts, either on +977 1 4410583 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t phone internationally the British Embassy can pass your message to concerned relatives.
Other popular trekking regions in Nepal, like Langtang and Everest base camp, aren’t experiencing bad weather conditions at present. But weather conditions can always change quickly. You should check conditions with local authorities, or reputable guides and trekking agencies.
If you’re trekking, use a reputable agency, remain on established routes, and walk in groups. You should never trek alone.
Nepal is considered to be at high risk of a major earthquake.
All air carriers from Nepal have been refused permission to operate air services to the EU due to safety concerns.
The Monsoon season in Nepal normally runs from June to September and can make travel in rural areas hazardous.
There is a general threat from terrorism.
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