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7 summits and other mountain stuff => General => Topic started by: jedi-knight on Feb 5 2006, 17:34

Title: Situation in Nepal
Post by: jedi-knight on Feb 5 2006, 17:34
hi folks,

i've been reading about the situation in Nepal. its getting from bad to worse, with the military and the rebels having a go at each other.

just wondering what impact this will have, considering that the climbing season is almost here.

jk
Title: Re: Situation in Nepal
Post by: Mountain John on Feb 6 2006, 15:14
jk,

always a general worry, but no one should let it effect their Everest plans.  of course, always check the latest reports

last year, just a month before the Everest season, the King had shut down the Kathmandu airport, and jammed all phone lines, including cell phones.  no communication in or out.  I was a little worried but still went with my plans.  well, it was resolved in a couple weeks or so.

then, of course, we had the rebels call the transportation strike about April 1, but even that passed.

when i climbed Kili, the us govt. put out a travel advisory again travel in Kenya.  well, I went anyway, and had a great time.  but i will say, my friend and i were the only Americans on the mountain.

John
Title: Re: Situation in Nepal
Post by: Rajan on Feb 8 2006, 21:31
It may sound silly, but there is not trouble in every part of Nepal. The only problem is when there are general shutdowns of transport. But these only last a day or two. A week at most and you will find out about it in advance. So, if you prepare your plan ahead with a cushion time in between, you should be all right. Once you're outside of the political arena (mainly cities), life is pretty much normal in the country, unless there is a clash between the rebels and the army. But what are the chances of that happening at where you will be?
Rajan


jk,

always a general worry, but no one should let it effect their Everest plans.  of course, always check the latest reports

last year, just a month before the Everest season, the King had shut down the Kathmandu airport, and jammed all phone lines, including cell phones.  no communication in or out.  I was a little worried but still went with my plans.  well, it was resolved in a couple weeks or so.

then, of course, we had the rebels call the transportation strike about April 1, but even that passed.

when i climbed Kili, the us govt. put out a travel advisory again travel in Kenya.  well, I went anyway, and had a great time.  but i will say, my friend and i were the only Americans on the mountain.

John
Title: Re: Situation in Nepal
Post by: Andreas on Feb 11 2006, 18:55
Just read that a norwegian woman, Cecilie Skog, had to cancelled her atempt on Cartsenz because of threats from a guerilla group somewhere in the jungle. Carstenz was her last mountain to complete the seven summits. She is now heading for Kouschikou instead.