"Maoist checkpoints, extortion" Simikot Warnings Or Dangers Tip by Saagar

Simikot Warnings and Dangers: 15 reviews and 21 photos

  Bona fide communist flag or bandits?
by Saagar
 
 

NB! Update after the Andolaan of spring 06;
THE MAOISTS CONTINUE TO EXTORT MONEY, IN FACT MORE THAN BEFORE!

Update March 07;
THE EXTORTION POLICY/FEE DEMANDS ARE UNDER REVIEW BY THE MAOISTS, BUT STILL EXTORTION GOES ON AND THERE ARE PARALLEL TREKKING FEES BEING DEMANDED FROM GOVERNMENT AND MAOISTS SEVERAL PLACES IN NEPAL. THE EXACT SITUATION IN HUMLA IS UNCLEAR UNTIL SPRING AND THE TREKKING SEASONS SEES SOME EXPERIENCE.

In the Kermi area of Humla, inbetween Simkot and the Tibet border, maoists check passing visitors for purpose, nationality and extort fees. The "fee" for foreigners is no less than USD 126 (!). Yes, they figured out that this was the exchange rate for 100 Euros! It is best to trek in a group here and have your guides manage this. Individual trekkers are asking for trouble unless they are known to both government and maoist forces.
Political conditions are extremely harsh for local people and tourists alike. The maoists flock like birds to upper Humla when the trekking season is in progress in order to siphon off "fees" from tourists and "taxes" from local institutions and individuals - including extremely poor people - who might in a small way benefit from tourism here, while in the off-season they are mostly preying on local people in lower Humla and Kalikot.

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  • Updated Mar 29, 2007
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