"2) The maoist rebellion: travellers' security" Top 5 Page for this destination Maoist Tip by Saagar

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by Saagar

Part 2):
For foreign visitors the current situation calls for great caution. It is fully possible for a visitor to travel around in Nepal, albeit not the most battle-prone areas in the mid-west and far west. VT'ers have explained how you may need to pay a "revolutionary tax" and are given a receipt. If asked to turn back, it's probably a healthy advice to either negotiate a solution or turn back. The service you'd previously expect while trekking: lodges, food, health posts, radio and telegraph connections etc. are by and large no longer in existence off the main trails. The absence of these basic services pose a serious health and security risks to visitors, a factor that should be considered by every trekker now.
Avoid travelling at night; that's the time for ambush and landmine detonations against vehicles and groups of people from both army and maoists. They may not be looking for you, but crossfire has no mercy.
Travelling in a government vehicle (white licence plates) should be avoided in maoist affected areas. It is very unwise to give a ride to army or APF personnel - it makes you a maoist target.
Car jackings may become more frequent as the maoists gain control over more roads and desire vehicles. A car jacking is a situation where foreigners could get hurt or killed; firing toward the people in the vehicle way to gain control over the vehicle.
Transportation is probably the most dangerous issue for tourists - buses are also targeted. Failing to pay protection money to the maoists - and even to the police! - owners' vehicles may be declared legitimate targets. How could you know as a foreign visitor?
I will hasten to say that if you behave sensibly and stick to decent trekking companies and services overall, and keep out of controversial areas, you will be fine.
However, I would now warn against the definite "off the beaten track" treks and independent venturing into unsafe areas without contacts on either side and suffcient knowledge of movements of aremd forces on this or that side.

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  • Written Aug 18, 2004
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