Nepal Seeks Expert Advice on Tourism

Tourism operators in earthquake-hit Nepal say they are seeking guidance from international experts on which areas can be declared safe for trekking and mountaineering. They want to secure an assessment from top geologists because of the increased risks from earthquake-torn mountains. This type of tourism is a major source of income for Nepal. Major destinations are still facing landslides, after the quake and its aftershocks left mountains unstable. Places seen as highly risky are mainly in the Manasalu, Langtang, Rolwaling and Helambu trekking areas in central Nepal. But there are also concerns for the Annapurna and Everest regions, which see the highest numbers of trekkers and mountaineers.