How it works:
- Violent crime (UNODC’s stats):
- Victims of intentional homicide per 100,000 inhabitants per year: 2.2 (2016) vs global average: 8.2 (2016), Asia average: 2.3 (2016).
- Sudden weather changes for trekkers.
- Increase in crime during the festive season (September to November).
- There may be sudden power cuts (i.e. load shedding).
- Political related violence (e.g. use of improvise explosives) is a risk, though it is more a concern in the Terai (southern region bordering India).
- No major recent history, but should not be taken for granted.
- Civil unrest:
- Strikes (bandhs) occasionally occur.
What to do:
- Stay alert, avoid secluded areas, travelling alone at night, hiking alone, and don’t look like an easy victim (e.g. looking like a tourist/flaunting valuables).
- Monitor local media in case of any terrorist threats, and avoid the danger zones and demonstrations.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- U.S. Department of State travel advisory
- UK Government foreign travel advice
- Government of Canada travel advisory
- Australia Government travel advice