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Hiking in Nepal banned for solo travelers after hiker disappearances

Xavier Roger

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People are silhouetted against a partial solar eclipse seen from Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022.

Solo hiking will soon be banned from Nepal’s national parks in an attempt to reduce risks for the tens of thousands of adventurers who annually flock to the Himalayan country.

The move goes into effect next month and makes guides now mandatory, according to the Nepal Tourism Board.

The decision, announced in early March comes after incidents in which tourists became lost and sometimes died while hiking alone, according to the board’s director, Mani R. Lamichhane.

“There were many cases where tourists have disappeared,” Lamichhane told the New York Times. He added that deaths among solo trekkers had given some tourists the misperception that Nepal was unsafe.



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