Trekking Alerts

What are trekking alerts? 

Trekking alerts are advisories on areas along a trek or treks that MissingTrekker.com believes trekkers should be aware of for their own safety. Trekking Alerts do not always apply to the whole trek unless indicated. For example, an alert may indicate that a particular part of a trek is currently in danger of a landslide, or has a dangerous shortcut, or caution needs to be noted for another reason listed.

Trekking alerts should be regarded as advisories and are graded in the following categories

Red: High Alert – Extreme caution or danger – avoidance is advised

Orange: Medium Alert – there is a danger present – take note and exercise caution

Yellow: Cautionary Alert – be cautionary of an issue or issues

High Alert

Trekking in Nepal resumed on October 17th 2020. If coming from abroad, there are now a range of requirements needed to enter and obtain a trekking permit in Nepal. Please read trekking & mountaineering requirements during COVID-19 in Nepal for more information.

There are a number of additional restrictions in some areas which are not being mentioned officially. These include PCR tests before being allowed to enter. See this map of trekking areas where PCR tests are required (it’s safe to assume all areas will need a PCR test). Solukhumbu and the Annapurna region are included in these areas. The area between Jhinudanda and Ghandruck is closed meaning the Annapurna Base Camp trek is closed.

It is expected that all of Nepal will relax restrictions in November. However given the nature of the pandemic and national reactions to it this may change and you should be prepared for such changes.

Please refer to your trekking company for further specific advice and requirements.

Medium Alert

Mardi Himal (Short Cut from High Camp to Sidhing): Do not take the trail beside high camp that has a sign post indicating it is a shortcut to Sidhing – sometimes the sign is replaced with just a lodge name or a sign indicating a “New Route”. Numerous accidents and deaths have occured on this route. This is an unofficial route. It is extremely slippery with loose rock.

Use the official trail going directly to Low Camp – ask at the high camp lodge if you are not certain which route to take.

Please note this caution does not affect all of Mardi Himal – only the “shortcut” route to Sidhing.

More information on the Mardi Himal Trek

Medium Alert

Annapurna North Base Camp (Northern Trail): Avalanches have been reported between Hum Khola Camp and Annapurna North Base Camp – this is the route from Lete – Khalyku Camp – Hum Khola Camp. It is not advisable to take this “northern” route until this area has been secured!

The “southern” route from Narchyang – Leg Gaon – Kalo Khola Camp – Chhotepa – Hum Khola Dovan – Bhusket Mela – Annapurna North Base Camp does not have any avalanche alert.

More information on the Annapurna North Base Camp trek

Cautionary Alert

Annapurna Base Camp (Snow & Avalanche): Ground snow along the Annapurna Base Camp trek from Deurali onwards during winter and extending into March and April. Extreme caution is advised in this area until the snow has safely melted.

As this has occurred in February/March for the past two consecutive years it is now being listed as a cautionary time of year on this route whether there is snow or not.

Snowfall can occur without warning. In 2019 Annapurna Base Camp was completely closed down due to snowfall which damaged buildings. In 2020 there were were several fatalities when an avalanche occurred. Other accidents have occured along this route due to snowfall in the past.

The issue of opening another route to ABC and to improve signage or introduce a warning system has been brought up. However, as of now little has been implemented. During other periods of the year when snowfall is not expected the route is deemed safe.

More information on the Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Cautionary Alert

Langtang Valley (Theft – Lama Hotel to Langtang Village): Previously there have been reports of theft from Lama Hotel to Langtang Village. Exercise caution and take due precautions. Trekking with a partner or guide is advised.

More information about the Langtang Valley Trek

Two Dutch Female Trekkers

Name: Two Dutch Missing Trekkers
Nationality: Dutch

Date Last Seen: March 18th
Location Last Seen: Jagat to Throng La PAss (Annapurna)
Status: Missing – Found

Ankit Sah, Sajit Lama, Abhisek Mahato, Suman Bhatta

Name: Ankit Sah / Sajit Lama / Abhisek Mahato / Suman Bhatta
Nationality: Nepali

Date Last Seen: January 31st
Location Last Seen: Khopra (Annapurna)
Status: Found – Alive

Thomas Wierks & Si Sung

Name: Thomas / Sung Si
Nationality: Dutch / Korean

Date Last Seen: 22nd September, 2019
Location Last Seen: Thuman (Langtang)
Status: Found – Deceased

Hui Ju Chien

Name: Hui Ju Chien
Nationality: Taiwanese

Date Last Seen: 15th September, 2018
Location Last Seen: Kaski (Annapurna Base Camp)
Status: Missing –

Corrie van Veggel

Name: Corrie van Veggel
Nationality: Dutch

Date Last Seen: 20th February, 2018
Location Last Seen: Mardi Himal Base Camp, Annapurna
Status: Missing

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