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
Annapurna and Manaslu Regions (New: 17th November onward). Freezing cold and snow has hit the Annapurna region early this year with -10 reported in Manang and -20 at Tilicho Lake. Two Thai trekkers died on the 18th of November from what is being reported as freezing cold and altitude issues.
Please exercise extreme caution on these treks! Both are now open with guides still taking people and telling people it is safe to go. However, there is snow on the ground, freezing temperatures and high freezing winds.
Annapurna and Manaslu Regions (downgrading). Bad weather has caused serious emergencies in these areas during the first week of October 2022. Heavy rain, snow and ice have led to multiple fatalities across these regions. Rescue helicopters have been hampered by bad weather.
Please exercise extreme caution on these treks! Both are now open, but there is still heavy snow on the ground.
Everest Base Camp Trek – Dingbouche to Gorak Shep. Several solo Indian trekkers have gone missing in 2022 from the area between Lobuche to Gorak Shep in the off season. It’s highly probably this is due to getting lost due to glacier movement in this area which changes the trail. As nobody in the area puts up new signs until the end of the monsoon season it is highly advised to go with a guide during the off season to avoid getting lost.
The Solokhumbu municipality want to implement a mandatory of two people to pass above 3000m in this area due to the missing trekkers this year.
For your own safety please take a guide during the off season and peak season as it is obvious this area changes to such a degree that it’s causing people to become lost and tragically go missing. As a result of this it is also causing the knock on effect of limiting independent trekking in the region for others during the peak seasons.
Everest/Solukhumbu Region: Communications, both Wi-Fi and mobile, are being reported in 2022 as being disrupted throughout the region.
Some reports are stating that due to the April/May climbing season the communication systems are overloaded, while others are claiming there is a technical fault.
Please keep in mind that trekkers may not be able to email, message or telephone as previously anticipated. Trekkers with families overseas should let them know this to prevent worry. Similarly, wherever possible trekkers should let friends and family know they are safe.
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
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
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
More information about the Langtang Valley Trek
Report or update an alert!
If you have been trekking or heard of an area where you’d like to report a danger, incident or wish to update any current alert, please contact MissingTrekker with details.
Trekker Alerts are from MissingTrekker.com and do not represent any official alert or advisory from Nepal nor any official organisation in Nepal. MissingTrekker.com is not responsible for trekking conditions in Nepal. If you have any concern about a trek or conditions surrounding a trek, please contact the relevant authority in Nepal.