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Area: 147,181 sq. km
Capital City: Kathmandu
± GMT: +6 hours
high degree of caution in Nepal due to the uncertain political and security situation.
Pay close attention to your security at all times and monitor the media and other local sources for information about possible new safety or security risks.
The resignation of the Prime Minister of Nepal on 4 May 2009 has increased political tensions and the security situation remains unpredictable.
Political rallies in many parts of Nepal have resulted in outbreaks of violence and the detonation of explosive devices. You are strongly urged to avoid demonstrations, political rallies and large gatherings throughout Nepal as they may turn violent. Demonstrations and bandhs (strikes) occur without notice and can cause major traffic disruptions and shut down all public transport.
Shortages of essential supplies (food, water, fuel, gas and kerosene for cooking) can occur with limited notice. Black out (or load shedding) periods can have a significant impact on services, including in major tourist destinations. Before travelling, check that your tour operator or hotel will be able to provide an acceptable level of service and security.
Extortionists continue to approach trekkers and climbers demanding 'donations' or 'taxes'. Victims have been assaulted, detained or threatened with violence until they pay.
The Australian government and Smart Traveller recommend appropriate insurance information if you are travelling overseas and to ensure that you are properly covered with comprehensive travel insurance.
The cost of medical, dental and let alone the inconvenience of the lost luggage can ruin your holiday.