If I come to Nepal about which I have heard so many good things, it is to trek. I love the mountains and I want to see the Annapurna region in particular. Can anyone guide me or advise me on how to go - , most probably in a group, no? This is because I want to feel safe. Personal safety is now very much on my mind after a nepali friend who does treks/hotel reservations just phoned me in Europe to say that two foreigner girls were missing in Nepal, one just in the last few days (apparently on a 7 day trek to or from Annapurna Base camp) and a second girl, I understand she was malaysian but again, the incident apparently took place in the same region about 5-6 months ago. That girl is apparently still missing.
I do hope and pray that both girls will be found very soon, because my friend did say that the nepalis were doing everything they could to find these two missing trekkers.
I hope these are isolated cases, but then my friend told me to read the HimalayanTimes which I did on epaper.thehimalayantimes.com There, online, I found the article he was talking about (July 25th, 2016 issue, page 5) and I must admit I got a bit scared because the article said that - (quote) - "according to data at the ministry of culture, tourism and civil aviation, 400 tourists on average go missing and die every year."
Is this a typographical error ? or is it possible that the quote was taken out of context, in this newspaper which is said to be no. 1 in the country, with a solid reputation of reporting most reliable information, I am told by people who read it in Nepal?
I am still positive on coming to visit and trek, but I have to admit that this report, if correct, is a bit disconcerting to me personally. To be reassured, I very much hope other trekkers can write in and tell me about their uneventful experiences in that region, and the country in general?
let me hear from you all! and share your experiences with me, hopefully before I plan my next trekking trip.