Travel warningForeign Office warns against travel to Nepal

11 April 2006

Tourists planning trekking holidays in Nepal have had their plans thrown into chaos after the Foreign Office advised 'against all but essential travel' to the Himalayan country.

The British government says that escalating tensions in Nepal mean there's a risk of visiting Britons getting caught up in violence on the streets.

The Foreign Office says: 'Those British nationals already in Nepal should decide whether their presence there is essential. We will keep this advice under close review.'

High levels of violence

A spokesman added that the political situation in Nepal remained tense and unpredictable and levels of violence remained high across the kingdom.

Large-scale demonstrations took place in Kathmandu, Chitwan, Pokahara, and Bardiya over the weekend. Three people were killed and hundreds injured as violent clashes took place between demonstrators and police across the country.

A Foreign Office spokesperson added: 'Violent flashpoints are likely to continue during this period of instability. You should expect disruption to your journey and avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people.

'If against our advice you decide to travel, you should use a reputable travel agent and only trek with an experienced guide and in a group. If you plan to travel to out of the way areas, please contact the British Embassy in Kathmandu on arrival for latest advice on the security situation in the area.'