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Around the Kathmandu Valley

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

The Kathmandu Valley remains largely immune to the political violence wracking the rest of the country, largely due to a strong army presence. Rural areas to the east and on either side of the road to the Tibetan border are considered Maoist strongholds.

Women in particular should avoid hiking alone in remote corners of the valley. Don't venture out during a bandh (strike) and avoid traveling outside the valley after dark.