How to avoid theft of gear on bus to Jiri
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 26, 2013 8:29 AM Last Post By: kmcboogie
Jan 25, 2013 2:38 PM
How to avoid theft of gear on bus to JiriWe'll be starting our trek from Jiri. I understand there are now express buses that don't take much longer than cars to get there, and of course are much cheaper. However we're concerned about our bags which I presume will be on the roof. We'll have 1 duffel bag which we can lock, and 1 backpack, which can't be locked. How much of a problem is this and if we go by bus, what can we do to avoid theft?
Jan 25, 2013 2:51 PM
Jan 25, 2013 2:59 PM
To avoid worrying about my bag I take it on the bus with me and put it under my seat. It trades some comfort for peace of mind. It's a 55L frameless pack so squishes down easily. Sometimes there is space at the front of the bus.
Maybe put the most critical stuff in one bag to take on the bus, make the other one as tamper proof as possible and tie ot to the bars on the bus roof - it will deter the opportunist.
Don't know how much of a problem it is.
Jan 25, 2013 7:05 PM
Jan 25, 2013 7:14 PM
4Consolidate the most important items ahead of time (before you get on the bus) and lock them in the duffel and/or stuff them into a day pack and take the day pack on the bus. Wear your boots, a fleece jacket, and rain/wind jacket on the bus. Sometimes there's room for a larger back pack on the bus and sometimes there's not. If you don't have critical things in the pack back, load it on top of the bus. If there's' a lot of luggage going on top, try to have it arranged so it's on the bottom of the stack - harder to get to.
Further, if you are hiring a guide and/or porter and they are on the bus with you, they can also keep an eye on your gear. I've had a porter ride on top and keep an eye on my things. Riding on top can be fun, but I think it gets old if you are doing it too long - ie. 5 hours plus, especially if its cold and/or dusty.
I also don't know how much of a problem theft of items is on top of a bus either. I've never had an issue with gear being stolen and I've had lots of gear on top of a bus - often unlocked - without being watched too.
Jan 25, 2013 7:51 PM
5Always take a 'Tourist Bus.' No one sits on top of these if you book with a good company. Just have your guide watch for you during stops, but things are usually safe during traveling on buses. You can bring a bread tie from home to tie the zipper to something. Just making it look complicated or not desirable works the best.
Your guest house room is more likely to get robbed than to have your things get stolen during a bus ride. It's a very safe country for you personally, your belongings-not so safe. They don't want your body, just your money.
In my eBook, Nepal: On a Budget, I suggest writing your name on things like your steri-pen with a marker pen. Then take the back cover off and store it elsewhere with the batteries so it can't be sold.
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Jan 25, 2013 9:46 PM
Jan 26, 2013 12:43 AM
Jan 26, 2013 1:53 AM
8Good advice above.
Apart possibly from some cheap thermal gloves which seem to have gone missing from my hotel room on my most recent visit, I have never had anything stolen in 6 visits to Nepal which now total about 10 months, and many treks. I have though heard quite a few cases where things have been stolen from luggage put on public bus roofs. Obviously this could ruin a trek before it even starts.
The micro buses are much safer re theft, and also much quicker and more comfortable than the local buses - if it were me, I would definitely take the micro bus to Jiri, and then walk.
One other option re luggage on public buses is to buy an extra ticket for it, and put it on the seat next to you and anyone else that you are trekking with. I have done this a few times, but people getting on the bus do not understand why luggage is on a seat, and also there are a number of longer stops for food, toilet breaks etc, when most people got off the public buses, but often get back on well before the buses set off again which can cause problems. Pretty much all the public buses that I have been on in Nepali get incredibly crowded, the micro buses seem to be seating only.
Jan 26, 2013 5:37 AM
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