Lonely Planet Writer

Nepal appeals to international experts to assess post-quake safety

Mount Everest.
Mount Everest. Image by Göran Höglund / CC BY 2.0

Nepal will ask international experts to assess the safety of Mount Everest trekking trails in an effort to convince tourists it is safe to return to the country after two devastating earthquakes closed most routes. Tourists fled the Himalayan nation after the quakes in April and May which killed almost 9000 people, with hotels and trekking companies reporting heavy cancellations ahead of the key autumn trekking season. Officials now fear that landslides could be particularly bad during monsoon season, which has just begun, because the earthquakes have made terrain more unstable. Read more: straitstimes.com