I was planning to visit Nepal in March of 2002 and go on the 17-day Annapurna hike with an organized tour group until I read the following Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Trade bulletin dated January 30,2002.
"Canadians should defer tourist travel to Nepal until further notice. On November 23, 2001, Maoists launched a series of attacks on government facilities and security forces in up to 30 of the 75 districts in Nepal. These attacks have resulted in the death of a significant number of police and army personnel in the districts of Banke, Dang, Gorka, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Kaski, Khotang, Makawanpur, Morang, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan, Surket and Syangja. Attacks in the southern portion of the Solu Khumbu Valley resulted in deaths around the tourist areas of Salieri and Phaplu. The Government of Nepal has declared a nationwide state of emergency and has suspended a number of constitutional rights."
"Other areas of the country could experience violence without notice. No particular region can be considered safe. Canadians in Nepal should exercise extreme caution and review carefully the need for travel outside Kathmandu, especially travel by road to outlying areas."
ANY COMMENTS REGARDING HOW SAFE TRAVEL IS IN NEPAL WOULD BE APPRECIATED.