Nepal flooding and its effect on trekking
This year mid August 2017 torrential rainfall across Nepal’s border with India, mainly 13 out of 77 district has been hit hardly by recent flooding which has claimed the lives of around 100 Nepalese. The insistent monsoon rainfall that has lasted for around 3 days in mid August has indeed yielded fatal tragedy over the daily lives in the southern Nepal. The monsoon season that usually starts with June and last till the mid September. Nepal government is working hard to assist and bring back the situation to the normalcy of local lives with its one door policy
The locals reported that the torrential rainfall got into the devastating flooding as the rivers got engulfed the villages due to the people encroachment of the natural riverbanks. The artificial dam at some places people have built in recent year did divert the river course and fueled the flooding at greater scale in the south east Asian countries including Nepal, Indian and Bangladesh.
It has been widely questioned the affect of flooding on adventure tourism in the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal mainly on the trekking and climbing routes as the most popular and busy autumn trekking season is approaching very shortly. Great relief of Tourism in Nepal is that the recent Flooding has not affected the trekking / climbing routes and destinations at all in whole Nepal. The adventure trek and climbing routes are located at the higher elevation and remain unharmed as the flooding took place at the lower land of Tarai.
Some impact of flooding hit the Chitwan National Park region resort and hotel but all of them are getting repaired and most of them have already started their operation as earlier. Road driving could slightly take longer at the effected region of Tarai. Nepal government is working hard to reconstruct all the aftermath roadways to make it functional before the Nation’s festive season of Dhasain that falls on the last week of September 2017.
Overall, though the flooding has affected the Lowland southern boarder side, it has not affected the adventure trails and routes in the Himalayan kingdom. Thus the entire trekking and climbing program is due to start as normal on time.