Nepal recovers as tourism numbers reach pre-earthquake levels; Joe Bindloss; National Geographic

Nepal – Kathmandu Valley

Two years ago this week, Nepal was hit by a massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which reduced thousands of houses and temples to matchwood and killed nearly 9000 Nepali and foreign tourists in and around the Kathmandu Valley. Almost overnight, visitor numbers slowed to a trickle and hundreds of thousands of Nepalis were forced to take refuge in precarious shelters, waiting for relief agencies and aid workers to reach remote and outlying areas.

That was 25 April, 2015; this is now. Since the start of 2017, Nepal has been rated as one of the ‘best places to travel this year’ by a string of travel publications – including Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel – and British travel agents announced this week that bookings for trips to Nepal are now exceeding pre-earthquake levels.

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