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Tourists no longer allowed to travel alone above Namche

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By Our Correspondent Solukhumbu, July 29: Tourists have been prohibited from trekking alone in the areas above Namche in Khumbu.

According to the District Police Office of Solukhumbu, a relatively high number of domestic and foreign tourists have gone missing in recent years because they went to the high altitude areas without a guide. 

“That is what prompted us to introduce this restriction,” said Deputy Superintendent of Police Sunil Jung Shah.

“One encounters many dangers in the mountainous areas such as altitude sickness which may become fatal if there is no one to help,” Shah shared. 

“That is why we have made it mandatory for people to take a friend when travel to areas above the Namche Check Post.”

Chief District Officer of Solukhumbu Anil Khanal said that he had written to the Ministry of Home Affairs to implement the prohibition.

Only a few months ago, an Indian and a Korean national went missing after they went to the higher areas of Khumbu alone. 

They have still not been discovered.

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