Nepal safe for youngsters ?

Junior has been hooked by an offer from their local Scouts group , travel to and trek in Nepal in 2018 for 3 weeks , they need to raise around £3k on their own !, being a sceptic I`ve started to look into it and firstly wondered why £3k? turns out its run by a commercial operator , maybe the Scouts get a kick back? I dont know.
But my main concern is their safety , junior will be 15 coming 16 at time of travel , the Foreign office web site info is off putting , anyone been ? your opinions please.
 
Hire Biccies Mum as bodyguard, job robbed.
 

jarrod248

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Is it one of them charity things where they've to raise so much first? If not I bet the parents are paying for the grown ups tickets.
 
Junior has been hooked by an offer from their local Scouts group , travel to and trek in Nepal in 2018 for 3 weeks , they need to raise around £3k on their own !, being a sceptic I`ve started to look into it and firstly wondered why £3k? turns out its run by a commercial operator , maybe the Scouts get a kick back? I dont know.
But my main concern is their safety , junior will be 15 coming 16 at time of travel , the Foreign office web site info is off putting , anyone been ? your opinions please.

A quick google for the cheapest return flights shows about £1200. £1800 for food, accommodation, guides and insurance for 3 weeks normally wouldn't be that bad, but Nepal is cheap as chips.
 

Bubbles_Barker

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Both my boys went at 16 organised by Hereford CS - no problems whatsoever and it changed their lives.
 

hotel_california

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Nepal is a very safe place to travel around. The Nepalese are very welcoming and friendly.
 
Great place and great people, the only trouble available is the odd cash shakedown and scam, I prefer the mountain bit to the plains which is more like India.

The price seems steep but it may be for good reasons. It will change their lives for the better though so well worth a punt.

Nepal is one of the few the very few developing nations where I would say that even unescorted teenagers would be pretty much safe in these days. Oh and quite a few of the Sherpa women are just drop dead stunning.
 
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Those things are normally advertised at one price if you pay yourself or another price if you raise funds and want the charity to pay out of that.
 

expat

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I was there nearly 4 years ago, Kathmandu and the mountains, I second everything that has been said about the friendly welcoming people. In town there seemed to be plenty of police around all with BFO batons, SMLE's or Kukri's for sorting out trouble makers and the occasional chancer trying to make a quick buck off the gullible.

As long as they are sensible, I think it is safe for a 16 year old, particularly if they are part of a group.
 

Black Sheep

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Yje thread speaks for itself. Pricey, yes but also common destination. I know the DOYRMS went out there with a number of pupils, year before last with no drama. I know a few other schools that have had groups/individuals on Gold DoE go (base camp etc).

Hope he enjoys it.
 
I lived in Kathmandu for a year. Nepal is a corrupt as it is here but the people are brilliant. as previously noted, the ladies of Nepal can be stunning.
 

philc

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As a country its safe, Kathmandu seems to have got overcrowded and gone like many Indian towns, dirty with lots of rubbish etc in the streets. 3K seems a lot though.
 
Both my boys went at 16 organised by Hereford CS - no problems whatsoever and it changed their lives.
For the better? Or do they now spend their days wandering around Aldershot nicking stuff from the Pound Shop while wrapped in tatty blankets?


Actually though, a nephew of mine went there with school around ten years back. No idea how much it cost but it was a fair bit, but they all came back alive which is a bonus, and thoroughly enjoyed it although they had some shocking weather and didn't get to do half the things on their itinerary (luck of the draw, but it still niggles the parents who paid for the trip when he says "I'll have to go back" "err it was a ONCE in a lifetime trip we paid for....").

It gave him the travel bug anyway, but with any of these trips the safety and success is all down to how good and experienced travellers the accompanying adults are and whether they get struck down by the Kathmandu equivalent of Delhi Belly which screws the trip up..
 

jarrod248

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For the better? Or do they now spend their days wandering around Aldershot nicking stuff from the Pound Shop while wrapped in tatty blankets?


Actually though, a nephew of mine went there with school around ten years back. No idea how much it cost but it was a fair bit, but they all came back alive which is a bonus, and thoroughly enjoyed it although they had some shocking weather and didn't get to do half the things on their itinerary (luck of the draw, but it still niggles the parents who paid for the trip when he says "I'll have to go back" "err it was a ONCE in a lifetime trip we paid for....").

It gave him the travel bug anyway, but with any of these trips the safety and success is all down to how good and experienced travellers the accompanying adults are and whether they get struck down by the Kathmandu equivalent of Delhi Belly which screws the trip up..
Did they set conditions he must never return?
 
To put the cost into perspective, when I did Op Raleigh (as an adult volunteer) nearly 15 years ago it cost about that much for participants, and flights were on top. However Raleigh was for something like three months.

Good luck to the nipper, hope the fundraising goes well. If using a fundraising site choose carefully as some really fleece the fundraiser in charges.
 
Did they set conditions he must never return?
No they just made it clear that if he wanted any more foreign trips he perhaps should get a job while at Uni, cut back on the booze and save up as that was the last jolly they were paying for. In fairness to him, since that Nepal trip he tends to disappear off on climbing holidays in Austria or further afield Peru rather than 18-30 pissups in Ibiza
 

Bubbles_Barker

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For the better? Or do they now spend their days wandering around Aldershot nicking stuff from the Pound Shop while wrapped in tatty blankets?


Actually though, a nephew of mine went there with school around ten years back. No idea how much it cost but it was a fair bit, but they all came back alive which is a bonus, and thoroughly enjoyed it although they had some shocking weather and didn't get to do half the things on their itinerary (luck of the draw, but it still niggles the parents who paid for the trip when he says "I'll have to go back" "err it was a ONCE in a lifetime trip we paid for....").

It gave him the travel bug anyway, but with any of these trips the safety and success is all down to how good and experienced travellers the accompanying adults are and whether they get struck down by the Kathmandu equivalent of Delhi Belly which screws the trip up..

For the better - a love of the great outdoors (one is now a serious, if poverty-stricken, mountaineer) and a real feel for the disadvantaged and for social justice. The extra bonus is that neither wanted to follow me into the Army.
 

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