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The unstable political situation in Nepal poses a slight threat to travellers, particularly trekkers venturing into the remote regions of Nepal. A Maoist 'people's war' was declared in 1996 in response to government corruption. The battles have taken place mainly in the countryside, but there have also been bombings in the capital, Kathmandu. A ceasefire has halted hostilities, so peace is on the horizon.

The US State Department is advising US citizens to contact the US embassy in Kathmandu to register their itinerary for travel outside Kathmandu Valley. The UK and Australian governments are advising their citizens to exercise caution in the area. Trekking and travelling at night outside the Kathmandu Valley are not recommended. The districts of Banke, Dang, Syangja, Surkhet, Rukum, Kalikot, Jajarkot, Rolpa, Salyan and Gorka are considered especially dangerous.

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