On November 30, 2019 there were by-elections in Nepal. Elections were held peacefully, despite three small-scale blasts that were reported near voting stations. Nobody was hurt. During election periods in Nepal, civil unrest and political demonstrations may arise.
Several government travel advisories have raised their level of risk to "Exercise increased caution." Travelers should stay up to date with local news reports, and avoid all protests or demonstrations, which may turn violent unexpectedly.
A large and devastating earthquake has struck Nepal. The epicentre of the M7.8 quake (and subsequent aftershocks) is close to Kathmandu. The capital has been extensively damaged. The death toll is estimated at greater than 2,000.
The quakes have also caused landslides at Everest Base Camp, the first of which claimed 18 lives. Base camp is now closed and all treks are being terminated at Gorak Shep.
This video of the first avalanche to strike EBC was uploaded by German climber Jost Kobusch.
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