Trekking in Nepal

Nepalese Political Climate

The political climate of the Kingdom of Nepal is at this time somewhat unstable. The current King of Nepal, King Gyanendra, claimed the throne in 2001 under controversial circumstances at the murder of the previous King, his brother King Birendra. King Gyanendra dissolved the cabinet in early 2005, and the Prime Minister resigned soon after. There is also an insurgent uprising by communist Nepalese, know as 'Maoists'. The government offices and the Royal Nepalese Army are functional and they maintain relative order within the country.

The outlying regions of the country, particularly in the west of Nepal and the roads outside of Kathmandu, are considered to be less secure due to the insurgent Maoist activities, such as bombings and extortion, on some occasions involving foreigners. The Maoist groups are notorious for taking armed 'donations' from natives and visitors, but they tend to do it politely. With a knowledgeable guide you will sidestep any such encounters.

Nepal Administrative Zones (Anchal)

The King's residence, the Narayanhity Royal Palace, is located downtown in the capital city Kathmandu. Administratively, the country is divided into 14 zones, or “anchal” in Nepali, and further divided into 75 zones, or “zilla” in Nepali. There is a District Headquarters office in each moderately sized city or village where government and other legal matters are administered. In the smaller villages the government will maintain a small office with perhaps a staff of just a few employees. In some cases those offices will only be staffed during a limited date range for such functions as collecting taxes and dispersing pensions.

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