route to the Kangchenjunga region in Nepal became a more
dangerous place yesterday as Maoist rebels robbed
British trekkers of Rs 28,000 ($388). The group was on
its way to Yamphudin from Suketar
when they were robbed and ordered out of the area. The
rebels also dismantled a tent.
The Maoist insurgency in Nepal began in
1996 but until this point the rebels have not often (see
Armed Maoists demand money from the Makalu
teams!) preyed upon foreign tourists , that may
be changing. In the Gopetar area in Panchtar rebels robbed Dutch and German
expeditions of Rs 12,000 ($166) and a pair of binoculars. Another group of
unknown nationality was robbed of Rs 48,000 ($665) in cash in the Yamphudin
VDC (district). The incidents occurred within two days walking distance of the
district headquarters, Fungling.
8.586-meter Mt. Kangchenjunga is the
third highest summit in the world and attracts a large number of tourists to
its slopes via the Yamphudin route. It has been an increasingly popular
destination since the government declared the region "Gift to the Earth" six
Source: Kantipur Online -
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