The safety of our passengers, leaders and operators is a major priority of Intrepid. With this in mind we monitor world events very closely. Intrepid makes operational decisions based on informed advice from a number of sources.
With over 400 leaders on the ground in operational destinations and subsidiary companies in our main hub cities, Intrepid has access to a up to the minute flow of information as to the mood and feelings within the countries we work in.
We are also in regular contact with the various operators we use. Their in depth knowledge and understanding of their various areas is vital.
Other Government travel advisories:
Nepal - Earthquake Sat, 2015-04-25
( UPDATE - Fri, 2015-05-01 5:15pm AEST )
On Saturday morning (25 April) an earthquake with magnitude 7.9 occurred near Pokhara, Nepal. There have been significant casualties, and a state of emergency has been declared. The situation on the ground in Nepal remains difficult.
We can confirm that travellers on all trips that were operating in the affected area at the time when the earthquake hit have been accounted for, and that they are safe and well.
Our passengers are now regularly departing from Kathmandu. For those that remain we continue to do everything possible to look after their safety and wellbeing. We are working with our local staff to ensure they leave Nepal as quickly as possible.
Flights have been operating from the Everest region and most of our passengers have returned to Kathmandu where they are getting international flights out. Elsewhere in Nepal we are holding our groups in safe locations and only looking to bring them back to Kathmandu just before their confirmed international flights. We are assisting where possible to ensure passengers have confirmed flights for the earliest possible date. Given the situation locally it may still be a number of days before some people can leave.
Concerned family and friends can contact our emergency line on +61 406 382 597, or 0406 382 597 within Australia.
Information for future departures:
In light of the current situation, we do not believe it is safe or advisable to be running trips to Nepal at this time. The Intrepid Group has cancelled all trips to Nepal, up to and including 31 May 2015.
We are in the process of contacting all affected passengers to discuss alternative arrangements. Options will be discussed individually, but will include trips to different destinations, postponing or refunding ground arrangements for their trip.
For trips with departures scheduled after 31 May: we are monitoring the situation closely and will review trips as appropriate.
Emergency Earthquake Appeal:
Intrepid Travel launched an appeal to assist with emergency relief in Nepal through our not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation. The appeal is raising funds for our partner Plan International, who has sent emergency teams to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake in the Kathmandu Valley.
Intrepid was encouraging travellers to give to the appeal by matching the first AU $100,000 of donations to the appeal dollar-for-dollar. We have now exceeded this limit however we continue the campaign in raising funds for those that are facing extremely difficult times.
Please visit www.theintrepidfoundation.org/projects/emergency-earthquake-appeal/ to make a donation.
Chile & Argentina - Volcan Calbuco, Thu 2015-04-30
On April 22nd Volcan Calbuco (located in the south of Chile) erupted. The ash plumb emitted by the volcano affected the following areas visited during Intrepid trips: Pucon (Chile), San Martin de los Andes (Argentina) and Bariloche (Argentina). Fortunately there were no reports of casualties however the day to day life in these destinations was disrupted by the falling ash.
The situation on the ground has improved since. The volcano has become less active (the alert level has changed from red to yellow), airports and roads are re-opened and optional activities are running once again.
Based on this, all future Intrepid trips to the region will continue to run as normal.
Should the volcano become active once more, or ash fallings impede accessing these destinations (Pucon, San Martin de los Andes and/or Bariloche) or prevent optional activities on the ground from running normally, we will proceed to operate the following alternative itinerary instead:
Day 1 – Santiago
Day 2 – Valparaiso
Day 3 – Mendoza
Day 4 – Mendoza – Overnight bus to Cordoba
Days 5 to 6 – Cordoba
Day 7 to 9 – Mina Clavero (South of Cordoba)
Day 10 – Overnight bus to Buenos Aires
Days 11 to 13 – Buenos Aires (as normal itinerary)
While this itinerary is vastly different the original one, we believe it is a very enjoyable itinerary in its own rights!
Given the unpredictable nature of volcanic activity, we may decide to run the alternative itinerary at short notice. We endeavour to inform travellers as soon as possible should that be the case.
Please contact us or your booking agent if you have any questions in this matter.
Tunisia - Thu, 2015-03-19
On the 18 March 2015, a number of foreign tourists were killed in a terrorist attack at the Bardo Museum in the centre of Tunis. The U.S. Embassy in Tunisia has, for the time being, urged U.S. travellers to avoid the Bardo Museum and the surrounding area near parliament.
Fortunately no Intrepid groups are in Tunisia at this time.
At this stage we are not cancelling any future departures. We are currently liaising with our local operator about the situation on the ground. We will advise affected passengers of any changes if necessary.