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.
The level of the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) travel advisory. For any Intrepid Travel operated trip if this advisory is at Level 4 'Do Not Travel' then Intrepid will either cancel a trip or reroute the itinerary to avoid the areas concerned.
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:
We have been advised of reports of a landslide near the town of Haldummulla, Badulla approx. 10km from Haputale, Sri Lanka Many people are feared missing. We currently have the HPSH141019 – Circle Sri Lanka trip that has this morning departed Hapatule for Mirissa via an alternative route that does not go near the landslide area. All Intrepid travellers and staff are safe and their itinerary will continue as usual. Upcoming Circle Sri Lanka trips will have alternative activities to their planned hiking in the Hapatule area due to heavy rainfall. These changes will be advise in due course. Please do not hesitate to contact Intrepid Travel if you have any concerns.
A blizzard and several avalanches in the Annapurna and Mustang regions of Nepal are reported to have killed at least 20 trekkers and left over 100 missing. Our local partners in Nepal have confirmed that all Intrepid travellers in the area are safe and accounted for, with one group who was on the Annapurna Circuit at the time (HNXC141005) rerouted to avoid the affected area. No Intrepid tours visit Mustang.
The Everest region is currently unaffected and all Everest treks are continuing as normal.
We are currently working through any potential reroutes for upcoming groups and will confirm any necessary changes as soon as possible.
We have been monitoring the situation in southern Turkey over the last week with DFAT, other government travel advisories and our local operator.
Our operating team visited Urfa last week and reported back that it's not unsafe to travel, but it would not be a pleasant experience for our passengers. We have considered all this advice and therefore decided to re-route our itineraries that visited the Town of Urfa.
Travellers on affected itineraries will be contacted directly to be advised of the changes. If you do have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent
On 2 August a landslide destroyed a village, blocking the Sun Kosi river and the Kathmandu-Tibet highway near Lamosanghu. There are a number of confirmed casualties, but no reports of British nationals being affected. If you are in the affected area or planning to travel there, exercise caution and check with the authorities or your tour operators for the latest information.
All Intrepid itineraries have been re-routed back to Lhasa to fly to Kathmandu to end the trip.
There are reports of some travellers hiking over the affected area to cross the Tibet/Nepal border instead of returning to Lhasa. Until the road is deemed completely safe we will be re-routing all groups to return to Lhasa and fly to Kathmandu.
We will continue to closely monitor the situation with DFAT, other government travel advisories and our local operator.
We have been monitoring the situation in Algeria with DFAT, other government travel advisories and our local operator.
In light of the events that occurred overnight and based on advice from our local operator we have decided to cancel the remaining departures for 2014.
Travellers on affected itineraries will be contacted directly to make alternative arrangements. If you do have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your booking agent.
* ITINERARY - 11 October 2014 Departure Only **
We have been monitoring the situation around the town of Ghardaia as there has been some sectarian violence in and around the town for some time now. With this in mind we have decided to reroute the itinerary for the 11th October 2014 departure only. We will continue to monitor the situation and liaise with our local operator. Please see trip notes for full itinerary details.
The EU has recently chosen to highlight the safety record in Nepal and as of 5th December 2013, all Nepalese registered carriers have been included on an EU list of ‘Banned Airlines’ In response to general concerns over the safety record of Nepalese carriers, in 2011 and 2013 a consortium of leading adventure travel companies asked independent air safety experts to visit Nepal to assess the suitability of the available air carriers. Following these comprehensive audits it was decided to restrict our use to just three approved carriers, which are Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. It remains our firm policy to only use these three approved carriers for our customers and further audits will take place regularly. For emergency situations, we also have an approved list of helicopter companies for our use. Whilst acknowledging the safety issues identified by the EU, we believe we have taken all possible measures to reduce the risk to our customers of flying within Nepal. We would like assure that our customers’ safety remains our number one priority at all times.
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