Safety and Destination Updates

G Adventures prides itself on the extensive network of ground operations, tour leaders and local contacts worldwide, which keep us informed and up-to-date on all local situations in which we operate. Our passengers' safety is of the utmost priority and we rely on these networks to allow us to make the operational decisions necessary to keep our trips running safely. We often know of situations on the ground before the media and we are in constant contact with our local offices, tour leaders, local operators, and colleagues in order to closely monitor and inform you of the most current information affecting any regions where we operate.

For further reference, we also recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for any country to which you are travelling:

Also, check out our Safety Guide PDF for lots of great tips on travel safety.

Ebola

Posted: 14 Aug, 2014 | Updated: 10 Oct, 2014

10 October 2014

Ebola is a virus that affects humans and other primates. The largest outbreak of Ebola to date is currently underway in West Africa in the counties of Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria.

Symptoms start two days to three weeks after contracting the virus, with a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches.

Airlines are imposing various screening and monitoring practices of travellers who have the potential to carry the virus. G Adventures encourages all travellers to contact their airline to know more about their screening measures, and what their policies are around allowing people to travel who have been to the above countries in the 21 days prior to flying.

If there are any complications with your travel arrangements in relation to the above, please contact us at ‘travel@gadventures.com’.

For the latest developments on Ebola, please visit the World Health Organization:

http://www.who.int/csr/disease/ebola/en/


Typhoon Vongfong

Posted: 10 Oct, 2014 | Updated: 14 Oct, 2014

14 October 2014

Tropical storm Vongfong made landfall in Japan on Monday and brought the southern part of the island nation to a standstill. At least 60 people were injured and one person went missing.

Authorities delivered evacuation orders to a million people. In the region of 500 flights and a number of train services were suspended in southern Japan on Monday.

The storm blew through the rest of Japan, including Tokyo today Tuesday it brought another round of torrential rainfall and locally damaging winds. Our travelers are safe and accounted for after some delays in getting to the start point of trips in Osaka due to the storm.

Vongfong has since moved back into the Western Pacific Ocean and continues to weaken with no further impacts to land expected.

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12 October 2014

Vongfong is currently crossing the Ryukyu Islands, located to the south of Japan. The center of the storm, once classified as a super typhoon, passed across the island of Okinawa very late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, local time.

After battering the Ryukyu Islands, the focus on Sunday evening is shifting to mainland Japan.

Weakening of Vongfong is expected as the tropical storm approaches and moves across mainland Japan; however, the storm will still bring life-threatening conditions to most of Japan with the greatest impacts expected in Kyushu, Shikoku and southern Honshu in the south of Japan. there flooding rainfall will combine with damaging wind gusts. Please note we do not travel in the areas mentioned above. Tropical storm Vongfong is expected to reach Tokyo on Tuesday.

Delays are cancellations at airports are to be expected. Some Bullet trains may not run.

Updates will be posted as more news becomes available.

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10 October 2014

Japan was preparing for Typhoon Vongfong on Friday (10th October), with the most powerful storm of the year packing winds gusting up to 156 mph as it powered north toward the Okinawa island chain.

VongFong is anticipated to travel through mainland Japan on the 13th-14th of October as a tropical storm.

All G Adventures travellers and staff in Japan are prepared and are taking all precautions to remain safe.


Avalanche in Nepal

Posted: 15 Oct, 2014 | Updated: 16 Oct, 2014

16 October 2014

Authorities in Nepal have reported that the army are currently rescuing and evacuating stranded trekkers in the area of Thorong La Pass. The army is clearing the route along the Pass but with snow as deep as 2 metres it is expected to take up to 5 or 6 days for the snow to clear.

At this point the group 'Trekking Annapurna' beginning 11 October (ANTA141011) will do the alternate trekking instead of crossing the Thorong La Pass. The alternate trek has not had the blizzard snowfall experienced in Thorong La area.

This trek will be as follows:

Thorong Phedi to Bulbule/ - Basic lodge
Bulbule to Ngadi/ Overnight in community - Homestay
Ngadi to Ghale Gaun/ Overnight in community - Homestay
Ghale Gaun to Pas Gaun/ Overnight in community - Homestay
Pas Gaun to Pakhuri Kot/ Overnight in community - Homestay
Pakhuri Kot – Thumsikot & drive to Pokhara/ - Overnight in Hotel
Pokhara
Kathmandu

For upcoming Departure 'Trekking Annapurna' departing 18 October (ANTA141018), is currently as per the itinerary, the trek is due to commence on 19th of October and will reach Manang on 23rd October. They are scheduled to cross the Thorong La Pass on 27th October which is 11 days from today. At this the weather indications are that normal weather is expected if this is the case then the trekking routes will be clear and we will continue with our regular itinerary. Should there be no possibility of crossing Thorong La Pass the normal way, then the alternate route laid out above will be followed.

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15 October 2014

Heavy unexpected snowfall in the Himalayas on Tuesday (14th October) has caused severe avalanches in the areas of Mustang, Manang and Thorung La mountain pass on the Annapurna Circuit. The blizzard is reported to have been caused by cyclone Hudhud that hit neighboring India several days ago. Authorities in Nepal are reporting that 12 people are dead and many more were left stranded due to the deep snow but today many have reached safe ground due to the improved weather conditions.

G Adventures has three groups in the region of Annapurna. However, all travellers and staff are safe and accounted for. Our team on the ground in Nepal are monitoring the weather situation closely and if there is no change in the next few days we will trek the normal route. If it changes are required we propose to trek in the lower part of the Annapurna where there is no snow fall.


Pro Democracy protests in Hong Kong

Posted: 06 Oct, 2014 | Updated: 14 Oct, 2014

14 October 2014

The standoff between Hong Kong’s government and protesters who have taken control sections of Hong Kong Island and Kowloon has entered its third week with no signs of a resolution. Talks between the HKG government and protesters have broken down at this point.

Expect travel delays and disruptions in affected districts around the Central Government Offices and Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Travelers are advised to take usual security precautions and avoid the area around the demonstrations. The MTR underground transport system continues to operate.

Our CEOs in Hong Kong have reported no problem using metro to go to the Victoria Peak which is located on the island. None of the hotel stations are affected and CEOs are reporting that it is peaceful in main tourist area.

Groups in Hong Kong from October 10th - 18th:

China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing, beginning 13 October, 13 October in Hong Kong. (Trip code: ACRG141013).
China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong, beginning 29 September, 15 October in Hong Kong. (Trip code: ACRG140929).
Essential China, beginning 28 September, 17 October in Hong Kong (Trip code: ACEC140928).
Wild China, beginning 28 September, 17 October in Hong Kong (Trip code: ACWC140928).

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7 October 2014

Today (7th October) the protest leaders have agreed to formal talks with the Hong Kong Executive to look at a resolution to current impasse.

Expect travel delays and disruptions in affected districts, and plan alternate routes in case of blockages. Exercise caution, monitor local media and avoid large public demonstrations as violence could erupt and escalate quickly.

Our groups in Hong Kong from 8th-14th October:

China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong (ACRG) Beginning 22 September.
Essential China (ACEC) beginning 21 September.
Beijing to Hong Kong Express (ACBK) beginning 3 October.
China on a Shoestring: Hong Kong to Beijing (ACRC) beginning 13 October.
China on a Shoestring—Beijing to Hong Kong (ACRG) beginning 29 September.

All our CEOs are aware of the situation and are advising our travelers with regard to travel and safety in affected areas of Hong Kong.

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6th October 2014

Pro Democracy protests continue outside the Central Government Offices and Legislative Council building in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong. Protests are also taking place in Central, Causeway Bay which are on Hong Kong Island and on the Kowloon peninsula the areas of Mongkok and Tsim Sha Tsui. This has led to disruption to traffic and public transport services. Clashes have been reported in the Mong Kok and Causeway Bay protest areas early evening (local time) on 3 October. Travelers are advised to take usual security precautions and avoid the area around the demonstrations. The MTR underground transport system continues to operate.

G Adventures tours continue to travel in and around Hong Kong and we are recommending our travelers avoid the areas mentioned above. Please note our trip end point hotels are located on the Kowloon peninsula.


Indonesia Volcano eruption

Posted: 10 Oct, 2014 | Updated: 10 Oct, 2014

10 October 2014

Volcano Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra, erupted again on Wednesday (8/10/2014) at 2:51 am in the morning (local time)

The part of North Sumatra and all tourist destinations are not affected by the eruption and it is still safe to travel. For visiting Berastagi we recommend everyone to wear a mask. Volcano Sinabung is located around 95 kilometers from Medan and 25 kilometer from Berastagi.