Following a further internal review, World Challenge has decided to divert all of its school teams who are due to travel to Nepal between now and the end of September 2015 to another destination.
Since the initial earthquake and several aftershocks, there have also been reports of major avalanche and landslides causing further disruption and unfortunately more fatalities in the Langtang trekking area; a popular region used by many World Challenge teams.
Global Operations Director Stuart Morris said: “The safety of our participants comes first and foremost; the unfortunate events in Nepal over the past week or so will have undoubtedly had detrimental effects on areas of the country’s infrastructure including disruption to transport links, communications, power supplies and buildings integrity.
“With this in mind, we have taken the decision to divert teams until such time when we are confident that the local resources and infrastructure have recovered to a state conducive with the support we require for our teams on expedition. We will continue to monitor the situation.
“Our thoughts are with all those affected by this devastating event.”
World Challenge has already made contact with all schools, parents and students due to travel to Nepal this summer and notified them of its decision. It is now working with those affected to identify alternative safe destinations and itineraries with similar trekking and project opportunities.