I am due to depart in 9 days with a friend for a trip centred in Nepal, with shorter trips to Bhutan and Mumbai. The aftermath of the weekend's earthquake means this is no longer viable, and the British government are advising against all but essential travel to the country. Fortunately my travel insurance policy has allowed me to rearrange nearly all of the holiday to avoid Nepal.

The one exception is that the night of the 16 May where I cannot see an alternative but to spend about 24 hours in Kathmandu, arriving by plane that morning and departing the next morning by plane. Can anyone suggest how I can find out how safe Kathmandu currently is, and how feasible it might be to spend a night there?

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    There are some camps around Kathmandu these days (I have some friends there helping them), but we expect them to be moved and hopefully people will be given better alternative stay by that time. Airport is already being used. I'd be surprised things aren't better by May 16. – AKS Apr 28 '15 at 13:42
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    I don't think the situation is good enough for a tourist to be there. We are sending them water, food, and medicine. It's really unfortunate there. Everyone is already helping them, so I think you'll be able to make it after two days. Here's our center: i.imgur.com/mYulYWK.jpg – AKS Apr 28 '15 at 14:00
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    If you can change your plans without costing money, I would actually do that instead of guessing how good it would be in two weeks. There isn't even electricity or road access to reach remote places. One night in the airport would not be bad I guess, but almost certainly, you won't be able to visit the city (Kathmandu or Phokra). – AKS Apr 28 '15 at 14:38
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    @NateEldredge - The circumstances are quite complicated because three people are involved, all with slightly different itineraries and different travel insurance policies, each of whom have a different idea of what's a valid alteration; we're arriving from Bhutan, and there are only a tiny number of flights out of the country and few remaining seats; one of the party has a non-negotiable requirement to be back in London first thing Monday morning; and the three airlines involved all consider Kathmandu open for business as normal and are not changing their flights. – Richard Smith Apr 28 '15 at 15:14
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    Frankly, I find your holier-than-thou attitude pretty offensive, @Ideogram. Not that it's any of your business, but I've made a substantial donation that will hopefully provide material benefit to those affected, in a way that vacuous words of sympathy that will never be read by those affected never will. – Richard Smith Apr 28 '15 at 15:37

According to this (I'm sorry: Dutch) newspaper article (http://www.trouw.nl/tr/nl/4496/Buitenland/article/detail/3984619/2015/04/28/Hulp-stokt-in-logistieke-nachtmerrie.dhtml) (in the last paragraph), the rain season is about to start in a coouple of weeks over there, making things even worse for the Nepali. It might also make it worse for you. I can't tell, but you might want to add this factor to your equation.

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