As I am sure you heard on April 25th and May 12th there were two large earthquakes in Nepal causing many fatalities, injuries and destruction of property. I would like to express my deepest sympathies to the people of Nepal. Being in Kathmandu during this time I was inspired by their resilience and resourcefulness as everyone helped each other out during this crisis.
Fortunately all of our clients, guides and staff are fine and accounted for. We had one group on Dhaulagiri Circuit during the earthquake and I was in daily contact with Almas Khan, the leader of this group, to determine the best course of action for them. For more information on decisions we made for their safety and the group's feedback please read Trip Report for Dhaulagiri Circuit in April 2015
On May 13th I took this photo above at Boudhanath in Kathmandu and, as you can see, this important Buddhist stupa survived the recent earthquakes in Nepal. I inspected six World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu and was relieved to see many of the temples and buildings were still standing: for more information on condition of World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
Thank you for your emails, phone calls and messages of support since the earthquakes. Thanks also for your generous donations to help Nepal. As Facebook'ers would have seen, shortly after the earthquake we raised US$15,000 of donations. From this fund we purchased 30 tons of rice, 25 tents, 300m of foam mats and sanitary products to help people in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.
After this emergency relief phase further help will be needed over the next few years for the reconstruction phase. I urge you to consider donating again to help Nepal to rebuild its infrastructure in the affected towns and villages. We recommend Gurkha Welfare Trust as this charity has been operating in Nepal for many years due to its close connection with British Army.
The best way to help Nepal recover is to come and visit on holiday, this will bring in much needed income and reducing reliance on international aid. By being in Nepal you will also show solidarity and support the Nepalese people.
For Autumn 2015 season, we have decided to go ahead with most of our treks in Nepal. If you are looking for a camping trek then we have groups heading for Dhaulagiri Circuit, Naar to Mustang GHT, Kanchenjunga Circuit and Mera Peak Expedition: for more information on trekking in Nepal post-earthquake
I am now back in UK and will be here throughout the summer so please give me a call if you would like to discuss a trip to the Himalaya. Our telephone number is +44 (0) 207 0187031.
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