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March 2016 - Update from Nepal


I arrived in Nepal on 14 March to a very pleasant 27c daytime temperature, although still colder in the evenings, overnight and early mornings, however still much better than a cold UK left behind !!

It's almost a year now since the 25 April 2015 earthquake and the small tremors continue those of 4 and over continue to be recorded. There is now often 10 days or so between these and in Kathmandu many are not felt. It does appear to be easing down now, having said that there have been 3 since I arrived although I did not feel any of them. In Kathmandu people are getting back to normal and schools and businesses, those whose buildings are usable, are open and working. In Kathmandu there are still thousands of people living in shelters on various pieces of open land. Out in the other parts of the country that were most affected the situation has not changed for many tens of thousands of people, they are still living in makeshift shelters with no assistance coming from the government even almost a year after the event.

The political situation at this time is a little better than a few months ago. The supply of fuel and food items is better although it will still take more time to return to normal. Cooking gas cylinders are still difficult to find and many people are still using wood fires.

The tourism industry continues to have difficulties with the visitor numbers still low. This situation is to be expected with all the various difficulties of last year, and earlier this year, and it will take some time for this to return to normal. Nepal is open and some things are possible, but others are not, so people must be given good information for them to decide to make a visit.

I take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped us last year, donated funds were used for the Sherpa people in Khumbu and donated used clothing was used in Kathmandu as well as in Khumbu. This is an ongoing project and if any donations of funding or good used clothing for children, teenagers and adults (small and medium sizes are best for adults) are available please contact Denis any time to arrange.

I do hope to be able to make a visit up to Tengboche this season and come up to date with all my Sherpa friends, I was not able to do so last year for various reasons.

I have recently completed a new page for the website about Boudha Stupa and those of you who have made a visit to Boudha when you were in Nepal may find it of interest. Do have a look and contact with any comments.

 

Denis Gallagher
Nepal Trekking
March 201
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