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Everest, Langtang, mountaineering and tourism

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Trekking as if people mattered. Havoc in heaven. Langtang’s new life. Survivors prepare for autumn trekking season with new skills and hope for the future REBUILDING BETTER: Karsang Lopchan (extreme left) at a climbing wall in Kathmandu last year during trekking guide training, and last month in Langtang with his ID Tourism has been slow to pick up after Langtang was devastated by the deadly earthquake/avalanche of 25 April 2015, but many survivors who were trained in the hospitality industry while taking shelter in Kathmandu last year are gearing up to restore Langtang — and rebuild it better — to welcome back trekkers.

Langtang’s new life

Two such programs of instruction and guidance in small hotel and lodge management and professional guide training were provided by Tourism Cares, with support from the Rasuwa Relief, Harvard Kennedy School Nepal Fund and Langtang Management and Reconstruction Committee, at the National Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Management in Kathmandu. Tourism for the people, by the people. Pics: Kunda Dixit WASTE NOT: Douglas Maclagan demonstsrates how a biogas digester uses hotel sewage and farm waste to fuel the kitchen at The Pavilions Himalayas in Pokhara.

Tourism for the people, by the people

Doug Maclagan has been helping thousands of abandoned children in Nepal with schooling and health, setting up projects to protect the environment and provide vocational training for Nepali youth. So, as he turns 50 after spending half his life in Nepal, the Scotsman should be sleeping more soundly than most of us. But Maclagan says he cannot afford to sleep, there is just too much left to be done. When he first came to Nepal in 1994, Maclagan was struck as much by the fortitude of the people as the neglect of health care in Kaski villages. “But as I grew older and older, my donors were getting younger and younger, and I asked myself how long can you keep on doing this,” Maclagan recalls, and hit upon idea of a self-sustaining high-end resort to support social causes.

Langtang is ready for you. Are you? The scenic national park is open to trekkers again after last year’s deadly earthquake and avalanche all Pics: Liew yu Wei.

Langtang is ready for you. Are you?

Here's What Happened When A Nonprofit Group Gave Cameras To Nepali Earthquake Survivors : Goats and Soda. For the photo exhibit "Langtang Rising," a father photographed his daughter.

Here's What Happened When A Nonprofit Group Gave Cameras To Nepali Earthquake Survivors : Goats and Soda

He lost his wife and immediate family in the avalanche after the earthquake. Langtang Rising hide caption. Nepal: Guides and Climbers Consider Life After the Quake. The walls of Panuru Sherpa’s guesthouse in Phortse, Nepal are decorated with every mountaineering award imaginable.

Nepal: Guides and Climbers Consider Life After the Quake

Hung next to pictures of his family are accolades from the Nepal Mountaineering Association, Star Awards from Denali National Park, and letters of appreciation from the Chinese Mountaineering Association, to name a few. He took his first expedition to Mount Everest when he was 17, and has since summited the mountain 10 times. Everest sits at 29,000 feet in the highest mountain range in the world, the Khumbu Himalaya—Panuru’s backyard. Finding work as an experienced mountain guide shouldn’t be hard for Panuru, and it normally isn’t. But this year he’s worried. Nepal's Hard Rock Cafe. Kartok Lama is a disabled woman from Langtang whose small teashop was destroyed in Nepal’s earthquake.

Nepal's Hard Rock Cafe

Her village was buried by an avalanche, but she is determined to rebuild. In 2015, on April 25, Kartok Lama was in her teashop in the upper Langtang Valley. Nestled against a monolithic boulder which formed its back wall, her teashop in the Himalayas was a natural resting point for trekkers hiking through the 4,000 metre high valley she calls home. Peak Tourism. High-end hilltop hideaways present the best way to rebuild tourism in earthquake-hit areas The view from Gorkha Gaun: Gorkha Himal, the ridge of Gorkha Durbar and Gorkha town at its base Nepal’s mountain tourism has been in decline in the past decade due to the rapid spread of jeep tracks, and in the past year because of the earthquake.

Peak Tourism

But trekking could be revived with a new brand of tourism that combines hilltop properties with upgraded homestays that benefits local populations. Traditionally, the well-to-do of the hills have owned the khet (irrigated fields) in the besi (valley floors), with the unirrigated bari land on the ridgeline and hilltops thumka left to the poor. But with the spread of motorable roads, the prize is (or will be) the thumka properties that had been limited to meager harvests of corn, millet or buckwheat.

Return to Nepal: a year after the earthquake. “I was playing cards with my mother and my wife was cooking tea in the kitchen.

Return to Nepal: a year after the earthquake

We ran out and clutched the frame of the front door. My wife was crying: ‘sai baba, sai baba’ – her favourite Indian saint – ‘save me!’ It was fearsome: everyone slept outside in the street, food prices soared and all the roads were blocked.” Hari Sharma, my Kathmandu guide, remembers clearly the moment a 7.8-magnitude bhukampa (earthquake) rattled Nepal a year ago on Monday. Delay in reconstruction threatens recovery of tourism sector. Photo:THT World China says Brunei, Cambodia, Laos agree sea dispute must not hurt ties China has agreed with Brunei, Cambodia and Laos th...

Delay in reconstruction threatens recovery of tourism sector

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A year after Nepal quake, some united in grief; others climb again

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For David Morton, it happened when he was going to see about some yaks. On April 25, 2015, the mountain guide and photographer, who is now 44, walked out of Thame, a small Sherpa village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. He knew the route well. Last spring Morton, who has summited Everest six times, was in the place he calls his second home, preparing to guide a client up a lesser known 6,000-meter peak called Kyajo Ri.

Glogin?URI= My Republica - Avalanche. 20160104. Nepal climbers face ruin after quake, blockade hits Everest industry. Nepal climbers face ruin after quake, blockade hits Everest industry. Taking the high road. After decades of debate about the pros and cons of having the remote trans-Himalayan district of Manang connected by a motorable road, and the impact it would have on trekking in this scenic region, there is now a regular jeep service to the Pokhara-Kathmandu Highway. And it looks like Manang will not just survive, but prosper from the connectivity.

All pics: Seulki Lee The rough 12-hour ride from Besisahar to Manang follows what used to be one of the world’s most spectacular hiking trails up to Thorung La (5,416m) on the Annapurna Circuit . Although trekker numbers have dropped, most residents of Manang are glad that the road has reduced travel time since it opened in March.

“The road saves time, allows us to take the sick to hospital, it has made things cheaper,” says Binod Gurung of a local conservation group. Interactive map by Ayesha Shakya Manang used to be one of the last four districts to be connected to Nepal’s road network, now there are only two left: Dolpo and Humla. The Economist. Trekking trails half-full… at least not half empty. Everest and the Annapurna regions which were not so badly affected by the April earthquake are seeing healthy traffic Despite predictions that Nepal’s tourism industry would collapse due to the earthquake, the real damage has been done by the Indian blockade.

Even so, some of the trails like the Everest and the Annapurna regions which were not so badly affected by the April earthquake are seeing healthy traffic. There is considerable trekking traffic along the Everest trail, with about 12 flights every morning from Kathmandu to Lukla. In the peak season last year there were sometimes up to 30 flights a day. Improving relationships in the tourism industry. The Nepal earthquake and subsequent aftershocks of spring/ summer 2015 caused immediate disruption to the tourism industry. Consequently, the number of foreign visitors entering the country by air and road has fallen dramatically. In order to assess the impact of this market shock upon the various actors in the tourism value chain, 342 enterprises in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara were surveyed between July – August, including hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, trekking agencies, restaurants and curio shops. Surprisingly, the respondents expressed a degree of cautious optimism about the recovery and resilience to the market shock.

The majority of respondents identified the need for international marketing and promotion as the most critical tool for revival and recovery. Whilst a national campaign to build confidence in Nepal as a destination is being led by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB), it is also clear that businesses can do a lot by themselves. Tourism in Khumbu region rebounds after earthquake. Oct 16, 2015- Tourism activities have started to pick up pace in the Khumbu region after encountering a slowdown after the devastating April 25 earthquake. The arrival of tourists in September has given respite to tourism entrepreneurs who have been going through bad times since the disaster.

“The flow of tourists is better than what we had anticipated,” said Napang Sherpa, president of Hotel Association Namche. Icefall doctors at base camp to fix Everest route for autumn. Health Never ignore prostate problems Prostate is a walnut sized gland found in male uri... Opinion Surrogacy in Nepal: Threat to reproductive right Due to absence of specific laws, many Nepalese sis... Next Generation Nepal - Ethical Volunteering. © Erik B. Wilson/Next Generation Nepal At NGN we applaud everyone who wishes to donate their time and skills to help others less fortunate than themselves.

However, choosing an “ethical volunteering” placement in a developing country is something that takes careful consideration. Forced smiles. Blazing new trails in the monsoon. Some international mountaineers stayed on in Nepal after their expeditions were cancelled to help with quake relief When mountaineers get into trouble during climbing expeditions they need to be rescued. Nepal signals peak season recovery. Whether recent events in Greece, Tunisia and even Calais have a long-term impact on tourism, beyond the immediate effects of changed and cancelled bookings, remains to be seen, but there is no doubt that the 7.8 magnitude earthquake Nepal suffered on 25 April, and its severe aftershocks, served a crushing blow to the country’s industry.

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