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Everest Base Camp Trek 2015 Post Earthquake

Last Update May 25,2015: We have been getting lots of questions about the upcoming trekking season and the condition of the trail and teahouses along the Everest Base Camp Trek after the earthquake. That good news is that all the treks scheduled for next season September to November 2015 are going. The region did experience damage from both earthquakes (the 7.8 on April 24th and the 7.3 on May 12th), but the trail is in good shape and most the teahouses will be operational for the upcoming season. I got a firsthand look at the region after the first earthquake and several of our clients were trekking at the time of the second quake. This report is based on my observations, that of our guides living in the Khumbu and those of several clients who were on the trek after the second quake.


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HimalayanWonders Relief Efforts Update

Thanks to everyone for their contributions and donations towards our relief work in Nepal. Together we have been able to collect over $10,000 and in the process help over 200 families including those of our trekking guides who had their homes destroyed. Here is a brief overview of how we have been putting the funds to work over the past few weeks and what the plans are going forward. The first thing we wanted to do was help as many people as we could as fast as possible. We delivered sacks of rice to over 200 families in the small village of Tripureshwor (See the full blog post). Several of our guides live in this village and assisted us immensely in getting permission to do this and working with the local leaders to determine who was actually in the most need of assistance (the complete list of people receiving rice). The second thing we wanted to do was to help some of our trekking guides and staff at the Hotel Pilgrims whom we are quite close with. Every individual who received assistance from us had their homes either entirely or almost completely destroyed. The quickest and most effective way to […]


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Earthquake Relief in the Dhading Region

The Himalayanwonders team just returned from the Dhading Region of Nepal where we successfully distributed 6000kg of rice to 200 families. Here is a brief report of my experience in the region. On the morning of May 4 I flew from Lukla to Kathmandu in order to help organize our relief efforts.  Nishes and I spent the day of the 4th putting plans in place to buy the rice and transport it to the small village of Tripureshwor (see it on Google maps). Our plan was to buy the rice and arrange for transport in Dhading Besi rather than Kathmandu as the cost worked out being cheaper. Dhading Besi is the district headquarters of the Dhading region and one of the larger cities. The eight of us representing HimalayanWonders left Kathmandu in a rented Scorpio Mahindra. The road to Dhading is the same as the main road which goes to Pokhara but heads north from Trishuli towards the mountains about 70km from Kathmandu. We continued north on a secondary but still paved road to Dhading Besi where we purchased the rice and paid for the transport. We rented one truck and one tractor with trailer as no other trucks were […]


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Nepal Earthquake Assistance

The past week in Nepal has been a painful and tense one for everyone. When the earthquake struck early in the day on Saturday I was just about to sit down for lunch at the Pilgrims Hotel in Kathmandu. The earthquake was so strong that it literally knocked me over as I ran up the steps from the basement and I found myself crawling out of the door. Once outside there was no place to run. Today, I just found out that the village of Langtang was completely destroyed by an avalanche two days after the first earthquake. My wife and I just came back from trekking in Langtang a few weeks ago and we stopped in the village of Langtang to play with the kids and take pictures of them. These little girls in the photo were so sweet and kept throwing kisses at us in the air after Ann gave them just a small piece of candy each. They lived in Langtang and now who knows what. Our first concern at Himalayanwonders after the earthquake was making sure that all of our clients and staff and their families were safe. Fortunately no one has been hurt seriously but […]


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Last Updated: Saturday, March 7, 2015 – 7:20pm Most Recent: Its Saturday now at 7:20pm and local news is indicating the runway is clear. Flights should resume shortly according to television coverage in Kathmandu. ———Full Story The only international airport in Kathmandu has been closed since Wednesday morning when a Turkish airliner partially missed the runway. Fortunately, all the passengers on the Turkish flight were evacuated safely but a portion of the wing remains on the runway forcing its closure. Flights won’t be resumed until this aircraft has been removed from the runway. Currently a specialized aircraft removal team from India is making some progress and expects to clear the runway by noon today with flights resuming several hours after. For our guests travelling into the country and those looking to leave one of the most frustrating aspects of this ordeal is the lack of information and what appears to be a poorly organized response by the authorities. The first plan on Wednesday was to remove the Turkish airliner with two large bulldozers that were in close proximity to the airport. However, Turkish airlines objected to this procedure and the plan was called off after in the late afternoon. A […]


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