Newsletter Earthquake Report

Posted by Andy on Wednesday, November 18, 2015


iTrekNepal Bhaktapur Earthquake Relief Project


The massive earthquakes that struck Nepal on April 25 and May 12, along with continual aftershocks, have created disastrous conditions throughout central Nepal. This is how the ITrekNepal staff, our families and friends are responding. We also take a long-term look at the future of traveling and trekking in Nepal.

Bhaktapur Relief Project

Because of its location and concentration of ancient buildings Bhaktapur was one of the hardest hit areas in Nepal. In addition to the loss of hundreds of lives, over half of the homes and many major cultural sites were either destroyed or seriously damaged by the quake. The personal losses and the destruction of so much of Nepal’s cultural
heritage is almost incalculable. The ITrekNepal staff and friends have already started  delivering

Bhaktapur Durbar Square in 2014, rebuilt after the 1934 earthquake
emergency supplies to those in greatest need around Bhaktapur. They are also bringing aid  to the villages of our guides and porters in the Langtang and Everest regions. To support these efforts we have set up the Bhaktapur Relief Project which is distributing 100% of all
donations directly to emergency needs and the rebuilding of damaged homes.We have already received over

ItrekNepal staff helping with recovery
at a village near Bhaktapur
iTrekNepal team working for Bhaktapur Earthquake Relief
$30,000 in donations and pledges from 70 contributors, and have a goal of raising at least $60,000 in the next month.  Please visit the Bhaktapur Relief Project web page to learn more about this project and how you can contribute. You can also visit the ITrekNepal
Facebook page for updates about our current activities. Thank you to our many friends who have already donated.

Nepal’s Future

About every 70 – 80 years Nepal has been hit by a major earthquake. The great earthquake in 1934 resulted in many deaths and widespread destruction on the same scale as the current quake. After the ’34 quake, most of the damaged cultural sites were restored and Nepal soon returned to normal daily life. Much has changed here in 81 years, but the strength, resiliency of the Nepalese people and enduring support of their friends from around the world are still the same. We are confident that Nepal will find the international and external resources to recover and prosper.  
For the short-term, we have cancelled all of the scheduled group treks through May. We expect to resume operations in June and to be fully operational by the fall trekking season in September. We are also checking on the access roads, trails and lodges for the Annapurna, Langtang, and Everest regions to insure that these are safe for travel and trekking. As you might have heard there was major damage in the Langtang Valley. There has also been some lesser damage to the trails and lodges in the Everest and Annapurna regions. 
In addition to direct support for the recovery and

Hope for the future in the faces of Nepal’s children
rebuilding effort,one of the best ways to help Nepal will be to travel and trek there, either as already planned or with a different perspective. You can visit areas affected by the earthquake, hear the stories of those who have been directly affected, and bring them items from your country that they
cannot easily get.  Although you might find some inconvenience from damaged roads and facilities, you will mostly find a country and its people on the rise again, and happy to share with you the beauty of this remarkable country.

Bhaktapur Paradise Hotel

The Bhaktapur Paradise Hotel was newly built and sustained little damage. It is currently the headquarters for the Bhaktapur Relief Project and looks forward to welcoming guests again soon.
Let us know if you have any questions about the current situation in Nepal or ideas that you would like to share about helping the recovery effort. 

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