An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck Nepal on the 25th of April 2015, killing over four thousand people and counting. It has injured and displaced an uncountable number at this early stage. The people affected have been sleeping on the streets in open areas and are running out of water, food and medical supplies. Electricity and communication networks are also down at this time.
Kathmandu has population density of only 97 square meters so you can imagine what it can be like there!
These people need serious help at this early stage….you can help if you like by donating to Unicef who are preparing cargo planes to airlift of 120 tonnes of much needed humanitarian supplies including food, medical supplies, tents and blankets.
You can donate here: http://www.unicef.org/
This shot was taken at an earlier stage of the Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal. It just shows the magnitude of what lies ahead on this trek.
The Thorung La Pass is one of the highest mountain passes in the world at 17,769 ft.
I walked the 200 odd kilometre Annapurna circuit trek in March 2014 to cross this pass.
RIP to all the trekkers that tragically died there last week.
I didn’t realise how far above the clouds we were during our trek till I reached Muktinath. Getting to Muktinath was a three hours trek after the Thorong La Pass.
This little village is 13,000 feet above see level. At this stage in my 19 day trek the air wasn’t as thin as it was earlier in the day but still roughly 60% oxygen!!
Leaving Manang (11,545 ft) after one day acclimatization was hard. Looking back to get this shot though I was glad to be moving on to find out what lay ahead of me in the Himalaya.
Poon Hill, Ghorepani, Nepal. Poon hill is probably one of the most famous viewing treks in the world.
Looking back at Manang, Nepal from 11,545 ft.
Many of the people that are based in Kathmandu have moved there from the mountains in search of better work.
It’s not very hard to notice the difference between traditional Nepali people from some of the more modern city dwellers.
Some people found that descending 5,200 ft from the Thorong La Pass to Muktinath was the most difficult.
This is the view from Thorong High camp at 15,748 feet which is 4800 metres. It is the final night stop before going over the Thorong La Pass which is at a height of 17,769 feet (5,416 metres).
Taken along the Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
The view from the rooftop of Hotel Pilgrims, Thamel, Kathmandu.
Here is a short montage of the shots I did manage to during short breaks along the Annapurna Circuit.