Nepal will climb now one of the most difficult mountains, and we, this time, must be their porters” Jordi Tosas.
We are back home, Jordi Tosas, Seb Montaz and me have been almost 20 days in Nepal, changing the plans from climbing to helping the people who has been giving so much to all alpinists. We arrived at Kathmandu 2 days after the earthquake, expecting a big destruction on the city as we saw on the medias. Kathmandu was (is) not collapsed, just a few located buildings. After a week the life on streets was “normal”.
Jordi has been many (28) times on Nepal and has many friends on Langtang area, so we where going straight there. The destruction there is huge, the valley did not exist as it was anymore. Big landslides and avalanches collapsed the valley and all the people there. The dimensions of the avalanche on the upper valley are not human, not even on a science fiction film. We was reporting identities and finding persons. After that we meet people from ACTED association and we join them to run on remote villages in Ganesh and Tamang areas asking their needs and making the trails destroyed, and giving after food and shelters. Last days we saw the help has been well expanded, many associations are working really hardly to give food and shelters to all the country, after a few weeks where the corruption and slow decisions of Nepali gouvernement was slowing down the help. In Kathmandu we had a last earthquake that make more fear to the population.
Now Nepal need help, mostly on remote areas to get shelter before the monsoon that is coming soon. Many ONG are on place giving the help on the moment, and it is important to help them, they are many good options. But it will be really important to continue traveling there, to impulse the local economy and reconstruct the trails and villages and give the continuity and money they will need to survive from tourism.
One of the most affected areas as we saw it was Langtang Valley, ( here you can see a picture of the destruction here) and here is a good initiative of Aymeric Clouet, Alpiniste who was on the area when the earth quake to reconstruct directly the valley.
Nepal is a poor country, many people is living with nothing and after the earthquake on many mountain areas they lose everything. But the smile was always on the their faces, Nepali people have a incredible capacity to fight problems, to be positive and strong on the pain, to find the happiness on the small cracks. We was going there to help them and they help us with their friendly reception, with their smile and shearing all they have.