Nepal After The 2015 Earthquake
Nepal was struck by one of the biggest earthquakes after the 1934 Bihar earthquake on 25th April, 2015. The disaster took lives of around 8500 people and lefter thousands of homeless, hurt and disabled. Alone in Everest 18 climbers died and entire village of Langtang was buried, killing many. There were several hundred tremors for the next three months and one very big within the very 15 days.
After donations and relief work from national and international organizations and individuals the reconstruction was quick and is ongoing even after two years.
- Travelling to Nepal after the earthquake
The hardest hit districts were the ones in the northeast of Kathmandu and Kathmandu as well. A lot of communities including the centuries old heritages were turned into rubble. The cities towards the south and west i.e. Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan, Palpa and further west did not get affected by the earthquake.
2 years after the earthquake, in 2017, every trekking route is open. That includes, Manaslu, Annapurna, Everest and all the other available routes. However, it is very important for you to know that people are still rebuilding. Also, you would see a lot of destroyed buildings, monuments and people still living under tents and tarpaulins.
Despite all this, Nepal still remains the same beautiful and people are still welcoming tourists. What destroyed or affected more than the earthquake is the tourist who never came back or came very late. Since Nepal is heavily dependent on tourism, people in rural places and along the trail heavily depend on the travellers visiting. Hence, if you visit to Nepal, you will spend money in these local communities which will eventually help them generate revenues which would help them rebuild the community directly.