A powerful earthquake of 7.9 magnitude hit Nepal in the afternoon of 25th April. The earthquake, which is one of the most powerful tremors to have taken place in perhaps a century, has caused an irreversible loss of lives and property. The intensity of the earthquake was felt across the country with huge impact registered in Kathmandu Valley. Many temples, courtyards and statues in Patan Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square- all World Heritage monuments- have been reduced to ruins.
The symbolic Bhimsen Tower, Nepal’s tallest monument, also collapsed and so many residential and commercial buildings throughout the Kathmandu. A tourist hotel in Thamel also crumbled to the ground. Some tourists have suspected to have been killed in the incident. Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal’s only international airport in Kathmandu, was close for few days. The number of human casualty is estimated to be well over 9000 though the figure is likely to rise and more than 300 peoples are still missing. Rescue teams assisted by local communities and security forces have been carrying out rescue operation to save lives and retrieve injured ones and dead bodies from rubble.
At this hour our heart goes out to all Nepali brothers and sisters and our deepest sympathy to the families who have lost their loved ones. We hope for the quick recovery of all who have been injured. This is undoubtedly one of the most tragic events to take place in the history of Nepal.
We would like to inform all our Facebook friends, clients and audience that our team, friends, clients as well as all our staff including field staffs are safe we have conformed it by telephone to each of them. All our clients who have been trekking in various regions are also safe.
Second earthquake on 12th May we are all safe! As Nepali people were reeling under the disastrous impact of the powerful earthquake on 25th April, another powerful earthquake measuring 7.4 magnitude jolted Nepal on 12 May, leaving as many as 100 people dead and thousands injured. The recent aftershocks, whose epicenter was in Dolkha, affected 32 districts.
The risk and threat of human lives and property is still looming large after the tremor. The latest data shows that the earthquake has so far killed nearly 10000 and injured 25000 people in Nepal. We would like to inform to all that ourselves, all our staffs and clients are safe. We hope other travellers who are currently in Nepal are also safe. We have been visiting remote villages this past week to distribute relief materials such as food and shelter.
We will continue to provide support and help to affected communities of earthquake disaster to the extent our resources and capacity allows us. Please note that the Higher Limits Trek & Expedition will remain open to provide needed coordination and assistance to all travellers. We hope the earthquake will not repeat again. Meanwhile we will ask everyone to have patience and perseverance to wade through this difficult hour.