According to the UN there are 663 million people living without access to safe drinking water, with 1 million people killed by water, sanitation, and hygeine-related disease each year. With the devastating Terai floods these statistics are only worsening. Our upcoming build will focus on increasing the resiliency of this area - follow the link our bio to learn how to make a tangible difference
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Purna Kulung, the most powerful shaman in Sadhi, invited us to his house yesterday. When we arrived, his courtyard was strewn with his most prized possessions - rudrakshya beads; deer antlers; intricate headdresses decorated with porcupine quills and black rooster feathers; his new passport. @jetbutterflies
Unsolicited, he began to put on his ceremonial dress. He immediately started to shake uncontrollably. Once he was fully dressed, he shook and danced violently, his face alternating between expressions of agony, terror, and vacancy. A man possessed.
After only ten minutes, Maule Dhan and Lalchan intervened and carefully removed his dress. His shaking slowed and stopped. He staggered into his makeshift home, exhausted. We slowly helped pack up his goods and departed - solemn and thankful and pretty thoroughly spooked.
"Risalivo la valle insieme a quattro alpinisti italiani diretti all' Annapurna [...].
Il secondo giorno di cammino comparvero, in fondo alla valle, le vette dell'Himalaya. Allora vidi cos'erano state le montagne all'alba del mondo. Montagne acuminate, taglienti, come appena scolpite dalla creazione, ancora non levigate dal tempo [...].
Camminavo tra i portatori, così potevo chiedere a loro quello che non capivo: che verdura si coltivava negli orti, quale legna si bruciava nelle stufe, a chi erano dedicati i tempietti che incontravamo lungo sentiero. Nei boschi non c'erano abeti e larici, ma strani alberi contorti che non seppi riconoscere finché un uomo non mi disse che erano rododendri. Rododendri! La pianta prediletta da mia madre, perché fioriva solo per pochi giorni, all'inizio dell'estate, tingendo la montagna di rosa, lilla, violetto, in Nepal dava alberi di cinque o sei metri, dalla corteccia nera che si staccava in scaglie e le foglie oleose come l'alloro." ·
Le otto montagne - Paolo Cognetti ·
We are deeply saddened by the news of the deadly flooding and landslides experienced in Nepal and India. With more than 48,000 homes being submerged by rising waters, the #nepalredcrosssociety warned that shortages of drinking water and food could create a humanitarian crisis in the country of 29 million. .
If you have friends in Nepal, please share this infographic (in Nepali) that informs people how to make clean water at home. Currently, many homes in The Terai region have no access to clean water due to overwhelming floods now taking place. Part of our Nepal 2017 initiative will be dedicated to bringing water and resources back to this region. To support our work please visit the link in our bio to donate.
Our KCC National Park Exchange has been bringing Sherpa and Nepali climbers to Denali, Yosemite and Grand Teton National Parks for 8 years. Now we have added Glacier National Park to the mix. Nepali participants learn valuable skills for mountain and backcountry rescue. In addition, they learn park and visitor management and care of park resources and environment by interning with back country Rangers. Here's a photo of Phunuru Sherpa, currently participating in this program. "This year I had the opportunity to work with Yosemite National Park and Glacier National Park...I learned how the parks work with wilderness and conservation and how to keep the backcountry clean and a safe environment."
This pasture is just below the Daphne pass. It also has the last hotel on this side of pass until you reach Khaali- which can take hours due to the high elevation and steep slope. As we were busy enjoying this alpine meadow with the horses and the overall enchantment, we completely missed the hotel(its a home really) and the main trail and so ended up taking a much linger path back the day after.
Nirmala didn't know what waited at the turn just ahead. Neither did I. Just after this pic, as we were gearing up for more uphill climb, suddenly there was none. The path opened up to wide majestic hill top and we came upon the mighty #Tengboche Monastery premise.