On 25 April, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck central Nepal. On 12 May, another earthquake, with a magnitude of 7.3 struck eastern Nepal followed minutes later by a major aftershock of 6.3 and around one hundred minor aftershocks have occurred. Not since 15 January 1934 has Nepal been so badly affected by an earthquake.
Thank you for all the messages of support we have received over the past few weeks. Massive thanks on behalf of Isha and the people of Nepal to all of you who contacted us to make donations, and to a special group of Explorer Scouts who were able to donate £1750 to ShelterBox to support the relief work they are currently undertaking in Nepal.
- Many old houses in villages and Kathmandu were destroyed.
- Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara remain intact.
- For the short term hotel staff members have returned to their villages to help with the rebuild.
- Contrary to media reports that have only focused on collapsed structures, there are actually very few temples and monuments damaged in Durbar Square, Patan, Kathmandu, and Bhaktapur.
- Nepal has many historic sights, major temples, and monuments still standing.
- Trekking routes and trekking accommodation are undamaged and open.
- Infrastructure for tourism has not been damaged. Roads are open, airports are open, and rivers are open.
Nepal depends on tourism
Travelling to Nepal will be on of the biggest contributions you can make to help recover the country from this huge disaster.
We look forward to welcoming you, your friends and relatives to Nepal soon!
Nepal depends hugely on tourism for its livelihood and every effort is being made to get ready for the tourist season. We expect Nepal to be ready and welcoming guests again for a comfortable stay this autumn.
We are in daily contact with Nepal receiving progress updates. Our customers and colleagues are all safe and well but others were not so lucky. The friendships, memories, and experiences we have made in Nepal for the past 15 years and for some of our staff a lifetime, have meant this tragedy has been a very emotional and difficult time, a disaster like this couldn’t have happened to people who deserve it less than the wonderful Nepalese.
Our thoughts, hearts, and prayers go out to the people of Nepal who have suffered loss, injury, and homelessness.
The global response has been amazing and we have chosen to support ShelterBox who have now been able to provide shelter for more than 15,000 people whose lives were turned upside down by the earthquake.
Our team in Nepal have also been helping earthquake victims by providing tents, dry food, and medicine.