|Kathmandu||Everest Base Camp||1400m-5380m|
|Kathmandu||Dhaulagiri Base Camp||1400m-4748m|
Nepal is a heaven for trekkers and mountaineers. But this heaven was devastated by a wave of earthquakes in late April and early May 2015. Many of the villages and small towns in the trail of some of the famous trekking destinations were leveled by the quake recorded 7.8 in the Richter scale. The question hovering in the mind of most trekkers considering Nepal as their next destination for trekking now is- Is Nepal safe for trekking after earthquake.
And the simple answer is Yes. Nepal is safe for trekking.
That is not to say that the trekking trails were untouched by the earthquakes. Some of the trails were heavily affected by the force equivalent to 20 hydrogen bombs. Each many times powerful than the bombs dropped in Hiroshima.
The most affected of the trekking destinations is Langtang Region Trekking. Langtang valley is located in the Rasuwa district- the neighboring district of Gorkha- the epicenter of the earthquake. Rasuwa also happened to be in the same development region as the district which was the epicenter of the second big hit- Dolakha district. Some of the villages in the area were flattered in just a few seconds.
The recurring aftershocks which were very frequent in the recent aftermath have almost stopped now.
Everest Region escaped largely unscathed. According to a research of a Californian engineering firm, a large proportion (80%) of the infrastructure (houses, bridges, lodges and hotels) suffered no damage at all.
Thanks to the location of the Everest, one of the busiest trekking trails in the world- Everest Base Camp Trek was operational immediately.
Annapurna Region is closer to the epicentre than the Everest Region. But the region did not even deteriorate as much as the Everest Region. The researchers found that almost the entire physical infrastructure was intact. Only a minority (5%) of them were affected.
Langtang is the region most affected by the earthquake. The original earthquake triggered a huge landslide in the Langtang region. The landslide killed 200 people; 100 bodies were never recovered.
Initially, Langtang valley was closed for trekking. The trail was not opened until October of 2015 though other trekking trails in the region (Helambu trekking, Gosainkunda Trekking and Tamang Heritage Trail) opened immediately after TAAN decided to reopen Nepal for Trekking. Many travel companies have completed the trek to the Langtang Valley since its reopening.
The other regions of trekking such as Rara lake Trekking, Kanchenjunga Trekking and other trekking routes are unaffected by the effects of the earthquake.
It has been 17 months since the earthquake hit Nepal. Nepal has recovered a bit and is still recovering. The people who felt it the most are still in need of help; thanks to the timidly effective work of the Government of Nepal.
Nepal is open for tourism. Though it sadly does not have as much aura as it possessed before the earthquake, Nepal is still rich in culture and tradition. And no earthquake can destroy that.