The earthquake in Nepal in April, 2015, devastated many of the communities that we work closely with, both in Kathmandu and in the villages throughout the Everest region. In the immediate aftermath, we set up a relief fund and—with the generous support of our community of travelers—raised over $100,000. These contributions enabled our guides, trekking staff, and their communities to rebuild their homes, from repairing cracked walls to replacing roofs, and helping to restore other much-needed infrastructure, including schools such as the Shree Kshamawati Higher Secondary School. We heard from MTS guides like Lhakpa Sherpa, who spent two months rebuilding his home in Namche, and from Sanjay Nepal, who used MTS funds to help build warm, dry shelters in the Bageswori and Jitpur Phedi villages in one of the worst affected regions. The Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, who we worked closely with to create the fund, also details the efforts to provide safe drinking water in the remote Nepali village of Siman Singh Okhreni in their It Takes a Village article.
Today, one year on, Nepal is beginning to rebound with major infrastructure in Kathmandu and the Khumbu almost fully rebuilt. This is encouraging adventure seekers to return, and we are hearing from many travelers eager to trek through its incredible mountain scenery—from Annapurna and Upper Mustang to Everest Base Camp—and find solace in the timeless mountain villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries, and lush river valleys that we love. Getting back there and supporting the local people, especially those in the remote areas where damage was most severe, and the wider tourism industry (Nepal’s largest industry) has been extremely important to us. We thank everyone who is helping us to support Nepal.
For 2017, we continue to run many of our flagship Nepal adventures, including:
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"The Everest Base Camp trek with MTS is one of the 'once-in-a-lifetime' ultimate challenges. I am very happy that we did not change our plans to trek in November (2015) despite the earthquakes...our visit was very appreciated by the Sherpa people who depend on visitors to make a living." Ingrid Zerbe