Day 84: Walking through the lower Langtang and seeing the damages of the 2015 earthquakes

Posted on 21 May 2017

Gatlang 2238m.

From Kyangjin Gompa we continued to descend the Langtang Valley along improving footpaths.

By late morning we approached Lower Langtang where the whole village and a nearby army post were wiped out when the 2015 earthquake caused a glacial lake to burst high above the village and washed millions of tons of rubble down across the village. It was a very sobering and sad moment when we had to follow the path across the moraine field that was effectively a mass grave. It is a testament to determination of the surviving villagers that they are well on with construction of new dwellings just above the site of the old village.

Fabulous place for lunchThat afternoon we arrived at Lama Hotel (a small village) where we camped for the night and after dinner we were treated to a celebratory lemon meringue pie sculpted to reflect the peaks and passes of Section 4 (we have no idea how the cook crew manage this with little more than primus stoves!)

The following morning we continued down the valley in warm sunshine through mixed woodlands and shortly after midday arrived at Syabru Besi where we were to camp at the rear of a hotel but a couple of us availed ourselves of a room, bed and hot shower.

That evening was our final night with Stephen and George who joined us for Section 4 (Brian is continuing with us for several more sections) so we all had a farewell drink and held the tipping ceremony with our excellent crew and leaders (Juddha & Bikash).

In the morning we bid farewell to them and the crew members that were heading back to Kathmandu and set off on the link route to Manaslu with a stiff climb to the crest of a ridge where we had lunch then followed a dirt road to our camp at Gatlang adjacent to a new monastery under construction which we appear to be sharing with the local milking herd of Naks, and a lot of flies.

Martin, Brian, Matt, Ian & T Leader- Juddha Rai.

nursing Nak

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