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The Manaslu Circuit Trek is the best all round tea-house hike in Nepal on the Great Himalaya Trail; the new Annapurna Circuit. No camping needed.

25th April Earthquake – Manaslu / Tsum

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Gorkha district is heavily affected by the 7.8 earthquake that happened on the 25th April. The epicentre was just south of the district with the fault slip’s energy heading east and north.

Larpak and Barpak report north of Gorkha have been pretty much shaken to the ground.

For those areas familiar to Manaslu trekkers, the situation is not much better. As you will know either from visiting in the past, or seeing photos, many houses are build of piled stones, which have little strength when shaken by an earthquake. Landslides have also occurred in several places which have damaged trails. With small tremors still happening, which can happen up to a couple of months after the original slip, it will be a few weeks yet before teams can properly survey the trails. Many people are optimistic that later in the year the route will be opened again, but prudent to wait for an official assessment from the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) who are organising an assessment trip at the end of May.

A team centred around Tsum Valley Home stay in Bouddha have worked with people up and down the valley to put together an accurate document that shows what has happened. Click below for the spreadsheet. Keep in touch with their progress via their Facebook page Tsum Nubri.

There is a UN general situation report here. Key Findings and Maps.

manaslu-tsum-Khutang-Nubri-Sirdibas-earthquakeHow to donate?

Donations are still needed in the short and medium term, first for relief – food and shelter, then helping with rebuilding of more resilient houses. It’s going to be a huge amount of work.

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9 Responses

  1. sharon said on May 8, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Hello. very useful chart. Are there charts like that for other areas of Nepal? Do you know where I can access them?
    thanks, Sharon

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  2. Giorgio said on May 9, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    Hello, I’m coming on September to Nepal. Is there a way to support and help with our presence on the ground?

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    • admin@manaslu said on May 22, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      Hello, at the moment difficult to say. At some point a lot of people will be rebuilding etc. If you wish to supply physically labour, then sure you could probably help. If you have other skills, then post here and see!

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      • admin@manaslu said on May 22, 2015 at 12:35 pm

        Thanks for the good wishes.

        Appropriate – you’d think maybe not, out of respect or something, but I think the opposite is true. Too many people rely on tourism in Nepal, and many of the people affected work in the tourism sector. There are some recce trips going now to assess the state of the trails as some have been damaged. Generally it is being reported that most tea-houses are in good condition and open for trekkers. Check back after a week or two for an update.

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  3. Oliver Knowles said on August 8, 2015 at 4:39 am

    I am interested to know how Tsum Valley reconstruction is progressing. Will a tea-house trek be possible in early October or will trekkers just be in the way?

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    • admin@manaslu said on August 8, 2015 at 6:24 am

      PLease get in contact with Tsum Valley Homestay (google their website) and get back to us here with information if you can. My understanding is that there is limited access to Tsum right now, the trail is in bad shape. But info from different sources welcome. Thanks.

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