Nepal suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on Saturday, April 25, hitting about 50 miles northwest of Kathmandu. Aftershocks as strong as 6.6 continue to rock the Himalayan nation, triggering landslides, avalanches and further devastation. At current count, at least 3,726 people in Nepal have lost their lives, and over 6500 more have been injured. At least three Americans on Mt. Everest expeditions are among the reported 18 fatalities at base camp. As photos of collapsed buildings, tumbled temples, shocked survivors and weary rescue workers dominate the news media, here are 11 inspiring images of Nepal before the quake. Our thoughts are with the people in this beautiful country. Here’s hoping the world responds with the rescue, relief and rebuilding assistance they so desperately need. Please donate to Global Giving.
The Annapurna Circuit is popular with trekkers for its diverse scenery and challenging (often deadly) mountain climbs. There are plenty of guest houses in the hill and lowland villages, which offers a rich cultural experience for those exploring the region.