On the 25th April 2015, Nepal was hit by a devastating earthquake. Over 8,000 people were killed and hundreds of thousands were left homeless. Those who were lucky enough to survive the earthquake then found themselves with another problem – the tourism industry crumbled leaving millions without an income. So, we all need to do what we can to help Nepal recover.
GRG’s Adventure Kayaking is one company that was affected. They have seen their season go before it has even started. They also lost their hotel making it difficult for them to continue. They made promises not to lay off a single member of staff, that they would rebuild the homes of their family and friends and that they would get their company back on its feet and ready for tourists in Autumn. They really wanted to help Nepal recover.
And that’s exactly what they are doing. They fundraised and have started rebuilding two of their staff’s houses as well as supporting the community where owner, Maila Gurung’s, grandfather is from.
The monsoon is approaching they are sending the message that Nepal will be ready for tourists in the autumn for trekking, kayaking, rafting, mountaineering, canyoning, mountain biking, paragliding and the many other adventure activities you can enjoy in Nepal. So help Nepal recover by booking a trip for the coming season this autumn.
Some facts you might not have known about the earthquake
1. Out of 75 districts of Nepal, only eight are affected.
2. Out of ten National Parks, only one is affected.
3. All the highways and sub-ways are in operation with zero damage .
4. Out of eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, only two have around 40% damage.
5. 90% hotels in Kathmandu Valley are safe and in operational conditions. 100% of hotels in popular destinations like Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Bardiya, Ilam, Annapurna Region, Everest Region etc. are safe and in full operation.
6. Out of 35 popular trekking routes, only two are affected .
7. All the international and national airports are in operation with zero damage .
8. Communication (nets, phone calls, ATM’s, swipe machines) are all working well.
9. Hospitals and clinics are safe and in operation. No viral diseases or influenza has occurred.
10. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) no longer advise against all but essential travel to all of Nepal meaning many areas are considered safe for visitors.
What happens next?
The earthquake did hit Nepal hard, but it is only certain areas that have been affected. With regard to rafting and kayaking in Nepal, GRG wanted us to know that most of the rivers are currently running like normal. The only ones deemed unsafe to run are the Bhote Kosi and Belephi.
Nepal boasts over 6,000 rivers and has some of the best whitewater in the world, including some incredible multi-day adventures. And you do not need to be an expert paddler to come here, it is great for beginners and intermediates a like. By kayaking in Nepal you will be supporting local hotels, taxi drivers, bus companies, restaurants and countless local communities.
Those who have been to Nepal before always speak of the incredible scenery, the spectacular Himalayan Mountains and of course the unparalleled hospitality of the Nepali people. Over one million foreigners travel to Nepal every year for trekking, kayaking, rafting, mountain biking and many other activities. Without their valuable income, Nepal will find it hard to get back on its feet.
Want to help Nepal recover and get back on their feet? Come here on your next vacation for one of the many adventures available.
If you would like to know more about kayaking, rafting or canyoning in Nepal please visit: www.grgadventurekayaking.com