Tour leader and coordinator @ Kathmandu and Pokhara Urban Adventures. Traveller, passionate photographer, cyclist, and cultural explorer.
It’s been nearly two months since the 7.8 earthquake (and subsequent aftershocks) hit Nepal, killing more than 8,500 people and injuring more than 23,000 others. Homes, entire villages, and many UNESCO World Heritage sites, including parts of Durbar Square in Kathmandu, were destroyed.
But what many travellers might not realise is, despite the damage, Nepal is open to visitors. On June 15, numerous historic sites, including Durbar Square, re-opened to the public, and local authorities want to welcome travellers back to Nepal. Tourism is one of Nepal’s largest sources of income and employs about 5% of the total population — travelling to Nepal and putting money back into the local economy is one of the best ways we can help the country rebuild.
Our Urban Adventures in Kathmandu and Pokhara are still operating. As well, our sister company, Intrepid Travel, will be donating all profits from its 2015/16 Nepal trips to on-the-ground projects supported by its not-for-profit organisation, The Intrepid Foundation.
Here’s a peek into life in Kathmandu after the quake.
To date, The Intrepid Foundation has raised nearly AUD 400,000 with its Nepal Earthquake Appeal, and hopes that profits from tours booked will help push that number to $1 million.