Friday, October 30, 2015
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
South Col Expeditions Earthquake support has been working with a team of architects to make a suitable prototype for the villages of Kaule and Bhangeri in Nuwakot district of Nepal.
Last week I had posted the progress made on this project and the links to a blog site which documents the work done so far.
The photos below give an idea of the new prototype to be constructed:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
A pictorial report on a survey conducted for the villages of Kaule and Bhangeri in Sundara Devi VDC, Nuwakot District, from Sept 28 - Oct 2 2015, prior to Prototype Construction Training Workshop scheduled for Oct 25 - Nov 5. Please see the link below
Recce visit by Sujoy Das and Sharan Lal
April - May 2015
I was trying to get my
trekking team back to Kathmandu through the rubble and chaos that followed the shake, when Sharan offered to help to find a design solution with a traditional approach to reconstruction.
In May 2015 Sharan and I visited Kaule and Bhangeri - villages in Nuwakot District and home to our friends, porters and guides - led by the indomitable Santaman Tamang.
In this trip, corrugated Zinc Sheets donated by the trekking community from South Col Expeditions were distributed among the villagers. These would provide temporary shelter to the villagers and see them through the monsoon.
A report filed by me on the May 2015 recce visit can be found here: http://sujoyrdas.blogspot.in/2015/05/nepal-earthquake-support-report-on.html
and another one here: http://sujoyrdas.blogspot.in/2015/06/nepal-earthquake-rebuilding-villages.html
Monday, October 12, 2015
Off limit to trekkers for many years and rigidly controlled by a permit system, few have made it to the north east base camp of Kangchendzonga. I was fortunate to make two visits to Green Lakes, once way back in 1987 along with an Assam Rifles expedition to Kangchenjunga and again in 2014 leading a South Col trek to the Zemu Valley. These photographs are from the 2014 trek to this magical valley! For a route of this trek do visit http://www.southcol.com/treks-nepal/green-lakes-trek-in-north-sikkim/
|The north east face of Kangchenjunga from above the Green Lakes Base Camp|
|The forest between Jakthang and Yabuk|
|Siniolchu as seen from my tent at Rest Camp|
|Walking from Rest Camp to Green Lakes|
|The Zemu Glacier|
|The Twins at the back and Tent Peak in front |
Saturday, October 3, 2015
South Col Expeditions trekked to Mustang and Lo Manthang in April 2015. The account of our journey and return after the great Nepal earthquake is given in these two blog posts:
These are some photographs from that trek:
|The village of Chusang|
|On the trail between Samar and Shyanbochen|
|The village of Ghilling|
|Mani stones near Ghar Gompa|
|Rock inscription near Ghar Gompa|
|On the outskirts of Tsarang|
|Near the village of Drakmar|
|The Kali Gandaki near Kagbeni|