Normalcy gradually returning to quake-hit Langtang

Rasuwa, February 3

The Langtang Valley, which had turned into a phantom valley following the death of over 300 locals and tourists in earthquake-triggered avalanches on April, 2015, is gradually finding balance, thanks to effectively conducted post-quake operations.

Langtang Management and Reconstruction Committee, formed to undertake post-quake projects in the alpine trekking region bordering Tibet, has been assisting the construction of quake-resilient residences in Langtang and Kyanjen. The two places are now capable of hosting 300 and 350 tourists respectively in a day, according to Committee Chair Temba Lama.

With the reconstruction of the quake-damaged trekking route stretching from Syaphrubesi to Pampu, places such as Ghoda Tabela, Thangsap, Mundu, and Kyanjen have begun attracting tourists, both domestic and foreign, Lama said.

At 4,000 metres above the sea level, Kyanjen is the last human settlement in the Langtang Valley which was hit by avalanches in April 2015.

The process to generate 100 KW of electricity in Kyanjen has also begun, according to Lama.

Langtang had been deserted by quake-survivors who had left the place following great loss of lives and property due to 7.6 magnitude Gorkha Earthquake. With the reconstruction efforts, the place has been able to build back its community and those displaced are resettling in their original habitats, shared Lama.