Nancy Hansen's return to Nepal — after the earthquake
Editor's note: Nancy Hansen is an Alpine Club of Canada Ambassador who has recently returned to Nepal to attempt a summit of Cholatse with her partner Ralf Dujmovits. Follow their story on our blog.
Five of us (three Canmorons, one New Yorker, and a German) are trekking and climbing in Nepal. The last time my partner Ralf and I were here was two weeks after the devastating earthquake in 2015. We left with heavy hearts, after having seen the tragic loss of life, injuries, and endless destruction of homes, schools and businesses.
Upon arriving in Kathmandu two weeks ago, I had to keep sunglasses on to hide my tears of joy. They still have a long way to go, but the resilient Nepalis have worked hard to get back to some kind of normal. The streets are complete madness, shops are busy, the tourists have returned, and rebuilding is underway.
We are trekking in the Solukhumbu (Everest) region. Don and Michelle (Canmore) will complete the three pass route. Each pass is just over 5,300 metres, and the views are mind-blowing. Chip (New York) is here to write a story about Ralf for Men's Journal. He will wait while Ralf and I climb Cholatse (6,440m). Stay tuned!
Cholatse (6,440m) is the mountain on the left. Ralf and I will ascend the glacier between Cholatse and Taboche, and then climb the right-hand skyline to the summit. Looks like fun!