April 1990: We’d come to hike among the Himalaya, photograph the scenery and experience the mountain cultures as we made our way to the Everest Region. However, the start of the Nepalese Civil War would take us all by surprise, and like more intrepid explorers before us, we were unprepared for what we’d find.
Scrambling to get out of a city that was quickly burning its bridges, our new destination was the Langtang Valley – Nepal’s first National Park. Remote and rarely visited, we were well compensated by the staggering beauty, empty trails, and the cultural isolation as we climbed up into the Langtang Himal.
A massive earthquake in 2015 obliterated much of what we saw there; thousands died or are still unaccounted for. The village of Lang Tang, high up in the valley was swept away with no survivors. While hardly ‘Shangri-La’, we’d spent a long afternoon in the sun and a memorable night in a quiet snowfall. These are haunting memories that darken this journal.
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