By Chris Brinlee Jr.
I spent two months — this past November and January —
trekking and climbing in Nepal. I journeyed there for the mountains, but the tiny country’s vibrant culture and kind people are what stole my heart.
I spent an entire evening hanging out with these two Sherpa kids - playing hide and seek in the lodge, teaching them to use my camera, and listening to music. They live just east of Langtang, a village that was completely wiped out by a massive landslide - one of the many disastrous results of the earthquake.
Over the weekend, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal; the country’s worst natural disaster in 80 years. Dozens of historic temples and monuments have been destroyed. Hundreds of buildings have collapsed. Thousands of people have died and are injured. The damage is catastrophic.
Clouds crown Annapurna South, on a snowy January trek to Annapurna Base Camp.
To lend a hand, I have set up a special gallery containing photos that I took during my time in Nepal. One hundred per cent of all proceeds from sales will go to
Mercy Corps, an aid organisation with a proven track record in Nepal. Mercy Corps is boots-on-the-ground, providing much-needed aid in the form of shelter, clean water, and hygiene.
If you have the means, please, buy a print or canvas; and provide much needed aid to the beautiful people of this amazing country.
Stars trail over Ama Dablam - taken from 17,500’.
Stars trail over Lhotse and Island Peak - taken from 17,500’.
Downclimbing from Imja Tse, a “baby” Himalayan Peak at 20,305’.
Asses on Parade
About the Author: Chris Brinlee Jr. is an adventurer and storyteller who just finished a seven and a half month journey around the world. Follow his adventures on Instagram: @chrisbrinleejr . Check out his travel book on Blurb.
Photos: Chris Brinlee, Jr. This article originally appeared on Indefinitely Wild, Gizmodo's blog on adventure travel and the gear that gets us there