Two years ago, a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Nepal, killing approximately 9,000 people across the country, including 22 people at Everest Base Camp and three others in the surrounding region. Images of people sifting through the rubble of crumpled buildings and desperately searching for loved ones, remained etched in my mind, as a few friends and I signed up for the challenging 12-day hike from Lukla to Everest Base Camp with G Adventures. Rebuilding the Everest region was a priority for the local government since the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular in Nepal. Within five months, tours were once again operating in the area, but the tourists weren’t showing up.
Two years later, there are more tourists than ever, but memories of the earthquake still haunt many villages, though new homes have been built beside damaged ones and construction continues to take place.