25th April 2015, I was on day 6 of a 12 day hike to the Everest Base Camp. At 4600mt/15000ft, a day and a half and 700mt away from the final destination, a massive earthquake of 8.2 magnitude struck killing over 9000 people.
Shyam’s ( our guide’s a.k.a our rockstar’s) happy smiling face and words of encouragement kept us safe and motivated to walk down to safety and back home. There is so much I learned from him and the Nepalese. I can’t wait to go back to the Himalayas and its people.
While Nepal is rebuilding and the trails have reopened, Shyam Situala has started his own trekking company. A good business owner starts building when the markets are down.