I have received many emails and texts, as well as a few comments asking for any update on my sister Charity and her husband who are hiking near Mount Everest right now.
First of all, thank you so very much for your concern and prayers. The answer to the questions is that we have not heard from them yet (there is no internet anywhere close to where they are), but thanks to a lot of research from my siblings we are all feeling pretty calm that they are ok.
My sister Saydi thought of the great idea to get on trip advisor to ask recent travelers any news and has been in touch with some who have assured her that although Charity probably felt the earthquake, she and Ian were enough removed that they should be fine. We have had a whole slew of emails going back and forth trying to figure out information. I'm just sharing some snippets for those who have reached out so kindly worried about them.
From my brother Noah: This (in the picture below) is the pass that Charity and Ian are supposed to go through around now. Hope it is a good thing that it is on the north side which is further from the epicenter of the earthquake although worry about avalanches.
and a map of where the Annapurna circuit is relative to where the earthquake was:
And from my Dad: Yes, this is good overview. They are at or near the Thorong Phedi la pass which is at the north end of the Annapurna circuit (top map) and if you then look at the bottom map, you will see that that location is almost directly north, probably by at least 50 miles, from Pokhara, which is on the outskirts of the quake zone. As Noah says, the thing to worry about is that if they were in the pass or on a steep slope, they may have encountered some earth slides or rocks or ice falls. So we are all praying hard and hoping they will find connectivity somewhere up around there and get in touch with us and let us know that they are alright. Knowing them, they are probably helping people who were hurt or displaced or in some other form of quake-related stress.Pray on!
DAD and MOM
From a Trip Advisor helper:
According to a post on page 3 of the Russian language thread I have linked above, there was no heavy damage in Muktinath and the situation is more or less OK there.
That sure helps to put all our minds at ease but we are still praying and learning more than we ever thought we would know about hiking and the layout of the land around Mount Everest! We are so anxious to hear from them but we all feel pretty peaceful from the information we have gathered that they are ok.
I'm so very, very sad for all the people affected by this earthquake. Looking through all the pictures in the news and reading the stories makes my heart ache. Sending all kinds of prayers over there.
I will update as soon as we hear any word from my sister. Thank you again for your kindness to worry and pray along with us.