“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” ― Tom Hiddleston
We went deep into Sherpa territory when we visited Nepal last time. “People are so focussed on Everest that they overlook the other beautiful peaks in the area,” Suman sighs. He points down at the pass that would take adventurers to the start of the trail to Everest base camp before they build an airfield high up in the mountains, one of the most challenging landing zones in the world. “Everyone just gets on a plane to Lukla nowadays, the pass forgotten.” I look at the trail, a small stripe of grey in a muddy landscape, far down the mountain we are ascending on our way to Pique. Typical. We’re all so focused on reaching our destination that the journey there hardly matters anymore. A plane flies by in the distance, it is way below us; we watch it until the sound of the engine dies out.
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” ― Mark Twain
The Nepalese Hindus burn their death alongside the holy Bagmati river. The mighty river is reduced to a mere stream when we visit her. I’ve never seen something this polluted and worshipped at the same time. “This man has not been dead for more than six hours.” We give way too much money to the boy that followed us ever since we set foot in Pashupatinath, the holy temple complex, just to be alone. It is hard to be alone in Kathmandu nowadays; the people are desperate.
‘Annapurna’ is a zine with photographs Rebecca Rijsdijk shot during a hike in Nepal. She is also a massif in the Himalayas in north-central Nepal that includes one peak over 8,000 metres, thirteen peaks over 7,000 metres, and sixteen more over 6,000 metres. Quite an impressive lady to look up to from your shelter in the mountains at six in the morning.
When news of the devastating earthquakes reached our ears we couldn’t believe what images we saw on the television; people stuck under the rubble of what once was their home, their shop or their school; collapsed (historical) buildings. The earthquake affects eight million people in Nepal, this is more than a quarter of the total population. When we heard about the death toll and the amount of people wounded or otherwise affected, we got on the phone with our friends in Kathmandu straight away with only two questions burning on our lips; ‘are you safe?’ and ‘what can we do to help?’
Two devastating earthquakes in May this year affected more than 8 million people in Nepal. We visited this beautiful country last November and felt a strong connection to the land and its people. When we heard about the earthquakes we got on the phone with our friends in Kathmandu, asking them how we could help. We launched our fundraiser zine ‘Annapurna’ yesterday, with photographs of our trip to Nepal (the profit will go directly to Nepal). Over the next couple of weeks we will share with you the stories of the people of Kharipati while we prepare for a zine and Indiegogo fundraiser launch in our brand new London gallery. The dream is to build a school in Kharipati and provide the children of this destroyed village with an education and a stable place to gather and play. We can not do this without your help.