How the Mt. Everest region is thriving two years after the deadly earthquake

In a colorful Buddhist monastery perched at 12,787ft, Nima Sherpa sits cross-legged on a brocade pillow, calmly chanting mantras in a monotone at 5am. It’s a daily ritual the monk wrapped in a burgundy robe has been practicing at the Tengboche Monastery in Nepal’s remote Khumbu region for the last 15 years and one that makes his mind and body feel purified whenever he’s done.

‘It [the mantra] has a special type of power that helps to remove the bad things of my previous life and present life,’ Nima says. ‘We are trying to remove bad things from our body and from nature.’

Purifying the mind and body is a common practice along the challenging 65km trek from Lukla to Everest Base Camp. The famous Tengboche Monastery sits halfway in between, attracting hikers and Everest expeditioners to light candles and seek blessings for good health in the weeks to come.

It’s also where the scenery transforms from dwarf birch, blue pine and rhododendron forests along the sparkling Dudh Kosi river into a magical world of boulder-dotted alpine meadows and summer yak pastures surrounded by dramatic snow-capped peaks, Everest and Ama Dablam the most spectacular among them.

In 2015 a deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed approximately 9,000 people across the country, including 22 people at Everest Base Camp and three others in the surrounding region. Rebuilding the Everest region was a priority – the Everest Base Camp trek is one of the most popular in Nepal.

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