Chris Holme

Eyewitnesses to earthquake

Eyewitnesses to earthquake

A former Brattleboro resident gives a firsthand account of the recent catastrophe in Nepal

My wife Mansalu and I were on the ninth day of our two-week trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal when the earthquake hit. We had been walking through the Manang valley on the northern side of the Annapurnas with friends Dan, Timon, and Masha, and a porter, Bhim Kulung.

At an altitude of about 14,500 feet, we were a half hour from a small group of lodges situated at the base of the climb over Thorung La, one of the world's highest mountain passes.

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