Kartige village .
it rained heavy last night , and minor quakes can be felt at least
4-5 times throughout the night.
it was scariest night of my life , scared of another aftershock and
possible landslide made worse by the heavy rain
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that was located in an open space away from cliffs.
base camp 2 was located very near to a cliff , with big rocks on top of the hill ,
near to a waterfall and a landslide area.
but being an experienced mountaineer , Mr Ravi assured that this was the safest
place to make camp as compared to other nearby sites around.
next village for our medical relief mission.
it is clear now why relief supplies can't reach the villages up in the mountains ,
because no land vehicle can go beyond Kartige due to damaged road
due to landslide.
we packed medicines , some chocolate bars and chlorine tablets for
water purification into our Hypergear dry bag.
we travel light , reducing our personal needs in order to maximize
the number of medicines to bring to the villagers affected by the earthquake.
Mr Ravi leads the way , while Dr Megat and me stays behind alternating
with each other as a ' sweeper ' .
as a sweeper , we make sure everyone is safe and stays in front of us ,
and warns them if we see danger coming e.g rockfall to the people in front.
most of their 1 year worth of food supplies were damaged during the earthquake.
imagine how much time they'll need to bring back construction materials
from the city up to the mountain to rebuild their houses.
the Tibetan border.
we brought along AquaTab water purification tablets for this.
water tastes like swimming pool water after putting the tabs inside ,
but at least it's now safer to drink.
one of our team members experienced dizziness and breathlessness
at this stage , a warning sign of AMS - Acute Mountain Sickness
due to high altitude.
but we didn't give up and kept pushing on.
now we see clearly the extend of the damage done by the earthquake.
all houses turned into rubble , and they have no shelter left.
monsoon and winter season is coming , and we have no clue how
they will cope up with that.
from what the villagers had told us , relief supply only reached them
once via helicopter .
and since they live up on the mountain , they have to come down by
walking for few hours to get supply from Kartige then return back
on the same day.
down the mountain to get proper treatment for their illness.
Trekking for 8 hours from Kartige to Pangapur ( 2500m ASL )
5 hours to climb up the mountain , quickly set up a clinic then
3 hours return journey to Base Camp 2.
we didn't even had time for lunch during the day.
the longest yard , the most hardcore day for our mission
but the most satisfying day for us.
treating patient in the mountains was our goal , and now
we can proudly say mission accomplished.
glad we made it this far.
Day 5 in NepalGEC Nepal Medical Relief Mission
4th to 11th May 2015