11 January 2019

Toby Maudsley travels to Nepal

In November of last year Toby was commissioned by a Swedish agency to prepare a visual report for one of their clients on the progress of development & educational projects in the district of Humla in the north western region of Nepal. An extremely remote area, even judged by modern methods of communication & travel, it can only be accessed by one of the smallest airports in the world. At 2900 meters Simikot Airport perches on the edge of a steep escarpment. Often in low wet cloud and barely visible to the pilots landing on the short strip it provides something of a flying experience even to the most adventurous of travellers. From there the plan was to journey up the Kamali River valley as far as the hamlet of Tumkot, which is situated a few kilometres short of the Tibetan border (4300m), and then double back for the climb towards Mt Sipal and the village of Chala returning to Simikot 10 days or so later. There are no roads in this region and earthquakes and landslides are common. I am happy to report that Toby is now safely back in London having taken some wonderful pictures more of which can be seen at www.maudsley.com