Nepal

  1. Sir Chris climbs a local Everest for Nepal charity

    The Cumbrian mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington is taking part in a special fell walk today to mark the 45th anniversary of the day that two Britons climbed Mount Everest.

    Mountaineering scene

    Doug Scott (pictured right) and Dougal Haston were the first to ascend the south-west face in 1975, and the first Britons to make the summit, in an expedition led by Sir Chris (left).

    Today's climb is taking place on Carrock Fell, near Keswick, in aid of Doug Scott's charity, Community Action Nepal, which builds health centres and schools for the Nepalese people who work with mountaineers.

    It is currently raising money to rebuild those provided over previous decades, because they were destroyed by the earthquake in 2015.

  2. Mountaineer Doug battles cancer and fights on for charity

    Martin Lewes

    Reporter

    The Cumbrian mountaineer Doug Scott, who with Dougal Haston was one of the first two Britons to climb the world's highest mountain Everest, is battling inoperable brain cancer and continuing to raise money for the charity he spent his life developing.

    Doug Scott and TRish opening school in Bahrabise in Nepal

    Doug, now 71, is seen here with his wife Trish opening a school in Nepal paid for by Community Action Nepal, which has built dozens of similar facilities and health centres in Himalayan villages.

    Many were devastated in the 2015 earthquake, since when he has kept working to rebuild them, raising £2.5m and even last weekend climbing his staircase at home as part of an annual challenge event for the charity.

    A spokesman for CAN said: "His illness is a terrible setback for his family and friends as well as CAN supporters in the UK and internationally, but he wants to see 'no let up' in the efforts to support and sustain the health, education and livelihoods of the mountain people of Nepal."

  3. Charity helping hard-to-reach communities

    Ayshea Buksh

    BBC London reporter

    Across London many volunteer groups have been helping those hard-to-reach communities.

    Volunteers help Nepali Gurkha community in Greenwich
    Image caption: Volunteers help Nepali Gurkha community in Greenwich

    In Greenwich, south east London, there is a strong Nepali community made up mostly of Gurkha veterans and their families.

    Some are illiterate and living in poverty. They were part of the British Army and have long been fighting for pension equality.

    They have lost several people to Covid-19.

    With community centres closed and activities and classes suspended, they are feeling isolated.

    Volunteers

    A group called Skills and Care Greenwich led by Sonia and Fatta Thapa visits their homes to give them food and medication.

    The also translate much of the public health guidance and are explaining it to them in person.

    Sonia says: "They feel scared, alone and isolated. They manage with very little, living on rice and daal. Somehow they are managing.

    "We are Gurkha, we are used to hardship. We are armed forces so will fight through this.

    "They are so positive you never see them struggling they always have a smile on their face."

  4. Web exclusive: Pool rules

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    Video caption: Rhesus macaques in Nepal have fun getting up to mischief in a pool!

    Rhesus macaques at a temple in Nepal have a great time at the pool - breaking all the rules!

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    Video caption: Nepal earthquake: Surviving a deadly Everest avalanche

    Footage of the terrifying moment climbers were engulfed by snow in 2015 has been released.

  6. I'll travel again, says Cumbrian stranded in Nepal

    A Cumbrian man stranded in Nepal during the coronavirus pandemic is expected to fly back today, and says the experience hasn't affected his love of travel.

    Jamie Williams, who is 28 and from Carlisle, says he's paying £800 towards the cost of a repatriation flight.

    Jamie Williams on train
    Quote Message: This is a once in a lifetime thing, no one could ever have seen it coming, I'll definitely be booking flights elsewhere." from Jamie Williams
    Jamie Williams