Hikers brave heat to trek 13km along Hong Kong Island to help Nepal rebuild after 2015 quake

Focus was to promote Nepal and to tell people it is safe to visit after devastating earthquake left tourism industry on its knees.

Almost 230 people completed a charity hike in sweltering heat yesterday to raise funds for rebuilding efforts in Nepal after it was hit by a devastating earthquake last year. Nepalese people living in Hong Kong, along with members of the local and international community, raised at least HK$46,000 on the 13km trek.With temperatures reaching 32 degrees Celsius, the hike went through Wan Chai Gap and along the Wong Nai Chung Reservoir ending at Repulse Bay.

“Our focus is not on raising money this time. We did this hike to promote Nepal and to tell people it’s safe [to visit],” said Tulsi Kumar Gurung, president of ­Miteree Sewa Samiti Hong Kong, a Nepalese community which ­organised the event.

“Despite the very hot weather, people participated because they have an emotional attachment to the people of Nepal,” Gurung said.

The earthquake struck on April 25, 2015 and, along with aftershocks which continued into May, left about 8,700 dead and at least 22,200 injured. Its tourism industry, a major source of income, took a battering. Phurba Tenzing Sherpa, 27, a mountaineer who has climbed Mount Everest 10 times since 2007, joined as a guest of honour. Gurung, who also participated, said Phurba shared his experience on guiding expeditions to the 8,848-metre summit with his fellow hikers . Another guest of honour, Thaneswar Guragai, is a 12-time Guinness World Records holder. He attempted to add another title by spinning a basketball on his elbow for more than six seconds. The current title holder achieved the feat in 6.14 seconds in the United Kingdom in 2012.

SOURCE: South China Morning Post