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Nepal Semester Student's Catherine Von Holt's photograph of the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu.

Update from the Trek

Nepal College Study Abroad by Parker Pflaum

The Nepal college study abroad group is nearing the end of their 10 day trek through Rowaling Valley in the Gaurishankar Conservation Area in northeast Nepal near the Chinese/Tibetan border. There was a two day snowstorm but otherwise, good weather, although we were one of the first hikers in this season.

We were the first group to reach Tsho Rolpa lake/glacier at 4,500 meters (14,763 ft) (pictured). The glacier is retreating 20 meters a year. In 1959 there was no lake. Now the massive glacial lake is considered the most dangerous in Nepal. If it were to bust its barriers it would flood all the way trough Nepal and into India, causing massive destruction. China is now building a dam (the upper Tamakoshi) in the area, which is expected to produce 456 MW, making it Nepal’s largest hydroelectric project, and would basically double Nepal’s current power generation. It is expected to finish construction in November of this year.