Field work in the Khumbu valley 2019



Local villager crosses a bridge over the Dudh Koshi river in the Sagarmatha National Park (by Moritz Waas)


In September 2018, the second round of data collection in the Khumbu regioncouldn’t be executed because of bad weather conditions. It was postponed to April/May 2019 when Moritz Waas, project assistant and Geography student at the University of Innsbruck spend several weeks in the Khumbu area for his Master’s thesis . Moritz was supported by Nima Nuru Sherpa and Tsewang Kalden Sherpa, two students from Kathmandu who are originally from the local community of Monjo.

The second round of interviews with local tourism entrepreneurs was successfully completed during a two weeks long survey campaign where familiar faces were met from the first survey in 2017.

The interviews will help to further develop our understanding of social resilience in the Khumbu region. Also, we hope to gain valuable insights into people’s decision-making and actions when dealing with natural hazards.

The survey participants were invited for our workshop in the beginning of next year, to discuss together research findings and to develop knowledge and practices that are valuable for local actors from different societal groups. The invitations were received with great enthusiasm!



Finally, the weather god was on our side: the data collection crew arrived safely at the airport in Lukla (Nima Nuru Sherpa, Tsewang Kalden Sherpa, Moritz Waas)



Tswang Kalden Sherpa during an Interview in the study area (by Nima Nuru Sherpa)



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