Monthly Archives: July 2012

Glacial Lake Outburst Flood in Halji, north western Nepal

Last summer, as I was in Halji to do research for my PhD, I witnessed a terrible flood. The flood was caused by the outburst of a glacial lake in the mountains above the village. The torrents of water washed … Continue reading

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Help protect Halji village and monastery

The director of The Mountain Institute‘s ¬†Himalayan programme has agreed to help raise funds, and we are now developing a three-step plan to protect Halji village and the Rinchenling monastery. The initial and most urgent step is to get funding … Continue reading

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Rinchenling gompa in Halji – the oldest monastery in the Nepal Himalayas?

It has recently been confirmed by C-14 tests that the Vairocana (rNam par snang mdzad) temple in the Rinchenling monastery in Halji can be dated back to the early eleventh century. This makes the temple one of the oldest in … Continue reading

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