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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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Photos from the glacier

The first of the following three photos shows the location of the glacial plateau under which the lake causing the flood is located. During a flood, the water flows under the glacier and feeds into the small lake at the … Continue reading

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The source of the flood

The floods have been caused by the outburst of a glacial lake, a so called GLOF, in the mountains above Halji village. In the past, there were no such floods, but the recent years’ global warming has resulted in rapid … Continue reading

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What can be done to save the village?

Initiatives so far The Nepali government provided some support for the building of gabion walls in 2010 and 2011. For the support given, local villagers built walls at the side of the village, which helped retaining the water for some … Continue reading

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Eyewitness report

Account of the flood In the afternoon of July 30th 2011, a devastating flood struck Halji. At around 4:30 pm a loud roar could be heard from the river, and everybody ran out of their houses to check what happened. … Continue reading

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