Karl Schmitz of Safety Harbor calls his trip to Mount Everest the trip of a lifetime.
“Memorable experiences,” Schmitz said. “No roads once you start hiking. The trail was laid a thousand years ago, so it’s cobblestone most of the way.”
“It’s all Buddhist up in the Kumba region, so you’re constantly walking among prayer flags and old Buddhist temples.”
Schmitz and his wife, Malanda, made the trip in September and October. They hiked up to the Mount Everest Base Camp.
Since the earthquake in Nepal occurred, they have been scouring news reports and social media. They have made efforts to contact friends there.
They are heartbroken, seeing the devastation.
It is a tragedy knowing the many historic temples and picturesque places they visited now are piles of rubble, Schmitz said.
“It was gut-wrenching to see these beautiful old temples and the state museum was there with thousand year old artifacts, and it’ll never be rebuilt, at all,” Schmitz said.
Authorities have reported more than 2,000 deaths as a result of the earthquake, which occurred last week.
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