The week of September 12, 2011 - LangTang Valley - Nepal
In 2011, I trekked the Langtang Valley, a mountainous area situated at a hundred kilometres to the north of Kathmandu, the Nepalese capital This part of Nepal, borders Tibet, and his poplated by Tamang Buddhists. During my stay, I took part in a Buddhist gathering which takes place every six years. During this festival, three villages from the Langtang valley walk up to the Langshisha Kharka, a plateau situated at 4,200 metres high.
I was one of the few people to take pictures at this festival, as at this time, smartphones and other digital cameras were not popular at all in this remote area. Following the April 2015 earthquake, an avalanche swept the Langtang village, taking the life of 160 of its inhabitants.
The avalanche destroyed other smaller villages in the valley. I went back to the Langtang valley in September 2016, and I could assess the damage of this terrible event. Besides casualities, it’s a part of the history and culture of this valley, which disappeared. When I came back to the valley, I brought only one picture of the 2011 festival with me, and many people who survived the earthquake I met asked me for more pictures from 2011 that I took.
This photographic project aims to give access to people from the Langtang valley to these pictures, and to keep a photographic record of what was the Buddhist gathering at Langshisha Kharka.