Female Tamang porters in traditional Tibetan dress walk together carrying loads in the Langtang Valley, Nepal, 27th May 2009. The 'Pangden' (striped, woven woollen apron) is belted with an ornate brass belt at the waist from which hangs a silver medicine spoon.
According to Dorothea Stumm, a glaciologist at the Nepal-based International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, a massive hanging glacier cracked when an earthquake struck at 11.56am on the 25th April 2015. The ice formed a cloud that gathered snow and rocks and then funnelled down the mountain, burying Langtang village, and creating an enormous pressurised blast. 400 residents of the village and up to 100 trekkers are believed to have been killed.
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