Mr. Karkep Sherpa is the owner of Chipling Mountain View Guest House and Restaurant. Mr. Sherpa is 60 years old and his 30 years old son Mingmar Sherpa assists him to successfully operate the lodge in Chipling.
After the earthquake in 2015 50% of his lodge, as well as other parts of his property, were damaged. Mr. Karkep was supported by an NGOs to make a living during the time of reconstruction. Additionally, the governmental help provided food and clothes since his lodge was his only source of income. Mr. Karkep signed a MoU with atmosfair in 2016 to participate in the project Climate Trek Nepal and immediately started the reconstruction of his lodge. The government of Nepal supported him with 50,000.00 NPR as a first installment of the total promised 300,000.00 NPR. Now, that he has completed the reconstruction of two new rooms, he is planning for two more to be built by March 2018.
Mr. Sherpa also added, that the number of tourists has increased in 2017 compared to the previous year. Especially Groups appeared in the region andhe hopes that theirnumber will further increase in the next few years.
While sharing his future plans about his lodge, he expressed his thanks to atmosfair for its support in terms of technical recommendation and guidance on the reconstruction process. He said he appreciated the vision of the Climate Trek, which is going to support him with renewable energies such as a solar water heater and solar panels, reducing the need for energy and other natural resources. Regarding his lodge’s reconstruction, he did not receive any consultation from the government so far, but he will be given approval for the lodge designs from the government authority. Mountain View Guest House and Restaurant in Chipling is one of the lodges of Climate Trek Nepal which shows the greatest progress so far.