From June 14-17, 2013, torrential monsoon rains and a massive water eruption from the Chorabani glacier led to catastrophic flash-flooding and landslides across the Himalayan region of Uttarakhand, North India. Thousands of homes and structures, along with roads and bridges, were washed away in this devastation, stranding 100,000 villagers and pilgrims from around India.

It is believed that over 10,000 people have perished in this tragedy.

The Disaster

The epicenter of this disaster was the ancient sacred shrine of Kedarnath, which was virtually destroyed by the floods and ensuing landslide. Beyond Kedarnath, a slew of neighboring sacred shrines saw utter devastation including Badrinath, Joshimath, Gangotri, Yamunotri, and the Valley of Flowers region. Many Institute members will recall these sacred shrines from HI spiritual excursions, and their prominent mention in books like Living with the Himalayan Masters and At the Eleventh Hour.

Kedarnath Temple

Kedarnath Temple

Across 4,200 villages, about 500,000 people have been affected by this disaster.

The Himalayan Institute raised over $20,000 to help support the victims of this natural disaster. Thank you for your support!