How My Best Friend Died: A Warning

I very much regret having to post this, but I can’t see any alternative. On Thursday, the 19th of September, at about 3pm local time, my partner of 7 years, Nina Jin Zhou, drowned at the base of a waterfall in Nepal. She was doing the Annapurna Base Camp trek under the supervision of Binod Pokharel; a guide from Advanced Adventures Nepal.

I am posting this as a warning to anyone else who may be unfortunate enough to encounter this guide and this company in the future. This is also a warning about the Nepalese trekking industry in general, which has dangerous and significant structural problems. The guides are not equipped with the knowledge and the skills to handle life-threatening situations, yet their government still issues them with licenses. You cannot rely on Nepalese accreditation alone. If you do, your life is in danger.
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