• This April 10, 2016 photo shows trekkers heading to Everest Base Camp, Nepal. The cone-shaped Pumo Ri peak (23,495 feet (7,161 meters) is seen in the background. A trek to Everest Base Camp along mountain paths that hug deep gorges offers renewal and a test of mental and physical limits. Along the way there are sore knees and altitude sickness, but the spectacular landscapes, friendly villagers and moments of tranquility make the journey an unforgettable experience. (AP Photo/Karin Laub)

    On trek to Everest, a chance to push boundaries, find peace

    EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal (AP) — We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.

  • In this April 29, 2015 file photo, an aerial view of the city is seen from a helicopter in Kathmandu, Nepal. A year after a set of devastating earthquakes plunged Nepal into chaos and economic decline, one question remains on everyone’s mind: what if it happens again? Scientists have been warning Nepal and other Himalayan countries for years that quake risks in the region are high. But while citizens are preparing for the worst by building sturdier homes and stockpiling emergency supplies, experts say officials still have a long way to go in preparing for possible, if not probable, disaster.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

    Nepal has done little to protect itself from next ‘big one’

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Last year’s massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people, yet could have been much deadlier. It was spared not by disaster preparedness, but by the calendar.

  • A Nepalese man offers prayers in front of a 'Siva Lingam', symbolic of Hindu god Shiva, as he worships at a temple that was completely destroyed in last year's earthquake at the Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, April 24, 2016. Government officials, diplomats and ordinary people gathered at the remains of a fallen iconic tower in the Nepalese capital on Sunday to mark the anniversary of a devastating earthquake that killed thousands and injured many more in the Himalayan nation. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

    Nepal marks anniversary of devastating earthquake

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — People gathered Sunday at the remains of a historic tower in Nepal’s capital that collapsed in a devastating earthquake a year ago, as Nepalese held memorial services to mark the anniversary of a disaster that killed nearly 9,000 people and left millions homeless.