The story began in 2010, when Alain Varlet prepared a trek in Nepal. At first, he met Tej Bahadur Gurung in the refuge of Prariond, near Val d'Isère (France), where Tej used to come regularly. Tej and his agency "Yatra Himalaya", in Kathmandu, suggested to take Alain on the trek "Tour of Manaslu". He accepted and met Bikram Ghale when he arrived in Nepal. They met each other several times; Bikram described not only the trip, but also the lifestyle of this region he is native from. It was the beginning of a friendship between Alain, Bikram and Tej; the beginning of a real interest for Alain in this country, its inhabitants and its culture.

          Alain returned in Nepal in 2014, for a united mission, but the association " Les Zelles de Jagat" was officially created in the middle of 2015, with the support of several friends, including Tej and Bikram, in Nepal.

The first earthquake of spring 2015 had its epicenter very close to villages of Singla and Jagat. It was the cause of the creation of the association, which aims to help rebuilding these villages. The achievement of a long reflection… And the beginning of a contribution on the ground.


Here is a brief overview of life in Népal: