Scots family spending lockdown in Nepalese mountains

The Smiths were on a round-the-world trip when the coronavirus lockdown came into force.

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The Smith family from Aberdeen are self- isolating on top of the world.

Kris, Julie and their children, Jacob and Eirhn, were in the middle of a round-the-world trip when the coronavirus lockdown came into force.

Their travels were grounded to a halt and they had to remain in Lukla in the Nepalese mountains.

They say the views are beautiful but the days can be a struggle.

Mr Smith said: “You’re lucky if you get one hot shower every ten days, so then you have bucket baths, fill hot water into a bucket stand in the freezing cold shower room and splash yourself clean.

The family have been in the mountains for 34 days and in lockdown for 28, they aren’t sure when they will be able to leave.

‘We are struggling a bit with the cold and the lack of facilities, it’s very basic when you live in a place like this.’

Kris Smith

Since lockdown began they have only been able to leave the complex once, and that was for a coronavirus test at the local hospital.

Ms Smith said: “We are struggling a bit with the cold and the lack of facilities, it’s very basic when you live in a place like this – we have one log fire and that goes on about 5pm so we have to hope the sun comes out through the day and the children can get outside.”

The family did manage to celebrate their youngest child’s fourth birthday, throwing a party that relatives at home joined via Skype.

But they are missing home comforts.

Mr Smith said: “ I miss a full fry, Heinz tomato soup, Haribo and the football (when it’s on).”

The family are documenting their travels and their time in isolation in the mountains on Instagram (@clanwander).