Yasmine Habash is on a mission to Nepal to find her mother, who hasn't been heard of since a magnitude-7.8 earthquake devastated parts in and near the nation's capital of Kathmandu, as CNN reports.
The 31-year-old adventurer considers her mom, Dawn Habash, to be her best friend, and her determination to find any information about Dawn has led Yasmine back to the land where her mother was last seen. She had waited days to hear any news of Dawn's whereabouts, but decided she had to get up and take action. Sitting around waiting for news to trickle in from the computer was too difficult.
Dawn was on the Tamang Heritage Trek in the Langtang region of Nepal at the time of the earthquake, an area about 40 miles north of Kathmandu. Much of Langtang is now destroyed, covered in a blanket of muck from a landslide. Up to 600 hikers, and their guides and porters, have been reported missing there, while the bodies of about 100 people have been recovered from the region, according to CNN.
Dawn's children have heard from people who saw their mom right before she embarked on her journey in Langtang, and connected with others who had conversations with Dawn and walked with her along the way. An Italian woman even forwarded breathtaking photo she took of Dawn the day before the quake, showing her looking out over the Himalayan Mountains.
The serenity of Nepal is what drew Dawn back for her fourth visit there. But the serenity is gone, and the search is on.
"So we know where she was—exactly where we did not want her to be," Yasmine told CNN. "Based on that information, I wonder if other people would stop searching, but I can't stop."