News and Plans
Work Starts on Marangu Village School
AA Expedition Coordinator and Moving Mountains Trustee Chris Little today shook hands with the headman of Marangu Village on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania as final official agreement for the new school being built with the support of Writhlington School in the UK. These agreements are vital to do before the project starts in order to agree local ownership and responsibility.
Recent Events in Kenya
After the widely reported violence in the coastal town of Lamu in Kenya over the last few days, we can understand that some travellers may have concerns about travelling to Kenya.
Therefore we have put together a general briefing document to help readers to understand the current travel advice for Kenya in relation to our itineraries.
You can view and download it here - http://issuu.com/adventure_alternative/docs/adventure_alternative_visiting_keny
Situation in Kenya
Situation in Kenya 16th May 2014, 09:00hrs
After seeing this mornings news we fully understand that some clients, volunteers, teachers, schools and parents may feel concerned about their or their children’s / pupils’ time with us in Kenya. It is unfortunate that the reporting of what is happening in Kenya gives the impression that the country is in some sort of state of emergency, when in fact it isn’t.
The Foreign Office advice was updated yesterday. The advice remains the same as it has been for at least 18 months with the only change being the addition of Mombasa to the regions of the country, which they recommend not travelling to. We as a company do not operate in Mombasa nor have we taken clients to Mombasa for a very long time.
Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains operate in rural, low key areas which are hundreds of miles away from places identified by the FCO advice. We do not take clients or volunteers into areas identified by us or by the FCO as being at risk. We have the advantage of over two decades experience in Kenya and we run our own company on the ground, with our own staff, who know what is happening at a grass roots level. Our network in Kenya is very strong, trusted and informed. We would never put a client or volunteer into a situation or take them to an area or location which we deemed risky. We undertake full risk assessments and provide security when necessary. We use only our own vehicles and not public transport. We take our responsibility and your safety seriously.
The reality on the ground is that the Kenyan newspapers are not reporting any issues or events in Mombasa. The rest of the country is operating as normal and people are going about their everyday lives. We will continue to monitor the situation, as we always do in all the countries where we operate, and if there is a change in events we would of course offer an alternative.
At present all our trips are going ahead as planned and things on the ground, in the regions where we operate, are perfectly normal.
TEFI Walking Workshop
The TEFI walking workshop is going well in the Nepalese Himalaya.
TEFI Walking Workshops are inspirational events led by the Tourism Education Futures Initiative for tourism and hospitality educators who wish to become change-makers in their discipline.
Jointly organised by TEFI, Oxford Brookes University and the Moving Mountains Trust, the inaugural Walking Workshop in Nepal is a ten day walking event.
Delegates are asked to deliver one or more “Walking Papers” during the two day trek approaching the Lower Solu Khumbu region whilst the core of the conference is taking place in the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi over a three day period. The two day trek back will provide opportunities to consolidate and discuss outcomes of the workshop.
Pasang in Australia
Director of Adventure Alternative Nepal, Pasang Tendi Sherpa, has arrived in Australia where he is representing the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) at travel trade shows.
Here is Pasang Sherpa on the plane, with secretary of TAAN.... Pasang Sherpa!