Nepal Charity Expedition
Our Nepal charity expedition for schools, universities and youth groups take you well off the beaten track to experience and get involved with long term sustainable development projects through a hands-on charitable development project that is identified, supported, built and maintained by local communities and Moving Mountains in Nepal, thanks largely to your support.
When we first started working in Bupsa and Bumburi for example, there were no schools. Now the villages have over 500 children in education and you will be greeted with great ceremony and fun, the Sherpas love to party! The trip will provide you with a great insight and first-hand experience on commerce supporting charity in a developing country, and you’ll witness how tourism, international development and social enterprise has completely transformed these villages without affecting the local traditions of the Sherpa people!
The Nepal charity expedition treks through the foothills of the Himalayas to reach the villages supported and developed by Moving Mountains where participants will work on relevant, meaningful and hands-on projects which are developed and supported by Moving Mountains Nepal and help the local community to equip the Bumburi Medical Clinic which will provide affordable health care for this whole region.
For students and teachers alike this is an adventure into the lower Solu Khumbu region of the Himalayas, exploring traditional Sherpa culture and living in teahouses and Sherpa homes deep in the lush green mountains, following trails used by the local people and visiting the beautiful villages of Bumburi and Bupsa where our charity Moving Mountains has been setting up environmentally sustainable projects like hydro-electric power, tea plantations, schools, our medical centre and other sustainable development projects which will show you how a charity can transform an entire region in the remote kingdom of Nepal.
There is also the option to add-on a visit to the Chitwan jungle where there is white-water rafting, elephant back jungle safari's, nature treks and comfortable lodges to enjoy your evenings sitting on balconies with the sights and sounds of the jungle around you. Or alternatively we can trek out via Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa capital where there are stunning views of Mount Everest and other 8000+ metre peaks.
The trip offers participants a great expedition experience in this exotic country. It’s a perfectly safe and beautiful country to visit, and just going there will bring work and income to the villagers. The work of Moving Mountains has enabled Sherpa communities to decide and run their own businesses, bring back wealth and families to the region and become sustainable and successful.
Nepal charity expedition itinerary
The 3 week itinerary is designed to give participants of the Nepal charity expedition a great all round experience which mixes genuine charitable projects and volunteering with children and communities who benefit directly from them with an adventurous trek off the traditional tourist trails to experience a bit more of that diverse culture and hospitality that Nepal and the Sherpa community is famous for.
Nepal charity expedition - Basic itinerary
|1||Arrive in Kathmandu, where you will be met by a team from Adventure Alternative Nepal and Moving Mountains Nepal. Overnight in Kathmandu on the grounds of the Adventure Alternative Nepal Guest House where tents will be pitched in the gardens.|
|2-3||Two full days in Kathmandu to meet the staff, acclimatise and recover from jet lag and to explore this bustling historic city.|
|4||Morning transfer from Kathmandu to the mountain village of Salleri; where we will start trekking from on day 5. Overnight in Salleri lodge.|
|5||Trek from Salleri where we follow well trodden paths to reach the village of Traksindu La (about 6 - 7 hours trekking), the paths are the highways and byways of the Sherpa people, so you find yourself passing through many villages and getting up close with the culture in this incredible area which is immersed in the peaceful world of Tibetan Buddhism, and framed by the majestic Himalayas. Overnight in a local mountain lodge/tea house.|
|6||Continue trek to Bupsa/Bumburi (depending on the pace of the team we can spend this night at Bupsa, and have a look round our projects the following morning before continuing our journey to Bumburi village on day 7), where accommodation will again be provided in mountain lodges and home-stays.|
Aside from providing much needed medical supplies to the clinic you will get a chance to immerse yourself in the Sherpa culture, help and volunteer in the local schools (also developed and supported by Moving Mountains Nepal) and other Moving Mountains projects set up in the region and enjoy the feeling of being away from the tourist trail in this spectacularly beautiful part of Nepal.
Depending on the size of the team and the subsequent funds raised for Moving Mountains there may also be the opportunity to start/continue a water distribution project in Bupsa, which is the next big project for the region. This will involve putting in water tanks in the jungle above Bupsa and digging trenches to distribute water to all the houses dotted around the village of Bupsa. Once this is completed we would then put in eco-stoves and back boilers in to every home which helps reduce wood needed to a sustainable level and will provide great benefit to the health of the Bupsa residents, thanks to smokeless rooms and hot water on tap for washing, etc.
|19-21||Trek back to Salleri on days 19 and 20 and transfer back to Kathmandu for the afternoon of day 21 where we’ll spend our last night at the Adventure Alternative Guest House in Kathmandu|
Nepal charity expedition cost £1,150.00
The above cost is for the advertised itinerary, amendments for private teams may alter this cost depending on the changes made.
- Airport transfers
- Kathmandu to Salleri transfers
- Accommodation at our guesthouse in Kathmandu with meals and bottled water (may be in tents in the garden depending on the size of team)
- Accommodation in lodges on the trek with meals and hot drinks (bottled water not included on the trek)
- Sherpa guides and porters to carry your main bags
- All staff costs (Adventure Alternative and Moving Mountains)
- Homestay at Bumburi and Bupsa villages with meals and hot drinks (bottled water not included at villages)
- City tours and transport in Kathmandu
- Personal project fundraising target; £500 per person, which is paid directly to our charity, Moving Mountains Trust, so you can set up online fundraising pages and claim gift aid
- International flight to Kathmandu
- Tourist visa, which you can buy on arrival
- Vaccinations required for travelling in Nepal
- Personal expenses for snacks, drinks, souvenirs, bottled water, etc
- Travel insurance (policy should include trekking in Nepal cover)
- Any extra activities or optional add-ons not mentioned in itinerary
Nepal charity expedition - Fundraising aim
Aside from the expedition cost paid to Adventure Alternative all participants are required to raise a minimum of £500 for the Moving Mountains Trust. This amount funds the costs of the medical supplies, Moving Mountains Nepal staff, the developmental project which you will be involved with and all our other projects in Nepal.
Fundraising for charity allows you to use sites like MyDonate and Justgiving where you can set up a personal fundraising page to take advantage of the Gift Aid scheme. Gift Aid adds 25p to every £1 donation from a UK tax payer. For further information on setting up a fundraising page to support Moving Mountains click here.
NB: The expedition fee, which is payable to Adventure Alternative cannot be paid using MyDonate or Justgiving.
Nepal Charity Expedition - Kit List
The basic idea of the kit is to keep you warm, dry, protected from the sun, able to move comfortably in the mountains and able to be comfortable in the evenings and at night. There is a more detailed kit list here, but the main points to cover are as follows;
- BAGS - Rucksack or duffle bag for a porter to carry plus a day pack to be carried by you
- SHELL - Top and bottom waterproofs to keep off wind/rain
- LAYERS - Shirts, trousers, shorts, T-shirts, jumpers and jackets, hats and gloves
- BASELAYER - Thin layers to wick away any sweat and to wear for cold mornings
- FEET - Comfortable boots with a good sole and ankle support. Lighter footwear to change into in the evenings.
- SLEEPING - Warm sleeping bag (3 season) to get a good nights sleep at the lodges (they also have blankets)
- DRINKING - Water bottles should be hard plastic (Nalgene), not throwaway bottles.
- WASHING & MEDICAL - wash kit, towel, personal first aid kit
- SUN CARE - sunglasses, sunhat, suncream, etc
- TREKKING - trekking poles, umbrella, dry bags
- PERSONAL ITEMS - cameras, books, music
Nepal Charity Expedition - Rental Items
All equipment (both real and fake!) can be hired in Kathmandu. The shops sell just about anything you may need, in terms of equipment, snacks, food and of course souvenirs.
Please note that standard luggage limits on internal flights are 15kg in the hold and 5kg as hand luggage. You can of course wear your trekking boots and jacket to help cut down on the weight of your bag and you can also leave any city clothes or extra travel kit in Kathmandu at our guest house. Our recommended weight for porters to carry is 15Kg, you will need to carry anything that puts your main luggage over this weight.
Nepal Charity Expedition - Fitness and Terrain
You do not need to be super-fit for this trip, however the trekking element is moderately demanding with some long days of sustained walking with a day-pack. The effects of altitude will also further tax your body. You will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape having exercised regularly and eaten nutritiously over at least the 6 months leading up to the trip.
You do need to be in good health as we will spend some time in locations that are many hours from professional medical care. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.
TYPE OF TERRAIN
The trails are well made and used as they are the main transport arteries through the region. They are traversed by mules and people. They are often constructed as rough steps from local rock as they wind around the hillsides. Wherever possible the paths have been constructed to minimise the ascent and descent between villages. However this is the Himalayas so there are some fairly demanding ups and downs to deal with along the way.
Also bear in mind that the altitude will mean that something that you may bound up at sea level may slow you considerably at 2500m. You don’t have to be super-fit but some of the hills are quite steep and there are a lot of them! You will carry a small rucksack and will have Sherpas to help with the main luggage.
Nepal Charity Expedition - Why Us?
For over two decades we have had a strong connection with the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi, ever since Adventure ALternative and Moving Mountains Trust founder, Gavin Bate, made friends with a Sherpa called Ang Chhongba and they ended up working together. They decided to bring electricity, education, health and prosperity to this region known as the Juving district, and from his climbs of Mount Everest Gavin was able to raise the money to pay for hydro electric power plants and new schools and monasteries. This trip is on the back of such a history and brings new programmes and new projects, each of which continue to improve the quality of life for the local people.
Previously these villages were all but dead; there were no families, no children and no trade to speak of. If you go there now, the schools cater for hundreds of children, the new monasteries are filled with villagers, the clinic is working, the electricity powers lights in every house and machinery which brings income to the co-operative. There is tourism now, homestays and medical camps and trips like this one which give people a chance to glimpse the old Sherpa ways and see how 'clever aid' has managed to bring prosperity and positive change without affecting the underlying identity of the people.
This trip works on certain programmes including running sports events and a big drive towards rubbish recycling and collection, providing fresh water in every house, teaching people about the basics of primary healthcare and teaching young people about computers and IT. It's great fun, but also tremendously fulfilling. It's a real case of tourism and social entrepreneurship:
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