This spring ,Explore Himalaya organized Everest Base Camp Trek for,” All Hands Volunteers”, world’s leading disaster relief organization powered by volunteers with headquarters based in the US. The trek named as All Hands on Everest Challenge included a total of 21 members from various walks of life but with a common goal of rebuilding schools in the Nuwakot district. The group collectively raised more than 60,000 USD for the rebuilding works in Nuwakot.
The team started their trip flying to Lukla on the 23rd of June. Making an altitude shift from 1400m to straight 2850m, the members hiked up for 3 hours to a small village Phakding.
The next day, they walked up to Namche Bazaar (3330m), the Sherpa Capital; where they also rested a day for acclimatization. With a short hike up to Syangboche Airstrip – the drop zone for Everest Skydive, they spent the day drinking coffee, eating pies and doing some last minute shopping.
The following day, the group hiked up to the Buddhist lighthouse of the region- Tengboche, where they visited the famous Tengboche Monastery and witnessed a group of Lamas chanting prayers. With the clouds clearing up the next day, the group saw the magnificent views of Himalayan giants like Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Amadablam, and headed up to Dingboche.
With just a few days remaining for the main goal of reaching Everest Base Camp, the team members further prepared themselves by making an acclimatization hike up to 4600m. The next day, the group started early and walked up to Lobuche, a small settlement below Lobuche peak (6119m). The place mainly caters the needs of tourists moving to Base Camp. As the place offers spectacular views of mountains, the members spent their afternoon climbing up the moraines and taking photographs. It was an early night for the members as the next day was long towards the Base Camp and back to Gorakshep (5180m).
All the members made it successfully up to the base camp on a very special date of 29th May. The Mighty Everest was conquered by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay Sherpa on the same day. The team also got a chance to witness the 11th edition of the world’s highest marathon- Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon held annually on the same day. The group then stayed overnight at Gorakshep as there are no lodges further to this point.
The next major goal for the team was to climb up to Kalapatthar at (5550m) which is the vantage point for Everest. The group got ready next day before the sunrise and trek further. “Harder the Climb Better the View”, the climb was strenuous one but the members were rewarded with breathtaking views of spectacular mountains like Pumori, Linftrend, Changtse, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Amadablam, and Thamserku. Spending some time on the top, the group descended down to Pheriche, making lunch stop at Thugla, where there are memorials of the great climbers who lost their lives during the attempt to the summit.
After completing the most challenging days of the trek, the group descended pretty easily making night stops in KyangJuma, Monjo, and Lukla. On the 3rd June, all the members boarded the plane of Goma Air to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, the group had some free time for their own. Later, they had dinner watching the Nepalese Cultural Dance. It was a great night as they all shared their memories, experiences about the treks. They sang and danced all night long.
Overall, the trip was a real success as all the members of the group reached the Base Camp and achieved the main goal of the trek. We, Explore Himalaya consider ourselves honored to be a part of this great cause and would like to thank All Hands Volunteers and the amazing team who have been doing so much for our country and countrymen.
Photographs Courtesy:Tom Vickers
A group of 21 trekkers led by All Hands representative Ashley Coral flew to Lukla today morning to begin their trek to Everest Base Camp, 5357m. Twelve days trek to the base camp of world’s tallest mountain is considered one of the adventurous treks across the world. The mission named All Hands on Everest has 12 Americans, five British & one each Canadian, Filipino, Vietnamese & a Bulgarian. Canadian Italian Actor Giacomo Gaanniotti also is the member of the group.
“All Hands Volunteers is US based non-profit organization empowered by volunteers who are expert in addressing the instant and long-term necessities of the communities suffering due to the natural calamities. They respond right away to such disaster hit regions, make attempts to recover what they have lost and renew these communities with innovative ideas to bring them back to normalcy.”
The trek that takes these young trekkers as high as Kalapattar, 5545m will be led by our veteran trek Guide Nima Tamang. Before their departure the group yesterday evening had a brief session that focused on safety measures trekkers should remember during the high altitude trek like Everest Base Camp Trek.
Nathan Horton Photography Tour Nepal 2016 Holi Special was favored in all possible ways. Nathan led the photography tour to three members, Julie and Didima from USA and Mark from Australia. The Photography Tour in Nepal this time got lucky at all places it incorporates.
The members and the tour leader, Nathan arrived to Kathmandu on March 20th. March 21st was an introductory day to the Photography Tour, where the tour leader had a brief session on Photography techniques useful for clients throughout the tour. However, the day also had a short exploration around Kathmandu Durbar Square and walk across Kathmandu’s oldest Bazaar, Asan where photographic opportunities to capture the authentic lifestyle of Kathmandu are major highlights.
Day 2 March 22nd was Holi. Before the Holi celebration began, the group visited the biggest Hindu Shrine of the country, Pashupatinath. Capturing the shots of crazy but holy sadhus was fun at the temple. Ongoing cremation process at the bank of Holy Bagmati, Aryaghat was interesting but emotional shots to capture for the group. After Pashupatinath tour, it was time to celebrate Holi. Holi has been the prime highlight of Spring Edition Nathan Horton Photography Tour in Nepal. Unlike last year, this year’s Holi incorporated Patan Durbar Square and Kathmandu Durbar Square, where thousands of people were delightfully celebrating the festival of colors and water. Obviously, this was another big photography opportunity.
On March 23rd the group went for early morning sunrise view from the Monkey Temple, Swayambhunath. Apart from sunrise view the Heritage site where Hinduism ideally blends with Buddhism catered extremely beautiful photographic shots of the devotees who thronged there early in the morning. Then the group went back to Patan Durbar Square and strolled around the backstreets of Patan Durbar Square, which obviously is a remarkable landmark for photography opportunities. After three days of stay in Patan, the group then drove to another ancient town Bhaktapur. Evening of March 23rd the group immersed themselves photographing the artistic monuments of Bhaktapur and the lifestyle around the City of Devotees.
On March 24 Nathan Horton Photography Tour in Nepal exited out of Valley and headed towards historically significant hilltop town of Nuwakot. On the way it was fun capturing the shots of people harvesting mustard and people walking across dangling suspension bridges over massive Trishuli River. The exploration to photograph the traditional lifestyle of Nuwakot and historic landmark Nuwakot Durbar Square was productive in the evening. The tour here onwards refreshes memories of the tour leader Nathan as he visits same places with different groups every six months. He loves capturing the images of the natives and bringing back the printed shots for them in his next visit. In short he loves to interact with the people and develop a relationship that makes people being photographed incredibly happy.
March 25, the goals set for the day were excitingly diverse but were also in the diverse locations; Chepang Village, Devghat and Darai Village in Chitwan. We had a problem. Because of the ongoing road construction between Mugling and Narayanghat section the roads were closed at Mugling at 11am. Chepang Village is before Mugling and Devghat was after Mugling. We set off early. Luckily the roads were clear and we were at Chepang Village on time able to explore and photograph for a short period. Crossing the road control section before 11 we arrived to Devghat sailed across massive Narayani River and reached Devghat. Capturing the photos of Aghori Babas, young Ved learners, old devotees and sanyasis at Devghat was fascinating. As usual after a bumpy ride along the remote corner of lowland plains, we reached the resort at Chitwan. To end the day we went to a traditional Darai Village nearby to photograph the culture of this ethnic tribe.
On March 26, we kicked off for the jeep drive through the middle of the jungle to the traditional Tharu Village Madi. Nathan Horton Photography Tour now begins to unfold the cultural diversity of Nepal. Capturing the photos of the people and their lifestyle living in lowland plains of Nepal, which is very close to India, was truly unique. Their houses made up off of Elephant grass and bamboos, their occupations for livelihood and the attire they wore are totally different. On the way back to the resort from Madi, we saw Tiger pug marks very close to the resort we were staying, which was the clear sign that we could sight the cat during the Jungle safari in the evening. Luckily, the group sighted tiger in the wilds during the safari. They also sighted rhinos, crocodiles and many other animal and bird species at Chitwan National Park.
On March 27 the group drove towards Bandipur. Three hours of drive was fascinating and as the group arrived to Bandipur, they were amazed to see the classic European looking town in the Hills of Nepal. Stone paved streets with medieval times artistic houses on both sides offered the aura of being at countryside small town in Europe to every member of the photography tour. In the evening, the photography tour in the close proximity village began. Again the cultural diversity spilled. Newari town had a unique flavor and it stood out in all ways, the photographers had experienced throughout the tour.
Until now the Himalayas hid behind the clouds and March 28 we were setting off towards the town known for panoramic Himalayan vistas. After a short village tour in Bandipur, we began the journey towards Pokhara. We got lucky again. On the highway, we stopped to photograph the rice plantation, which still had traditional touch. In fact we were there to be the part of rice plantation ceremony. Except Mark, everyone dipped their feet into mud and water and enjoyed the tradition of rice planting occasion in Nepal. As we were very close Pokhara, heavy rainfall with hailstorm welcomed us. The group was pretty upset as they had plan to visit and photograph from the World Peace Pagoda, a hilltop overlooking Pokhara that caters exceedingly beautiful sunset view with the panorama of lake, hills, valleys and Himalayas within the frame. Luck again favored us. Sky began to open right on time and group with excitement visited the site where they enjoyed wonderful photography session.
Nathan Horton Photography was now on the brink to end. March 29 the sky opened totally and the dazzling Himalayan vista dominated by Annapurna Range with fascinating Fishtail in between emerged as beautifully as they never were. Today, the group drove closer towards the Himalayas. After an hour long drive with frequent stops to capture varieties of shots of Himalayan peaks we arrived to Dhampus. Dhampus is a beautiful Gurung Village lying at the foothill of Mt. Dhaulagiri and Annapurna where nature most wonderfully blends with authentic rural culture. On our arrival to Dhampus, we checked in to a beautifully located local lodge owned by wonderful Gurkha Soldier Saila Dai. Walk to Australian Camp for our lunch was pretty exciting before the village tour to capture the best of rural lifestyle in the mountainous hamlet. Wonderful village has abundant photographic character and we enjoyed immensely Photographing and meeting the people at Dhampus.
March 30 the group was disappointed as the mountains hid behind the clouds and hence the scheduled to photograph the sunrise view was aborted. However, the village tour as we drove back to Dhampus was once again exceptionally wonderful. On the way back to Pokhara we stopped at Hyangjha to photograph traditionally attired Magar people. Rest of the day was a free day in Pokhara.
The last day of the tour kicked off with the short flight to Kathmandu. The group was escorted to their Hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening we drove to Boudhanath where we photograph the stupa which was under renovation. Despite the rainfall the Tibetan culture at Boudhanath spilled in every corner.
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Following the great success last year, the Danish team of 6 opticians and 2 nurses through our exclusive country partner Kipling Travel returned to the remote villages of Nuwakot and Rasuwa to serve the underprivileged communities by giving them better visibility during the Eye camp 2015 this autumn. The free Eye Camps in four different locations of two quake affected districts were conducted from November 9 to November 16. The team was carrying 4000 pairs of glasses and was very much excited to be in Nepal for the second time. Due to the recent earthquake and its effect the Danish team was more excited to work for the benefits of the Nepalese people. During the Eye Camps at four different locations the Danish Team treated 2,735 patients having different eye problems.
The first day of the project started with great energy at Kharinatar, which was the first destination of the eye camp 2015. People were lined up in the premises of Amar Jyoti Higher Secondary School before the camp even started. In the first and second day of the project, starting from 8 am till 5 pm people thronging there for the free eye treatment was an overwhelming experience for the Nepalese patients as well as for the team of Danish opticians and nurses . After two and a half day of hassle and hard work the team managed to check 918 people and distribute glasses to those who were in need of them. Local volunteers from the school, and the support of the local police force made our work easier by helping us controlling the big mass of patients. At the end of the Eye Camp locals of kharanitar were very much pleased as the huge number of people was treated with their eye problems in such short time period.
The second destination for the eye project was at Tarukaghat, a village located in the banks of Trishuli River. In the premises of Ganeshman Smirity Primary School the team started their work with lots of optimism and a great view of the river. The support by the members of local club and the local police force gave the boost that the team needed for checking so many people. After one and a half day of hard work the team was able to provide benefit to 408 people. The local villagers very so impressed by the level of dedication that the team showed for the welfare of community.
The Historical city of Nuwakot was the third destination for the eye camp 2015. Like the previous destinations people started lining up in the football field of Shree Bhairavi Higher Secondary since the morning. The team was very happy that people supported their cause so much and were very eager to start the camp. The whole day was very busy day. Despite the long line the happiness in the people’s faces after the treatment was enough for us to continue the good work. After one and a half day of good work, 568 people were checked and glasses were provided to the patients who needed them.
The last destination of the project was Rasuwa Kalikasthan, which is also a part of Langtang National Park . Kalika Himalayan Higher Secondary School was the venue for the last two days of the program. The beautiful Himalayan view and the natural beauty of the place was a refreshing experience for the Danish team. The program followed the same momentum like the previous days and people started lining up to get treated since the morning. People not only from the area but from the remote neighboring walked hours to get treated during the Free Eye Camp. After one and a half day of great work 841 were able to get benefit from the eye camp 2015.
At the end of every day, all the overwhelming response of the people when they were able to see better was a very satisfying feeling to the whole team. The Danish team was very happy and they were very satisfied as the program ran so smoothly and the locals were welcoming and friendly.
“Different Travel UK, is a tour operator that blends charitable tasks with interesting tours so well that travelers get opportunities to explore new travel destinations choke full with unique highlights and they also involve their travelers in some of kind humanitarian activity, that offers them the pleasing sensation of helping the needy people of underprivileged communities.”
However, DT does not contribute huge amount. The most beautiful thing about the travelers from Different Travel is that they love contributing the labor by themselves and the collective petty amounts that they donate is able to bring the significant changes in any place they involve themselves during their small but very noble projects.
After Poonhill Ghorepani Trek, the short and easy trek in Annapurna Region travelers from Different Travel in the morning of 9th November rode to the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital. They had fun during the most popular easy trek of the country and now it was time to contribute to the community that required help of any kind. On their arrival at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital, the Medical Director of the hospital Prakash Raj Neupane officially welcomed the group and garlanded them “khatas” (traditional scarf which symbolizes compassion and purity).
Before the commencement of the work at the hospital Mr. Neuapne addressed the group with difficulties in the hospital because of current political instability and fuel crisis. After a brief formal ceremony of welcoming the guests, the work at the hospital kicked off.
The member travelers were divided into four groups. First group was involved in painting the poles for the fence and the electric poles of hospital premises. The second Group was involved in gardening work. At the evening, the group came up with the beautiful design for the garden and dug pot holes to plant flowers next day. The third group had bit technical people and hence they involved themselves creating a concrete base for the cistern in the parking lot and garden area. The fourth group painted the lower walls of the hospital building.
The group atmosphere was great throughout the day, lots of interaction with the hospital personals, local workers and natives were making it a special experience. John approved the good feedback from the members. To be followed by pictures tomorrow.
On November 10, group gets ready for drive at 0915 AM. Within half an hour drive, group reached to the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital. On reaching the Hospital premises, they were once again welcomed by Hospital Administration officer- Aswin Vaidhya and the group.
A short brief was given to the group about today’s work. For today activities, Hospital Visit, Painting of basement of the floor and pole, Fixing of Fences- both metal and bamboo and Leveling and plantation in Garden were involved.
The groups worked enthusiastically to complete the work.
In first half, after a short visit of Palliative unit and surrounding, different groups were engaged in coloring the basement of the floor, poles; leveling of the land in garden; fixing of metal fences and sanitation.
At 12 30 pm, it was time for lunch. Within 15 minutes walk from hospital at Greenland Resort the travelers from Different Travelers had their Lunch. After an hour rest at the resort, they walked back to the hospital to accomplish the work they were carrying out for almost two days.
During Second half, fixing of metal fences, coloring and sanitation activities were finished. Then, they started to make a bamboo fences for back side of garden. For this, they were taught how to cut the bamboo and fixed it in land. Other participants were involved in creating a border bricks in the garden, plantation, watering the plants and cleaning the garden premises.
The group as well as participation of Hospital Administration Team, and Explore Himalaya Team, the project was completed on time. Then, for memento, we gave them a white cotton cloth to write on behalf of The Hospice of St. Francis.
Overall the work at Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital Hospice Unit brought the significant changes and the charitable work ended in a happy note pleasing everyone; the travelers from Different Travels, the Hospital personals and of course the team of Explore Himalaya.