Nepal 2018: a trip with a mission

I am pleased to announce our upcoming trip in partnership with the non-profit "Hands In Outreach", an organization focused on educating Napali girls in need. As a member of the board I led this trip in 2014 and it was a huge success!  Fourteen of our HIO sponsors came and were able to meet and connect with their girls and their families.   We are opening the 2018 trip to those who is interested in traveling with a purpose, integrating with people of the Napali culture, and most importantly making a difference in the lives of very poor girls in Kathmandu. The trip is calculated at our net price, with a donation of $500. 00 added to support Hands In Outreach.

 
 

Kathmandu Portion

march 4 - 11


Himalayan Trek Portion

february 21- march 3

 

 

The trip will encompass two parts, both deeply cultural: an urban experience in Kathmandu and a hike in the Himalayan mountains north of Kathmandu. Travelers may chose to do both segments of the trip or just one.

 

Kathmandu

The first portion of the trip will be a combination of sightseeing, visiting HIO girls, our affiliate schools and the village of our Napali director, Ram Adikari.  We will be guided to several world heritage sites around the city, visiting market places and taking in the local Hindu and Tibetan Buddhist culture. The two most important festivals will be ongoing during our visit, Dashain and Tihar. They offer quite a unique perspective into this country and its people. 
During the week we will also take a van outside the city to the village of our director -Ram Adikari.  We will take a short hike in the foothills of the Himalayans and enjoy a Nepali dinner at Ram's home. 

 

The Trek

Ama Dablam Base Camp and Tengboche Monestary nestled in the Himalayan's Solo-Khumba region is our destination for the second portion of our trip. Our 11 day trek led by a dear friend and seasoned guide, Karsang Sherpa, is an unforgettable experience. The breathtaking views of Everest and surrounding peaks, along with cultural exposure to the Sherpa people ranks this particular trek at the top. Non technical, but reaching an altitude of 15,000 ft, this hike is rated moderate to slightly strenuous. 
Gear will be carried by porters and our group will rest in comfortable tea houses each night.  A detailed itinerary available upon request. 

 

Price: 

 

$800/person: Cost for the Kathmandu portion
$1,700/person: Cost for the trek portion
$500/person: Tax-deductible donation to HIO

Travelers need not be current HIO sponsors, though preference will be given to sponsors as the trip fills.

The cost of the trip is calculated on HIO breaking even. The $500/person donation to HIO will help fund our Strong Roots preschool in the Balku slum. The $500 is a donation and one time fee, that goes toward either portion (or both portions).

 

What’s Included:
* Pick up & drop off at the airport in Kathmandu
* Accommodations at the Kathmandu Guest House (double occupancy)
* Daily breakfast and three evening meals
* All ground transportation, guides & entrance fees to cultural sites
* all meals and lodging during trek. Porters and cultural guide

What’s Not Included:
* Airfare to Nepal (average RT flight for economy travel is $1200/person)
* Nepal visa and any necessary shots or medications
* Alcoholic beverages and bottled soda on trek
* Medical costs, if incurred

Whats included: