Friday, May 15, 2015
Trek the Himalaya and Help Rebuild Nepal this Fall
Online gear sales site The Clymb has teamed up with adventure travel company Ace the Himalaya to organize a unique trip to Nepal that is scheduled to take place this September. The 13-day journey will take participants deep into the mountains on an amazing trek through a remote region of Nepal, where they'll first spend a few days helping to rebuild the village of Gorkha, one of the most hard hit towns in the earthquake. After four days of building houses and helping to construct other facilities, the group will than drive to Pokhara to begin the trek which will go as high as 3210 meters (10,532 ft) on Poon Hill.
This is a "voluntourism" effort, and as such, all proceeds will go to the Sambhav Nepal organization, an NGO that is dedicated to rebuilding the country. That means travelers on this trip will not only be helping to rebuild the country directly, the money paid will continue to aid in reconstruction long after they've gone back home.
The trekking tour costs $1199 with the first departure set for September of this year, and others to follow later in the fall, and into 2016. For more information, and to join the trek, click here.
This is of course a great way to contribute to the rebuilding effort in Nepal. We'll know doubt see similar trips offered from other organizations in the near future as well, but this is the first that I've come across so far. I wanted to give a tip of the hat to The Clymb and Ace the Himalaya for organizing this tour so quickly.
With the monsoon season coming rapidly, some of the work to rebuild will be stymied by the weather I'm sure. But there is much to be done, and time is of the essence. All efforts are most certainly appreciated.