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My plan is to raise enough funding through trekking and other activities in Nepal to fund my work.

By ehnepal-volunteers, Jun 8 2019 04:51PM

The Langtang valley lies north of the Kathmandu valley, the capital of Nepal and just south of the Tibetan Border. Langtang trekking tours is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal and you find frequent trekking parties going through here. Trekking in Langtang valley offers you the wonderful views of snow-capped mountains, rugged rocks, grassy lands, forested valleys and as well as holy mountain lakes. As well as giving you the chance to explore the typical culture of Tamang and Sherpa people and their tradition. This valley has become more famous since the British mountaineer Bill Tillman described this valley as the most beautiful valley in the world. This trek will start from Syabrubesi, takes about 8 hours scenic drive from Kathmandu. And give you the chance to take in the magnificent views of prominent peaks including Langtang Lirung (7246m), Gangchhenpo (6388m), Dokpu (5930m), Naya Kangri (5846m), Yala Peak (5500m) and many others snow-capped mountains.

Day 01 Arrival at Kathmandu (1350m)

On arriving at the Kathmandu international airport you will be greeted by one of our representatives who will welcome you and assist in your transfer to a hotel. They will be available for any questions along the way and will make sure you have the chance to refresh before briefing you on the upcoming trek through the Langtang Valley.

Day 02 Kathmandu valley sightseeing

No one should come to Nepal and not have a guided tour of the Historic city of Kathmandu. With so many world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley its worth spending the day walking round, taking photos and basking in the mixture of cultures that make up Kathmandu. You will get chance to visit such pilgrimage sites of Hindus Pashupatinath temple, the world biggest Bouddhanath Stupa, Swoyambhunath Stupa also known as monkey temple and historical Kathmandu Durbar Square with temple, unique architectures and Kumari (living goddess) in central Kathmandu. Then back to the hotel.

Day 03 Drive to Syabrubesi (1462m), 7 hrs

The morning starts with a drive along the northern highway that twists and climbs over mountain ridges to the Trisuli valley for lunch and on to Syabru village for the overnight. The journey itself takes around 7 to 7:30 hrs through picturesque landscapes, mountain scenery and local villages. Staying in a guesthouse overnight at Syabru its worth having a walk to see the magnificent views of Mt. Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and Mt Kerung of Tibet. Stay overnight at Guest house.

Day 04 Syabru Bensi to Lama Hotel (2470m), 6 hrs

After breakfast trekking starts at your own pace through a trail that ascends for around two hours through the forest followed by Bamboo village (1,850m/6,068ft) where we’ll stop for lunch. This forested path has well stabilized trails and following the upstream and can be seen birds life around the bushes. Another thing to keep your eyes open for is the bee hives hanging from the cliffs above. From here we steeply climb through the bamboo forest to reach the Lama Hotel where we’ll rest and overnight at a local teahouse.

Day 05 Lama Hotel to Langtang village (3430m), 6 hrs

Today the trail will climb through a forest of hemlock, oaks, maples and rhododendron observing glimpses of Langtang Lirung before reaching Gumanchok (2800m). From here you follow the trail upwards to Ghora Tabela (2970m) after which it ascends to Thangshyap (3140m). The trail further climbs to Langtang, which is the head quarter for Langtang National Park where you will spend the night.

Day 06 Langtang village to Kyanjin Gompa (3870m), 4 hrs

The morning hike will start with a gradual ascent up to Sindum and to Yamphu (3640m). From which you will then cross the Laja Khola and climb up to a moraine for a view of the Kyanjin Gompa and the dramatic icefall flowing from Langtang Lirung and Kinshung. Then the trail descends down to Kyanjin Gompa where you will spend the night.

Day 07 Trek back to Lama Hotel (2340m), 7 hrs

In the morning it’s time to retrace your steps as you head back from the Gompa buts it’s an easy hike downhill. As well as pleasant walk through the rhododendron forest to Lama Hotel where we’ll rest for overnight.

Day 08 Trek to Thulo Syabru (1,900m), 5 hrs

The trail again leads through bamboo & rhododendron forest where we may see the local wild boar as well as other animal and birdlife on the route to Thulo Syabru. During the day there is a chance of fantastic views of Mt Ganesh Himal, so close it seems like it’s beside us. It’s easy walking until you reach the riverbank but the last couple of hours is quite steep until you reach Thulo Syabru where you stay the night.

Day 09 Trek to Dhunche village, 5 hrs

After breakfast you will head down the trail towards Dhunche. This trail is a pleasant walk as you pass through forests path and some old Tamang villages. Where you will arrive in Dhunche in good time, and spend the rest of the day exploring the town which is headquarters of Rasuwa district. As this will be your last night with your trekking crew except trekking guide and they will order you a farewell ceremony, Nepali song and dance, staff members will be allowed to drink to join the party. You may want to try local drink called “Rakshi”, please be aware; it does not taste good and is very strong.

Day 10 Drive back to Kathmandu, 7 hrs

Today you hit the road in the early morning drive to Kathmandu where you should arrive late afternoon then enjoy your rest time on your own

By ehnepal-volunteers, Jun 4 2019 03:39PM

Now this is a trek for anyone who can spare at least 23 days though I would recommend adding several more on at the end as there is so much to see and do in Nepal. It’s the Jiri to Everest Base Camp and Kalapathar trek is known throughout the world as the trail that Sir Edmund Hillary and Mr Tensing Nogey Sherpa took on their historic quest to reach the summit of Everest in 1953. The major attraction of the area and this particular trek has to be the majestic mountains, the high mountain villages, the isolated monasteries, innate hospitality of the local people, ever smiling faces of the Sherpa. The region itself holds the highest mountain of the world, Everest at 8,848 m and many of the world’s over 8,000 m peaks such as Lhotse, Cho-Oyu, and Makalu. And because of the availability of such high mountains in the area the region has gained its popularity as a rewarding trekking region in the world. Jiri to Everest Base Camp treks itinerary.

And best of all you are following in the footsteps of Hillary and Tensing which offers an insight into the hardships that they faced before ending with an ascent of the Kalapathar for an excellent view of Everest.

The trek starts with an eight hour scenic drive from Kathmandu to Jiri where you will spend you first night. The following morning you start up the trail passing through the lower parts of Everest region that are relatively undeveloped compared to the northern side of the district around Namche Bazaar. This will enable you to experience many of the traditional aspects of culture and local people which gives you an insight to daily Nepali life in the villages. You pass through numerous villages of different ethnic groups including Tamang, Jirel, Rai, Brahmin, and Chettri and of course the Sherpa’s. Walking along this trek involves many ups and down hills with the trail being well serviced with tea houses and good campsites in most of the villages. And as you hike farther up the trail you will see it becomes a combination of two treks that passed from Namche Bazaar, the main trading village of the Khumbu area continuing via Gokyo valley, Chola pass, Lobuche, Everest Base Camp and up to Kalapathar then back down to Tyangboche monastery and all the way to Lukla.

By ehnepal-volunteers, May 31 2019 05:25PM

The Langtang region is easily accessible from Kathmandu valley and makes it perfect for travellers with a limited time in Nepal because not everyone can spare the few weeks needed in order to really experience the Himalayas. Because between five to ten days, one can arrive in Nepal & visit Langtang area for trekking to experience the Himalayan region even though they are not quite as spectacular as in the Annapurna or Everest areas, but they remain unforgettably beautiful. And because of this you will find the trails are less crowded and the people are friendly. The area itself was first established as national park for Himalayan wildlife & because of this is criss-crossed with hiking and trekking paths and mountaineering trails allowing visitor’s unparalleled accessibility. From trails like these you often see musk deer (Moschus chrysogaster) and Himalayan Tahr (Hemitragus jemlahicus), Himalayan black beer (selenarctos thibetanus), snow leopard (panthera uncia), wild god (cuon alpinus), ghoral (Nemorhedus goral) serow (capricornis sumantrenis) and more than 250 species of birds. But the park is also renowned for its population of red panda (Ailurus fulgens).

A little further up the valley is Kyanjin Gompa, where you can stop overnight and sample the local yak cheese. And then farther up the trail you will pass through Nubamatang which is nestled in a hidden valley on the way up to view the glacier which is the gateway into Tibet. Before finally backtracking to travel through Syabru and Sing Gompa to a high plateau, where the sacred lake Gosaikunda is located. Crossing the Lauribna Pass (4610m) to continue south, leaving the Langtang region behind as you travel through the Helambu valley to Gul Bhanjyang. From here it's just a few days trek back to Kathmandu.

This is an ideal trekking route if you only have a few days to spare or you are looking for a taster of trekking in the Himalayas. But I will guarantee that when you have completed a Langtang trek when your leaving you will be planning your next trip deeper into these amazing mountains.

By ehnepal-volunteers, May 29 2019 04:47PM

The Annapurna circuit is known as one of the most beautiful trekking routes in the world and it’s no wonder because of its natural beauty, the closeness to the customs & traditions of the local people & the amazing views of the snow-capped mountains as you meander your way up the trail towards them. Starting just an hour’s drive away from the tourist town of Pokhara it has to be one of the most popular treks in Nepal. Best time is always Sept-Nov & March- April.

As every trek in the Annapurna you start in the beautiful city of Pokhara next to the lakes (ideal for preparing for the trek & relaxing for a few days afterwards) before moving up in the low hills around the city to begin your trek upwards. Following a trail that encompasses several traditional villages inhabited by many ethnic Nepali tribes including Gurung, Magar, and Thakali where a warm welcome will await you even on the cold days that occur in these mountains. The walk becomes even more fascinating once you arrive at Ghorepani, the place more known for its breath-taking vista of the early morning sunrise. And finally you reach your goal of the Annapurna base camp before starting back down the trail to Pokhara for a well-earned rest. The scenery which you are bound to see during the part of this trek will long embed in your memories, making this trip to Annapurna almost unforgettable throughout your life.

It’s an 11 day trip ideally from arriving in Kathmandu to the travel back there but you can add days to the tip if it makes it easier for you. You will spend a couple of days on arrival in Kathmandu getting acclimatized & sightseeing before heading to Pokhara to begin your trek to spend 6 days trekking up to the Annapurna base camp & back before driving back to Kathmandu afterwards. One tip is add a couple of days to your trip and spend a couple of days in the city of Pokhara for a bit of R&R before coming back to Kathmandu.

By ehnepal-volunteers, May 27 2019 05:43PM

There are thousands of companies offering trekking in Nepal most are based in Kathmandu but you find an increasing number of partners around the world most of these are trekkers who have come to Nepal because of their love for trekking and decided to make a business out of it. The majority of these are in it just for the money often charging high fees offering the same trek as you can purchase in Kathmandu for a lot less. And many people sign up for these treks from their own countries because of comfort and trusting their fellow countrymen more which is understandable. Though with the internet & social media it’s now far easier to save money & find a reliable trekking company because you can check out the feedback given by former trekkers.

But it seems trekking for charity is different because a lot of the bigger companies who are now offering trekking for charity expect you to raise a lot of money in order to cover the costs of the trek, their costs and profit to go into the charity as well. Which when you read the reports about international charities less than 25 % of the funds raised go to the people who need them & the rest is swallowed up in admin etc.

Which brings me to Minas Dream, EHN & trekking for charity with us, well to start we don’t have staff outside of Nepal (I am one of the founders & because i am based in London I also work as a volunteer), the second point is as a registered charity over 95% of the money generated through EHN goes to Nepal to run the organisation & its projects. And finally as both of the founders feel very strongly about is that we should use what Nepal has to offer this world to raise funds to help its people & not rely on international charity aid.

So if you are planning to go trekking in the next 12 months please check out what we can do for you and the projects you will support. Because we are not like international charities charging thousands of pounds but just the cost of a normal trek where we receive a small commission back from our trekking company to fund our organisation.

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