Trek: rebuilding lives with a Himalayan backdrop

28th January 2016

Back in December we sent two intrepid volunteers to test out our new Nepal trek route in the district of Ghorka. Our trekkers were overwhelmed by the striking, stunning views with peaks at 7000 metres and above.

It was also an opportunity to meet communities affected by last year’s devastating earthquake. The truly inspiring courage and resilience of the Nepali people shone through.

With the help of our reccie volunteers we have planned a safe, exciting and rewarding adventure for those taking part in the expedition later this year.

Nepal trek route

“The guides are amongst the most experienced I have encountered, the most Junior has trekked with groups to Everest for over 15 years”

Matt who has trekked with Raleigh International in Borneo and Tanzania, is going to be part of the volunteer manager team on the first Nepal expedition in summer 2016: “I think that the Raleigh Nepal team have found something very special here. The guides are amongst the most experienced I have encountered, the most junior has trekked with groups to Everest for over 15 years.”

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“The opportunity to safely take groups up into the Himalayas and to look out across the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal ranges with 7000+ peaks right in front of them is priceless.

I can’t think of a better context for a Raleigh trek than passing through the earthquake epicentre and experiencing the impact on villages such as Barpak.”

Raleigh International has been working with the Nepali government to understand where our work can have the most impact.

After the initial response to the safety of the individuals affected by the disaster, the Nepali government has embarked on a reconstruction plan for the worst affected areas. This includes efforts to rebuild the homes, schools, roads, water systems and infrastructure alongside efforts to support people in getting their lives back to normal through business growth and development.

The reconstruction work may take a long time but we believe young people need to be at the heart of this process to create stronger, more resilient communities.

Rebuilding post earthquake in Nepal, Raleigh International Trek, Barpak community

Rebuilding post earthquake in Nepal, Raleigh International Trek, Barpak community

Raleigh International’s treks are designed to build youth leaders. From teamwork skills to resilience, communication and problem solving, it is a physical and mental challenge.

Witnessing the courage and resourcefulness of rural communities, especially those devastated by the earthquake, our Nepali and International volunteers will be inspired to play an active part in breaking down barriers to positive, sustainable change.

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Sunset at the highest camp on trek

 

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