TREK FOR DEVELOPMENT
Nepal we are proud to introduce a new kind of trek. As the only
trekking agency in Nepal we are starting a “Trek For
The projects background, history and facts.
Nepal is well
known all through the world for its excellent trekking routes
and spectacular mountain views. It has been almost 50 years
since the history of tourism evolved in Nepal and ever since
that time, many people have visited the country and enjoyed the
culture and the scenery.
Nepal, tourism is important not only because it is an important
source of foreign exchange but also it is a major employment
generating industry. At present, the sector is contributing
roughly 22 percent of the total foreign exchange earnings of the
country (4% of the GDP). The challenge for the tourism sector in
the new millennium is to continue with playing an important role
without having any negative impacts on the countryside or the
people living in the country. The best case scenario would be a
future tourism sector that benefits all the people living in the
country and not just an exclusive minority.
One of the most
important tourist activities in Nepal is trekking and
mountaineering. For the majority of visiting tourists, trekking
in Nepal has meant going to the popular trekking routes in the
Mt. Everest area, Annapurna and Jomsom area, or the Langtang,
Helambu areas. Thus, there are still many areas in Nepal that
remain unexplored by foreigners.
The idea behind the project.
has designed the “Trek For Development” for two main reasons.
One reason is to take people out to an area, which they normally
would not get to visit. The other reason is to give the
villagers an opportunity to work on a project that brings
development to the area where they live.
The main idea of
the project is that these two main reasons should be
fundamentally connected. People shall while visiting the
villages be able to see the progress made by the villagers and
the villagers shall be able to meet the people supporting and
financing their development. The trekkers will be given the
opportunity to be a part of the villagers’ everyday life and to
get the chance to fully understand the Nepalese way of life.
Description of the area and the trekking route.
The “Trek For
Development” can either be a camping trek or a trek where you
stay in local houses along the way. The trek can last from 10-14
days. The route will take the trekkers through five different
Village Development Communities (VDC´s) in the Solu Khumbu
District; Salleri, Garma, Gora, Tapting and Kerung.
This area is in
many ways different from the more wellknown areas that are
usually visited by tourists. The area is hardly visited by
tourists and compared to many other places the environment is
clean and the local people greet visitors with an outstanding
hospitallity. The area is dominated by the tamang, sherpa and
magar ethnic groups and the budhist religion is visible in the
area through manis, stupas, prayerflags and prayerwheels.
For those who are
interested there will be oppurtunities for climbing different
peaks: Pike Peak (4065m) and Dapdanda Peak (3200m) from where
you will have excellent views of the Himalayan range including
Numbur Himal, Gauri Sankhar Himal, Ganesh Himal and Langtang
Himal. Those not interested in climbing peaks can spend a day in
the village, participate in the everyday life and visit the
developingprojects in the area.
There are several
budhist monasteries in the area and they are very interessting
to visit among them are the Thubten Choli monastery above
Junbesi and Jhapre monastery in Tapting. A visit to the saturday
markets in Salleri and Okhaldunga is a good way of experiencing
the local way of trading.
seasons offer different experiences. If you choose to visit the
area in the springtime you can enjoy the blooming rhododendrons,
if you choose to visit in the fall you can observe and
participate in the different festivals.
The benefits that the trekking brings to the
The projects main
idea is that the profit from the trekking is to be used in
establishing development projects in the area. One of these
projects could be micro hydro-electricity generators. This would
mean that the village would be able to have
lights during the evenings, this meaning a lot especially for
the children and youngsters attending school. They would be
able to continue their studies during the evenings and by that,
getting better opportunities to gain important knowledge.
The lumbering of
trees in the areas around the village would not be as extensive
as it is today, the need for wood would decrease as electricity
in some ways would replace it. Shortly, the quality of life
would in many ways increase for the people of the villages. The
project would work as a kind of kick-start for the villagers.
They would get a good ground to build on, as they would notice
how much easier life would be due to small changes.
Almost all the
labour needed to accomplish the project will be done by the
villagers themselves, everything from carrying the material to
the village to installing the hydro electric generators. This
will mean that the villagers themselves will achieve a lot of
knowledge concerning the maintenance of the power-supply. They
will then be able to maintain the project for themselves, which
will give it good possibilities to exist for a long time.
If you are
interested in knowing more about the “Trek For Development” and
have more specific information about the villages in which the
developing projects are going to be you are welcome to contact
us at the following adresses:
P.O. Box No. 5408
Fax: 977-1-258 419