HIMALAYAN INITIATIVES NEPAL CHARITY TREK
Pikey Peak, Dudh Kunda Circuit & Project Villages
12th - 28th OCT 2019
This year we are offering a very special Charity Trek itinerary. We will be returning to Lower Solu Khumbu in East Nepal to climb not only Pikey Peak, which at 4069m offers magnificent views of some Himalayan giants including Everest, Numbur, Kanchanjunga and Lhotse, but we are then trekking north towards the high mountains to undertake the Dudh Kunda circuit reaching the Dudh Kund sacred lake at 4560m. This is a challenging trek, away from the main tourist trails and rewarded, (weather permitting), by breath taking mountain scenery and the opportunity to experience Sherpa culture and visit fascinating Buddhist monasteries. We will also be spending time in Nele and nearby villages to learn about our community projects, with the opportunity to assist with our metal stove project, meet with the local people and experience a traditional shamanic chinta.
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Costs quoted do not include your international flights.
We ask that trekkers try to raise at least £300 for Himalayan Initiatives
Join us for the Edinburgh Kiltwalk Sunday 15th September and the Hunter Foundation will increase any funds you raise by 40% - great for fundraising and for getting those legs in training!
Pikey Peak & Project Villages of Lower Solu Khumbu Charity Trek 28th Oct.- 11th Nov. 2018
We are delighted to once again be offering this popular trek. It is a challenging two week trek through villages, mountains and rhododendron forest to the impressive summit of Pikey Peak (4068m) and on to our project villages of Nele and Jhareni. Trekkers will review local projects and learn about the recovery of the villages following the earthquakes of 2015. Accommodation is camping, local lodges and a homestay. This trek is a rare opportunity to experience the magnificence of Nepal away from the main tourist trails and gain insights into the challenges of living and working in this remote and impoverished region. Both through their direct engagement with local communities and any sponsorship money raised trekkers will be contributing to ongoing and future community projects as well as supporting the development of sustainable tourism in this little visited area.
Trekkers are encouraged to join in village life, exchange ideas with the local communities and help out with projects. The communities will be keen to hear trekkers' suggestions for developing local sustainable tourism and other local enterprise initiatives.
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Yoga Charity Trek in Lower Solu Khumbu 28th Oct. - 11th Nov. 2018
Our unforgettable yoga trek takes you journeying off the beaten path, through the foothills of the majestic Himalayas. Enjoy gentle trekking combined with daily asana practice, breath work, yoga philosophy and mindful practice.
This trek runs in parallel with our Pikey Peak Trek. The two groups will be together in Kathmandu and travel to Lower Solu Khumbu together. The treks take different routes before the groups meet again in Nele village where there will be opportunities to learn about the projects supported by Himalayan Initiatives and meet with the community including a local shaman before travelling back to Kathmandu.
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Charity Trek to Pikey Peak (4065m) and Project villages in Lower SoluKhumbu
November 2015, November 2016 and October 2017
This trek combines the challenging Pikey Peak at 4065m, with the opportunity to immerse yourself in local cultures and learn more about the work of the charity. This trek is mainly camping with one or two nights spent in lodges and provides an opportunity to engage with local communities to an extent not usually available on standard treks.
Trekkers enjoy magnificent views of the eastern Himalayas trekking in an area where few other tourists visit. Inevitably the devastation and suffering caused by the quakes is apparent but on our most recent trek it was heartening to see the extent of recovery and rebuilding in this area. Trekkers have been able to get involved with the metal cook stove distribution programme, with lots of opportunities to spend time with local people. The trek provides a real insight into the challenges to be faced in living and working in this remote environment and the immense spirit, warmth and resilience of the Nepalese people.
A minimum of 2 weeks needs to be allowed for the trek and travel to and from Kathmandu, combined.
Charity Trek to Simigaon and Tsho Rolpa Glacial Lake
*Unfortunately the route from Simigaon village to Tsho Rolpa Lake is not currently recommended due to instability following the earthquakes of 2015*
In November 2013 we ran a Himalayan Initiatives charity trek in Rolwaling valley. Setting off from a small village called Jagat, the volunteers trek up through terraced mountains and rhodedendon forests to reach one of Nepal's largest glacial lakes, Tsho Rolpa.
While both physically challenging and rewarding, the trek offers the opportunity to enjoy many a cup of Tibetan tea in the local Sherpa teahouses, visit remarkable mountain top monasteries and engage with the inspiring local communities.
The spectacular Tsho Rolpa lake, located at altitude of 4,580m, surrounded by snow capped mountains, makes for a breathtaking sight.
Lasting just under 2 weeks, this trek boasts unforgettable experiences of welcoming mountain people and stunning Himalayan landscapes.