2014 SMOKELESS STOVE PROJECT TREK TO NEPAL

Education Elevated in cooperation with Sherpa Adventure International invites you to the Fall 2014 Fundraising Trek to Nepal (September 3rd - 23rd).  Education Elevated & Sherpa Adventure International will lead this exciting expidition to Nepal to raise funds for the Smokeless Stove Project for the Chyangba Village.

 

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EDUCATION ELEVATED

The mission of Education Elevated is to support and promote education and to eliminate economic barriers in primary and secondary schools in needy communities throughout the world. Education Elevated achieves this through hiking and climbing teams who raise financial support for every foot of elevation climbed.

Gerri Kier – Founder and President

Greetings! My name is Gerri Kier and I am a Colorado native and have been a Rotarian for 17 years.  My husband Greg and I have been married for 25 year andwe both enjoy the outdoor adventures Colorado has to offer.  Besides spending my summers hiking in the beautiful mountains of Colorado I am a nutrition counselor with Complete Nutrition Alliance and founded Education Elevated. In my journey of life the most amazing people and opportunities have been literally dropped into my path; and trekking in Nepal and helping the school in the Chyangba Village is no exception. I look forward to the lives that will be touched through the efforts of Education Elevated and the blessings that will flow from the trekking trips.

Sherpa Adventure Interntational

Pem Dorjee – Owner and Treck Team Head Guide

Pem Dorjee Sherpa was born in 1982 in  Chyangba Village south of the Mt. Everest region. Moni was born in 1981 in Bhaktpur, Nepal. Pem & Moni climbed Mt. Everest in 2005.  On the summit they followed through on a plan they had kept secret from their parents and became the first couple to be married on top of Mt. Everest. Moni is the first non-Sherpa and the fifth Nepali woman to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. They also hoisted the flag of Rotary International on Top of Mt. Everest in honor of its centennial year. Aside from their mountaineering achievements, Pem & Moni have demonstrated an admirable commitment to improving the quality of life in Pem’s home village of Chayangba. Pem and Moni reside in Ann Arbor Mi.  with the daughter Pelzom.

Chyangba Village School

ChyangbaVillage lies at a height of 3500m (11,482ft in elevation), in the northern region of Kathmandu and is approximately 400km (248 miles) away from the city. The village does not lie on the trekker's trail so development has been very slow. Yet the natural beauty and the rich cultural heritage has made this village a unique place on earth. There are about 150 houses inhabited by many ethnic groups such as Sherpas, Rai, Magar, Newar, Tamang, Chhetris, Brahmins, Viswakarma, and Sunuwar.  People here are mostly farmers growing potato, apple, maize, wheat, barley, peach, radish, buckwheat, and millet and every Friday, people bring their crops to sell or exchange for rice, tea, salt, oil, butter, spices, and soaps.

Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School was established in 1990 with support from Wonghe Sherpa & Goran Kropp, a world famous Swedish mountaineer.  The school lost all of its financial support when Mr. Kropp died in a mountaineering accident in Washington state on September 30, 202.  As a result the school has fallen into disrepair and now needs to be rebuilt and your support and participation is urgently needed. 

Trekking

The trek lies in the Solu region which is located in a remote area where with few tourists. We will go trek through interesting villages with monasteries, temples and pilgrimage places on and will experience the sites of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Ama Dablam, Mera Peak, Numbur Himal, Gauri Shankar, Dudh Kunda Himal and many other peaks of the region. During the expedition, you will learn about different cultures including the Sherpa culture and you’ll see the many different plants, vegetation and animals.  Also, we will visit the Wongchu Biswa Darshan Junior High School and have the opportunity to spend time with the students and meet their families.

Trip Facts:

21 Day Chyangba Village and Everest Base Camp Trek:  $2690 + $500 donation to Education Elevated  Total:  $3190.00

17 Day Everest Base Camp Trek $2290 + $500 donation to Education Elevated  Total:  $2790

Duration:  17 or 21 days
Maximum Altitude:  17,598 ft (Everest Base Camp)
Activities:  Sightseeing, Trekking & Comencement of Smokeless Stove Project
Trek type: Camping Trek
Accommodation: Hotel and Camping
Transportation: Flight

 

Project Goals:

Education Elevated plans to implement 155 smokeless stoves in village. To build one stove it cost around $175.  Each trekker on the team will donate $500 and we are continuing fundraising from local individuals and organizations.  We will train members of the community to ensure sustainability. This program will impact greatly on the health of the communities, particularly the women and children. With the helpful donations of friends we hope to be able to grow the project and help more villages in the future.

 

               

Current Stoves Being Used In The Chyangba Village (Above)

  

New Smokeless Stoves!

 

Camping Accommodations

The camping and accommodations are fully organized and supported with a team of guides, cooks, sherpas and porters to assist you.  All necessary gear; food, fuel and other goods are carried by the porters and the cook will prepare all meals throughout the trek; meals will be served in the dining tent. Trekkers need to carry a small back pack during the day. Your sleeping accommodations will be provided in the form of tents; mattresses, sleeping bags, tables and seating are arranged by staff.  A typical day on the trail begins with tea and a full breakfast following by a 2-3 hour trek followed by a break for lunch.  After a relaxing lunch, you typically trek another 2-3 hours before we reach our stopping point for the day. During the trek we will have frequent rest breaks which will allow you the time to admire the spectacular mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, and cairns throughout the region.

Note Regarding Room Accommodations:  Conditions are basic and rooms/tents will be single-sex and shared, however, where possible couples will be accommodated. Please provide the name of anyone with whom you wish to share a room/tent.  We will do our best to accommodate your request, however, it cannot be guaranteed.

 

ITINERARY:

September 3rd - Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu

September 4th - Day 2 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu

September 5th-  Day 3 - Fly to Phaplu

September 6th - Day 4 - Trek to village

September 7th - Day 5 - Rest day visit school & Village (Arrive Kathmandu)

September 8th - Day 6 - Trek back to Phaplu.   (City Tour)

September 9th - Day 7 - Fly to Lukla (9,240ft) and trek to Phakding (Fly to lukla meet with group)

September 10th - Day 8 - Trek to Namche (11.352ft)

September 11th - Day 9 - Rest day in Namche and acclimatization hike

September 12th - Day 10 - Trek to Tengboche (12,771ft)

September 13th - Day 11 - Trek to Pheriche (14,031ft)

September 14th - Day 12 - Rest day in Pheriche and acclimatization hike

September 15th - Day 13 - Trek to Lobuche (16,269ft)

September 16th - Day 14 - Trek to Gorak Shep (17,094ft) hikes Kalapathar (18,300ft) - Gorakshep

September 17th - Day 15 - Trek to Everest base camp (17,598 ft)and back to Lobuche.

September 18th - Day 16 - Trek to Pangboche

September 19th - Day 17 - Trek to Namche

September 20th - Day 18 - Trek to Lukla

September 21st - Day 19 - Extra day to allow for weather/flight delays/acclimatization

September 22nd - Day 20 - Fly to Kathmandu

September 23rd -  Day 21 - Depart Kathmandu

 

Trip Cost Includes:

* Kathmandu / Phaplu / airfare

* Phaplu / Lukla airfare

* Lukla /Kathmandu airfare

*  Accommodation during the trek (twin sharing room)

* Guide & porters

* National Park fees, peak permit

* 3-4 nights accommodation hotel in Kathmandu in twin sharing room with breakfast

* Meal during the trek (breakfast, lunch & dinner)

* Guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu and temple entry fees

* Airport transfers

*  Welcome & farewell dinner

 

Trip Cost Excludes:

* International flight to/from Kathmandu and departure tax

* Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

* Travel/medical insurance

* Your personal insurance; cancellation, accident, health, emergency

    evacuation  (Education Elevated recommends insurance through: www.globalrescue.com)

* Nepal visa for 30 days (US $40 Cash Only)

* Personal clothing & equipment

* Staff tips & gratuities for services provided

 

 

EQUIPMENT LIST:

Footwear

1. 1 pair of running or tennis shoes to use on lighter walking days

2. 1 pair of light but sturdy hiking boots. Wear a light synthetic sock under a warm heavy sock, either wool or synthetic. Boots should be water repellent

3. 1 pair of Hiking Gaiters (Optional).  These will help keep out rocks out of shoes and boots dry in case of precipitation. Optional if trekking pants are worn.

4. 4 pair of heavyweight wool or synthetic socks. (Wool is warmer.)  These should be worn over the liner socks.

5. 4 pair of liner socks - smooth thin wool, nylon to be worn next to the skin.

 

Clothing

1. Lightweight Long Underwear. 2 pair, tops & bottoms, other synthetic or wool. No cotton.

2. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-t-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One set of white for intense sunny days and one pair of dark for faster drying gives the most versatility.

3. Light trekking pants

4. T-shirts.

5. Bandana. Bring 2 or more bandanas for facemasks and other tasks.

6. Synthetic/soft shell jacket. A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.

7. Insulated synthetic pants with optional full separating side zippers. This is very important for ventilation. Full side zips also allow pants to be taken off without having to remove boots.

8. Insulated down jacket.

9. Hard shell jacket w/ hood. We recommend a waterproof breathable shell material with full front zipper, this outer layer protects against wind and rain.

10. Hard shell pants. Waterproof, breathable. Any side zipper length is fine as long as you can get them over your boots.

11. Fleece/soft shell gloves. 1 pair.  A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands.

12. Sun hat. The sun can be intense at high altitude. A hat with a good visor provides protection for the nose and eyes. Baseball hats work well.

13. 1 light-weight wool/synthetic ski hat.

14. Neck Gaiter or Buff. Buff is preferred for covering the face and preventing sickness.

15. Sleeping bag. High quality with hood to at least -10F, -20F (you can rent in Kathmandu)

16. Backpack. A daypack big enough to carry water bottles, camera and extra clothing.

17. Large duffle bag with travel locks. Second small duffel can be nice for storing things during the trek.

18. Travel clothes. You will need street/casual clothing for air travel days and time spent in Kathmandu.

 

Other Accessories

1. Headlamp, spare bulbs and batteries

2. Sun glasses

3. Camera with spare batteries, and film or memory cards

4. Pocket knife

5. Adjustable 3 section ski/trekking poles (optional)

6. Water bottles: 2 to 3 one littre capacity per bottle. A camel bag is better.

7. Sunscreen. SPF 30 or better - 2 small tubes. Make sure that the sunscreen is not older than 6 months.

8. 1-3 pair of hand/foot warmers - recommended if you easily get cold hands and feet.  (optional)

9. Lip screen. SPF 30 or better, at least 2 sticks. Not older than 6 months.

10. Plastic bags (5). For lining stuff sacks & pack to keep gear dry. Trash compactor bags work best.

11. Books, phone and Laptop would be good to have while resting/breaks.

12. Travel wallet: a secure travel wallet is a must for carrying your important documents including passport, extra photos, duffel inventory list, and money.

13. Passport (valid for at least 6 months) It is easy to get your Nepal visa on arrival in Kathmandu at the airport.  Bring 2 passport size photos.

14. Toiletry bag: include toilet paper, soap, towel, and toothbrush, wet wipes 1-2 per day and hand sanitizer: 1 large (8oz) and 1 small (2oz) bottles. Small bottle can be refilled from larger bottle. Hand moisturizer.

15. First-aid kit: personal first aid kit (small and simple). Aspirin, moleskin, adhesive tape, band-aids. drugs/medications/prescriptions. Climbers should bring Mupirocin (Bactroban) cream, excellent topical antibiotic for scrapes and cuts. Cirprofloxin (Cipro) 500mg tablets for traveler’s diarrhea and for urinary tract infections. Loperamide (Lomotil) or Immodium for diarrhea. Acetazolamide (Diamox) 125 or 250mg tablets for alltitude sickness. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) 200mg tablets for altitude headaches, sprains, aches, etc. Excedrin for headaches. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) 325mg tablets for stomach sensitivity.

 

Note: Trekkers should bring all gear in one large duffel bag and one small backpack.

If you don’t have all of the gear you can buy or rent it in Kathmandu.

 

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If you have questions please Contact Us:

Gerri Kier

Founder and President

gerrikier@educationelevated.org

Ph: 303.815.3567

 

Pem Sherpa

Call 303-834-5512
everestpemba@yahoo.com

www.sherpaadventureintl.com