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Nepal special

From: Anna C.
Sent on: Sunday, November 28, 2010 8:04 AM
NEPAL - Humanitarian Himalayan Trek & Ethnic Tour: The most comprehensive, adventure-packed, spiritual, authentic, and socially responsible Nepal trip guided by Dr. T
Mardi Himal Rhododendron Bloom Eco-Trek and Nepali Community Tour, and much more! This Group Adventure Also Supports Sustainable Rural Development and Education for Poor Nepali Children and Orphans

Exploring The Himalayas, Authentic Nepali Village Life, The Spiritual Birthplace of Buddha, Chitwan Jungle Park, and Magnificent World Heritage Site Temples
~ March 23-April 8, 2011 ~

A trek to Mardi Himal takes us deep into one of the less explored, unspoiled areas of the Himalayas, where only a few villages can be found. Situated at the most southern point of the Annapurna massif, most of the trek is within wilderness that gradually and comfortably reaches higher altitudes while offering breath-taking views of the famous, holy "Fishtail Mountain" peak from an unusual vantage point that is one of Nepal's best kept trekking secrets. Annapurna South seems near enough to throw a rock at, and Fishtail Mountain close enough to touch. The majestic mountain ranges you will see include 3 out of the eight tallest mountains in the world. Late March is the perfect season to marvel at the spectacularly colorful bloom of the Himalayan Rhododendron forest. All this awaits you on this eco-trekking journey to the high camp (4100 meters). Upon reaching the optional 5,000 meters altitude, the great ice fields and blue glaciers of the Annapurna Sanctuary Wall lie below us. The view from here is almost incomparable, making Mardi Himal a unique trekking destination.

During the trip, we will have time to relax, engage in yoga or meditation (individually or as a group, optional), and opportunities to discuss topics of interest with Dr. T, about Nepal's unique geography, topography, and geology, as well as its colorful history, religion, and ethnicities. We will also discuss health and nutrition topics, and focus on the principles of sustainability. Dr. T has been to Nepal 20 times (more or less) and guided many groups in the past 13 years, and will be happy to share his experiences. Usually the guides are Nepali, with difficult-to-understand English. With Dr. T, the foreign accent is more understandable...

After the trek, we enjoy a peak into authentic Nepali village life, far away from places where tourists have altered the natural scene beyond repair. We have the fortune of working with CCODER Nepal (Center for Community Development & Research in Nepal), a non-profit that helps 200,000 Nepalis improve their lot by teaching them how to sustainably organize to create socio-economic, education, and health care opportunities for themselves. Part of the income from this Eco-Trek goes to support socioeconomic development in Nepal, in coordination with the non-profit CCODER Nepal. By joining the trip you are giving to those in need, while observing the principles of sustainability!

Trip Overview

Trip duration: 15-16 Days - March 23-April 7, 2011.
Food: 100% vegan and wholesome, as specified by Dr. T

5 Nights in Nepali Hotels (4 in Kathmandu, 1 iin Bhairawa), breakfasts included
7 Nights Tent-Camping, including mattresses provided by the staff.
1 Night in Authentic Community Village Home-Stay
2 nights in rustic Golaghat Wildlife Resort

Bring your own sleeping bag, or rent one in Kathmandu, at around $2 per day.
Trip Difficulty Grade: Moderate. Maximum altitude: 4100m (optional 5000m for the strongest trekkers). A medium-level hiking capability is required: If you can walk at a reasonable rate for 2 hours non-stop on flat surface, or 30 minutes non-stop (you can build up to it within a few weeks easily) up and down stairs, you qualify. We will walk leisurely most of the time, with breaks. People with weak knees can manage with walking sticks/poles - especially downhill.
Transportation: Private Bus, depending on group size. Flight from Chitwan National Park to Kathmandu (included in package).

Local porters (who are happy to earn the extra income!!) will carry the heavy/larger luggage pieces (bring soft-sided luggage, since they usually carry 2-3 per person), camping gear, and the mobile kitchen; the trekkers only carry a small day pack (with water, camera, and essentials - including an extra layer of clothing/fleece for higher altitudes).

Boiled water to replenish our water containers will be provided by the Kitchen staff after each meal - no plastic bottles will be purchased during the trek.

Group size: Minimum 10

For day-by-day details about the itinerary, about what a typical trekking day looks like, costs, and other information about this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, go to:
Yours In Eco-Health,
the Ecopolitan Team
Anna Coulter

Artist, Teacher, Wellness Advocate

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