Trekking, rafting and elephant back safaris in wonderful Nepal
An ideal introduction to the delights of Nepal. For history and culture there is time to explore Kathmandu: the narrow streets, temples, stupas and pagodas of the city and the surrounding valley have an almost mediaeval atmosphere. For magnificent mountain views we visit Bandipur before heading westward to Pokhara, set in a subtropical valley, where we have time to explore the lakeside region on foot or by bike.
From a comfortable jungle lodge at Chitwan National Park we explore by canoe, elephant and on foot, with every chance of seeing the Asian rhino. There is even an optional day's rafting on the Trisuli River and a short trek amongst the Annapurnas to experience rural Nepal.
What makes this trip responsible?
Over the last few years we have set up many projects in Nepal. Details of all the projects can be found here on our website, for a brief introduction, click on the title below
EXODUS HIMALAYAN COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROJECTS
Some of our most important projects are:
Nava Kiran Orphanage Kathmandu
In March 2006 we opened a new home, which we built for the children. Since then we have been paying for the children's educational needs (school fees, books, uniforms etc). Although we will still continue to monitor the children's educational needs we are gradually reducing our involvement there, only providing extra support where needed. If you are travelling with Exodus to Nepal and would like to see the orphanage, please ask your leader who will be delighted to organise a visit.
Esther Benjamins Trust
The Esther Benjamins Trust focuses on improving the lives of Nepal's most vulnerable children and young people. The Trust provides full time care for children who are 'at risk' of being trafficked or of domestic or sexual abuse - an indispensable safety net. The facilities cater for 140 children (boys and girls) at three centres; Kathmandu, Hetauda and Bhairahawa, south Nepal. From 2010 we will be helping them raise money for the full time care and education of their children.
Solar Cookers and Smokeless Stoves
Our solar cooker project is now up and running in the Everest region. By spring 2010 we had installed 30 solar cookers in the Everest region in the lodges we use and have another 30 waiting to be installed in autumn 2010. If you are trekking in the Everest region you will see these in most of the lodges where you stay. Your leader will have details of how to sponsor a cooker.
In 2010 Exodus donated 28 smokeless stoves to Thulopatel village. These stoves use less wood but more importantly, they provide a safer and healthier alternative for the women to cook on. The smoke leaves the kitchen through a chimney thus preventing eye and lung problems caused by a smoky fire.
Your leader will have up to date information in Kathmandu so please do ask him if you would like more information. We also have printed copies of our newsletter available in Kathmandu.
Village in the Annapurnas