Exodus to Kathmandu

Join us to raise money for those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in India and Nepal

Exodus to Kathmandu

Since the onset of the second wave of the Coronavirus Pandemic in India and Nepal, many of us have watched in dismay – our thoughts turning to our local partners, many now without income for over a year while they enter yet another crippling health crisis.

As you may well know, Exodus’ affinity with this region has deep roots. The journey from London to Kathmandu became our founding expedition in 1974, and then, when two devastating earthquakes shattered homes and lives in 2015, our staff, partners, and customers came to Nepal’s aid. For a second time in very recent history, India and Nepal need our support. We have already launched the Covid Emergency Relief Appeal and now we are challenging all staff and colleagues within Travelopia to do their bit and to join us in a mammoth challenge to raise urgently needed funds for this appeal.

The word ‘exodus’ means a collective movement of people and over the next 6 weeks we will, as a collective, aim to walk, run, cycle, swim, hop, or skip the 4,557 miles between our London base and our local teams in Kathmandu.

How to get involved:

  • Decide how many miles you want to pledge to take on between now and 30th July, in whatever way you choose to complete them.
  • Click the button below to go to our ‘pledge and donate’ page.
  • On our ‘pledge and donate’ page, click the ‘Donate’ button to make a donation of your choice, adding your pledged mileage to the ‘Your message’ box.

 

Pledge & Donate Here

 

Of course, if you want to show your support but you don’t fancy any miles, then we still welcome all donations via the  Covid Emergency Relief Appeal.

We’ll be keeping this page updated with how far we’ve travelled, what landmarks we’ve passed, how many miles we’ve got to go to get to Kathmandu and of course how much has been raised. So please, keep checking in, and dig deep (into your legs and into your pockets) and let’s see if we can get to Kathmandu together!

Let’s keep each other going by sharing pictures of your miles using the hashtag on all social media platforms #ExodusToKathmandu, and please send your updates and any snaps to [email protected] so that she can keep this page updated with your endeavours!

Updates on our progress to Kathmandu:

15 June : Checkpoints 1, 2 & 3 – Ostend, Prague and Briceni

Thanks to all for taking up the challenge Exodus to Kathmandu with such enthusiasm.  Since our launch, only a few days ago, we have received over a dozen pledges for miles to be walked, cycled, and run (no hopping as yet). Pledges are predominantly 100 miles per person with a few stretching to 200 and 300.  So far the grand total pledged is over 1,500 miles which has taken us just past checkpoint 3 – Briceni.  This is a terrific start to our challenge and along with these pledges we have received generous donations towards our Covid Emergency Relief Appeal for India and Nepal.

We are thrilled to have staff from across Travelopia join Exodus in our challenge to virtually travel through Europe to reach our local partners in Kathmandu and to raise much needed funds to support a range of communities in both India and Nepal.  We have power swum across the channel, zoomed through Ostend and Prague, and just touched base in Briceni in Moldova.

Prague is a very interesting city to visit with plenty of Instagram worthy sights. It has the largest castle in the world spanning 18 acres and what must be the smallest laneway at only 50cm (1.6 feet). This laneway even has its own traffic light for pedestrians to ensure they don’t get stuck in the middle.  You wouldn’t want to eat a big breakfast before heading through this tiny gap between buildings.

Our checkpoint 3 is in Moldova which is an overlooked gem sandwiched between Ukraine and Romania. It is the least visited country in Europe however it holds a Guinness World record for the largest wine cellar in the world based on number of bottles.  This cellar houses a staggering almost 2 million bottles.  The locals are partial to a good tipple and enjoy a National Wine-day which actually lasts for two days and is held in October each year. Maybe a destination to add to your bucket-list.

Why not join us on the next leg of our journey by clicking on the Pledge and Donate Here button.

Prague and Castle 

11th June: Pete Burrell pledges to hike the height of Everest 

Kicking off our Exodus to Kathmandu Challenge, Pete Burrell and friends are taking on a climb equivalent to the height of Everest. This pledges an impressive 80 miles to the challenge. Pete has been associated with Exodus Travels for over 30 years in his role as Managing Director until 2018, and now as the chair of the board of trustees of the Exodus Travels Foundation.  His experience of Adventure travel spans decades, and his passion for the places where he visited or worked led him to get involved with projects aimed at improving the lives of local communities.

Nepal holds a special place in Pete’s heart  and he actively worked on supporting the country to pick itself up following the devastating earthquake in 2015.  This was achieved through an amazing number of donations from Exodus customers, friends, and staff.  Due to the pandemic Nepal needs our help once again and Pete is at the ready to contribute his time and efforts.  Pete talks about Nepal, the impact of Covid-19 and what he and others are planning to do to help. 

“Exodus has been taking travelers, trekkers and climbers to Nepal since the mid-1970s and has made many lifelong friends and colleagues. Over the last 40 years tourist numbers have grown from a trickle of overlanders, hippies, mountaineers, and trekkers to become Nepal’s largest industry with tourist arrivals numbering approximately 1.2 million in 2019. With the onset of the Pandemic tourism has completely collapsed. Although many countries around the world have suffered terribly in terms of illness and deaths Nepal has had the added issue of its major industry collapsing and many thousands of people left with no incomes and therefore little food. This situation has now become critical with many guides, porters, restaurant, and hotel staff left destitute. The ravages brought on by the pandemic are stretching the hospitals and healthcare services in Nepal beyond their limits.

I, along with some Exodus colleagues and friends will be trying to raise money to support our local teams in both India and Nepal by attempting to climb the equivalent height of Everest (Sagarmatha or Chomolungma) which is now calculated at 8849m. Not being able to get to Nepal we will be substituting Meldon Hill in Dartmoor National Park UK.  Obviously, it is a mere minnow in comparison to Everest, which means we will have to climb Meldon 40 times to reach this goal which should take us 3-4 days! We are hoping to start this “climb” on Friday the 2nd of July and all being well finishing on Sunday 4th although we have a spare day on the 5th planned in case of injury, inclement weather, or other unforeseen circumstances.  Please help us to help these countries in their dire need by donating, joining the Exodus to Kathmandu challenge or running your own fundraiser.  Just £25 allows us to provide a family with food and health essentials for 1 month.”

 

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11th June: Check point zero - Big Ben

We are starting our Exodus to Kathmandu Challenge at Big Ben, London. Who doesn’t know Big Ben! This world heritage site is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK, is an iconic image for film makers and seems to hold an affectionate place in people’s hearts around the world. Although the clock and tower are referred to as Big Ben this is actually the nickname of the Great Hour Bell which until 2017, when important restorations commenced, marked the hours of the London day. Big Ben first rang out in London on 11th July 1859 and then in December 1923 it was heard by the whole nation when the BBC broadcast the chimes to herald the new year. The chimes are expected to be heard again regularly on the completion of the restorations in early 2022.

Big Ben London

Keep dropping by this page for more updates on the check points we reach along our way!