14 days, 13 nights
Difficulty Level: 4
Price (US$): From $2,095.00
Months Available: October, November and December
On April 25, 2015 an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale struck Nepal. More than 100,000 homes were destroyed. And thousands lost their lives. After the monsoons, the Nepalis will begin to rebuild their homes, and we will be there to help them.
Your journey will begin in Kathmandu, the ancient capitol city of Nepal. You’ll spend half a day exploring the historic temples and landmarks that encompass the bustling city, and see the some of the effects of the earthquake on many of the sacred ancient temples and historic sites.
An eight-hour jeep ride will take you to Barpak village – the epicenter of the first earthquake. From Barpak, it is one long day of trekking into Singla. At Singla, we will work on rebuilding the homes of several of our staff and also those of others who wouldn’t otherwise be able to do it on their own. Grand Asian Journeys will separately raise funds to rebuild the homes.
Singla is the home of our guide Sune Gurung and many of our porters. All the female porters we have used on our Women’s Treks are from Singla too. We also have a relationship with Singla through Ash Maya Gurung, a girl who lost her sight as a child, whose boarding school education is being funded by 3 Summits, Jwalant’s non-profit, and through Arjun Gurung who was adopted by Jwalant’s family and is now a soldier in the Nepal Army.
During this trip, we will be camping in tents and traveling with staff including porters and a cook who will prepare all of our meals. During the days we will work on rebuilding efforts, and in the evenings we will have the opportunity to interact with the villages, hearing stories of their experiences. A “shower” tent will be available where there will be a drum with luke warm water for bucket showers.
We will be working with an expert engineer to ensure the designs are consistent with the new government guidelines, are earthquake resistant, that local design has been incorporated.
Come join us on this spectacular journey and experience the culture and hospitality of the Gurung people!
Our Nepal and Tibet treks and climbs are operated by our sister company based in Nepal – Crystal Mountain Treks – managed by our founder’s family. Crystal Mountain Treks has been in business for over two decades and employs only the best guides with a minimum of 15 years experience. We treat our staff with the utmost care and respect. Each staff member is provided high-quality equipment and paid higher-than-average wages. Our clients have commented that our treks provide a better value (we provide more for less) than other companies they researched, comparing services, quality and price. We are happy to provide references of people who have journeyed with us in the past upon request.
Day 01 - Kathmandu Arrive Kathmandu. You will be met on arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport. Transfer to Hotel. Day Free.
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (No meals)
Day 02 - Kathmandu Briefing during breakfast. Half day of sightseeing in Kathmandu. You will be accompanied by our in-house city guide. In the morning, visit Bodhanath, the Stupa of a Million dew drops, to watch monks and devotees circumambulate the largest stupa in the world. Then visit Kathmandu Durbar Square - the old palace complex that was most affected by the earthquake. Enjoy Dinner.
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)Day 03 - Kathmandu to Barpak (6,200 ft.) Start early on a 4 x 4 to Gorkha. This section of the drive is on paved road. Past Gorkha it is a 3-4 hour bumpy ride to Baluwa on jeep track. From here it is an strenuous, all steep uphill, hike to Barpak - the largest Gurung village in Nepal. Barpak was at the epicenter of the first earthquake and the extent of the damage will be apparent.
Overnight Tents. (All meals)Day 04 - Barpak to Singla (6,400 ft.) From Barpak, it is a steep climb to the top of the hill. The ascent can take anywhere between 3 to 4 hours, or even longer. From the top of the ridge, views of the Ganesh Himal range is spectacular. Descend for about forty-five minutes to Laprak where we stop for lunch. After lunch descend to the river and then begin a gradual climb to Singla. This hike is for about 2 to 3 hours. There is an option to camp at Laprak for those who do not want to make the hike to Singla in a single day. Others can continue to Singla.
Overnight Tents. (All meals)Day 05 to Day 10 - Singla (6,400 ft.) We begin rebuilding. You will be required to get your hands dirty: lifting rocks, hammering nails, digging ditches, mixing cement with sand and gravel etc. If the school is in session, you can volunteer to teach English or art at the local school.
Overnight Tents. (All meals)
Day 11 - Singla to Laprak Hike for about 5 hours to the top of Laprak.
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)
Day 12 - Laprak to Baluwa to Kathmandu Descend to Baluwa. Hop on the chartered vehicle to Kathmandu.
Overnight Hotel Tibet. (All meals)
Day 13 - Kathmandu Free day in Kathmandu.
Overnight Hotel Tibet or similar. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Day 14 - Depart for home Final departure. (Breakfast)
2 - 3 persons: $2,650 USD per person 4 - 6 more persons: $2,395 USD per person 7 or more persons: $2,095 USD per person
Single Supplement: $200 USD
($300 per person discount on November and December departures)We encourage all participants to raise $500 or more for the rebuild. Grand Asian Journeys will also donate part of the proceeds of the rebuilding trips to the rebuilding of Nepal. Price includes:
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“I wanted to go to Nepal to help rebuild, and it was a challenge for me on many levels. The incredible part is that our guide Sune, and all the porters not to mention the family were there to help us accomplish our goal of doing what we could to help them. To receive the patience, physical assistance, guidance (and the incredible food!) touched me deeply. And as it turned out we did help! A lot of rocks got moved. Wire was woven. Progress was made in deconstructing a house. Plus we had fun! I am still integrating all that I experienced. There is something very intense about being in the vicinity of the Himalayas, the stunning beauty, the vastness, the challenges that reduce the ego and enlarge the heart. I’m glad I answered the call to participate in this adventure.”