We are back!
A longstanding and yet wonderful story found its successful end…
We are happy to announce that all participants of the Walk for Kids trek safely returned back home. Finally, after many years of extensive campaigning, the project could successfully be realized. Even though most of the participants enjoyed their first trekking experience on the sometimes very difficult trails, they all did extremely well and most importantly stayed injury-free during the entire trek. After returning to the Namaste home, the participants together with all other children enjoyed a specially organized and delicious dinner. “It was a wonderful moment when entering the Namaste home again. We were all being welcomed with chants and lots of bright faces. The children were eagerly waiting for us to come back home so that we could tell them about all our experiences.” – Alan Briggs
But let’s go back a view days to the point where everything began…
On the 10th of February, 8 of our children together with 4 adults (including two NCF staff members and two of our international supporters) started their trekking adventure. To support a successful and injury-free trek as well as to bless all sponsors of the campaign, a prayer, held by a Japanese monk at the World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara, was organized.
After the praying ceremony, the actual trek was finally set to start. On the first day, the big group among Moiti, Sumitra and Durga (three of our eldest children) were facing an approximate 4-5 hour walk before reaching the first destination – Dhampus. The trail was relatively simple and yet quite steep – the participants quickly realized, that many exertions may be awaiting them in the upcoming days…
After a joyful evening at Dhampus, including a BBQ party with Namaste Founder/Chairman Visma Raj Paudel and General Manager Man Singh Chaudhary, the group had to prepare for their second day – the trek towards far away Ghandruk. From Dhampus all the way to Landruk and continuing to Ghandruk, that was the plan. The second day was by far the hardest day for our trekkers. Even though the linear distance between the stopovers was in total only around 13 kilometers, they had to walk an incredible 10 hours to reach their destination. That day was strenuous, but still nobody thought about giving up. The group arrived in Ghandruk around 7:00 pm Nepali time.
On the third day, the group headed towards Tadapani. With only around 6 kilometers of linear distance from Ghandruk, this was the shortest trail. Our trekkers arrived their accommodation after only 4 hours. The rest of the day was all about relaxing – both recovering from the previous day’s exertions and again preparing for another difficult trail on the upcoming day.
The fourth day was a very special one for the children. For the first time in their lives, they could experience snow (there was a heavy snowfall during the previous night). The weather was clear, the snow was shining bright and a wonderful trail was lying ahead. The excitement of seeing, touching and playing with the snow boosted the participants with a lot of energy and motivated them to successfully complete their third day. After walking for 8-9 hours, the group safely arrived Ghorepani. Thanks to a well-deserved plate of delicious pasta, the hungry stomachs could soon again be satisfied.
Now the group was so close to reach the final destination: The peak of Poon Hill. To experience the beauty of the sunrise, our trekkers got up very early the next morning. Still rubbing the eyes but set for the final 1-hour hike to see the glorious view on the top point, they left their accommodation around 5am. Finally, the group could enjoy the very special moment when the sun rose from behind the chain of alps. A lot of pictures were taken to capture every second of the moment we were all waiting for.
Shortly after returning to Ghorepani, the group had its breakfast and later left to return to Pokhara. From nearby Ulleri, the participants were picked up by jeeps to head back to our Lakeside home.
We would kindly like to thank all our sponsors and well-wishers for helping us to make this project a successful one. Especially, we can give a huge shout-out to all those children, who voluntarily participated in the trek. They did a wonderful job. Not only did they help their brothers and sisters through the ongoing campaigning, they also challenged themselves to move a step forward in their personal development. Even though the actual trekking event happened belated, we are very delighted to have had your continuous support in all our fundraising activities.
Thank you so much once again for all your wonderful support.
NCF Nepal Family
The list of person, who donated money & their contribution towards Walk for Kids Campaign are:
Details of Donation Collected through Walk for Kids Campaign 2018
Details of donation collected through NCF Nepal (Annex – I)
Details of donation collected through Alan Briggs – Switzerland (Annex-II)
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