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Since 1979 we have been taking groups of young people to the remote mountain village of Barpak in Nepal. The young people spend 5 days hiking to the village which sits 6,200 ft above sea level. Once arrived they spend their time living and working with the local community. Over the years our groups’ fundraising and volunteering efforts have supported the village to develop.

On Saturday 25th April 2015 a powerful earthquake hit Nepal. Thousands died, and thousands more were injured and made homeless. Those young people who had been on our trips will know Durbar Square in Kathmandu, a world heritage site, which was reduced to rubble.

The epicentre of the earthquake was just 5 miles from Barpak. 90% of the village was destroyed and many were dead. The football pitch that we had helped to build was used to set up temporary shelters for families and as a landing site for aid helicopters.

The people of Nepal have welcomed and inspired our young people throughout the years, so we set up a campaign to support them. 

 Picture of the view coming out of Kathmandu in Nepal

 

 

 

 

Rough Itinerary of the trip

Day 1 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 2 – 3 Arrive, explore Kathmandu and expedition preparation
Day 4 – 9 Trek to Barpak
Day 9 – 12 Spend time in Barpak with the local community
Day 12- 14 Trek down from Barpak to the river
Day 14-16 White Water Raft down the River Trisuli
Day 16-18 Spend the last couple of days in Kathmandu
Day 19 Travel and arrive home

 

“Most amazing experience ever, if you are offered the opportunity, don’t turn it down”

We are now in the process of planning our summer 2017 trip with 12 young people from across the county. The selection process has been completed and the young people are currently busy fundraising for their trip.

If you want to be involved in the summer 2018 Nepal Trip or want to know more information, please contact Rebecca or Jay on rebeccas@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org or jays@essexboysandgirlsclubs.org

Young People in Barpak with local children