Exodus has been operating tours in the Himalaya for well over 30 years and for many of us it is one of the most beautiful and welcoming regions on earth. However it is also one of the poorest and, over recent years, has suffered further from an ongoing political crisis that has stalled economic growth and delayed much needed improvements in infrastructure. It is only natural then that we have been keen to give something back, and have invested a great deal of time and effort in several Himalaya projects.
The projects included within this fund are those that have a positive environmental impact and that look to reduce our negative ones. Our Focus is on the fair distribution of our donations, which is the reason we have set up this fund. We believe that the projects within this fund are as important and necessary as each other, hence we believe they should all benefit from the fair distribution of our donations.
Nepal Projects Newsletter
We have issued an updated Newsletter concerning our current projects in Nepal, for your copy please download the PDF document:
Nepal Responsible Tourism Projects Newsletter - 31/03/09
Annapurna Tree Nursery: This is a very small scale resource replacement project in the village of Braga, high in the Annapurna region and which we visit on the Annapurna Circuit trek. Karma, a local man has given us one of his fields and has made a small tree nursery. Karma and his wife collect seeds every year and plant out the saplings. At this altitude (3,500m.) the climate is very harsh - in winter the ground freezes and there is snow. The rate of growth of trees at this altitude is very slow. However we are managing to keep over 200 saplings alive and growing each year. In 2009 we are hoping to open another small nursery in Gyaru village, which is also on the Annapurna Circuit trail.
Parabolic Solar Cookers: In autumn 2007 we purchased the first of our parabolic solar cooker in Nepal. These solar cookers are made locally in Nepal by Nepalis with technical advice from abroad. Apart from the reflectors (which are imported from Germany) the cookers are made from local materials. Our first stove was tested in our local trekking office and used to boil water, potatoes, eggs and fry chicken. After this several of our Nepali leaders spent a day at the workshop learning how to erect a stove. In summer 2008 Yeti Airlines transported 10 cookers to Lukla for us free of cost and Chandra Khand and Lhakpa Tenzing, two of our Nepali leaders hired porters to carry the cookers to some of the lodges we use in the Everest region.
These are now being used in some of the lodges we stay in in the Everest region. You will see them in Lukla, Phakding, Monzo, Namche, Thyangboche, Dingboche, Lobuje and Gorak Shep. In 2008 we ordered 20 more solar cookers which will be ready at the end of the year and early 2009 we will send them to the Everest region ready for use next spring season. Maybe you or your group would like to sponsor a cooker. The cost is £250 per cooker which includes transport to the site.
Danda Karka Village: This is home to one of popular trekking sirdars, Chewang Sherpa as well as many other of our trekking staff. In 2003 a couple of Exodus trekkers, Kirsty and Angus Dawson ran a half marathon and with the money raised water pipes and taps were put into Danda Kharka village. The materials and transportation to the village were provided and the villagers provided the labour to lay the pipe. The Danda Kharka project was successful and now every house in the village has running water, whereas before the women spent hours every day walking to collect water.
In summer 2008 Exodus together with Mr/s Dawson raised money for solar lights for half the houses in the village. Chewang bought the panels and lights in Kathmandu and transported them to the village. The villagers provided the porterage from the road head to the village and they each donated a small sum towards the solar panel. We now hope to be able to provide solar lights for the rest of the houses in the village.
We're doing great and every contribution helps.