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The Global Volunteer Network's Fundraising Mount Everest Base Camp Trek offers participants the opportunity to help support children's home in the Kathmandu Valley and to hike to the foot of the roof of the world.
Committing your time and money to this fundraiser will help ensure that our goals of providing a safe and stable home for 15 young people are being met. The funds raised will help provide a "brighter future" for children and teenagers in the Kathmandu Valley.
By joining this trek you will be part of a unique team of individuals destined for adventure and making a difference in the lives of children in need. Our Nepali partner is a local non-profit organization which runs Brighter Future Children's Home and Shining Stars Children's Home. Unlike many children's homes in the Kathmandu Valley, the children in these homes are well cared for by the staff working there. Many other children in the surrounding area live in appalling conditions, sometimes without adequate food, education or even water.
Funds raised through this trek will support the children living in the Brighter Future Children's Home. Our partner ensures that their health, nutritional and educational needs are met fully and the funds you raise will help provide ongoing assistance to cover the costs of these needs. Following the trek you will get to visit the Home and meet the wonderful children which just may end up being a bigger reward than Everest Base Camp!
Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalayas, the kingdom of Nepal is a land of sublime scenery, timeworn temples, and some of the best walking trails on earth. The kingdom is sandwiched between India to the south, and China and Tibet to the north. Although there are a few parts of the capital city, Kathmandu, that appear modern, most of Nepal is a very traditional society that depends on subsistence farming. Very few Westerners, apart from explorers and climbers, ever visited Nepal until the 1970's.
As a participant in this trek you will have the opportunity to visit ancient temples and palaces in Kathmandu, as well as the highest Buddhist monastery in the world, giving you the opportunity to observe Buddhist prayer rituals as you acclimate to an altitude of 12,687ft/3,867m. You will trek over glaciers and snow capped rocks as you ascend to the Base Camp of Mount Everest at 17,998ft/5,486m. Upon descending you will visit Sherpa villages, see the famed mountain yaks of the Himalayas and visit the hospital Sir Edmund Hilary created for the people of Nepal. Once you have returned to Kathmandu you will visit various projects designed by our partner to assist Nepali children as well as see the faces of the children your funds will benefit.
Nepal is one of the poorest counties in the world. Amongst its population of 27 million, 1 million are children without parents. The current unstable political situation in the country has further intensified the pressure and harsh conditions on the people of Nepal. These conditions have the worst effect on the most vulnerable members of society, and the ones who have the least resources help themselves: children, especially orphaned children.
Our partner in Nepal has created numerous programs to help these children. You now have the opportunity to work with them to support Nepali children while climbing the tallest mountain on Earth, Mount Everest.
Funds raised through this trek will support the 15 children living in the Brighter Future Children's Home. Our partner ensures that their health, nutritional and educational needs are met fully and the funds you raise will allow us to provide ongoing quarterly grants to cover the costs of these needs.
Visitors to Nepal will be amazed by the variety of sights and activities available – there’s something for everyone.
Visit Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, a palace in the traditional heart of the old town, or the Swayambhunath stupa `Monkey Temple,' try to catch a glimpse of a rhino or tiger in Chitwan National Park or take the opportunity to trek some of the most beautiful mountain ranges on earth.
If your application is successful you will be accepted and we will then get to work organizing your placement.
You will receive a Program Guide which contains a wealth of information. You'll find everything from a broad overview of the country you are going to; project details; life on the project (accommodation, meals, what to wear etc); along with extremely helpful information and advice for preparing for your trip.
GVN provides three different options to pay your program package and secure your placement. These include:
Due to the timing of this trek, GVN requires the trek fee payment in full by 29th May 2014.
In the months preceding your trek, you will be asked to raise US $2,000 to support our partner organization. 75% of the money donated will go directly to our Nepal Partner. This money will go towards funding the day to day operations of the Brighter Future Children's Home. 15% will go towards general operational support, 5% will be dedicated towards ensuring that all money sent to community organizations abroad is being used appropriately, and 5% will go towards educating individuals both here and abroad about the specific issues our target communities face (specifically HIV/AIDS, Environmental Destruction, Starvation etc). Please note that WorldPay takes a 4.5% commission for credit card purchases before GVN receives the funds. Donations made to GVN by American donors are tax-deductible. Non-US donors cannot receive a tax-exemption.
Please note: GVN/GVNF/GVN Nepal reserve the right to determine the dissemination of funds.
International flights, insurance, visas, vaccinations, accommodation before or after the trek, medication and medical equipment if required, gratuities, beverages, laundry, hot showers, snacks, sightseeing in Kathmandu, charges incurred as a result of delays beyond the control of the trekking company or GVN.
We recommend you allow a minimum weekly budget of US $75 for your other expenses such as water, personal items, beverages, and snacks.
Apply now for the Everest Program:
Start Date: September 18, 2014
End Date: October 5, 2014
Length: 18 days
Day 1: Thursday 18 September: Arrival to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: 19 September: Trek briefing and preparation day.
Day 3: 20 September: Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla, first day of trekking.
Day 4: 21 September: Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazaar (3440m).
Day 5: 22 September: Acclimatization day in Namche Bazaar.
Day 6: 23 September: Trek from Namche Bazaar to Tyangboche (3867m).
Day 7: 24 September: Trek from Tyangboche to Dingboche (4410m).
Day 8: 25 September: Rest at Dingboche for acclimatization and a local excursion.
Day 9: 26 September: Trek from Dingboche to Lobuche (4910m) via Dongla (4620m).
Day 10: 27 September: Trek from Lobuche to Gorakshep (5140m) and on to Everest Base Camp!
Day 11: 28 September: Trek from Gorakshep to Kalapatthar (5545m) for sunrise and down to Pheriche (4243m).
Day 12: 29 September: Trek from Pheriche to Phortse (3810m).
Day 13: 30 September: Trek from Phortse to Khumjung (3790m).
Day 14: 1 October: Trek from Khumjung to Phakding (2640m).
Day 15: 2 October: Trek from Phakding to Lukla (2800m).
Day 16: 3 October: Early morning flight back to Kathmandu.
Day 17: 4 October: Projects Visit Day including lunch.
Day 18: 5 October: Depart Nepal – transfers to airport.
Note: A complete itinerary can be viewed here: http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/everest/projects/everest-trek. The trek itinerary is a guide only and may be subject to change at short notice.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions which we receive at the GVN inbox. This is a great place to start if you have questions about Global Volunteer Network and our placement process. This information should answer the majority of questions you may have.
For many of us Nepal conjures up images of snow-capped mountains. Indeed, eight of the world’s 14 eight-thousands lie in Nepal, making it a mountaineer’s dream. Bordered by the magnificent Himalayas, Nepal is a land of spectacular scenery, time-worn temples, and some of the best walking trails on earth. The country is sandwiched between India to the south and Tibet to the north. Until recently it was the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, Nepal has now moved into a new era of democracy and a secular society. But Nepal has more to offer than just the high Himalayas. Small as the country may be, the land is diverse geographically as well as ethnically. You will find rich cultures and vibrant traditions, exquisite temples and monuments as well as fast flowing rivers and tropical jungles teeming with wildlife, making your trip an unforgettable one. It is a country where people of different races and religions live in relative harmony. For more information we suggest you purchase the Lonely Planet’s guide to Nepal.
Nepal’s climate is typically monsoonal with a wet and dry season. The dry season runs from October through to May with the monsoon season lasting the rest of the year. May and the start of June is the hottest time of the year and the temperature in Kathmandu often reaches as high as 30C. During the winter temperatures can still be as high as 20C but beware of near freezing conditions once night falls. Even though Nepal is well known for the snow capped Himalayan mountain range it rarely actually snows in the Kathmandu Valley. Having said this, during February 2007 snow fell in the Valley for the first time in 62 years! You should be aware that if you are trekking at altitude you may experience very cold temperatures even during the summer months. We suggest you conduct thorough research into temperatures at altitude and the risks involved with trekking at altitude. For climate statistics, please refer to the following link: http://www.worldclimate.com.
The political situation in Nepal is a topic of frequent conversation. On 21 April 2006, following weeks of nationwide violent street demonstrations by the political parties and the Maoists, the King handed over power to the political parties. The Parliament convened on 28 August 2006 and a new Prime Minister, G P Koirala was sworn in to office on 30 April 2006. The 18th of May 2006 was the historic day when the House of Representatives declared the people as sovereign and the sole source of state authority forever. History has been changed. Nepal is no longer a Hindu Kingdom but a secular state, with the fate of the monarchy in the hands of the people. The Cabinet appointed the army chief and the Royal Nepalese Army is now the Nepal Army. The Government of Nepal and the Maoists signed a peace agreement on 21 November 2006, thereby officially ending 11 years of conflict in the country. Both sides have agreed to a UN monitored permanent ceasefire. The situation in Kathmandu and elsewhere in Nepal has improved. However, it is too early to say how the peace agreement will affect the security situation in the country. Mostly peaceful demonstrations continue to occur, but you should be aware that some demonstrations have suddenly turned violent. You are therefore strongly advised to avoid all demonstrations and large gatherings and remain vigilant at all times. We recommend that you research the situation further. Up to date information is available at Nepalnews.com
Our trip to The Base Camp of Mount Everest offers many unique opportunities that commercialized treks do not offer.
Firstly, our partner travel organization has organized many hikes to The Base Camp of Mount Everest. This travel company is comprised of local Nepalese who are intimately familiar with Nepal and The Mount Everest Base Camp route. Participating in our hike relieves you of the anxiety of searching for a reliable and established travel organization.
Secondly, this trip gives you the chance to meet other people who feel passionate about helping the global community. The participants of this trip will automatically have a unique bond because everyone involved will be working together to achieve two goals, reach Mount Everest Base Camp and help Nepali children.
Thirdly, you will be able to see who your money will help. Not only will you be able to see one of the most beautiful parts of Nepal as you climb Mount Everest, but you will also have the opportunity to visit programs your funds will benefit in Kathmandu.
Finally, and most importantly, your adventure will provide children of Nepal a chance for a better life. While participating in "the opportunity of a lifetime" you are also offering children "the opportunity for a better life."
Once we have received your application and application fee we will send you a fundraising information pack that will help you to fundraise for your adventure in Nepal.
There are many ways of achieving and surpassing your financial goals. Ideas and examples of how to raise money for your adventure include:
Friends, family, your work place, clubs, raffles, quizzes, fun-runs, and parties. To get started you can find more information on our Fundraising page at http://www.globalvolunteernetwork.org/fundraising/
Travel Insurance is a requirement for GVN's Fundraising Everest Base Camp Trek. You will need to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance packages which covers Emergency Evacuations. While trekking to Everest Base Camp, because of the altitude, it is very important that your insurance will cover for Emergency Evacuations. The Global Volunteer Network has arranged a comprehensive travel insurance package. It includes excellent medical and accident coverage as well as a ’loss of deposits’ cover which covers fees paid to GVN, airlines etc. If you would like to learn more just follow this link: http://www.volunteer.org.nz/insurance/.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world. This giant sits on the crest of the Himalayan Range between Tibet and Nepal.
Mount Everest has many names. In Tibetan the name "Chomolongma" means "Mother Goddess of the World," in Nepalese the name "Sagarmatha" means "The Forehead of the Sky." Its English name, though not nearly as descriptive, connotes similar feelings of awe. At 8850m/29,035ft Mount Everest sits literally at the top of the world, nestled in the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal.
Mount Everest is on the border between Tibet and Nepal. This mountain offers the trekker the prestige of climbing to the base camp of the highest mountain in the world, while not requiring that the trekker have extensive climbing experience. Yet this climb is not to be taken lightly, it is a tough hike to Base Camp and only very physically fit people with a degree of mental preparedness will reach their goal.
Yet those who do succeed will find that standing at the base of the "Mother Goddess of the World" will be a sight not easily forgotten.
You will need to be very physically fit to attempt this hike.
Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth and even though you will not ascend to the summit, a trek to Base Camp is still a very demanding climb. The Mount Everest Base Camp trek is not going to be an "easy" walk but instead one of the toughest physical and mental challenges you will ever face.
You should be confident in your physical fitness before attempting this trek. You should be able to walk for several hours without too much of a problem. Aerobic activity, such as cycling or running, is a fantastic way to get and stay in shape. Hiking before this hike is the best means of preparing yourself for this adventure. Not only does hiking prepare you for the particular difficulties you'll face on this trek but it will also further assist you in your efforts to become physically fit.
The main concern on a trek of this nature is the altitude. The failure of the body to adapt quickly enough to the reduced level of oxygen in the air, as one reaches higher altitude, is the reason a person experiences altitude sickness. Most people who hike at altitude will have some form of altitude sickness. Mild symptoms include headaches, light-headedness, nausea, loss of appetite, tingling in the fingers and toes and mild swelling of the face/ankles/fingers. Altitude sickness seems to affect people indiscriminately, regardless of age or fitness level, yet becoming physically fit before your hike will increase your chances of having an overall enjoyable trip.
We recommend beginning a strict training regime 3 months prior to the trek, achieving max physical fitness 2 weeks before the actual trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.
After you have been accepted to our Mount Everest Base Camp Climb Team you will receive a link to our information packet. This packet describes altitude sickness and necessary physical fitness preparations.
Your program fee is payable to Global Volunteer Network 10 weeks prior to the 1st of the month you wish to volunteer. Please note, your placement is not confirmed (ie secured) until your program fee has been received. Please note that all charges incurred by the payment of the program fee are at the volunteer’s expense, e.g. if a bank transfer incurs a bank fee at the point of origin, that is at the expense of the volunteer. Seventy percent (70%) of the program fee is refundable until two calendar months before the 1st of the month you are due to begin your program. For example a volunteer with 15 July 2012 as their start date would need to submit their refund request form by the last day of April 2012 to be eligible for a refund. Refer to GVN's legal terms of service for full details.
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"For whatever reason, slowly and quietly, life slips away from us. The dreams we envisioned living in childhood are replaced in adulthood by harsh realities, demanding responsibilities, and pressing desires. Of course, these responsibilities of our ‘daily grind’ are necessary and noble pursuits so that we may provide for our families and satisfy our employers. However, through a series of small successions over time, we find ourselves wondering if we’ve become a slave to our desires and responsibilities. Deep within all of us there exists a need to disrupt the comfort of our daily lives and challenge our views of the world. We all have moments in life where this desire surfaces. For an instant, we think as we did when we were children - life seen as an endless spectrum as opposed to its tendency to rage toward gray. Perhaps it was sparked by a late night conversation with a loved one or a flash of optimism spurred by the kindness of a stranger. Whatever the cause may be, these fleeting moments present us with a question: What am I going to do with this desire? Sadly, most of us do not attempt an answer. Now, whether or not you decide to participate in a trek to Everest Base Camp is neither here nor there but, ask yourself how many moments you may have felt inspired but let it amount to nothing. Ask yourself how many times you felt as if you were meant for more but were immobile. Are you really participating in your own life? For me, I wasn’t so sure about any of these questions but, I began my search for answers with the Global Volunteer Network. My trip to Everest Base Camp was a defining moment in my life and, for a moment, it gave me faith that I was not one to let life slip quietly from my hands. If you are like me and want to truly understand your world and your place in it, I hope that you will allow GVN to get you up off the couch and explore life. Best wishes on your journey."
"It was wonderful! It was life changing and I am so glad I decided to do it....Having the opportunity to see a completely different way of life from my own really had a huge impact on me - moreso than I ever thought it would."
"Major strength was support got from GVN before I left for trek...Another strength was Emma, she was so passionate about the homes and kids, and it was great to talk to her and listen to her experiences in Nepal...I could not believe how I felt after these projects and after getting the presentation from Emma and seeing the photos of the kids I met, it just makes it feel so real, and makes me want to do more to help out."
At GVN we align with the idea of 'local solutions to local problems', so we work with local community organisations in each country. What this means for our volunteers is that they receive a unique and genuine cultural experience whilst being immersed in a local community.
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International volunteering is a great way to gain experience living in a developing country, learning about another culture and experiencing a different way of life. It is a fantastic way to grow as a person, to develop life skills, self-confidence and self-esteem, and is a tool for self discovery and identity formation.
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