Active Hearts Foundation works with Heartspace Expeditions to provide the unique opportunity to experience the world’s most spectacular hiking destinations while giving back to the people that call it home.
Heartspace Expeditions was created by Dan Keys, founder of the Active Hearts Foundation. His team has more than 17 years experience guiding expeditions through Nepal, Bhutan, Tanzania, Australia and New Zealand.
These journeys are so much more than a hiking trip. It’s a chance to experience authentic Nepalese culture far from the tourist trails of Everest and Annapurna. Our international guides work alongside our local staff who are employed from the very villages we visit. Enjoy organic feasts by the campfire, traditional Nepalese dancing, yoga beside the monasteries and local school visits spending time with the students we support.
Join a Heartspace Expeditions Charity Trek and experience first hand how your efforts have contributed to the Active Hearts Foundation and the children of the Himalayan foothills.
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The Ganesh Himal Charity Trek 2023
Oct 30 – Nov 12, 2023
Nov 16 – Nov 29, 2023
Ganesh Himal Trek Nov 2019
In November 2019 a team of 12 foreigners and 46 Nepali staff returned to the amazing Nuwakot district beneath majestic Ganesh Himal once again to visit our completed projects and open our latest library project located in Salme school, Salme village, Kispang, Nuwakot.
This beautiful school and village was host to our 2018 Charity Trek group as we hiked through the region. This area was hit by the 2015 Earthquakes very heavily and after discussion with the school officials in 2018 Dan and Arjun decided to help rebuild a brand new library/classroom facility for Salme school. The project was opened November 15th 2019 with an awesome celebration by the local school children and community. The 10 wonderful guests from New Zealand and America on the 2019 Charity Trek had helped fund the new library. They were guests of honor at the opening celebrations beneath majestic Ganesh Himal it was a very special day.
Ganesh Himal Trek Nov 2018
During the month of November 2018 an international team of Active Hearts volunteers from New Zealand, the United States, Australia and Nepal trekked beneath the majestic Ganesh Himal range. Hiking far from the tourist trails deep into these remote communities, led by the wonderful people that call them home, an adventure unlike no other was had.
We then completed eight-days trekking self-contained camping out beneath the Himalaya with our team of 40 local support staff. The views were incredible, the organic feasts they prepared were amazing but the local communities we spent time with was the highlight.
Solu Khumbu Trek Oct 2015
Late Oct 2015 a team of intrepid trekkers hiked deep into the foothills beneath Mt. Everest to spread hope after the 2015 earthquakes.
During the weeks following the 25th April 2015 earthquakes the Active Hearts team sent eighty 12 x 18m heavy duty tarpaulins to the Lower Solu Khumbu region, beneath Mt Everest. These emergency tarps were sent to Gudel, Cheskim and surrounds. They were taken directly to families of guides and porters of ‘Active Adventures’ and their fellow villagers.
“Our boys and a team of donkeys carried the heavy loads for 4 days to these remote areas which had been hit hard by the earthquake.”
Dan and Arjun could not make the trip themselves at that time as they were fully occupied with emergency relief in central Nepal, but the seed of an idea was sown to visit the area and see how the people were coping at a later date.