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.
As we hiked across the terraced rice paddies and wheat farms, we camped out in school grounds, local rice fields and volleyball courts.
The expedition was held to coincide with the Tihar festival. Tihar is Nepal’s second most important festival, after Dashain. Our female guests performed the Bhai Tika ceremony for our 40 Nepali staff members!
Bhai Tika is the last, and the most important day of Tihar. The sisters apply Tika to their brothers’ forehead to thank them for the protection they give. Along with the Tika, the sisters offer garlands of Marigold and Chrysanthemum. The brother return with a monetary gift for the sisters. The Bhai Tika is an important day for the Nepalis to strengthen the relationship between brothers and sisters.
As we trekked from one beautiful village to the next, we spent time with the people that called them home. We distributed clothing knitted and donated by our supporters from around the globe. We had epic volleyball competitions with our support staff and the local children.
Every night we had a campfire and the Madal (local Nepali lap drum) came out with singing and dancing wafting out into the mountains. We purchased local produce and our kitchen crew prepared the most delicious meals for the team, guests and staff alike.
Dan Keys – Expedition leader: ‘After leading dozens of treks around the world this was easily the most rewarding, most organic, with the most mouth-watering meals I’ve ever had on tour!’
The Ganesh Himal charity trek was a privilege to be a part of with too many ‘wow’ moments to list. But imagine sitting around a beautiful campfire with a belly full of delicious food watching the light flicker off the laughing Nepalis as they dance and sing. The Himalayan ranges are towering above just waiting for you to wake up tomorrow and see another incredible sunrise. Your heart is full of a feeling that’s hard to describe but you know you are where your meant to be.
“ Our time in Nepal was epic to say the least. Being able to spend two weeks with an amazing team of people in remote villages in the foothills of the Himalaya was an experience we will never forget. The small Active Hearts team are doing big things for the children and families in remote Nepal. We were able to see first hand the devastation that the earthquakes dealt to these remote villages and it was great to see that Active Hearts are helping where it is needed most. We were treated to a smorgasbord of smiles, generosity, love, epic views and good times. Active Hearts for life! Namaste. Chris & Tay”
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