Service Walks Nepal: Please check out www.ServiceTrekNews.org for more information about our recent treks.Join our international groups of men and women of all ages for one of these fun Service Walks in Nepal, sponsored by SummitTrek. We have an Everest Basecamp Service Walk in March-April and a Remote Nepal Service Walk in November-December each year. Please read the descriptions below and click the links to see full websites for each walk.
Please keep in mind our Everest Basecamp Service Walk to the Pema Choling Buddhist women’s convent, also known as the Deboche Nunnery (also spelled Debouche Nunnery and Debouche Monastery), where 20 impoverished nuns live in a leaky old convent, while also getting to walk to Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar. The building is falling down, and many tourists walk past and never consider it. The nunnery was built in 1928 and it has had little or no maintenance since. The convent is the “sister-monastery” to the famous Thyangboche monastery on top of the hill between beautiful Deboche and Namche, along the Everest basecamp walk. The men who live in the monastery on top of the hill have brand new buildings with fancy paintings and solid walls and intact roofs, while the women live at the bottom of the slope in very simple (and leaky) circumstances. We plan to help with putting in a new water system and remodeling the building the nuns share for a few days before heading up to Everest base camp and Kala Pattar. This walk is run by the Mount Everest Foundation (www.mount-everest-foundation.org ) and sponsored by SummitTrek. All proceeds from the walk go directly to the Deboche Nunnery Foundation.
- 30 March-20 April, 2010, 2011 & 2012.
- 2010 Trek: Donation: $2750, £1650, €1850.
- 2011 Trek: Donation: $3050, £1850, €2050.
- (Your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).
Please keep in mind our Remote Nepal Service Walk to the just born health clinic in Patale Village in the hills near Everest, an economically poor but environmentally and culturally beautiful Sherpa and Buddhist tribal region not far from Mount Everest National Park. You would be welcome to join. We will be visiting the remote clinic (2-3 days walk from any airport or road) and delivering needed medicines to this seldom visited area which lies at an elevation of around 2000 metres, 6500 feet in forested and grassy green slopes between clear flowing streams. It will be a chance to walk the rugged hills during warm pleasant weather and meet the lovely local Sherpa families, who are always so welcoming to us as they see so few foreigners during their isolated lives. This walk is run by the Mount Everest Foundation (www.mount-everest-foundation.org) and sponsored by SummitTrek. All proceeds from the walk go directly to the Mount Everest Foundation. back to top
- 20 November to 3 December 2010, 2011 and 2012. 14 Days in Nepal.
- 2010 Trek: Donation: $1450, £850, €950.
- 2011 Trek: Donation: $1650, £950, €1150 (100% of your contribution for the trek and your international flight are tax deductible).
Patale health post worker Jamyang and Dr. Lisa McClellan examine a Nepalese baby (Murari Sharma). Ms. Elselien, Dr. Lee Levin, and Ms. Kandu Sherpa, standing next to an ancient Buddhist Mani Wall, and the 7000 meter peaks of Numbur and Kwangde in the background. Everest and Lhotse are barely visible in the right hand of the photo (Dan Mazur). Our team brought much needed school supplies to Patale Village and are handing them out to the children in the photo. There are 3 classrooms that serve over 70 students from grades 1 through 5. The school has 3 teachers on staff and students travel here daily from as far away as a 3-hour walk to attend classes daily (Morris Prokop).
Here is what Kanad from New Jersey had to say:
"Our trek was a wonderful and exciting experience. We had the opportunity to participate in the lives of people who don't often see tourists. It is certainly a worthwhile venture to see the beautiful and wild areas of this country, but to be able to experience the people's hospitality and hopefully give them something back in the process is something special indeed. We left with the hope that our presence planted the seed in the minds of the people of Patale that their way of life is something valued by people of other nations. May all subsequent Service Treks meet with the success that ours enjoyed!"
Here is what Lisa from Phoenix had to say:"We are absolutely overwhelmed by the hospitality of our hosts who have made us feel incredibly welcome. Last night we were treated to a Sherpa song and dance presentation and this morning we were visited by children from the village school, to whom we presented backpacks donated by our friends Maya & Arnold. Our stay has gone by very fast. We have some extra baggage due to the generous offerings of dozens of kata (scarves which are a cultural symbol of hospitality.) Our backpacks are decorated with fresh flower garlands made by local sherpa children and given to us by their mums as a going away present. "