MEFNews.org: News of our Recent Service Walks & Projects
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The team is currently walking down the very step trails through many corn and rice growing villages to dhare where they have arranged to catch a bus back to Kathmandu tomorrow.
The weather is still very good, so it should be a beautiful and interesting bus ride.
Enjoying the walk through a temple laden valley in Ripal Village. Evening sky and sliver of sun setting over mount Gaurishankar above Kiji village. Back to top
The team walked away from Patale and down through the foothills, marveling at the enourmous views of such classic peaks a Gauri Shankar. They visited monasteries and more sherpa homes along the way, then came to the market town of Kiji Bazar, where they spent the night.
Market day in Kiji Bazaar means butchering farm animals beneath squash trees (photo Brian Rolfson). Mighty Mount Gaurishankar looms above the Nepal Tibet border. a stunning view from our service trek (photo Brian Rolfson).Kiji Bazaar, shopping in remote Nepal at its best (photo Peter Thornton). Farm family prepares their rice paddy with a water buffaloes pulling a wooden plough (photo by Brian Rolfson).Back to top
The team attended a prayer ceremony (puja) at the village temple, followed by visiting several sherpa family homes and eating and drinking delicious local cuisine made with fresh, pure ingredients. They attended the opening ceremony of the new Dhaurakharkha health post and celebrated with an evening of sherpa folk dancing and singing.
Sherpa dance party celebrating construction of the new health post. New Patale health post in progress, Many thanks to Erik Petersen, www.theFitBar.com , Kevin Burke, Bellerina Yeo, Barclays Capital Singapore, and Katharine Peacock (Dan Mazur). Back to top
Today the team visited Maidane Primary School and Dhaurakharkha Primary School and taught classes to the local children today. the weather has been amazingly perfect everyday. Warm clear days and cool clear nights, with no precipitation and no clouds.
Students, teachers, MEFSD directors and community leaders at Maidane school in Patale. Dorje the mayor of Patale, walks on the school ground which will be elevated.A very young Buddhist monk inside the Patale monastery (Rachel Dillhoff). Gyltsen, our awesome main porter, in Patale (Elaine Smith) Back to top
The team made the beautiful walk to Charmading High School today and met with the school committee, school principal, and teachers. Then the team moved camp and relocated up to the Dhaurakharkha health post. Back to top
Lots of children follow us from Charmading school. MEFSD directors Jangbu and Murari with teachers and staff of Charmading school. Murari Sharma, director of MEFSD speaks with Charmading head teacher Tej Narayan Chaudhary (Dan Mazur).Back to top
After last night's delicious dinner at one of Kathmandu's many fine restaurants, the team awoke early this morning. the weather was perfect today. Sunny, blue skies, and clear with no wind. The team flew from Kathmandu to Phaphlu and began their walk through the large village of Salleri, then went down to the Sidi Khola river, passing the hydro plant, then climbed the hill into the corn and millet fields across the valley, reaching the charming agricultural village of Dungopa in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day of flying and walking.Back to top
Today we sat and had tea together in the meeting rooms at the Mount Everest Foundation for Sustainable Development (MEFSD) with all of the members and leaders.
During the meeting we talked about what all of our member's expectations are for what they hope to achieve during the service trek, and we spoke of our planned itinerary, what we have in store for us each day, necessary trekking equipment, etcetera.
Lots of members chimed in about how they want to be involved, so we made exciting plans for visiting and teaching in schools and also for visiting hospitals and health clinics.
Then we went to purchase our mattresses, trekking sticks, and other necessary bits and pieces along the way.
It was a very full and rewarding day and we truly enjoyed meeting everyone and it looks like we have a very fun group.
Now we are excited for tomorrow's (23 November) flight to Phaphlu in a small 16 seat plane chartered by the MEFSD. Wish us luck!! Back to top
- Murari Sharma (MEF Chairman/ Leader) - Kathmandu, Nepal
- Stewart w. (Assistant Leader) - USA
- Bea W. - USA
- Gary T. - Australia
- Sam P. - Australia
- Sarah P. - Australia
- Danette W. - USA
- Jack S. - USA
- Erik P. - USA
- Jimmie R. - USA
- Jangbu Sherpa (MEF Member) - Patle (Back to Top)