Himalayan dress up trek april 2015 – Langtang valley, Nepal

In 2014 Australian Chris Patison visited the remote village of Jibajibe and volunteered at a local school teaching. He fell in love with these beautiful rural Nepali’s and vowed he would be back. The idea of doing a “dress-up” trek to highlight the plight of these people and raise much needed funds was born…

In April of 2015 this dream came to fruition. Chris arrived with a team of 22 trekkers who raised money in Australia that would help further fund the newly built hospital in Jibajibe Village and also fund a new library & resource centre in a local school in Jibajibe Village.

They had a blast, completing their Langtang Valley trek in fancy dress and then finalised the trek visiting the village where they were donating their fundraising efforts. All were warmly welcomed with a cultural ceremony at the school. Such an incredibly rewarding method of trekking!!

The following is a report from one of the members of the “Aussie Dress-Up Trekkers 2015”: 

I arrived in Nepal on the 3rd April, a member of a 22 person team called the “Dress-Up Trekkers”. Team leader Chris Patison organised the trek with the aim to raise as much money as possible to support the hospital & school in Jibajibe. In total approx. $7,500 was raised by various schools, trivia night, raffles & individual donations. The generosity, support & effort from all involved was amazing.

The first 2 days in Kathmandu were dedicated to visiting cultural & heritage sights & last minute trekker shopping. It was a great opportunity for my family to visit my sponsor child Chandra & his friend Pemba who board at Glen Buds School.

Sunday we set off on the long bus ride to Dunche, starting point of the Langtang Valley Trek.

Monday the first official day of hiking, everyone arrived at breakfast very excited & looking very colourful in their fancy dress costumes. We had a tiger, fairies, ninja turtles, where’s wally, ladybugs, Indianna Jones, Bravehearts, crazy Ozzie, Steve Irwin, Minnie mouse, Wonder woman, Indian lady, African hunter, Leopard & Batman. For the next 8 days on the trail, everyone we met loved the crazy Aussies in dress up. Before & after dinner many noisy card games were won & lost & there was always someone strumming a tune on the guitar or playing the mouth organ with our guides & porters sharing the experience with us.

We stayed 2 nights in Kyanjin Gompa, relaxing & acclimatising to less oxygen. Some of us tackled a couple of high viewpoints Kyanjin Ri (4,600m) & Tsergo Ri (4,985m). The day finishing with a local game of cricket between Nepal & Australia. The bat was a flat piece of timber flooring& a tennis ball. Tha Nepali’s had the advantage on the rocky ground but the Ozzies were the winners. Every building with a window had countless eyes peering through. The huge smiles showed their love for every minute of the game.

On our return journey we stayed with Hari’s sister & family. They own & run a Tea House at Syabrubesi. There was much celebration that night as the trek had come to an end. The guides & porters showed us some very fancy dance moves ending with the ever popular crowd surfing.

The next morning we caught a bus to Jibajibe Village, where we set up camp in Hari’s cabbage patch minus the cabbages. It was wonderful to visit Hari’s parents & family again, so many mixed emotions arising. They are such generous, beautiful, kind people. The following day we had a tour of the hospital. The hospital has changed very little from my previous visit with it still needing a lot of equipment & staff. The x-ray machine has made life a lot easier for the villagers, before this they travelled to Kathmandu. Slowly, slowly as funds come in, the hospital will be a great benefit to the people.

Jibajibe High School was a highlight for our group as a big percentage are teachers. We were amazed how versatile the local teachers are as resources are very limited. The children were on holidays but the word spread around that Ozzies were visiting, so many turned up to say hello & you could see how proud they were of their school.

Our chief cook for the 2 nights was Sanghi & his team. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. They provided a feast at every meal, even produced 2 birthday cakes. I also visited my sponsor child Namuna & her family, I am so fortunate to be able to help this family.

Back in Kathmandu everyone was feeling tired, but very, very happy, reflecting on their own personal journey & what it means to them.

I encourage anyone that has a sense of adventure & wants to experience a different culture to visit Nepal. Experiences like this help us to grow, respect & appreciate life & be very grateful for everything. I was also very lucky to have my husband & 3 of our children & partners trek with me. Sharing this journey with them was wonderful.

THANKYOU Hari for all your support & organising this trip, your kindness & generosity made everyone’s holiday a life-changing experience.

 
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August 04, 2015

Himalayan dress up trek april 2015 – Langtang valley, Nepal

In 2014 Australian Chris Patison visited the remote village of Jibajibe and volunteered at a local school teaching. He fell in love with these beautiful rural Nepali’s and vowed he would be back. The idea of doing a “dress-up” trek to highlight the plight of these people and raise much needed funds was born…

In April of 2015 this dream came to fruition. Chris arrived with a team of 22 trekkers who raised money in Australia that would help further fund the newly built hospital in Jibajibe Village and also fund a new library & resource centre in a local school in Jibajibe Village.

They had a blast, completing their Langtang Valley trek in fancy dress and then finalised the trek visiting the village where they were donating their fundraising efforts. All were warmly welcomed with a cultural ceremony at the school. Such an incredibly rewarding method of trekking!!

The following is a report from one of the members of the “Aussie Dress-Up Trekkers 2015”: 

I arrived in Nepal on the 3rd April, a member of a 22 person team called the “Dress-Up Trekkers”. Team leader Chris Patison organised the trek with the aim to raise as much money as possible to support the hospital & school in Jibajibe. In total approx. $7,500 was raised by various schools, trivia night, raffles & individual donations. The generosity, support & effort from all involved was amazing.

The first 2 days in Kathmandu were dedicated to visiting cultural & heritage sights & last minute trekker shopping. It was a great opportunity for my family to visit my sponsor child Chandra & his friend Pemba who board at Glen Buds School.

Sunday we set off on the long bus ride to Dunche, starting point of the Langtang Valley Trek.

Monday the first official day of hiking, everyone arrived at breakfast very excited & looking very colourful in their fancy dress costumes. We had a tiger, fairies, ninja turtles, where’s wally, ladybugs, Indianna Jones, Bravehearts, crazy Ozzie, Steve Irwin, Minnie mouse, Wonder woman, Indian lady, African hunter, Leopard & Batman. For the next 8 days on the trail, everyone we met loved the crazy Aussies in dress up. Before & after dinner many noisy card games were won & lost & there was always someone strumming a tune on the guitar or playing the mouth organ with our guides & porters sharing the experience with us.

We stayed 2 nights in Kyanjin Gompa, relaxing & acclimatising to less oxygen. Some of us tackled a couple of high viewpoints Kyanjin Ri (4,600m) & Tsergo Ri (4,985m). The day finishing with a local game of cricket between Nepal & Australia. The bat was a flat piece of timber flooring& a tennis ball. Tha Nepali’s had the advantage on the rocky ground but the Ozzies were the winners. Every building with a window had countless eyes peering through. The huge smiles showed their love for every minute of the game.

On our return journey we stayed with Hari’s sister & family. They own & run a Tea House at Syabrubesi. There was much celebration that night as the trek had come to an end. The guides & porters showed us some very fancy dance moves ending with the ever popular crowd surfing.

The next morning we caught a bus to Jibajibe Village, where we set up camp in Hari’s cabbage patch minus the cabbages. It was wonderful to visit Hari’s parents & family again, so many mixed emotions arising. They are such generous, beautiful, kind people. The following day we had a tour of the hospital. The hospital has changed very little from my previous visit with it still needing a lot of equipment & staff. The x-ray machine has made life a lot easier for the villagers, before this they travelled to Kathmandu. Slowly, slowly as funds come in, the hospital will be a great benefit to the people.

Jibajibe High School was a highlight for our group as a big percentage are teachers. We were amazed how versatile the local teachers are as resources are very limited. The children were on holidays but the word spread around that Ozzies were visiting, so many turned up to say hello & you could see how proud they were of their school.

Our chief cook for the 2 nights was Sanghi & his team. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou. They provided a feast at every meal, even produced 2 birthday cakes. I also visited my sponsor child Namuna & her family, I am so fortunate to be able to help this family.

Back in Kathmandu everyone was feeling tired, but very, very happy, reflecting on their own personal journey & what it means to them.

I encourage anyone that has a sense of adventure & wants to experience a different culture to visit Nepal. Experiences like this help us to grow, respect & appreciate life & be very grateful for everything. I was also very lucky to have my husband & 3 of our children & partners trek with me. Sharing this journey with them was wonderful.

THANKYOU Hari for all your support & organising this trip, your kindness & generosity made everyone’s holiday a life-changing experience.

 

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