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    information night, fundraiser, community, Reach For Nepal, mont shop, fyshwick, nepal, canberra

    Nepal Community Rebuild Trip & Information Night

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    Nepal has some of the most stunning, remote mountain ranges in the world; however, these rugged and isolated areas were some of the hardest hit in the 2015 earthquake. Join us on the 11th of May to hear about how Mont and the Reach for Nepal Foundation (RFN) are offering you a chance to get off the beaten track and experience the genuine culture of Nepal while making an actual difference in a remote village.
     
    On the night you will learn how Reach for Nepal is making meaningful change to the lives of rural Nepalese affected by the earthquake, and the unique cultural and trekking experiences offered on this amazing trip. There will also be some tasty treats from the Hungry Buddha Himalayan restaurant!

    The night will be presented by Lachhu Thapa and Lou Nulley, co founders and directors of the Reach for Nepal Foundation. Lachhu is based in Canberra running both the Reach for Nepal Foundation and the Hungry Buddha restaurants but is originally from Pokhara in Nepal. Lou is an experienced Himalayan trekker and brings an extensive project management skillset to the operation.

    Two local Canberra organisations partner to present the trip of a lifetime. Change peoples lives on this genuine 'off the beaten track' adventure: 3 days physical work rebuilding a remote village school, genuine cultural experiences & guided trekking through some of the World's great ranges.

    INFORMATION NIGHT
    When: 5.30pm Thursday 11th of May
    Where: The Mont Shop, 18 Pirie St Fyshwick ACT 2609
    RSVP: On the Mont Facebook or by email to shop@mont.com.au.

    RSVP for the Info Night on Facebook
    Or book your trip with Bhudda Odyssey

    Change peoples lives on this genuine 'off the beaten track' adventure: 3 days physical work rebuilding a remote village school, genuine cultural experiences & guided trekking through some of the World's great ranges.

    THE NEPAL COMMUNITY REBUILD TRIP
    When: Departs Kathmandu Oct 30, 2017
    Cost: AUD $2,690/person, twin share
    Group: Minimum 6, Maximum 12
    Fundraising for RFN by participants is encouraged.
    Autumn (September to November) in the Pokhara region offers the best weather and visibility for trekking.

    HIGHLIGHTS
    • Three day Community Rebuild Project in a remote village
    • Unique insights into Nepal village life, working alongside the community
    • 5 day trek with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges
    • Sightseeing in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath and Boudhanath
    • Pokhara Peace Stupa Walk
    • Mountain flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

    THE PROJECT
    You will be involved in building classrooms at the Shree Sadin Adharbhut School of Lachowk, Kaski where children must take it in turns to use the existing classrooms. These classrooms also double as an office and a library. The next closest school is 2 hours away.

    THE REACH FOR NEPAL FOUNDATION
    The Reach for Nepal Foundation was established after the devastating earthquakes of Nepal in April 2015.
    RFN is a not-for-profit organisation working to provide practical and financial assistance to rural Nepalese communities affected by the devastating 2015 earthquake.

    Mont is proud to be partnering with the Reach for Nepal foundation, their unique cultural connection and knowledge of Nepal allows their aid to help remote and isolated communities often overlooked by other aid programs. Find more information about the projects at www.reachfornepal.org.

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  • Expeditions & Adventures

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    ice clombing, rolwaling valley, nepal, icicle jacket, mont ambassador, chris warner

    Ice Climbing in the Rolwaling Valley, Nepal

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    By Chris Warner

    1st January 2014

    We have been here in the village of Bedding at 3700m nearly a week now. There's no snow on the ground and the water ice routes look amazing all up the narrow valley. We plan to spend 2 weeks here at the guest house going out each day to climb the ice and maybe discover some new lines. For winter in the Himalayas it's surprisingly mild with clear blue skies.

    1-chris-reactorChris in a Mont Reactor Tee, Oasis Cap and Power Dry Silk Weight Thermals

    Our first route we did was just 15 minutes walk from the lodge and went up 6 pitches to a walk off. A great line of around WI3+. From the top we could see across the valley at the other routes we wanted to do, and try to work out the best access across the river at their base.

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    We climbed over the next few days 3 of the 4 main routes in this group previously named 'The Cousin Brothers'. It was the shady side of the valley and noticeably colder. Each route was about an hour approach following local paths or up the frozen creek beds. We did some great 3 to 9 pitch routes up to WI4+.
     

    Chris keeping warm in a Mont Icicle Jacket Chris keeping warm in his Mont Icicle Jacket

    So far we are the only ones up here climbing ice. The village is very quite with most of the locals away for the winter. In a few days we will walk higher up the valley to the village of Naa at 4200m. From there we want to climb some bigger lines and get on the Great Wall.

     

    7th January 2014

    4-Kristy-icicleKristy in the new Mont Icicle Jacket in Skydiver Blue. Same great Hydronaute XT fabric with new higher lofting Durable Water Repellent down.

    We just came back from spending 3 days at Naa. The village is empty for the winter but stayed with a local who walked up from Bedding to open their house for us. Naa is a larger village in a more open part of the valley. Stonewalls criss-cross everywhere with large Yaks eating what’s left of the winter grass. There are 10 Sherpa climbers here as well practicing on the ice for the guide course they start in a few days.

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    We headed over to the Great Wall the first day. It’s a huge wide flow of ice over 100m at the base. We climb a stunning line on the left hand end, which takes us up 4 pitches of WI4. We climb another route nearby dripping wet at the bottom with mushy ice in the middle. On the last pitch the ice is clear blue with the water behind pounding down between the rock and ice. A beautiful thing to watch as you're swinging your axes and crampons into the thin ice.

    Now back at Bedding we have one day climbing left. We will try to climb the long route in the small canyon only a few minutes walk from the village. It’s been to wet to climb so far this trip but we have had some colder days now. The following day we will start our 3 day journey back to Kathmandu and the head over to Pokhara to paraglide for a few weeks in the winter sun.

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