On 25th April 2015, the world of ordinary Nepalese changed forever. Following the major earthquakes in the month of April and May, many people have lost – if not everything, but most of their possessions, and livelihoods. There are some villages, which have been completely destroyed, and require sufficient manpower to repair. Amid destructions, many schools around the countries have, either collapsed or suffered enormous damage. Many schools and institution are functioning without the roof above, displaying the high spirit, under the open sky as makeshift arrangements before reallocating to its previous classrooms. Because it is important for children to return school, as quickly as possible, as they will not only get behind their scheduled coursework but also to help them get over the traumas of the earthquakes.
Royal Mountain Travel (RMT) has been working with numbers of villages and villagers arranging homestay, as a commercial purpose, highly intended to benefit the local people, schools, and the entire community. Our aim is not to provide grants, but educating the communities to make living out of their, very own, rich culture, livelihood, and heritage. One such village is Belkot, about two hours Northeast from Kathmandu, on the way to the Langtang region. This is one of the worst hit areas by the earthquake, which took down most of the houses – including only government school- Shree Pancha Kanya Higher Secondary School, nearly destroyed every classroom at the higher secondary which are condemned too dangerous to use.
The aftermath of the earthquake on April and May saw the rise of Volunteering in Nepal. So, we – Royal Mountain Travel – as a part of its Corporate Social Responsibilities have prepared a project, Project Nepal, where volunteer tourism is primarily focused, aiming to guidance those travelers who are planning to travel and help Nepal at the same time period. For five days, volunteers would spend their time on reconstructing the local government school, Shree Pancha Kanya Higher Secondary School, at Nuwakot and then volunteers will hike through the famous trekking route, Annapurna Community Trek.
Early morning mountains view from Mohare Danda, Annapurna Community Trek
Annapurna Community trek provides a unique and close-up insight into village life in this beautiful area of the Himalayas. Mohare hill (3,300 m), offers spectacular panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Machhapuchhare (Fish Tail Mountain), some of the highest mountains of the world, and forms a highlight of this trip.Accommodation is in community lodges that have been built to provide the local community with all the benefits. Trekking in a pristine and unspoiled area, you are unlikely to meet many other trekkers. Instead, you will meet the local farmers, yak herders and village people in the communities where you will be treated more as a guest than a tourist.
Then the next famous stop will be one of the renowned touristic places in Nepal, Pokhara. Nestled under the shadow of Mt. Fishtail, Pokhara is a land of beautiful lakes and the balcony to the gorgeous mountains.
One horned Rhino Spotted in the jungle at Barauli Community Lodge
Last stop, then, would be the flattest land of Nepal, one of the colourful territory of Nepal, or to say the green belt of Nepal – Chitwan, which is also a home for some of the rare species like one horn rhino and Bengal tiger. That is to say, Project Nepal is a platform where travelers can travel for a cause; an opportunity for any travelers to become a vital part in the reconstruction program of this country.
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