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Everest Trek for OKMT-UK

Key information:

  • Date: September/October 2013
  • Registration fee: £500.00
  • Fundraising target: £2,500.00

Join the Music Therapy Trust Nepal’s Team for this stunning 17 day trek to the base camp of the highest mountain in the World: Everest. Our challenge takes you through the foothills of the Himalayas to the summit of Kala Pattar (5,555m) which stands as a viewpoint of Mount Everest from base camp to peak. From here, we can enjoy spectacular views of the Khumbu glacier that guarded by mighty mountains. To join us and be part of this super trek through the highest mountain range in the world we require a non-refundable (can be counted towards sponsorship) £500.00 plus your commitment to raise a minimum of £2500.

Who are you doing This Trek For?

 

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THE MUSIC THERAPY TRUST NEPAL (TMTTN): The Music Therapy Trust Nepal (Registered Charity No 864) was set up in 2010 by Dr Margaret Lobo, Founder and Director of The Otakar Kraus Music Trust UK. OKMT continues to support TMTTN and is organising this Trek on their behalf. The aim of TMTTN is to introduce the first clinical music therapy to Nepal and it is already improving awareness of disability, and changing the lives of hundreds of children and adults who are marginalised due to communication difficulties, disability or poverty. It now wants to bring music therapy to hundreds more children and young people, and your help can enable this to happen.

 

In 2005 Dr Lobo founded The Music Therapy Trust (India), which established a Music Therapy Centre in New Delhi, where Indian musicians are trained in the Postgraduate Diploma in Music Therapy. In 2009, Nepalese musician, Kedar Gandhari was sponsored to train in New Delhi and returned in 2010 to introduce the first clinical music therapy at Autism Care Nepal in Kathmandu. Kedar provides individual and group music therapy for children with autism, nearly all of whom are non-verbal. He also gives workshops for parents, and educational and other professionals, to inform them about the benefits of music therapy.

WHY WE ARE DOING THIS?

Nepal is a poor country with limited education or health care. Many children and young people are marginalised, orphaned, disabled or vulnerable with few prospects. Awareness of disability is very low, even amongst educated people and health professionals, and resources few. Two thirds of children with disabilities receive no education and there are few therapists or psychologists to give them any chance of development. Some conditions, such as psychological health have been badly neglected. Autism, for example, is rarely diagnosed. It is estimated that there are up to 50,000 people in Nepal on the autistic spectrum and most of them will end up in a mental institution or be hidden away in the home. At Autism Care Nepal, we have already helped hundreds of children and have seen children with autism begun to form relationships, communicate and enter education.

Trip Overview:

This Everest Base Camp Charity Challenge is a great lodge trek and one of the most beautiful trekking routes in the world. In addition to the stunning landscape, the route gives us an insight into the lives and culture of the legendary Sherpa people and demonstrations of their friendliness and amazing hospitality. The trek travels the heart of the Himalayan foothills to the exhilarating heights of Everest Base Camp. After arriving in Kathmandu and exploring the temples, shrines and bazaars, we take an exciting mountain flight to Lukla and trek up the Dudh Kosi Valley, surrounded by the soaring peaks of Thamserku and Kusum Kanguru. It’s a steep ascent to Namche Bazaar, capital of the Kumbu Sherpas, where we are again greeted by spectacular mountain vistas. A rest day here aids acclimatization and there are great optional walks to enjoy the area. We then follow the trail to famous Tengboche, located high on a ridge where a magnificent 360-degree panorama awaits. The views of Everest, the Lhotse-Nuptse Wall, Ama Dablam and Kantega dominate this peaceful and spiritual location – surely one of the most soothing and inspiring places in the world. While passing The Tengboche and other monasteries along the way the views of Everest get closer every day. This stunning trek visits both Everest base camp and Kala Pattar (5555m), a viewpoint recognised as the best vantage point to see Mount Everest which is a premier goal for many adventurous walkers in the Himalaya. After trekking to base camp and Kala Pattar we return at our leisurely pace back to Namche and Lukla for our return flight to Kathmandu.

A bit about Nepal:

The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal is a landlocked country in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People of Republic of China and by the Republic of India to the South, East, and West. With an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 square miles) and population of about 30 million, Nepal is the world’s 93rd largest country by land mass and the 41st most populated country. Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal. Nepal has rich geography; the mountainous north has eight of the world’s fourteen tallest mountains, including the highest point on the Earth, the mountain Everest (called Sagarmatha in Nepali). It contains more than 240 peaks over 20,000 ft.(6,069m) above sea level. The fertile and humid south is heavily urbanized.

Religions: — By some measures, Hinduism is practised by a larger Majority of People in Nepal. Buddhism though a minority faith in the country is linked historically with Nepal as the birthplace of the Buddha. Many Nepali do not distinguish between Hinduism and Buddhism and follow both religious traditions. Several other minor religions are also practised but Nepal has never suffered from religious conflict.

Geography and climate of Nepal: Nepal is roughly trapezoidal in shape, 800 kilometres (497 miles) long and 200 kilometres (124 miles) wide with an area of 147,181 square kilometres (56,827 square miles). The southern lowland plains or Terai bordering to India are part of the northern rim of the indo-gangetic plains.They were formed and are feed by three major Himalayan rivers: The Kosi, The Narayani, and the Karnali as well as smaller rivers rising below the permanent snowline. This region has subtropical to tropical climate. The outermost range of foothills (called Shiwalik or Churia Range) marks the limit of the Gangetic plain; however several broad, low valleys called inner Tarai lie north of these foothills. Reaching 1,500 to 3,000 meters (4,921ft – 9,843ft) is the southern limit of this region, with subtropical river valleys and hills alternating to the north of this range. Population density is high in the valleys but notably less above 2,000 metres and very low above 2,500 metres where snow falls in winter.

The Mountain Region situated in the Great Himalayan Range makes up the northern part of Nepal. It contains the highest elevations in the world including the 8,850 meters high Mount Everest (Sagarmatha in Nepali) on the border with China. Seven other of the world’s 8,000 metre peaks are in Nepal or on its border with china, Lhotse, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Chanchenjunga, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Manaslu,

Nepal has five seasons: Monsoon, autumn, winter, spring, and summer. The Himalaya blocks cold winds from Central Asia in the winter and forms the northern limit of the monsoon wind patterns. In a land once thickly forested, deforestation is a major problem in all regions, with resulting erosion and degradation of ecosystems.

Detailed Itinerary

See below

Guidelines for Clothing and Equipment

Clothing

  • Walking boots and Trainers/approach shoes
  • Sun Hat/ Warm Hat/ Sunglasses
  • Socks 3+ pairs (Walking and Casual)
  • Casual/T-shirts 3+
  • Trekking Pants and Underwear 3+
  • Light fleece 1-2 / Thick fleece 1-2
  • Thermal Base layer shirt x 2
  • Thermal underwear
  • Waterproof jacket with hood
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Warm Jacket (Down)
  • Winter/Thermal Gloves

Equipment:

  • Daypack/rucksack (min. 30 litres)
  • Sleeping bag (4/5 seasons)/ sleeping bag Sheet
  • water bottles/ Water purifying tablets (iodine based are best)
  • Towel — quick drying pack towel is recommended
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Washing/Shaving kit & toilet paper
  • Insect Repellent
  • Torch (and spare bulb and batteries)
  • Camera & accessories
  • A variety of dry bag/plastic bags
  • Small personal First Aid kit
  • Anti-Bacterial Hand wash
  • Sun Cream & lip salve
  • Blister plasters i.e. Camped
  • Passport size photos (2) for trekking-permit

Additional clothing and Equipment Lists (considered as being useful on a walking holiday):

  • Penknife/small scissors
  • Moisturizing cream
  • Wet wipes
  • Snacks/Energy bars
  • Safety pins
  • Padlock for your kitbag
  • Small sewing/repair kit
  • Spare glasses/contact lenses
  • Earplugs (against snorers)
  • Cold water Travel Wash
  • Travel adaptor (highly recommended)

Sleeping Bags and down jackets can be rented in Kathmandu. We can arrange these rental items for you in advance. Rental fees for these would be paid locally in Kathmandu and are not included in the total cost. Accommodation: In Kathmandu we stay in a comfortable hotel. Throughout the trek we stay in basic tea-house accommodation. All rooms are on a twin share basis. Tea-houses have shared washing facilities.

Food: Breakfast each morning will be at our accommodation. Lunches will be en-route in tea-houses and evening meals will be at our night’s stop. Variety in menus at this altitude is limited, but we attempt to offer a mix of typical Nepalese fare and dishes with an international influence.

Mobile phones do work in Nepal. Although in some of the areas you are trekking there may be no signal. If you have not used your mobile outside the UK before you will have to contact your operator to enable international calls. Please ensure your phone is set for roaming if you are taking a mobile. Please note that it is expensive to phone both to and out of a mobile when abroad. We do not however encourage mobile phone use whilst walking on any of our trips — out of courtesy to other clients and trekkers please use your mobile phone discreetly.

Tipping: Tipping to your support staffs is at your discretion; but we must stress that tips do not form part of the wages of your guide and trek crew. However, Nepalese people are as a rule incredibly cheerful and friendly and nothing ever seems too much trouble for them. Your guide and trek crew will be no exception and as a tip is the accepted form of saying ‘thank you’ if you have received good service, a tip at the end of your trek will be greatly appreciated. Vaccinations and medical precautions: - We always recommend visiting your doctor for a check-up before travelling. Your doctor will also have access to the most up to date information on vaccinations and medical precautions for the country you are about to visit. We ask you to complete the attached medical form.

First Aid: You should always carry your own small, personal first aid kit. This should consist of the following: a general antibiotic, throat lozenges, painkillers, plasters (Band-Aids), blister treatment, insect repellent (DEET), rehydration salts, antiseptic cream, altitude sickness (Diamox), diarrhoea treatment (e.g. Imodium), etc.

How to Register: Fill in the attached registration form and send it to OKMT with the non-refundable deposit of £500. Please see the form for details. Once we receive your registration form and deposit we will contact you for a briefing and presentations about the Challenge and ideas for fundraising. The deposit will be held by a UK registered Charity, the UK arm of The Music Therapy Trust Nepal.


HOW MUSIC THERAPY CHANGES LIVES

Music Therapy is a worldwide scientifically proven method of reaching people and helping them to communicate and is based on the understanding that everyone can respond to music, regardless of disability or illness. Music therapy can unlock doors and reach people considered beyond help. The music therapy sessions in Nepal will help children and young people who have disabilities or are traumatised to:

  • build therapeutic relationships and develop social interaction skills
  • develop communication skills – some speak for the first time
  • express themselves and feel joy
  • improve cognitive and motor skills
  • relieve tension and anxiety, reduce isolation and distress and overcome trauma
  • increase confidence, creativity, attention span and choice

These developments can improve the psychological health of street children, helping to rehabilitate them, and help those with communication difficulties, such as autism, to enter into mainstream education and society, and give them greater opportunities to change the quality of their lives.

FUTURE PLANS AND THE NEED FOR FUNDRAISING

  • TMTT Nepal aims to bring the benefits of music therapy to hundreds more disabled or disadvantaged children and young people, including:
    • Children with autism
    • Orphans and abandoned children
    • Children with physical or learning difficulties, including deaf children
    • Street children and vulnerable families
    • Those with mental illness
    • People with cancer
  • Give workshops and produce a documentary to show the benefits of music therapy, to make teachers, health officials and the Nepalese Government better informed about disability, with the goal of eradicating the ignorance and stigma surrounding this field in Nepal.
  • Reach remote parts of Nepal, using a specially equipped mobile music therapy vehicle.
  • Provide a certificate programme of therapy workshops to the Gandharba community.
  • Build on relationship with United Nations promoting music therapy in India & Nepal.

The Funds raised will enable us to pay for:

one year salary costs of the Nepalese therapist £5,000
music therapy mobile vehicle & fittings £15,000
musical instruments & audio equipment £3,000
workshops and music therapy sessions £2,200
music therapy for a child for one year £300

Only with sufficient funding can TMTTN carry on their work and fulfil their aim of bringing music therapy to more children in Nepal who are marginalised or have special needs. Please support them by taking part in this exciting adventure and help change the lives of these children.

Additional Option: People with suitable skills can spend time helping at the TMTTN Centre-Nepal. Please contact us for further information and the additional cost for this activity.

Contact
THE MUSIC THERAPY TRUST NEPAL
Web sites: www.themusictherapytrust.com , www.okmtrust.co.uk
Email address: okmtrust@aol.com, kulkadel@hotmail.com
For Trekking: www.trekkingandtravelnepal.com.np

3 Twining Avenue, Twickenham TW2 5LL

Registered Charity No 1009797

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Trip Overview

Trekking Destination : Everest Base Camp
Group Size : 0
Best Time : Autumn
Grade : testing
Maximum Altitude : 5555
Total Trip days : 17 days
Trip Cost : USD 3500 Pound per PP

Outline Itinerary of Everest Trek for OKMT-UK

Detailed Itinerary

Day Destinations Descriptions
1Departure from UK

The actual flight time is about 10.5 hours but including the stopover can be about 13 hours depending on flights and airlines

2Arrival Kathmandu Airport (1345 metres)

We are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel in Kathmandu. Here we have a briefing from our head guide. In the evening we have a welcome meal with the staff of the Nepal Music Therapy Trust and relax before our departure on the challenge of a lifetime.

3Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley and includes a visit to Music Therapy Trust Centre Nepal

In the morning after breakfast at around 9 am, we host a Pre-Trip meeting at the hotel in Kathmandu. It will provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the trek and arrange and organize any final preparations for the trip. After the Pre-Trip meeting your sightseeing tour will start around 9.45 AM. We visit Bodhnath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks in prayer in the monasteries surrounding the Stupa. We then visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. Then we will go to Monkey temple. The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some last-minute shopping in Thamel or nearby your hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

4Fly to Lukla (2804 metres) trek to Phakding/Manjo (2610/2850 m)

We leave our hotel early and transfer to the airport for our exhilarating flight to Lukla. Clear skies permitting, views of the Himalayan giants like Ama Dablam, Everest, and Nuptse will take our breath away and give us a taste of what is to come. On arrival in the famous town of Lukla we start our acclimatisation walk to Phakding or Manjo 2850m which is below us. 3-4 hours walk

5Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 metres)

We continue trekking along the banks of the Dudh Kosi, crossing this majestic river many times on exciting suspension bridges laden with prayer flags. After entering Sagamartha National Park, the trail climbs steeply with breathtaking views. Namche Bazaar known as the Gateway to Everest which is home to many quality restaurants, hotels, lodges, shops, money exchange, internet cafe and a bakery. Namche is one of the biggest villages along the whole Everest trail. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 5.30 hours.

6Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day

Today we rise early and climb to the ridge above Namche for a stunning sunrise over the panorama of the Khumbu peaks. We then trek along the beautiful river valley and return for a more leisurely afternoon in Namche. We remain at Namche Bazaar for a second night to allow for further acclimatization.

7Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 metres)

The trek continues along the rushing glacial waters of the Dudh Kosi with magnificent views of the mountains. We trek to an altitude of 3860metres today. On reaching Tengboche you will see the local monastery. Inside the monastery are incredible ornate wall hangings, a 20-foot sculpture of Buddha, and the musical instruments and robes of the Lamas. The group will be taken to observe a prayer ceremony either in the evening or morning depending on how the day's trekking went. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 5-6 hours.

8Trek to Dingboche (4350 metres).

From Thegboche the trail drops to Debuche, crosses another exciting suspension bridge on the Imja Khola, and climbs to Pangboche amongst thousands of mani stones. Our uphill trek continues, taking us to the quaint traditional Sherpa village of Dingboche with its exquisite views of Lhotse, Island Peak, and Ama Dablam. We take our time so we avoid getting affected by the altitude. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 6-7 hours.

9Trek to Chhukung (4710 metres) and trek back to Dingboche

Today you can enjoy another day for acclimatization. We will have a trip to Chhukung valley via the Imja Khola valley to get a marvellous view of the surrounding mountains, especially Lhotse's massive south wall, then return to Dingboche in the evening. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 4-5 hours.

10Trek to Lobuche(4910 metres).

Today, the trail continues along the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier and passes by stone memorials for climbers who have perished on nearby summits. We continue to climb as we are heading to the altitude of 4910 metres at Lobuche which is really just a few huts at the foot of giant Lobuche peak. Some breathing problems may arise today due to the altitude. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 5-6 hours.

11Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 metres) then back to Gorak Shep (5180 metres)

Today has a real expedition feel to it and sees us leaving Lobuche at dawn. The sun soon reaches the summits of the Himalayan peaks and slowly lights up the valley bottom. We then traverse the Khumbu Glacier, climbing towards Gorak Shep, whose name means "Graveyard of Crows", the site for a couple of very basic lodges set amongst breathtaking mountain scenery. We continue at a slow but steady pace on our bid to reach Base Camp along the Khumbu Glacier, on a long and tiring day at altitude. After a little time to take photos and relax, we make our way back down to Gorak Shep where we stay the night. 7-9 hours

12Trek to Kalapattar(5555 metres).

Early in the morning we climb up to Kalapattar after enjoying the Khumbu Vista guarded by tall mountains, we trek down to Periche (4200m): This will be one of the most difficult yet rewarding days of the trek. Most of the morning is spent climbing Mt. Kala Patar, a small peak (by Himalayan standards) at 5,555 metres. The ascent is demanding but the climber gets the most magnificent mountain panorama: Everest, the highest point on the planet at 29028ft, 8850metres, towers directly ahead and on all sides loom the other giants, Nuptse, Pumori, Chagatse, Lhotse and countless others. We make a quick descent to Gorak Shep, then trek down to Periche. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 7-9 hours.

13Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 metres).

From Periche we take a slightly different route down to Orsho then to Pangboche village. Here is the oldest monastery in the region which contains what is said to be the scalp and bones of a Yeti, or abominable snowman. Leaving the mountains behind us our descent takes us through Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 metres before continuing back to the town of Tengboche Monastery at elevation of 3860 metres before continuing back to the town of overnight at Guesthouse. 6-7 hours.

14Trek to Lukla (2804 metres).

Finally we return to Lukla where the trek began, which will seem like a lifetime ago. Enjoying time to reflect on the trek as a group and the personal achievement of all those who took part. Also giving you time to explore the town. Stay overnight at Guesthouse. 4-5 hours

15Morning fly back to Kathmandu

Enjoying your last glimpse of the mountains you have recently visited for one last time on the35 minute scenic flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival in Kathmandu we are met and transferred back to our starting hotel. Stay overnight at hotel.

16Leisure day in Kathmandu- visit to center to bid good bye

You can start today your Kathmandu Shopping Tour and finish the evening with a special dinner with the Staff of the TMTTN and a thank you presentation. It's also a spare day in case of bad weather in Lukla.

17Transfer for your final flight departure

Depending on the departure time from Kathmandu, you may arrive in the UK on the same day or following morning.

Note: The above itinerary should be taken as a guideline only. It can be changed due to unforeseen events beyond our control such as natural disaster, political movement, and adverse weather. It is not possible to pay any reimbursement or be held responsible should you have to cancel or change your travel arrangements in any way because of unusual or unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control. These can include political movement, any sort of strike, war or threat of war, civil unrest, and industrial dispute; including air traffic control disputes, terrorist activity and its consequences, natural and nuclear disaster, fire, epidemics/pandemics, unavoidable technical problems with transport, closure or congestion of airports or ports.

  • Return flights from London to Kathmandu
  • Return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla, from where the trekking starts All airport transfers
  • Accommodation twin shared rooms with breakfast in Kathmandu
  • An experienced Guide and porters
  • Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
  • National park entry fees
  • Trekking permits
  • Local transport
  • Attraction entry fee
  • Personal travel insurance (which should cover trekking over 2500m, any sort of injuries, travel, personal possessions and medical)
  • Nepal entry visas and vaccinations
  • Local airport taxes
  • Any sort of drinks
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks and gifts
  • Gratuities for guide and staffs who work hard to ensure a successful trip.
  • Any other items not included above
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