Local Villagers Learn New Skills

Nangi, Nepal: September 7, 2011: Author: Chitra Pun The Dhaulagiri Technical School in Lete is spending three months in Nangi training 20 unskilled workers to be the new chefs in lodges along the Parbat/Khopra trails.  There are two chefs Mr. Khadka Subba and Mr. Prasanta Gauchan and Mr. Amar G.C. is an English teacher. The credit for this training goes to Mr Raman Pun, Headteacher at the Himanchal Secondary School, because he successfully brought it to Nangi village. We were very stressed because we had to conduct a training before this fall season but we are happy that we could...

Marathon Success!

Mahabir Pun and the Himanchal Educational Foundation wants to extend a big THANK YOU to RANKS team (Rohit, Anurakta, Netra, Karma and Sunil) who raised $1,060 for HEF running the Colorado Marathon on Sunday May 1st. — Great job!! Any money donated to the Himanchal Educational Foundation goes directly to Nepal to support the projects initiated by Mahabir Pun.  Mahabir has accomplished so much in a short period of time including installing wireless internet connections in many villages in the Myagdi District, allowing students and families to use the internet for educational purposes, and  medical staff to consult with far away specialists. At present HEF is supporting...

Spring Trekking in Nepal

We just want to update you on the new trekking routes in and around Nangi, Nepal. Work on the lodges continues and by the Fall trekking season we should be open and ready for business. Check out the progress we are making. Let’s start our virtual trek in Nangi.                                                                                                                                So let’s walk up to Mohare and see what is happening at that site.  The climb from Nangi to Mohare intially goes past many incredible, old shrines topping a small ridge close to the village.  As you walk through the Enchanted Forest’s tall and lust rhododendrons,  you feel magically transported...

Nangi – the new trekking spot!

The new Nangi Trekking Lodge is almost done – just in time for the spring tourist season.  All of the villagers have been working diligently to get this completed. And a big thank you to Chitra Pun for all the work he has done with the trekking program in general.   At present Chitra is learning how to become a trekking guide. As you can see this program is being presented to many interested in making the new Nangi Treks the best possible!

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 WOW – we are all so excited about the new treks!  Above is a picture of the almost completed Nangi Trekking Lodge which includes such wonderful amenities as a hot shower, hill-top southern exposure, a museum, and just a few minutes up the trail incredible historic worship sites.  If you have time, a quick trip to the enchanted forest will surprise and delight!  Also, we are pleased that Chitra Pun, who has taken a huge role in assuring that lodges get build & managers get trained, is presently taking a 140 hour class on trekking.   Thanks Chitra for all that...

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Cross Breeding Project Update! It took two days for Chitra Pun and his fellow herdsmen to bring the newly purchased local cows and their babies to Mohare from Narchang – that is an elevation gain of over 5,000 feet from the KaliGhandaki River to Mohare Ridge.  Since our last post, it was decided by Nangi villagers and the school to purchase 30 cows and their babies for the Cross Breeding Project, instead of the original 15.  We are so pleased that a generous donor has sent the Himanchal Educational Foundation money for purchase of 1/2 of  these cows — a huge thank you...

NEW TREKKING ROUTE IN NANGI

This fall TAAN, the Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal, launched three new treks – one of which will benefit the schools in and around Nangi village. Mahabir Pun has always had the vision of a trekking route close to home.  This dream became a reality when the Borderlands Resort’s Director Megh Ale agreed to team with the Himanchal Educational Foundation to create this new route.  Coordinated by Nature-Treks, these community eco-lodge treks emphasize communities, conservation, and environmentally sustainable travel.  Trekkers will travel for seven days to six villages (see Trek #1 on google map), whose elevations range from 2,700 feet...

San Jose Mercury News Covers Mahabir Pun

Mike Cassidy of San Jose Mercury News has written a nice piece on Mahabir Pun’s work – http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_15318738?IADID=Search-www.mercurynews.com-www.mercurynews.com&nclick_check=1 (Mike – we hope it’s okay to publish it here as well) Cassidy: Mahabir Pun inspires digital revolution in the Himalayas By Mike Cassidy Mercury News Columnist Posted: 06/17/2010 01:11:44 PM PDT Updated: 06/18/2010 07:28:46 AM PDT It’s not every day that you get a request to connect on LinkedIn. OK, it is, but this particular one stopped me cold: Mahabir Pun was looking to reconnect. Mahabir Pun. He’s a guy I’ve written about, a guy who lives at 7,000-plus feet in a...

Paper Making Project — We need your help

The women started producing paper again this January. So far they have produced 1,454 sheets of 20 grm paper and 91 sheets of 40 gm colored paper.  97 kg of lokta bark has been harvested from Nangi and 194 kg lokta has been harvested from Ramche village in February. We purchased lokta @ Rs.50 per kg. The weather is good and sunny for lokta paper making, so the women are doing a great job. Chitra Pun You can help us sell paper products in the US and Canada.  The Himanchal Educational Foundation has a supply of handmade paper writing journals...

Blood Drinking Festival – a fundraiser for local schools

The Blood Drinking Festival was conducted for five days from 02-06 March 2009; there were 205 people involved. All these people are from around the villages of Nangi, Paudwar, Ramche, Shikha , Narchyang, and Pulachour.  During the festival, 11 yak was killed and sold for meat. Blood was sold @ Rs. 60 per cup. A minimum of 12 to maximum of  21 cups of blood were taken from each yak. Blood is drunk as a medicine for intestinal problems and to get energy. Another festival will be conducted at Khopra Hill in mid-July. The total profit was Rs.141,000, which was...

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