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...

Nepal Wireless Project Update

By connecting Nangi village in 2002 to the Internet and slowly expanding the wireless network to neighboring villages step by step, now it has been expanded to more than 150 villages in 13 districts of Nepal. Until now HEF has received more than $30,000 through Donate One Dollar a Month Campaign to support the wireless project. Mahabir uses the contribution coming through HEF for the expansion of the wireless network. Currently Nepal Wireless project is providing different services to the people in the rural areas such as e-education, e-medicine, communication, local e-commerce, hotel booking system, credit card transaction system for...

Cross Breeding Project

The villagers and school in Nangi are working hard to establish a Cheese Production Factory and the first step is to build a herd of cross-bred Jhopas. As many of you may already know, at Khopra Lodge Mahabir has established a Yak Farm.  These yaks are primarily  for meat, milk and wool. They also work as pack animals in the higher elevation above snowline.   But the males serve another function which is to mate with a local female cow to produce a cross breed offspring called a Jhopa.  Because one of the parents is a Yak, it allows the cross...

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...

HEF e-Newsletter: December 2009

Dear Friends and Colleagues: Happy New Year! Attached is our latest HEF e-Newsletter.  This will provide you an update of all the current accomplishments and status on our project activities.   HEF Board would like to THANK each person receiving this e-Newsletter for supporting us.  HEF continues to achieve recognized status as a major support base for many project activities helping the people living in rural communities of Nepal.  Your support is very important and makes a major difference in lives of people living in Nepal. Thank you for signing up for this e-Newsletter of the Himanchal Education Foundation! Himanchal Educational Foundation...

HEF e-Newsletter: Chairman’s Message

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Happy New Year! Attached is our latest e-Newsletter. This will provide you an update of all the current accomplishments and status on our project activities.

HEF Board would like to THANK each person receiving this e-Newsletter for supporting us. HEF continues to achieve recognized status as a major support base for many project activities helping the people living in rural communities of Nepal. Your support is very important and makes a major difference in lives of people living in Nepal.

Thank you for signing up for this e-Newsletter of the Himanchal Education Foundation!

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