Trek for a Cause: Incredible Journey to Everest Basecamp

The extraordinary beauty of Mount Everest (8848m), the highest peak in the world, has always captivated the attention of mountain lovers from all around the globe. Back in the years, experiencing the utmost beauty and grandeur of the mighty Everest seemed quite unachievable, except of course in the maps and in a few movies. However, with the advancement in technologies, techniques, development of roads and with the help of professionals, trekking to the foot of the giant is not an impossible desire anymore and has been an achievable goal for thousands of trekkers. Everest Base Camp Trek is one of the most famous treks in the world, for anyone who wants to experience the beauty of the world’s roof at least once in their lives. This growing popularity of Everest Base Camp has given us, the travelers, an opportunity of serving the Khumbu region and its people, consequently promoting the tourism sector of the country in the most positive way possible. The Everest Base Camp Trek organized by GAPNepal is an opportunity for trekkers to be a part of various socio-economically beneficial activities that help make a positive impact in the lives of the Sherpa community in Khumbu, who welcome each and every traveler in a heart-warming manner.

Everest Base Camp Trekking

What makes Everest Base Camp Trek so different from any other trek in the country is the sense of achievement, as the trekkers get to stand on the base of world’s highest mountain and relish the beautiful sight of Mount Everest (8848m) from up-close. Everest Base Camp Trek is incredible also because it features one the most beautiful sunrise views in the world that is seen from Kala Patthar. To watch the first rays of the sun touch the peak of Everest and drape the Himalaya in warm orange color is an experience that cannot be described in words. Additionally, Everest Base Camp Trek provides the travelers with an opportunity to explore the Sherpa culture of Khumbu region as the trail traverses through various ancient monasteries and traditional Sherpa villages. Trekking through Sagarmatha National Park, the travelers get to relish the stunning sight of waterfalls, forests, wildlife, and the different hues of Mother Nature. The welcoming nature of the people of Khumbu region makes Everest Base Camp Trek an intimate experience. Therefore, an important aspect of making the travel meaningful is by comprehending the roles and responsibilities played by the traveler. Everest Base Camp Trek helps to build a broader perspective on Sherpa culture and also allows to understand the challenges faced by the locals, which further encourages travelers to put in efforts to make their travel ethically responsible and environmentally sustainable. Understanding our responsibility towards the nature and people of Khumbu region, Gap Nepal provides travelers with the necessary strategies and approaches required for the traveler to promote sustainable tourism to make a difference in the local community.

Everest Base Camp Trek provides the travelers with an opportunity to exchange their culture, knowledge, and perspectives with the locals along with the financial benefits of the revenue that help for the prosperity of the indigenous Sherpa community of Khumbu. While trekking all the way to Everest Base Camp with Gap Nepal, a basic principle and ideology of sharing are adopted throughout the journey. The sustainable guideline followed by the travelers while exploring the traditional villages and the pristine nature of Khumbu region helps preserve the original form of nature and culture in the region. We offer the flexibility of customizing the travel beforehand so that the travelers can lengthen or shorten their stay in the Himalayan settlement, offering their time and effort in community development. Travelers are given the opportunity to volunteer and apply their knowledge and skills in carrying out various activities beneficial to the locals of Khumbu. Travelers also get a chance to employ their creativity and skills through community-based volunteering in the small Sherpa villages nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The trek is designed in such a way that the journey offers a fair share of value to the locality as well. Programs such as community gardening projects, building a school and conducting relief programs are a few examples of socially beneficial activities that GAPNepal promotes in the Khumbu region. For a long-term benefit, 10% of the profit from each Everest Base Camp trek booked with GAPNepal is allocated to help fund the sustainability and development programs in Khumbu.

We believe that tourism should always be a two-way street where both the travelers and the hosts receive an extremely valuable experience and profit. Our satisfied clients and our reliable ambassadors are our motivation in further achieving our sustainable goals. Trekking to Everest Base Camp with us, the travelers get to fully immerse in the local culture and to establish an intimate understanding of the Sherpa life in the tough terrain of the Himalayas whilst allowing the travelers to help make lives better by partaking in various volunteering activities. In order to add value to your trek, Gap Nepal ensures that travelers not only take back pleasant memories of the Himalayas with them but also pursue and understand that happiness comes from sharing kindness and love. With the sustainable trek to Everest Base Camp, GAPNepal encourages and supports travelers to adopt sustainable travel practices and set an example for people around them.

Paintet rock at Mt. Everest Base Camp.

A sustainable Tour Operator in Nepal – #GAPNepal

Founded in the year 2011, GAPNepal as a tour operator develops travel programs that connects the travelers visiting Nepal to the traditional communities, allowing them to discover, explore and share each other’s culture, knowledge and ideas. With an aim to achieve a sustainable development goal by promoting tourism in Nepal, GAPNepal designs travel programs in the most sustainable and environment-friendly manner, benefiting both the traveler and the nation. GAPNepal has been committed to designing the trips in an efficient manner where the travelers are encouraged to carry out welfare activities such as teaching in schools and facilitating community interactions as well as cultural exchange programs. GAPNepal offers trips that consider an inclusive and two-way benefit for both the guests and the hosts in terms of cultural immersion, knowledge sharing, and progress of each party.  We believe that the beauty of a place lies in its authentic culture and pristine environment; hence, the programs organized by GAPNepal are designed accordingly. GAPNepal ensures that the weeks spent by the travelers in Nepal are fun, productive, and educational in every way possible. Therefore, we take you on an incredible journey, starting from the very origin of Nepal’s tradition and culture to experiencing the current lifestyle of the people in the mountains and villages.

GAP Year programs in Nepal with GAPNepal

GAPNepal operates with the specific objective of setting an example for its fellow competitors as well as people from around the world to carry out sustainable tours and travel practices. We take pride in the fact that we, as a company, have initiated change from ourselves. We strictly abide by the rules of reducing the use of plastic, paper, and energy as well as promoting the use of eco-friendly products in our offices. We have initiated seminars and programs that encourage people to manage, reduce, and recycle their personal wastes generated. Similarly, our objectives include encouraging travelers to travel responsibly while being mindful of the environmental, social, cultural and economic impacts. A simple traveling experience is offered by almost every travel agencies functioning in the country, but what makes the experience unique while traveling with GAPNepal, is our commitment to provide our clients with the supreme taste of generousness with the simple act of sharing kindness towards the local people and the overall community through the trip. We help you share happiness among the children by offering the gift of knowledge along with a chance to understand the challenges faced by them, and we provide you with a chance to help the locality strategically overcome the challenges.

GAPNepal organizes trips from the foothills of the mountains to the remote summit of the Himalayas along with several thrilling activities like river rafting, paragliding, jungle safari, and many more. We understand that travelers seek experiences that involve more insights into the lifestyle of the local people. Hence, we foster the communication of travelers with people of the local communities by the help of various activities, allowing the travelers to build intimate relationships with the locals. In order to provide a better understanding of local lives, we encourage our clients to stay at the local home-stays, which give travelers a delightful opportunity to converse with people from different backgrounds, listen to their stories, experience their lifestyle, and most of all try the new food every day. Apart from that, we encourage our clients to look closely into the agricultural practice of the local communities and partake in the local festivities and events. However, the travelers also get the chance to tell their stories to the hosts and see for themselves as to how much of a difference they can make in the local lives. Our full-time service and constant communication help us understand our clients and their requirements better, which further helps us to come up with trips that suit them the best.

GAPNepal wishes to provide you with the insights of the core values and cultures of these communities which will not only give you an exposure but will also offer you a sense of belongingness, humbleness, and accomplishment. With a set of rules and regulations based on our philosophy, we hope to be able to promote sustainable tourism in the country and around the world, so that we can make this world a better place and also leave a better world for our future generation.

GAP Year programs in Nepal with GAPNepal

Preventing altitude sickness during Trekking in Nepal

Altitude Sickness is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It is difficult to determine who may be affected by altitude sickness since there are no specific factors such as age, sex, or physical condition that correlate with susceptibility. However most people can ascend to 2,500 meters with little or no effect.

Symptoms

Symptoms often manifest themselves six to ten hours after ascent and generally subside in one to two days, but they occasionally develop into the more serious conditions.

Symptoms of Mild AMS:

  • Headache
  • Nausea & Dizziness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Disturbed sleep
  • General feeling of malaise

Symptoms tend to be worse at night. Mild AMS does not interfere with normal activity and symptoms generally subside within two to four days as the body acclimatizes. As long as symptoms are mil ascent can continue at a moderate rate. When hiking, it is essential that you communicate any symptoms of illness immediately to others on your trip.

 Symptoms of moderate AMS:

  • Severe headache that is not relieved by medication
  • Nausea and vomiting, increasing weakness and fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decreased co-ordination (ataxia).

With the gain in the altitude, Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) can affect the trekkers and mountaineers. Here are few to be listed in Nepal

  • Annapurna Base Camp
  • Langtang Goshainkunda Trekking
  • Everest Basecamp
  • Annapurna Circuit Trekking – Thorang la pass
  • Upper Mustang “Forbidden Kingdom”
  • Kanchenjunga Trekking
  • Manaslu Area
  • Larke La Peak Climbing
  • Pisang Peak
  • Makalu Trek
  • Everest Expedition
  • Island Peak Climbing
  • Mera Peak Climbing
  • Ama Dablam Expedition
  • Everest Expedition
  • Upper Dolpa and others Himalayas.

 Prevention

  • Ascending slowly is the best way to avoid altitude sickness.
  • Avoiding strenuous activity in the first 24 hours at high altitude reduces the symptoms of AMS.
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid alcohol as it tends to cause dehydration, which exacerbates AMS,

Altitude acclimatization

is the process of adjusting to decreasing oxygen levels at higher elevations, in order to avoid altitude sickness. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness – cite_note-Acclimatization-16 Extending the time spent at higher altitudes let the body adjust to the oxygen level there, a process that involves the production of additional red blood cells. Once above approximately 3,000 metres most climbers and high-altitude trekkers take the “climb-high, sleep-low” approach.

 Treatment

The only reliable treatment and in many cases the only option available is to descend. Attempts to treat or stabilize the patient in situ at altitude is dangerous unless highly controlled and with good medical facilities.

GAPNepal – 3I Model of Cultural Immersion:

When staying in a foreign country for an extended period of time, it is important for a person to fully immerse oneself in the culture. The ability to experience cultural immersion can be a useful skill. When one can truly immerse themselves into another culture, it makes it easier to connect and understand the people in that culture and gain more practical knowledge. It can also make your stay more comfortable and enjoyable. GAPNepal has a simple model to help the participants experience full cultural immersion.

            Introduction

When you first arrive to Nepal, you will have a period to adjust. Nepal is quite different from other countries, especially those in the Western world. Participants will be given a broad introduction to the Nepalese social system. This includes an explanation of the pros and cons of the both the social system and the common practices found in Nepal.

 

Once you’ve been introduced to the country, hopefully you will be more open to the other aspect of the culture and ready to enjoy the full Nepal experience!

            Integration

Integration is about moving you, the participant, into the culture. This can be achieved through experiencing traditional Nepali food – including learning how to cook some of it – and learning some simple Nepali words and phrases. It’s also suggested to participants to try and experience the common Nepali fashion. Experiencing the culture is different from simply reading or learning about it in some way, and can help increase your understanding and acceptance of the cultural practices. The homestay is an important aspect of this integration, as it allows for more opportunities to experience and participate in the Nepali culture.

Immersion

Once the integration has begun, from there it is a seamless transition into full immersion. Once you begin integrating yourself into your homestay, you will eventually see a change in yourself. There comes a point where you will simply start to follow the traditions in the home without needing to be reminded of them. You will start using simple words and phrases in your everyday conversations. You will not question when people act a certain way. The Nepalese people are very open and welcoming, and once you can see and recognize that and understand that they are more than willing to share not only their culture, but their homes and their lives with you – and once you are able to do the same – you will be able to fully immerse yourself in Nepal and Nepali culture and enhance your experience(s) here!

It is important for you to remember that full immersion can take time, and trying to rush your understanding can be detrimental to that understanding. Take your time and go at your own pace. There are many differences between Nepal and other countries, and culture shock can take a little time to get over; there may be times when you feel some dissonance between what you are used to and what you are actively experiencing, and that’s okay! Take as much time as you need; the important thing is that there comes to be a mutual understanding between you, the participant, and the host country. The speed at which this understanding is reached is not critical to the understanding itself.

Final Note to the Participant

Any participants who feel that they have fully experienced and benefited from the full cultural immersion experience are encouraged to share their experiences with the Cultural Immersion team to help assist future participants with the experience!

Top 10 reasons to travel Nepal in 2017

Nepal, the dream destination for the Himalayan lovers has the best of the life time experiences that anyone is looking for during their vacation trips. There are so many unique experiences that makes Nepal as the most valued travel destination in the world:.

  • Cultural wonders of Nepal

Nepal has living Goddess, one of such which doesn’t exist in any part of the globe. And Nepal has array of unique cultures which for the travelers to experience and explore.

  • Ancient world heritages

The capital city houses the seven world heritage sites in within 20 Kilometers. All these heritages gives you the feeling of middle age civilization and also the city planning in the ancient time.

  • Landscape

From 60 meters of the sea level to the 8848 meters of the sea level, Nepal has unique beautiful landscape of rivers, flat lands, hills, mountains and Himalayas.

  • Village life

More than 70% of the total population lives in the villages and the life style is simple. They work in the field for their living and also resemble the simplest form of living where you feel the real happiness. Apart from the modern amenities, the pure form of life makes you feel that you are the part of the nature.

  • Adventures with Nature

Trekking, river rafting, Canoeing are the best adventure moments that can be experienced in Nepal. These all adventures go with the nature. So anyone willing to be in nature for the adventures, Nepal is the ultimate choice.

Views from Thokla Pass 4830m.
  • Beautiful weather

Monsoon, from June to August ist the rainy season. Apart from that weather remains good throughout year. You enjoy the best of the sun shines, free from the weather extremities. Its neither too much cold nor too much hot.

  • Guest Friendly Culture

ATITHI DEVO BHAVA is the quotation written in the holy books. This means that the Guests are God. So, born up with this tradition and the culture, they make you feel that you are with the people of friendly nature.

  • The people of Nepal

Nepal houses more than 90 ethnic communities People of Nepal greet always with the smiles in their face. They are well known for the best hospitality in the world. Their welcoming nature during the trip makes you feel that you are in the world beautiful travel destinations of the world.

Responsible travel
  • Responsible travel and value of money

Tourism stands as the third major sector of the National economy. Every trip you make to Nepal create the jobs to the people working in tourism. So your travel is creating the added value to the economically backward communities.

  • Safe to travel

Nepal is one the safest destination in the world. Nepal neither has any sorts of racial violence nor any forms of discrimination based on religion. Nepal is free from the terrorism and any other forms of global unrest.

So, the travel decision waits in your hand. Plan either during your GapYear or your sabbaticals or during your holidays. GAPNepal will maximize the best of Nepal experiences for you.