If you have been following the work of Crooked Trails you have no doubt heard of our partner in Nepal, Karma Sherpa, and the amazing work he is doing in his home village of Sibuje. I have had the privilege of spending many days with Karma and proudly call him a dear friend. His passion, his story, and his drive to change the world around him inspire me every day in my life. Karma has a deep desire to not only help his community, but the whole of Nepal as the country sits as a crossroads in their history. I have seen Karma drive and push and scrape with all of his being to make a reality his dream of sustainable and long lasting change. Myself, my wife Kolena, and all of Crooked Trails are honored to work with Karma and see his work as vital and exactly what we look for in supporting people around the world.
Many exciting things are happening in all of Nepal, and Karma’s work is no exception. With his help we have designed a brand new cultural exchange and homestay trek complete with sweeping views of Everest and many high peaks in the Himalayan Mountains. We are calling it the “Sherpa Homestay Trek and Everest Panorama” and trips are booking now for the Spring and Fall seasons of 2016, as well as Spring 2017.
Our mission at Crooked Trails is to provide people with authentic experiences that can create real and lasting connections between people and with places. In this classic Crooked Trails adventure you will get all those things and more. The opportunity to experience an ancient and thriving culture high in the mountains on such an intimate level is what makes this trip so unique. With each passing day you will become more connected to the people you meet and things you see around you. Nature, culture, and responsible, authentic travel experiences come together to create a life-changing adventure. Trips are filling fast so move on it now!
As part of your trip fee for this itinerary, a donation is made to The Karma Project to help fund the many amazing programs that are going on right now. In addition to employing many people from Sibuje Village, The Karma Project provides guide training and English language scholarships to local people so they can increase their skills and gain employment all over Nepal. Karma also trains and employs some of the only women guides in all of Nepal and prides himself on giving women the opportunity to work in the tourist industry. Karma has big dreams and even bigger drive. From opening a Karma Project guesthouse in Kathmandu to provide housing for those in guide training to providing a homestay and volunteer program for travellers in Kathmandu, amazing things are on the horizon for The Karma Project!
A big part of that bright future is a current project that Crooked Trails and The Karma Project are working on together. Karma and the people of Sibuje Village have made bringing electricity to their community the highest priority. We have received a detailed and comprehensive project proposal from Karma that lays out exactly how the project will benefit the people of Sibuje and how it will continue to grow over time. Here is an excerpt from the Executive Summary provided by the company that will do the work:
It is observable that the community people are extremely interested to install a Micro Hydro Project in their locality through their remarks and active involvement at the meeting as well as other surveying activities. As the project is going to provide lighting and other end use facilities for the people of a remote area, the project is strongly recommended for the installation. It is believed that the project will be able to provide a significant positive impact to the society in terms of awareness as well as other income generating activities.
Crooked Trails is in love with this project! The biggest reason we believe it will be a success is that it was initiated and executed by the local community without influence or impact from outside forces. Karma and his people have done the work necessary to make this project a success, all that is needed now is the remaining funds to ensure completion on time. The total cost for the project, per this report (Part 1, Part 2) is NPR 5,086,245.85 or USD $48,440.43. Of this amount about $25,000 has already been raised through the efforts of travelers and donors from around the world. Ground breaking for this project will be happening this Fall and planned completion will be in early Spring of 2017!
SPECIAL FOR FALL 2016 AND EARLY SPRING 2017
In concert with the Sibuje Micro Hydro Project we have been supporting and the community has been hard at work on, Crooked Trails trips to Sibuje for this coming Fall and Spring will be able to directly witness and participate in the execution of this project! This is a rare opportunity to see first hand what people can do when they come together to tackle a challenge. Not only will you trek the high mountains, learn about an amazing culture, and spend time with loving people, you will be able to participate in the bringing of electricity to Sibuje. This is a one – time, unique chance to be a part of something amazing. Fall 2016 trips are filling fast so don’t miss out!
NOTE: As part of this trip we will be asking participants to fundraise separately for support of the Hydro Project. Prior to departure individuals will be asked to make an effort to rally support for this project and donate to its completion, which you will be there to celebrate!! Completion of the project depends on our ability to rally support and funds to make it a reality.
Planned completion of the project will coincide with the annual festival of Lhosar, or Tibetan New Year, in Late February (exact dates TBD). Sibuje Village is planning a massive celebration to commemorate the new year and the hopeful completion of the project. They are inviting a high Lama to come and perform ceremonial Pujas, blessing, and to preside over the celebration. Crooked Trails travelers who sign up for an Early Spring 2017 trip to Sibuje will be allowed to participate in this amazing festival and be part of a grand celebration! This is truly a unique opportunity provided only to Crooked Trails. Karma Sherpa and our partner in Nepal, Higher Path Treks and Expeditions, is offering a $200 discount for this trip as well, something that rarely happens. Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of something larger than yourself and have an experience you will cherish forever.
We need your support. Sibuje needs your support. This project has the ability to change the lives of people for generations to come. You can see from the report that it is an organized, well thought out project with little possibility of failure, mostly due to the amazing people behind it. The time I have spent with Karma and his community has changed my life in so many ways. Everyone who has ever met him, been to Sibuje, or spent time in Nepal leaves with much more than we could ever give to Nepal. Now it’s time to be there for our friends. Now is the time to act so that Nepal can move into a brighter and greater future from the darkness of earthquakes and fuel crisis’. You can be part of that new future. Click the “Donate” button to the right and specify you donation for the Sibuje Electricity Project. Now is the time to get involved.
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