School Trek - Everest Panorama
Nepal, School Expeditions, 12 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €2,095 (land only) - from $2,420 (land only)
By: Nicky Mansell, Jersey College for Girls
Cheryl was fantastic. She had an enormous wealth of knowledge of the area and the people and was really concerned that the students interacted with the local people and got them to interview the local sherpas and porters and find out about their lives, this gave a really good extra dimension.Excellent! The scenery was even more spectacular then I imagined it to be. I Have used KE before -Ladakh in 2006 -and Cheryl and I had previously visited Chobar School so I wanted to return with her. I have been involved in fundraising for the Juniper Trust since.
By: Andrew Webster, King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham
A short hop and a hair-raising landing at Lukla and our trek had started. With two days of easy and then steep climbing up to Namche Bazaar, we were rewarded with our first panoramic views of Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and Ama Dablam. A busy and bustling town, Namche Bazaar offered us the opportunity to learn a little bit more about the Sherpa way of life with the local museum providing a fascinating insight into local customs and culture. A further day's walk away, Tengboche provided us with the perfect location for camping, where, perched high on a ridge near Tengboche monastery we had stunning views towards the mountains above and the Dudh Kosi valley below. Returning to Kathmandu and the chaos of looming elections it was a relief to head off for the quieter parts of Chitwan National Park where canoe rides, jungle walks and elephant rides, all at a very sedate pace, allowed us to see a variety of birds and animals inside the park. An elephant ride might not be the most comfortable way to travel but for seeing baby rhino close up it was surely the best mode of transport.One of the enduring highlights of our trip was to be our visit to Balodaya School, a small primary school in the Kathmandu valley. We were to spend two days working in the school and in no time one team had been assembled to whitewash the outside walls and paint the insides of two classrooms. Meanwhile in the garden others were clearing away bushes and weeds and it was great to see so many extra little helping hands with planting new trees in the garden. Our abiding memories will be smiling, happy faces and the games of volleyball, frisbee, football, cricket, and endless silly games that were played. With garlands around our necks and clutching small handfuls of flowers it was to be a very emotional farewell.
In sixteen days the group achieved an enormous amount with many fulfilling challenges along the way. There were also experiences of many different religions, temples, languages, people, types of food, styles of housing, clothing, transport and many others besides. One particularly moving experience was being at a cremation ceremony at the holy site of Pashupatinath. For something that must seem so unusual to Westerners it was also a great privilege to be able to witness such a ceremony and appreciate its significance to Hindus. KE Adventure Travel provided a trip with a wide variety of activities, superb organisation at every point and a leader with experience and expertise that was second to none. Those who went to Nepal enjoyed every part of the visit and came back with a wealth of memories to last a lifetime.
By: Kevin Hall,
Particularly enjoyed our project work at Chobar School and the trekking phase was excellent. Excellent services for: KE pre-trip information and the services of the local agent. I would suggest that the KE leader walks with the slower pupils at the back, or place the slowest pupils/teachers at the front