This morning we received word that our trekkers have made it to Namche Bazaar, the famous trekker outpost in the Khumbu Region of Nepal which is seated at 11,290 feet. Word is they arrived in good spirits and were greeted by clear blue skies and stunning views of the Himalayas! Next, they’ll descend down to the village of Phuleli, where Edge of Seven recently completed a primary school for Grades 7 and 8.
Namche Bazaar, Photo from Wikipedia
Meanwhile, here at a lowly 5,280 feet here in Denver, our staff woke this morning to snow-covered trees!
This week, all five of Edge of Seven’s fall trekkers arrived safe and sound in Lukla, Nepal, ready to begin their foot journey through the Solukhumbu Region to visit several of Edge of Seven’s project sites, see a few of the world’s tallest peaks, and visit some traditional Sherpa villages! Thanks to the fact that Lukla is a tourist hub for Everest climbers and explorers, our travelers were able to find an Internet connection so they could share some of their trip photos with us so far. More updates on this adventurous group to come soon!
Interested in trekking through the Himalayas, catching views of striking mountains, checking out local schools and Sherpa villages AND benefiting the local communities where you’re traveling? Edge of Seven is running a trek this fall (Oct 21st-Nov 4th) in Nepal’s Everest Region. While the region is best known for its popular trekking villages and peaks, this trip will also visit a number of off the beaten path villages, monasteries, and humanitarian projects. It is often these sites that offer the most culturally rich perspective of the region. The trip will culminate in a visit to Edge of Seven’s Salleri Girls Hostel, a project completed in 2011 that enables 40 Nepali girls to achieve a higher secondary education.
To give adequate time for preparation, we encourage participants to sign up before the end of June. For more information and/or to sign up, please email Emily Stanley at email@example.com.
For those of you in Colorado, we will be presenting on the trek and Edge of Seven’s model for blending social impact with adventure on the following dates:
May 15th, 6:30-8:00 pm – REI Westminster (Free)
May 24th, 8-9:30 pm – Neptune Mountaineering, Boulder (Free)
May 30th, 6:30-8:00 pm – REI Boulder (Free)
June 28th, 6-8 pm – Spyder Show Room/Icelantic Ski Gallery, Battery 621, Denver (Suggested Donation) – This event is a fundraiser for Edge of Seven. We will highlight the trek, celebrate our recently completed projects and be available to answer specific questions about our work in Nepal.
July 10th, 6:30-8:00 pm – REI Denver (Free)
In the fall of 2012, Edge of Seven is offering a trek through Nepal’s Everest Region. Beginning on October 21st, this 2-week trip will offer stunning views of the Everest Region and an opportunity to visit several of Edge of Seven’s recently completed community development projects. Trekkers will return home with a greater sense of the Nepali culture and an increased understanding of the impact that Edge of Seven has had on education and poverty in the region. Proceeds from this trek will go towards continuing to empower girls in rural Nepal.
Meet Binod Subedi, once local to Nepal and now a Colorado resident. Binod is our fantastic guide for the Everest Trek. A bit about him…
Almost one year ago, on March 18th 2011, I arrived to the U.S. for the very first time. I had spent the first 27 years of my life halfway across the world, born and raised in Nepal. Over the past twelve months, I have settled into life in America but I miss my native country on a daily basis. While Nepal is still developing, lacking basic social support in education, water, and healthcare, it’s a country that can’t help but make you fall in love.
I grew up in a rural village near the Annapurna range of the Himalayas. No matter where I was or what I was doing, the mountains grounded me. They were my home. As soon as I finished my education, I became a trekking guide like many of my uncles to help support my family. I loved every minute of showing the world my country and telling visitors about the people of Nepal. It’s a magical place filled with rich culture, stunning landscapes, and the warmest people you will ever meet. I’m thrilled to return this fall to lead the next Edge of Seven adventure!
Edge of Seven's Founder (Erin Guttenplan) alongside Binod Subedi, our guide for the fall trek.
For more information on the Everest Trek, please visit: http://www.edgeofseven.org/Adventure.html. To sign up, email Edge of Seven Program Director, Emily Stanley, at firstname.lastname@example.org.