Travellers go to Nepal for life-changing adventure. For big-smiling locals and the snow-capped slopes of the Himalayas. And despite an earthquake that shook the region in April 2015, those things haven’t changed. The mountains are still there. The trails are still open. The people as welcoming as ever. Now Nepal wants you back, so if you want to know the best way to help the country, the answer is pretty simple. Visit.
How can I help?
All you have to do is travel on an Intrepid Nepal trip between September 2015 and May 2016. Intrepid will take the profits from that trip and give 100 per cent of them to The Intrepid Foundation. Having already raised nearly AUD 400,000 in our Nepal Earthquake Appeal, our target is to reach $1 million by the end of next year’s season.
Why we love Nepal
We’ve been leading trips through Nepal for decades, and our local leaders, porters and ground staff are like our Himalayan family. They're still the best qualified people to lead you through the Himalayas. That's something that will never change.
All your questions answered
As part of an Intrepid-led initiative (along with development agencies and the Nepal government) earthquake engineering specialists Miyamoto International have assessed all our trekking routes in Nepal. And the good news is that the Annapurna Circuit has been largely untouched. Only 3% of buildings on Annapurna were damaged by the quake, and the small number that were can easily be repaired in time for the new season.
For a full breakdown of the Annapurna engineering report, click here. The report on the Everest region will be released shortly.
The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation that supports various grassroots community projects around the world. The Namaste Nepal appeal will be supporting a combination of local and international NGOs, which are:
- Just-one Nepal - a charity working to educate marginalised children
- Seven Women - a project that offers skills training to local unemployed and disabled women
- Himalayan Rescue Association - working to prevent death and illness in the mountains of Nepal
- Plan International - focusing on 'building back better' - supporting people and communities as they rebuild homes and schools that can withstand the shocks and stresses that damaged the structures.
- World Wildlife Fund - focussing on iconic Tiger preservation, community and habitat sustainablity
You sure can. We've already raised over AUD $400,000 for children's charity Plan International in our Nepal Earthquake Appeal, but there are a number of partner organisations you can donate to any time. Intrepid will cover all admin costs, so 100% of your donation will go straight to those affected by the earthquake. Visit our appeal homepage for more info.
Trekking and tourism are some of Nepal's largest sources of external revenue. The industry employs hundreds of thousands of locals, approximately 5% of the population, and contributes to the economy in a thousand ways. Many of our leaders, porters and staff in Nepal rely on travellers for their livelihoods. Without tourism, the country suffers. For more info on tourism in Nepal, click here.
Nepal in pictures
Stories from the mountains
We’ll be updating this page with Nepal news as it comes to hand. Check in for the latest from our guides, engineers and travellers on the ground.