At the end of October 2009, I will be flying out to Nepal to embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, and I'll be doing it in aid of the Himalayan Cultural Conservation.
This is a classic 9 day Himalayan trekking route taking us to a height of 4130 metres. Staying in traditional tea houses, our destination will be Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp (also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary). It is arguably the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. From the Annapurna Base Camp the towering peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), and Machhapuchhare (6997m) bathed in snow set the scene as one of the most spectacular mountain settings in the Himalayas.
The Challenge is to raise valuable funds for Himalayan Cultural Conservation (Hi-Cap UK - registered charity no. 1115378). This is a worthy cause devoted to the Orphans and families of the Mustang area of the Himalayas. Their hopes and plans are to improve their lives by providing, to as many of them as possible, shelter, food, improved health and basic education, eventually training them to earn a basic living to help others in the area, at the same time retaining their culture. For more, go to my charities.
It would be a tremendous help if you would sponsor me. I can reassure you that none of your donation goes to the cost of the trip; unlike some organised overseas charity expeditions, this isn't a way of paying for a holiday with a small percentage going to charity, Hi-Cap UK will be the only ones benefiting from your generosity!
So please, click on the donate button or go to www.justgiving.com/annapurna_base_camp and help the orphans and families of Nepal.