Women for Women Nepal

March 2020

This trip is for a small group of women (8 in total) who are being called to make a difference in the world.

If that is you………..keep reading!

The rural women of Nepal need our support!

They have the same dreams as we do, and educating their children is top of the list. Not all families can afford to send their children to school and if they have to choose will send a son in preference to a daughter.
This trip is about supporting Nepalese women in a number of ways:
Firstly, we provide women who want to start a business with A$250 to help create a business to provide an income for their family. In March 2018 ten women benefited from the program and in 2019 11 women joined the program, they had a range of businesses they wanted to create ranging from creating tea rooms to learning to sew to buying animals to breed from and building greenhouses to grow vegetables. The women will have their own dreams and money will help them to achieve them.
Secondly, Female guides and porters from the Ghormu and Arukharka villages will accompany us on the trek providing their families with additional income.
Thirdly, we will attend ‘The Seven Women’ 3 hour cooking lesson and this provides an income for disabled women in Kathmandu.
The trip is not all about the Nepalese women – by choosing to come along on this journey you will experience profound spiritual, mental and emotional growth as well as having a wonderful time discovering Nepal and forming new friendships.

Twin Share: A$2,750                                    Single: A$2,900

There are 7 places available – a deposit of $500 will secure your place.
The remainder of the fee will need to be paid by February 1st 2020.

Please contact Sue Oliver on  0403 145 976 or carefy@bigpond.net.au with any questions or to arrange payment details

“Supporting the women to start their own business is exciting!”

The mountains are spectacular!

“Lots of laughter, encouragement and development of warm lasting friendships.”

Price includes:

• 5 nights at Kathmandu Gurest House Twin share- Single option is available at an extra fee.
• 2 nights Homestay at JibeJibe Village
• 6 nights staying at Tea Houses along the Tamang Heritage Trail. Sharing only option
• All breakfasts. Lunches and dinners as indicated on the itinerary.
• All transfers and transport listed on the itinerary.
• All Entrance Fees
• A$250 for a woman in the Rasuwa District to start her business.
• Cooking lesson with Seven Women Charity.
• Porter and guide fees.
• Hari Devkota’s fees.
• Sue Oliver’s fees for organising and running the program.

Price does not include:

• Airfares – you will need to organise your own return flights to Kathmandu
• Any alcohol at dinners
• Travel Insurance (compulsory)
• Any activities not stated as part of the itinerary.
• Personal expenses.
• Visa for entry into Nepal – Visas are easily organised through the Nepalese Embassy in Canberra or online.

What to Bring: (keep it light)

• Clothing – warm and light for trekking.
• Hiking boots
• Rain jacket
• Thongs
• Bathers
• Towel- for use at JibeJIbe village and while trekking
• Torch
• Gloves/Beanie
• Hat
• Sleeping bag- for use at JibeJIbe village and while trekking
• A plastic cover – the Reject shop stocks a pack of 2 plastic rain protectors – the type you put on at the football. If it rains – great to put over the top of you and your back- pack.
• Toiletries
• Anti-diarrhoea medication
• A book for the children at Ghormu School
• Toilet roll – handy for the homestay and trek.
• Journal/pen
• Camera
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses
• Photos for trekking pass – 3 passport photos
• Passport make sure it has more than 6 months to expire after the trip
• Backpack to carry what you need while walking on the trek and while we are visiting historic sites.
• Water bottle – water purifying tablets or something similar.
• Porters do not carry suitcases so you will need a hiking pack – try to keep your pack close to 9-10kg so that it is not too heavy for the porters.

Women for Women Nepal Itinerary 2020

March 20th Arrive in Kathmandu
March 21st (B) Explore Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
March 22nd (B) Visit Mohan the Jeweller – you can have jewellery made if you want to. Time to explore Thamel and we visit the Garden of Dreams in the afternoon.
March 23rd (B L D) We pack up our belongings and take a jeep ride to JibaJibe Village. O/N at homestay.
March 24th Day 4 (B L D) Trek to Ghormu School and visit the ladies who are going to start their own business. O/N at homestay.
March 25th Day 5 (B L D) O/N at Syrabrubesi (1460m) hotel. We take a jeep to Syrabrubesi and stay overnight.
March 26th (B L D) Start the Tamang Heritage Trail Trek from Syrabrubesi to Gatlang Village (2238m) 6 hours
March 27th (B L D) Gatlang Village to Tatopani – hot springs (2380m) bring your bathers if you want to experience the hot springs. 6 hours
March 28th (B L D) Tatopani via Nagthali (3165m) to Thuman (2238m) 6 hours
March 29th (B L D) Thuman to Briddim (2239m) 6 hours
March 30th (B L D) Briddim to Syrabrubeshi (1460m) 4 hours
March 31st (B) Return to Kathmandu via jeep.
April 1st (B L D) Seven Women Cooking Class – afternoon free in Kathmandu – Farewell Dinner (alcohol not included)
April 2nd (B) Flight Home.
April 3rd Arrive in Australia.

“We had so much fun dancing with the ladies of the Rasuwa District.”

Kathmandu Guest House

While visiting Kathmandu we will be staying at The Kathmandu Guest House, it is a converted Rana dynasty mansion with fragrant gardens and airy corridors and has provided a peaceful refuge for weary travellers since 1967. Since the days of being the first and only hotel in Thamel, the packed tourist district of Kathmandu, it has become something of an institution. It’s close to everywhere and its gate is the meeting point that nobody can mistake. As a guidebook put it, “Kathmandu Guest House acts as a magnet for mountaineers, pop stars, actors and eccentric characters.” Even the Beatles stayed here in 1968. Kathmandu Guest House prides itself on being affordable to all budgets, from those looking to treat themselves to total comfort in elegantly modern suites, to volunteers and scholars who take the famous no-frills rooms.

Thamel

While in Kathmandu we will be staying in the heart of Thamel at the Kathmandu Guest House. Thamel is famous for its narrow alleys crowded with various shops and vendors. Commonly sold goods include food, fresh vegetables/fruits, pastries, trekking gear, walking gear, music, DVDs, handicrafts, souvenirs, woollen items and clothes. Travel agencies, small grocery stores, budget hotels, restaurants, pubs and clubs also line the streets. Cars, cycle rickshaws, two-wheelers and taxis ply these narrow streets alongside hundreds of pedestrians. Recently many roads in Thamel have been declared vehicle free zones to avoid crowd and traffic havoc.

Pashupatinath Temple

During our tour of Kathmandu we will visit the Pashupatinath Temple. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Pashupatinath or known more commonly as Lord Shiva. The temple is located in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal and has been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
The main temple of the Pashupatinath Temple can only be accessed by Hindus.
Pashupatinath temple is situated on the bank of the Bagmati River and every day open air cremations take place. The eldest son of the deceased shaves his head and completes the rites. Observing the cremation ritual will allow you to have some insight into the Hindu religion particularly in relation to the death rituals.
It is believed that Pashupatinath temple is so blessed that if you are cremated in its premises, you will be born again as a human regardless of the sins you have done in your lifetime. So, a number of elderly people spend the last few weeks of their lives in the Pashupatinath temple premises.

The Garden of Dreams

Visiting the Garden of Dreams is such a contrast to the hustle and bustle of Thamel. Here we sit back and relax and watch the young lovers snatching the chance to spend some time alone together as well as enjoying the beautiful garden.
The Garden of Dreams is situated in the middle of Kathmandu city, Nepal. The Garden was created by the late Field Marshal Kaiser Sumsher Rana (1892-1964) in early 1920. When the garden was completed, it was considered one of the most sophisticated private gardens of the time. It was beautifully designed in the famous Edwardian style by Kishore Narshingh, a prominent architect who Within the Garden walls, Kaiser Sumsher created an exquisite ensemble of pavilions, fountains, decorative garden furniture and European inspired features such as verandas, pergolas, balustrades, urns and birdhouses. He erected six impressive pavilions, each dedicated to one of the six seasons of Nepal. These pavilions provided the Garden’s architectural framework and lent a cosmopolitan flavour to the formal arrangement of flowers, shrubs and trees.

Boudhanath Buddhist Stupa:

We will wander around the stupa and observe the many Buddhists going about their daily rituals. It is such a beautiful structure and is surrounded by a large number of stalls offering a huge range of goods.

Boudhanath is a Buddhist stupa in Kathmandu.
Stupas are essential to Buddhism as the cross is to Christianity, a tangible symbol of the Buddha’s enlightened mind.
It is likely that the first stupa was built after 600 AD, after the Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo, was converted to Buddhism by his two wives. The current stupa structure was probably built after the destruction of the Mughal invaders in the 14th century.
After the arrival of thousands of Tibetans following the 1959 Chinese invasion, the temple has become one of the most important centres of Tibetan Buddhism.

The Seven Women Charity

We will visit the Seven Women charity and take part in a three – hour cooking lesson. In the class we will discover some of the secret recipes and traditions and learn how to cook some traditional Nepali dishes.

The Seven Women Story

Stephanie Woollard began Seven Women at 22 after meeting seven disabled women working in a tin shed in Kathmandu.
These seven women were struggling to make a living in the face of harsh discrimination. With her last $200, Steph paid for a trainer to teach the women how to produce products for sale locally and abroad – and Seven Women was born.
Since 2006 Steph has built up the Seven Women team and launched an Australian arm for fundraising and a sales channel for our ever growing operation in Nepal.
12 years after her meeting in a tin shed that started it all, over 5,000 women have been educated, trained and employed by Seven Women.
Seven Women is empowering Nepali women, transforming their lives and their communities.

Tamang Heritage Trail

We will be going on a 6 – night trek on the Tamang Heritage Trail. The ‘Tamang Heritage Trail’ is an exciting trekking route located between Langtang and the Ganesh Himal. A culturally rich region steeped in Tibetan tradition, the local Tamang people are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in Nepal. We take a jeep from JibeJibe to Syrabrubesi (30km from the Tibetan border) and stay overnight. We begin our trek the next morning by trekking to the road north towards the Tibetan borderlands and enjoy a circuit trek through picturesque villages, terraced fields, and peaceful valleys where few trekkers venture. Continuing north towards Tibet we soak up the heritage and appreciate a local fort, monastery and exquisite local architecture of the Tamang homes. We discover more about the local traditions of this wonderful region. The Tamang Heritage Trail is away from the main tourist trail and is a wonderful culturally rich area to visit.

“It was a very personal mental and physical journey which culminated in a great sense of achievement and self-awareness.”