The Great Himalayan Trail Record broken - 49 days, 6 hours, 8 minutes!
The famous ultra-adventure athlete Sean Burch (www.seanburch.com) has travelled 2000 kilometers (1250 miles) across Nepal over The Great Himalayan Trail in 49 days, 19 fewer than the past record set in 2003.
Burch passed through 18 of the remotest Himalayan districts in Nepal, traversed 1,250 miles, took over 2.6 million steps and tackled elevation gains/losses of over 500,000 ft. to reach altitudes over 20,000 ft. Some of the obstacles faced included blinding snowstorms, one of the worst monsoons in Nepal’s history, landslides, high altitude, leeches, hypothermia and extreme daily mental and physical exhaustion.
This great project, which was facilitated by the Nepal Trust, has been great awareness raising for Nepal and has been covered by Reuters, Associated Press, National Geographic, and many renowned intl. news networks including BBC News, NBC News, Explorers Web and CNN.
Sean has also been appointed Honorary Goodwill Ambassador for Nepal Tourism Year 2011 by the Nepal Government for his work in 'the development, promotion and marketing of Nepal as a preferred tourist destination' and for his achievement in setting a new world record for the fastest crossing of Nepal, east to west.
Sean is committed to the people of Nepal and he hopes that this trek will not only bring Nepal to the attention of the international public but also assist the Nepal Government in their efforts to promote Nepal during their National Tourism Year in 2011.
He also hopes to raise awareness of development works along the GHT related to infrastructure, healthcare, education, renewable energy and with special focus on local culture and heritage preservation to bring many benefits to the social and economic development of the people living in these areas.
Visit the Great Himalaya Trail Development Project website here.
Sad loss of Trust Director Tony Robinson
It is with sadness that I must acknowledge the death of one of our
directors, Tony Robinson. He last drifted away peacefully and painlessly on Friday 13th April 2012.
Tony was a founding member of the newly-created Board of the Nepal Trust in
2006 and became Finance Director in the same year, a post he held until
For many years and as an active member of Rotary, Tony was an enthusiastic
supporter of the Nepal Trust. He first visited Nepal in 2006 when he
participated with a team of Rotary volunteers in a trek to the upper Karnali
and Limi valleys to assist with construction of a new micro-hydro energy
facility at Halji. The group braved steep mountain passes and high altitudes
on the grueling journey to Halji, an eight-day trek of 125 km which took
them to an altitude of 16,500 feet. Laden down with packs and sleeping
under canvas, Tony's team spent six days working on the installation before
trekking for a further seven days on the return journey.
The trek to Halji was a great example of Tony's contribution both in the UK
and in Nepal itself, and which served only to increase his enthusiasm for
our work in Nepal. Not only was Tony extremely generous with his time,
energy and passion, he also successfully raised substantial sums of money in
support of the Nepal Trust's health care and renewable energy programmes
over his many years with us.
Tony was also a founding member and former president of the Rotary Club of
Misbourne Matins and the Chairman of the Cotswold Canal Trust.
Tony's enthusiasm and commitment was first class and he was a pleasure to
work with. His early death is a real loss to the Trust and his wisdom and
generous contribution will be greatly missed.
Karin, his wife, and the rest of his family have appreciated our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Chairman The Nepal Trust
Service of Thanksgiving
A Service of Thanksgiving in celebration of Tony's life was held on Thursday 19th April at the St. James Centre Gerrards Cross at which the family 'requested no flowers' but ‘donations please’ to the charities which he cared for.
A just giving web site has been opened in memory of Tony
'Sweater Distribution Day' in Simikot
Last year the Nepal Trust received a valuable donation from Rotary Club of Old Meldrum in the form of top quality sweaters, which were kindly brought to Nepal by the Rotary club of Elgin who participated in our 'Trek to Build' program in Gorkha district to inspect a water supply project.
Last month the sweaters were transported to Nepalgunj by bus and flown in by plane to Simikot. In Simikot the Trust organized a 'Sweater Distribution Day' for the poorer Dalit children in the area. The local kids came by the dozens to our guest house where they received new clothes to keep them warm in the colder Winter months.
The Globalgiving Open Challenge has started!
The Globalgiving Open Challenge has started! Please help the Nepal Trust reach its targets and donate a small amount at:
Your support will ensure the Trust reaches out to a worldwide community and will support some of the poorest people in the world. Thank you so much.
Renewable Energy Service Center
After a successful training program in the course of 2010 for the students enrolled in our Renewable Energy Service Center project in Simikot, we just returned from the field and are happy to announce we have secured suitable land on where the center is to be constructed. Now that all legal formalities are dealt with, we are now preparing the construction plans.
Humla Health Trip
In eye on ‘upping the game’ in our health program, UK Chairman Mike Love, accompanied by his wife Pavla, Nepal Trust volunteer Anna McPherson and our support staff just returned from a 3 week visit to Humla.
In Humla the team inspected several project sites and had discussions with local communities in order to improve our service delivery and to expand our health program throughout more villages over the upcoming years.
Anna, a professional film maker has captured the entire trip in order to prepare a documentary film that enables people to get a better insight in development issues in Humla district.