£200 Competition winner – Adventure Travel Show London

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The Adventure Travel Show in London was a brilliant opportunity to meet many of you and to help some of you think about your next adventure.

We have been really busy since the show steadily working through the ideas we discussed with you. One thing we have taken on board since talking to many of you at the show was that you wanted to go to Nepal, but only had limited annual leave. We’ve therefore introduced a 2-week Everest Base Camp trip, and a 2-week Annapurna Base Camp (Annapurna Sanctuary) trip.

Also, many of you were interested in the Alta Via 1 in the simply divine Italian Dolomites. This is a sublime trek, and is very adaptable in length. Tell us how many days you have and we’ll put an itinerary together for you.

If we haven’t contacted you yet, and you’re impatient to find out an itinerary or price, please do get in touch.

Ann has also just been on a flying visit to Slovenia to look at putting together new trips there. We’re looking at hut-to-hut treks in the Julian Alps / Triglav area and family multi-activity holidays. Slovenia also lends itself to a quick getaway for those of you who just have a long weekend or a week to enjoy the mountains. Let us know if there is anything in particular you would like us to organise for you…

One thing that we pride ourselves on here at trekMountains is the number of clients who come back for further treks with us. Check out the reviews from our clients here.

We’d love to offer a prize to everyone, but sadly that isn’t possible. However, if you weren’t the lucky winner, don’t worry – whilst many of our trips are tailor made, but our prices are competitive with the big providers.

Congratulations to the winner of our competition – Sarah Turpin – you have won £200 off a trek to be taken in 2017 or 2018 when you book with a friend, family or group of friends. we are looking forward to planning the trek you are dreaming of for you.

Ann Foulkes, trekMountains

Meet us at the Adventure Travel Show

The Adventure Travel Show – the biggest collection of adventure travel specialists under one roof.
Come and meet us on stand F12 (right outside the entrance to the Adventure Auditorium) and let us fix you up with the trek you’ve been dreaming of.

When? this weekend 21-22 Jan 2017
Where? Olympia London

Book now for your weekend packed with ideas, talks and inspiration http://www.adventureshow.com
#adventuretravelshow

Spaces on Mt Kenya & Mt Meru expedition 1-13 September 2017

We are currently putting together a very special trek in East Africa combining the East African volcanic peaks of Mt Kenya and Mt Meru in Kenya and Tanzania. The dates will be 1-13 September 2017. If you are interested, please contact us.

Dolomites Alta Via 1 self-guided trekker seeks companions

We have spaces for companion trekkers to join a guaranteed Alta Via 1 departure 7-21 September 2017. This will be a slightly slowed-down full AV1 trek. The standard AV1 trek in the spectacular Italian Dolomites is outlined here. If you would prefer not to trek on your own, this could be just the trek for you. Contact us for further details.

Beat currency costs

**NEW** It is now possible to pay us in either € Euros or UK £ Sterling.
Also, for treks to East Africa and the Himalaya, it is now also possible to pay us in US $ Dollars.

As so many of our clients are from all over the world, we decided to make it possible to offer the chance of payment in currencies other than UK Sterling if you would prefer to do so.

Please let us know if you would prefer to be quoted in Euros, Sterling or US Dollars.

Kendal Mountain Festival … £200 competition winner is…

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Once again it was absolutely fantastic to see so many of you at the Basecamp of Kendal Mountain Festival. It is always great to see friends and clients who have trekked with us before who call back to tell us how much they enjoyed the trip. Check out the reviews from our clients here.

We can’t offer a prize to everyone, but if you weren’t the lucky winner, don’t worry – whilst many of our trips are tailor made, but our prices are competitive with the big providers.

Congratulations to the winner of our competition – Rob Tipping – you have won £200 off a trek to be taken in 2016 or 2017 when you book with a friend, family or group of friends. I’m looking forward to planning your trek for you.

Ann Foulkes, trekMountains

New Yoga Treks in Nepal

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Check out our NEW Yoga Treks in Nepal

We have something for everyone who is interested in yoga. It doesn’t matter if you are experienced at yoga or if you have never tried it before, our experienced yoga teacher will encourage you to discover what you can achieve!

I wish to give each individual the opportunity to rediscover the joy of movement and to master more than they think they can!” — Ellen Johannesen, our yoga instructor

We are offering 4 yoga treks:

Ambient Yoga

A gentle trek at low altitude in the areas around Chitlang, Hattiban and Daman
Playful Yoga suitable for all levels
Autumn: 20 Oct – 1 Nov 2016
£1645 per person

Yoga Mountain Flow

Gentle/Moderate trekking in Lower Mustang
Playful Yoga suitable for all levels
Easter: 19 March – 1 April 2016
£1845 per person

Altitude Yoga & Meditation

Moderate trekking in the Kingdom of Upper Mustang
Ashtanga Yoga suitable for all levels
Summer: 4-21 June 2016
£2670 per person (inc Upper Mustang permit)

High Intensity Ashtanga Yoga

Moderate trekking to Manang on the Annapurna Circuit
Ashtanga Yoga suitable for all levels
Summer: 4-16 August 2016
£1660 per person

Click here for pictures of our Nepal yoga treks
Click here for full details of these yoga treks.

Kendal Mountain Festival 2015

Kendal Mountain Festival LogoWe’ll once again be at the Kendal Mountain Festival
20 – 22 November 2015.

Our stand will be in the re-vamped Base Camp Marquee which will be on the car park next to the Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal. Entrance to the Base Camp Marquee is FREE, so why not come and meet us in person and discuss where you would like to go trekking. Many of our treks can be tailored for your group – whether there are 2 of you or 50 of you.

We’ll be running a competition to win a £200 discount off your next trek.
You can also find out about our new treks and a new climbing trip

Base Camp Marquee opening hours:

Friday 20 Nov             9.30am to 7pm

Saturday 21 Nov        9.30am to 7pm

Sunday 22 Nov          10am to 5pm

The World Is With You Nepal We are donating part of our stand to a this brand new charity which is being set up to support Nepalese villages following the earthquakes earlier this year. Come along to find out how you can make a big difference to the lives of Nepalese so badly affected by the earthquake. There will be lots of events supporting Nepal at the festival.

Formerly known as the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Kendal’s world-renowned mountain festival boasts something for all who love the mountains – speakers, activities, films and everything mountain-related.

The new Basecamp Village has been revamped for this year, and will the social hub of the festival as well as providing a Festival Information service.
It will be located next to the Brewery where the main screenings will take place.
Blacks will have a shop there too, but don’t forget to find out who else is in the BaseCamp Village!
This year there will be loads of free events in the Basecamp village – check out the programme here
This year the Basecamp Village will be a place to hang out, relax, have some refreshment, listen to talks, and, of course, come and chat to us!

Speakers include an all-star cast of Kenton Cool, Andy Kirkpatrick, Leo Houlding, Andy Cave, Sir Chris Bonington, Catherine Destivelle, Neil Gresham, Mike ‘Twid’ Turner, Heather Geluk, Jenny Jones, Tashi Sherpa and many more.

And of course, the thing that Kendal is most  famous for, over 60 new mountaineering and adventure films. The trailer for this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival can be viewed here to give you a taster of what you could see… https://vimeo.com/144966968

Full details of the festival are at http://www.mountainfest.co.uk/

Make your plans now for a weekend full of interest and wonderful films, and don’t forget to come and see us in the Basecamp Marquee.

@kendalmountain #kendal15

International Nepal Fellowship video of aid given out so far

Wonderful work being done by International Nepal Fellowship with money you have donated.

So far they have achieved:

  • over 3,000 families helped
  • 65 tonnes food distributed – families have lost their crops and animals
  • 840 tents given out – essential shelter as the monsoon approaches
  • 4540 blankets – can you imagine losing all your clothes and bedding?
  • See their latest video showing what has been achieved here:

    Let’s achieve even more
    Please keep donating.
    www.inf.org

    Nepal earthquake – how can I respond?

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    How best to respond to the Nepal earthquake?

    Two weeks on, the situation in Nepal has left us all wanting to help, but there are some confusing reports coming out of media and social media which I thought I’d try to clarify with the help of friends, Ian Wall, Jo Chaffer and Tanya Perret who have all spent many years living in Nepal and who have thrown themselves into the heart of relief aid and promoting the cause.

    1. Which organisation can I donate money to without it being seized by the Nepalese government?

    There are a many good organisations working now on the ground in Nepal to help those in great need. There are many reports of the Government of Nepal commandeering newly-opened Nepal bank accounts of relief projects.

    trekMountains supports and recommends the following organisations, all of whom will receive all funds directly – please consider donating as much as you can to them. Even small amounts go a long way in Nepal:

    International Nepal Fellowship – a well-established organisation which has worked in Nepal for many years. INF’s Green Pastures Hospital in Pokhara specialises in reconstructive surgery, spinal cord injury and in the treatment and rehabilitation of people with disability. They have done pioneering work creating prosthetic limbs from locally sourced materials for victims of leprosy and the landmines from the troubled years with the Maoists. Green Pastures Hospital is already receiving earthquake victims for rehabilitation, and it is anticipated that the hospital will play a significant role over the next months.
    INF is currently busy with distributing aid to remote villages, and no doubt will soon be busy fitting many more prosthetic limbs for earthquake victims.
    http://www.inf.org/

    Himalayan Stove Project – this organisation is working with Ian Wall and Sarita Lama who some of you will know, and who have been involved in aid in Nepal for many years. They are focusing their relief aid work on specific areas including helping the villages of Gumpa in Sindapulckowk District and Megre in Ramechap District – areas well known to Sarita as many of her extended family come from there. The damage there has been extensive, and many from the villages are unaccounted for.
    http://himalayanstoveproject.causevox.com/

    LED – Light Education Development – has been working in Nepal for many years with PHASE in Kathmandu distributing solar lights and medicines to village communities that need them. LED just filled a helicopter with 108 tents, 200 sleeping bags, tarpaulins and water purification systems which are being flown to Nepal with the Gurkhas. They are also working on the ground in Nepal with a team of young Nepalis from a mixture of ethnic groups who are all working together brilliantly. Donate via their just giving page at http://www.justgiving.com/lighteducationdevelopment
    http://lighteducationdevelopment.org/

    2. Should I send items to Nepal?

    What there is a need for now:

    Tents and tarpaulins – there are not enough in Nepal. The monsoon is fast approaching, and many people are still sleeping without any shelter.
    If you do collect any items please ensure that you also have a contact in Nepal who is capable of both sorting and distributing it, and find out from them how to label the load, and what paperwork is required.
    They are currently asking for tents before 12 May (last date they can get them there before the monsoon)Contact LED.charity@gmail.com and valpitk@gmail.com for further details.

    What we suggest NOT to send:

    Clothing – can be collected to send, but please don’t send it just now. The airport at Kathmandu is clogged with aid which is log-jammed due to red tape, and the essential items now are tarpaulins, tents & water purification systems. If you do collect any items please ensure that you also have a contact in Nepal who is capable of both sorting and distributing it, and find out from them how to label the load, and what paperwork is required.
    Medicines – miscellaneous medicines are difficult to sort so please don’t just empty out your medicine cupboard, and medicines in a language the locals don’t understand can’t be used. If you want to send medicines, find out what is needed and send direct to an organisation that is asking for them.
    Food – rice can be bought from within Nepal from areas not badly affected by the earthquake. This helps the Nepal economy. It makes sense to send money rather than rice.

    3. Should I go to Nepal now to help?

    What Nepal needs most of all NOW is your financial help. Whilst many of us want to jump on a plane and go to help, the time is not now. See this post from a medic in Kathmandu:
    “PLEASE NOTE ALL PEOPLE WHO WANT TO VOLUNTEER FROM ABROAD, DO NOT COME TO NEPAL UNLESS YOU HAVE A VERY SPECIFIC MANDATE TO DO SO. I have seen bunches of international doctors and other hopeful volunteers standing around twiddling their thumbs because they don’t speak Nepali, don’t know the area, can’t look after themselves as far as food, water and shelter in the remote areas is concerned, and are actually more of a burden on the system than a help. The last thing a remote village needs right now, is to have to supply a tent and food to a volunteer who is not making a huge difference, rather than give that tent and food to a family who has no shelter and is starving. WE ARE INCREDIBLY GRATEFUL FOR YOUR DESIRE TO HELP. PLEASE HELP US BY DONATING CASH SO THAT WE CAN REBUILD THE COUNTRY FROM WITHIN”.

    4. How else can I help?

    The damage is so extensive that Nepal is going to need support for the long term, long after the media and the rescue teams have gone. I am currently working with several other folks in the mountaineering world who have been involved in Nepal for many years to find a way that ordinary folks can help support Nepalese communities in the longer term. We are looking at how we can all help by focusing on communities that most need our support – perhaps places off the traditional trekking routes (which will get more support as they are more famous).

    Our idea is for long term community support. This may well include the chance to visit the communities being supported, but would think ‘work force’ rather than just a sponsored trekking holiday. You would need to pay your own way, and be prepared for hard work, basic conditions and a trek into the location. At the moment we do not have dates or locations in mind – only time and the people on the ground can tell us when it is right to go.

    Everyone can get involved in this, even if you don’t consider yourself able to get to Nepal yourself. If you have special building / engineering skills / medical skills please let me know, but folks without these skills will still have a role to play. If you are interested in helping Nepal in the longer term, please register your interest with Ann at
    info@trekmountains.com.

    5. How can I keep informed about what’s going on?

    Facebook, love it or hate it, has been key in helping us keep in touch with friends and colleagues in Nepal. It has been a great way of staying in touch with up to date events.
    • Follow trekMountains’ facebook page https://www.facebook.com/trekMountains
    • Follow the facebook pages and websites of the above mentioned organisations to find out what they are doing in Nepal. LED have asked me to say that their communications will be down when they are all based in the village communities due to lack of phone signal, but their silence will mean they are out there delivering the aid!

    6. How can I help keep Nepal in the media’s attention?

    Please share posts to help keep the media attention on Nepal.
    ‘Shares’ work better than ‘likes’.
    Hash tags # are a mystery to me, but those that understand them tell me to ask you all to add the following to your social media posts about the Nepal earthquake to help keep it fresh in the media.

    #shakeitupnepal
    #channel4news
    #bbcnews
    #Nepalquake
    #itvnews
    #reuters

    Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for anything you can do for Nepal

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    Ann Foulkes
    trekMountains