Goodbye Climate Trek Nepal

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2. November 2017
Heavenly Experience on the Trek to Helambu
22. November 2017
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Dear readers and followers of this blog,

Enjoying the rain on the trek.

I will leave the Climate Trek Nepal after two and a half years of work in the project. I had the honour to be part and coordinator of the project from the beginning. In June 2015 just two months after the strong earthquake in Nepal, I visited Kathmandu together with Manfred Häupl from Hauser Exkursionen, Markus Hegemann from Neue Wege Reisen and with atmosfair’s CEO Dietrich Brockhagen. Together with other partners we wanted to make a strong call for reconstruction – sustainable reconstruction! The Climate Trek Nepal was designed to bring hope and literally energy to the people in Helambu, so that Helambu residents would be prepared for the challenges of reconstructing their houses. During my first visit in Helambu I noticed that no stone was left standing. Two and a half years later the reconstruction process is still not finished, but substantial progress has been made –achieved also thanks to our project. An architect and an engineering office designed drafts for earthquake resistant and resource-efficient lodges. All 14 participating lodges will be equipped with renewable energy systems to provide CO2-reduced electricity, light and heat for themselves and guests. Two school and two health centres receive sustainable energy- and water supply. In early 2018 the first guests are expected to sleep over in the renewed lodges.

Today I am looking back at adventurous and insightful two and a half years. I am convinced that the Climate Trek Nepal is going to be a success for the people in Helambu and their guests. My colleague Janine Adler will continue with the project.

 

 

Having a good time with locals during my onsite visit in Tarkegyang

Hopefully in 2018 we all will see each other on the first climate friendly Trek in Nepal!

Nima, our driver, Mr. Kamcha Lama (owner Helambu lodge), me, Niki – in Sermathang