11 students have spent the last 8-12mths fundraising $7800 to participate in the Nepal World Challenge adventure. World Challenge work with the students to plan and organise the trip which consists of a trekking, community service and rest and relaxation phase.
Our trek phase consisted of a 6 day trek to Poon Hill. The project phase of the exhibition took us to Pokhara to work in a small community school set outside of Pokhara. The school was a new primary school called Shram Breean. Some of the jobs the girls had to do were to paint the main school building and help cut the grass. The girls also brought sports equipment, books, paper, pens and pencils for every student. The last part of the expedition was rest and relaxation.
It was an amazing 3 weeks. The group consisted of Kelly Brough, Olivia Carter, Sara Elgoran, Michaela Foster, Shania Hales, Lydia Jackson, Laura Macnab, Rosie Marshall, Baylee Mitchell, Tegan Perry, Tessa Preddy and Lyric Walker-Eketone.
Trekking through the Himalayas was one of the absolute highlights of our trip. It was a memorable journey through villages with incredible mountain views and friendly locals who were always willing to lend a hand and help out wherever needed. During this 6 day trek to the Summit of Poon Hill we encountered many species of animals from donkeys which bound down the track at us to dogs which followed us from village to village, snakes which frightened the Sherpa, bugs & spiders everywhere, but it was the leeches that we will never forget. Summiting on Poon Hill was incredibly exciting; to have journeyed through the mountains and to finally reach your goal was exhilarating, it was a shame that we were surrounded by cloud and unable to see the stunning view of the tenth highest mountain in the world.
While all 3 other phases were exciting and rewarding, rest and relaxation was a highlight for everyone. During this time, we had many unforgettable experiences, including watching the Chitwan sunset on the river, watching elephants bathing, a cultural show, a jeep, canoe, and jungle (walking) safari where we encountered rhinos, elephants, and many crocodiles. Sight-seeing in Pokhara included a Tibet Refugee Camp, World Peace Pagoda, Devi’s Falls, Old Pokhara, the Gurkha Museum, and the International Mountaineering Museum. We also did sight-seeing in Kathmandu, where we went to Swayambhunath, the monkey temple, as well as the Boudhanath Stupa, which is the largest temple in Asia. - Sara Elgoran