Neighbours Shaun and Carol Halbert Visit Sankhuwasabha
Tejanath reported that the group had recently organized a 10-day informal tea house trek for Shaun and his wife Carol Halbert who traveled to Nepal from England.
"The trek was arranged to take Mr. and Mrs Halbert to Tashi Gaun, one of the beautiful locations in Sankhuwasabha. This was a social trek based on the principles of eco-tourism offering the lowest price but also the maximum mutual benefit to all stakeholders involved.
The 10-day trekking experience included the following activities:
• For the trek, we provided a skillful and dedicated local guide as well as a local porter from the Arati Hotel Khandbari.
• The guide tried his best to satisfy the trekkers. He explained to them about the local places, people and their culture as well as occupations. He arranged for safe comfortable accommodations for them in the local hotels.
• A mobile phone was provided to the trekkers in order to facilitate the communication. This way, we could stay informed about all the activities of the day and in the evening so that we could solve any problems if necessary.
• The trekkers had an opportunity to trek in a friendly environment fully enjoying and observing the natural beauty, talking to the local people and testing the local food. They were welcomed by the local people in the every place they stayed.
• The trekkers enjoyed studying the local culture and traditions as well as visiting the local social organizations.
• They rescued a sick poor person by bringing them to Khandbari Hospital and arranging for his treatment.
• They visited three private boarding schools. They were able to meet and talk to the school teachers and the children. They also visited Khandbari Hospital and Aastha Hospital, a private hospital Khandbari.
• They visited Khandbari Orphanage (www.sankhuwasabah.blogspot.com) and distributed stationery and clothing to the 10 orphaned children who live there. They enjoyed eating Dal Bhat(Nepali food)- with the children. The children were very happy to receive them. Shaun and Carol were also able to visit the special school for the deaf in Mane Bhangyang. The children there welcomed them as well.
• They were invited to watch a football tournament in Manebhangyang.
• Shaun and Carol also arranged a magnificent picnic program for the children at the orphanage and the children at the special school for the deaf. It was very interesting.
• After the trek we had the opportunity to meet with Shaun and Carol and talk to them about the strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats to our trekking program. They provided us with items we need to improve.
As a result of this experience, we have come to the conclusion that the trek was 100% successful from the point of view of eco–tourism."