30 Oct 2022 | Nepal
One of the many highlights at One Family’s Diwali at The Dorchester was the announcement of a major fundraising trek in Nepal to support their Anti-Trafficking Fund partner, Maiti Nepal.
The ‘Live To Give’ Annapurna Base Camp trek will take place at the end of February 2023, and will coincide with International Women's Day on March 8. The climb, which is expected to take four days, will raise funds for Maiti Nepal, an organisation which has been protecting and rescuing women and girls from trafficking and exploitation for almost 30 years. Trafficking along the 1,800km border between India and Nepal remains a huge problem, with 10,000 – 15,000 Nepali women and girls being sold annually in India.
More than 20 guests immediately signed up during the Diwali celebration, and a host of supporters as well as members of the One Family team will tackle the route – which is one of Nepal’s most famous. It is a little less demanding than Everest Base Camp Trek, owing to shorter days of trekking and maximum elevations of 4,130m (13,550 feet). However, it will still provide majestic views of the snow-capped Himalayas, shimmering lakes and verdant forests and paddy fields.
The trek will take place between February 28th and March 5th, with 6-7 hours’ hiking per day. After arriving into Kathmandu from London, the team will fly to Pokhara and transfer to Matkhui, before commencing the first stage to Chhomrong. After completing the challenge, trekkers will be spending five days at Maiti Nepal’s rehabilitation home to meet and personally support trafficking survivors. While at the home, Michelin-star chef Atul Kochhar will prepare and serve meals to more than 300 survivors and residents.
Maiti Nepal’s inspirational founder Anuradha Koirala says: “Although this challenge will be no easy feat, each step will be a giant leap towards the liberation of trafficking victims and survivors.”
Find out more and pledge your support on the JustGiving page here.