Helambu Trek adventure x community development

The Helambu Trek begins from Sundarijal, an hour's drive from Kathmandu. From there, we trek north, entering Shivapuri National Park, stopping at villages along the way, and reaching Langtang National Park. We then head westward down to Five14's partner village: Gyangphedi. Finally, an overnight stop at Nuwa Coffee Farm before ending our journey of eight days.
Kutumsang Lodge & Guest House
The second day is the longest day. A long uphill climb lead us into Kutumsang to our stay for the night. In the dark, I work hard to keep up with these two who happen to be hiking back home.
The Baristas on our team provide coffee training to tea houses along the way. The goal is to start third-wave coffee businesses that will help them provide a better life for their families! We receive many positive responses. One tea house even asks us to show them how to roast the beans so they can buy green beans from a coffee farm nearby.
Despite the cold and tired legs, I get out most mornings to get a run in. The scenery is too hard to pass. The sky is most clear in early mornings and the giants show their faces looming in the distance.
Hiking up to Magingoth, the highest point on our trek.
Looking back from the gateway into the Magingoth.
After Magingoth, we hike steeply down to reach the village, Gyangphedi. Five14 has been working with this village since the earthquake, rebuilding and establishing homestays. This time, we get to enjoy the fruit of their effort.
Typical homes in the village
Portal Prefab, originally an organization that designs bikes as a way to fight poverty, has designed an earthquake-resistant steel structure in response to the earthquake. With the steel frame being the main support of the structure, home-owners finish the exterior walls with materials of their choice. Most commonly-used are stones and concrete blocks. The masonry walls are restrained by the chainlink fencing as shown in the windows, giving the structure Gabian-Basket style protection.
After spending two nights in Gyanphedi, we continue down on this nice road to catch a bus to our final destination: Nuwa Coffee Farm.
Arabica coffee grown in high elevation in Nuwakot region. We get to pick cherries and pulp them.
Last morning run before heading back to Kathmandu.
I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason. And that means you have to be here for some reason, too." -Hugo Cabret, Hugo

Besides the breathtaking scenery and the hospitality of the people, I am encouraged to see people with very different skills, experience, and knowledge come together to create solutions to problems big and small. Baristas sharing their skills, bike manufacturers applying their knowledge of steel, villagers opening their homes. Most importantly, they do so out of love for God, for others and for the place to which they belong.

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