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Newsletter May 2004 - Projects and Information



The third Nepal Festival will take place in Manchester over the weekend of 4/5 June 2004. Nepal Trekking will be participating in this event once again with a stand for our trekking and tour operation. We will also have a stand with handicraft and textile goods for sale to publicize some of our projects and assist our project work in Nepal.

The Festival will again be a celebration of Nepalese culture, featuring talks on conservation, mountaineering, ecology, textiles and other features on Nepalese life. The festival will also feature demonstrations, market stalls, dance, music and food together with the travel trade and craft stands. Entrance to the Festival is free with a small ticket price, or donations, for selected talks.

If you have been thinking of visiting Nepal and you are in the Manchester area over the weekend 4/5 June call in and have a chat with us. We look forward to meeting past and present clients who may be able to visit the festival during the weekend. Denis will be available on both days, however unfortunately we are not able to have any of our Sherpa staff available on this occasion.


The political situation in Nepal continues to be uncertain and the tourism industry is having a difficult time along with all other sections of society in Nepal. The security situation varies from one place to another and generally the main tourist areas of Kathmandu and the valley are safe to visit. Some difficulties arise on some of the trekking trails mainly in the Annapurna region and in parts of Langtang with the Maoist asking for 'donations' from all trekkers. In the Solu Khumbu the situation is mixed at the present time with the Solu (south) region being affected by the Maoist as in the rest of the country but with the Khumbu north of Lukla not being affected by the problem. Nepal continues to need tourists to visit the country because there is a dramatic down turn in the economy of the country and all the people are suffering because of this. If you have booked with us or if you are considering doing so please continue with your plans and keep in touch with Denis for the latest information from Nepal. Also if you can be flexible with your travel plans we should be able to arrange a trouble free trip for you.

We continue to offer the usual trek itineraries and additionally we also have a number of tours that include many aspects of Nepal including cultural and wildlife subjects. Tours and treks are also available in Tibet and Sikkim these are linked with Nepal.


Nepal Trekking continues to support some of the local NGOs in Kathmandu together with Khunde Hospital and the Monasteries at Tengboche in the Khumbu and also our home village of Pangum. Our education project is ongoing as well as others to provide clothing for village children. Recently we have become associated with a small number of organizations, cooperatives, and family run businesses in Kathmandu and around the valley region. Each in their own way is socially aware and helping people of their local community or further afield. We are marketing some of the goods these organizations produce, not only benefiting the individual organization but also using some of the profits for our own long-standing projects.

New SADLE (New Skill and Development Learning Experience) is an NGO with a small group of Hospitals and rehabilitation centres looking after leprosy and polio affected people, they also give home and shelter to older people who may not have any family members to look after them. The rehabilitation centers train leprosy/polio affected and other disabled on different handicraft skills and employs trained persons in the production of handicraft products. The centres offer many benefits and Community based rehabilitation is the main target for the organization.

They produce a variety of goods including Fine Dhaka products: This is a local weave textile made into bed covers, cushion covers, curtains, tablecloth, napkins, table mats, some bags and other items all of export quality. Batik work: Greeting cards and wall hanging. Carving work: Buttons, Napkin rings, boxes, singing bowl sticks, different kinds of jewelry. Hand Made Nepali Paper: Cards, gift-wrapper, bags, stationary. Bamboo and grass products: Different kinds of baskets, table mats etc. A selection of all the textiles will be at the festival.

Spicy Home Spices is a small family run concern employing underprivileged women from the outskirts of Kathmandu and villages in the valley area. These employees have been able to provide for their families and even send their children to school because of their employment. The lady owner advises and assists her suppliers in the villages to produce the best quality seeds for her spices. Most of the plants and seeds are cultivated using organic methods and purchased direct from the farmers. She is also a member of a woman's cooperative that gives advice to women's groups in the villages so they can operate small businesses and become independent and self-supporting as well as looking after their families. Spices are available in packs prepared for 1 kilo dishes of vegetarian and non-vegetarian, also in larger amounts. A small selection of spices will be available.

Patan Handicraft Center is a company that grew from a cooperative of Newar craftsmen who make high quality silver and stone jewelry as well as many other craft items including bone and wooden buttons, hand made paper products, wood carvings and metal casting. Newars have a rich cultural heritage and are skilled artisans, much of the traditional art of Nepal is Newar crafted. Newar craftsmen are well known for their expertise with silver and the products of this organization are of export quality. A small selection of silver jewelry will be available.

Ilam Tea House. Nepal produces some of the finest teas in the world; Ilam is in the district of Mechi in eastern Nepal bordering India and Darjeeling equally famous for tea. A range of tea is available and can be ordered in bulk. Although this is a commercial company the owner is involved in running an orphanage in Kathmandu for children from the far west of Nepal. The tea is attractively packaged in small amounts and bulk orders can be made. A selection of teas will be available.

Nepal Pashmina Arts. A family run business in Kathmandu producing high quality pashmina products for export only. We have been associated with this family for some years and have sold many of their products in the UK. A selection of shawls and scarves will be on show.

A selection of goods from all of these suppliers will be available for sale at the Manchester festival and we hope this may be of interest to you and your friends. Orders can also be taken. You will be supporting both the source organizations and our own projects. Sales will of course give help direct in Nepal.

If you need more details or information about Nepal Trekking or for the Manchester Festival you can contact us any time at the address and numbers on this News Letter.