Help us fully fund Lucky Chhetri and Khim Kumari Thapa's visit to UK, all the way from Pokhara Nepal, for Women's Adventure Expo 2016. Only granted visas just in time, they were able to make it for the event in Bristol on 8th October, sharing their experiences and friendship. Lucky is one of the founding sisters of 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, and Khim is one of their professional trekking guides who successfully completed the guide training programme provided by partner organisation Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN). Last year at the first ever Women's Adventure Expo, the event kicked off with an inspiring video message from Lucky. This year we are delighted that Lucky and Khim were with us in person to share stories of how adventure inspires, challenges and empowers women in all corners of the world.
"I am very happy as well as excited to be a part of Women’s Adventure Expo 2016. I know this is a very big program and a golden opportunity for me to explore and to share my work experience being a female trekking guide in Nepal. I have worked for6 years as a guide, so I feel confident to share interesting stories, adventures and my life with you."
- 8 of the 10 highest mountains in the world are in Nepal.
"I would like to say, many women colleagues are doing their further studies and earning enough money to look after their family and relatives through this profession which we couldn’t do before. Many of the women guides have become role model in their villages. Working in this profession as female trekking guides has helped us to explore many new destinations in Nepal which we have never been to before.
Adventure trekking for women has given a new platform for the young girls like me to lead happy life as we get an immense opportunity to build our confidence, work independently in a male dominated society and help women to be empowered."
Khim Kumari Thapa
Guide Khim, with assistant guides Punam and Gauri. Annapurna region March 2016.
"In my work place, there are women working from different (rural) parts of Nepal. All the women working in Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN) and 3 Sisters Adventure trekking have different stories to share. Getting to know them, has helped me realize that life is not always easy but opportunity will help us make it possible to be successful.
This job has helped me to get connected with new friends from Nepal and abroad like UK, USA and others. I have trekked with clients all over the world to different and new places In Nepal. I like meeting new people, exchanging ideas and to share and learn about their life and countries." Khim Kumari Thapa
- The median monthly salary in Nepal is NPR 25 000 (£175).
Women's Adventure Expo co-founder Tania trekked with 3 Sisters Trekking in the Annapurna region in March of this year, guided by Khim and assisted by Gauri and Punam. Enjoying the wonderful hospitality of Lucky Chhetri in Pokhara, the foundations were laid for a partnership between these two organisations in different continents both committed to inspiring and empowering women through adventure.
All additional funds generated by this crowdfunding campaign will go towards suporting the provision of accommodation for trainee guides who come from all over Nepal to access the unique programme of education and skills development provided by EWN.
Thank you so much for your interest in our crowdfunding project. We greatly value your support.
Gauri, Tania, Punam and Khim in the Annapurna region, March 2016.