Are you ready to hike to the Tashi Chime Gatsal Nunnery in the remote peaceful Sherpa village of Bigu, Nepal? It is a wonderful experience and we hope you will join us on this Climb Up adventure.
Bigu is located at 8,200 feet in elevation, looking down onto a beautiful valley that offers breathtaking views, especially at sunrise. There is only one road leading into the village, which is often unusable. Most of the time, the only traffic you’ll see is people on foot and the occasional cart! We travel from Kathmandu for several hours by jeep on very rough roads. Depending on the time of year, the jeeps may only be able to go part way before we begin the hike to the village. But we have porters to carry our luggage and supplies, so all you’ll need to carry yourself are items you’ll need during the hike. In the dry season, those not wanting or able to do the hike can take a jeep all the way to Bigu.
Once you arrive in Bigu, you can decide if you’d like to rest and relax, reading, knitting, doing yoga, hiking, etc. Or, if you’d like, you are welcome to do things such as:
- Minor construction and painting projects
- Teaching English
- Teaching classes on basic first aid, women’s health, nutrition, hygiene
- Providing basic medical care
- Helping the nuns with their daily chores like cooking meals, tending the gardens
The nuns of the monastery invite you to participate in almost every aspect of their daily lives during your stay – sharing meals, attending sunrise pujas (prayers) and helping with their chores around the monastery – making for many memorable experiences. What you do while at Bigu is all up to you!
Participants will spend 2-3 days in Kathmandu, as well, experiencing the city which has inspired many dreamers to head eastward.
Teams of no more than 10 people are welcome. Each participant raises $3500 (does not include international flight), with $2000 going directly to AFCA’s children. If you are interested in joining a team to Nepal, click here and register today.