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Trekking Around Manaslu

For two weeks in November, we hiked around Mount Manaslu, the 8th highest peak on the planet. Have a look! We ate and stayed in tea houses and lodges and spent our days outdoors in the most beautiful country in the world.
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And Then There Were 3 - Meet Komol!

Over the last couple of years we have often been asked, "what happens when you have fully funded Jasper and Resmi’s educations?" We can finally share with you the answer to this question: meet Komol!

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What makes a hero?

In mid-April, just one week before the devastating earthquake, Jasper's family had already undergone a massive shift. Kamal is now working in Malaysia, away from his family. Here is the story.
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Leaving… On a Jet Plane…

We're going to Nepal! This Friday! We're hoping to bring a second hand smart phone and lap top computer to provide our friends internet access.
And we'd like to bring back photos, videos and stories: what do you want to know?!

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Dam!

With all the black-outs in Kathmandu and the virtual lack of electricity in Resmi’s village and the region where Kamal runs his lodge, we have learned to care a lot about dams in Nepal. When all your power comes from hydro-electricity, a 9-month dry season really puts a dent in the power supply.
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Reconnecting with Jasper & Kamal

It has been many months – since September and the start of the tourist season in Nepal – since we have heard from Kamal, Jasper’s dad. But that all changed this and last week when we had the “holy trinity” of surprises, allowing us to reconnect in a small way (as power outages allow): an email, a phone call and a Skype video call!

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What is “Yak Mail”?

“Yak Mail” is the transport of goods from Anywhere to Nepal via travellers generously offering to carry extra luggage. Because the postal system in Nepal is so unreliable and because it is so expensive to “ship” goods to a land-locked country, the “yak mail” system is informally used by people supporting families in Nepal at […]

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Update on Jasper’s Family

In Nepal, the underemployment and unemployment rate is over 50% and each year over 2 million of the country’s 19 million men leave the country to work as labourers in the Middle East. Kamal, Jasper’s father, had already spent 5 years in Saudi Arabia and the UAE when we met him. As you can imagine […]

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How vegetarians ended up eating buffalo all the time…

The higher we trekked, the more expensive local chicken became. Thus, the transition began to Kamal searching out local buffalo. Our first buffalo was dried and then cooked into a curry. Very good. The second one was fresh buffalo. Good but not as good and quite (too!) chewy, and after that well, bring on the […]

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Super fresh chicken kicks the bucket….

Note: if you are vegetarian or have never been in a butcher shop, it would be best to turn your head now… So our guide, Kamal, was constantly worried that he might lose height and weight while trekking with us. (Kamal at 6 ft 3, is the tallest Nepali we have ever seen). His diet […]

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