By Plan International’s community fundraising officer, and champion trekker, Christina Taylor

Earlier this year, a group of women and men signed up trek the Annapurna Range in Nepal and fundraise to support girls’ rights. On October 23, they made good on their pledge and I accompanied the Trek for Girls group as they travelled and trekked Nepal.

Throughout our stay in Nepal we were treated to incredible kindness and hospitality, delicious food (Dal Baht power!) and great music (‘You are a monkey and I am a donkey, Resham fiririiii’).

While trekking the Annapurna Circuit the views of dramatic white-capped peaks were awe-inspiring.  After completing the trek, we visited two community projects supported by Plan International and spent time meeting with students and community members.

The Trek for Girls group raised an outstanding $90,000 which will be directly support girls to realise their rights, and to assist with the Plan-supported earthquake recovery efforts in Nepal.

For anyone thinking about an adventure abroad, don’t think twice – get going! Here are some photos from the trip to get you inspired.

Impromptu yoga class overlooking Annapurna Range
After hours of climbing thousands of steps (literally thousands!), we had a mid-morning rest at a spectacular viewpoint looking toward the Annapurna Range. Lisa, a Trek for Girls participant, is a yoga enthusiast and treated the group to an impromptu yoga class!
Sunrise at the summit of Poon Hill, Nepal
We woke up at 4am to ascend Poon Hill. With head torches on, we wound our way up in the dark and reach the summit – just in time to view the spectacular sunrise! At 3,200m it’s the highest point we reached in Nepal and it was a truly incredible experience for us all.
Local support in Nepal
We drummed up some local support for the trek!
Plan International supported primary school
We visited two community projects, supported by Plan International. The first was a primary school, where the students greeted us with beautiful wreaths and sung the national anthem. The school invited us to visit the kindergarten class, where we saw children learning with dance, drama, songs.
Plan-supported micro-finance organisation, run by women for women
Then we travelled to a Plan-supported micro-finance organisation, run by women for women. The chairwoman, Laxmi, explained how the group is supporting more and more women to gain financial management skills and start their own businesses. The organisation also runs a life-skills program for adolescent girls and we were lucky enough to meet with them and hear their stories experiences of learning financial skills and looking forward to setting life goals and reaching their full potential.
End of the Nepal Trek

Envious of Christina’s experience? Consider our next adventure! In 2016 we’re taking a group of cyclists across Cambodia, and you could be one of them. Learn more.

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