Friday, 4 September 2009

Nepal: The next challenge and yellow fever or no yellow fever?

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At the end of October 2009, I will be flying out to Nepal to embark on the Annapurna Base Camp trek, and I'll be doing it in aid of the Himalayan Cultural Conservation. This is a classic 9 day Himalayan trekking route taking us to a height of 4130 metres. Staying in traditional tea houses, our destination will be Nepal's Annapurna Base Camp (also known as the Annapurna Sanctuary).


It is arguably the most intensely scenic trek in Nepal. From the Annapurna Base Camp the towering peaks of Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna South (7273m), Annapurna Fang (7647m), and Machhapuchhare (6997m) bathed in snow set the scene as one of the most spectacular mountain settings in the Himalayas.

With just over a month to go, I finally visited the nurse at my GP's practice to start what I thought would be a long and painful (wallet-wise) process of vaccinations for the trip to Nepal. I went with a long list of recommendations from the Expedition handbook; Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Polio, Diphtheria, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Meningitis and Japanese B Encephalitis! When I made the appointment, the receptionist even joked "are you sure you want to go?" and I did wonder!

Fortunately, it was a lot simpler, and cheaper than I thought. I had the Hep A/Typhoid combined jab, and the 3 in 1 option of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Polio, all for free! I was advised there was no need for the Yellow Fever as I wasn't really going to be there long enough, and there was no need for the Meningitis and Japanese B.

That just left the Rabies - a series of 3 jabs over a period of 7, 14 and 28 days, for a sum of £125 if I pay for all three up front - bargain! As I didn't have the cash for it at the time, I'll be starting them next week.

The Challenge is to raise valuable funds for Himalayan Cultural Conservation (Hi-Cap UK - registered charity no. 1115378). This is a worthy cause devoted to the Orphans and families of the Mustang area of the Himalayas. Their hopes and plans are to improve their lives by providing, to as many of them as possible, shelter, food, improved health and basic education, eventually training them to earn a basic living to help others in the area, at the same time retaining their culture.

It would be a tremendous help if you would sponsor me. I can reassure you that none of your donation goes to the cost of the trip; unlike some organised overseas charity expeditions, this isn't a way of paying for a holiday with a small percentage going to charity, Hi-Cap UK will be the only ones benefiting from your generosity!

So please, click on the donate button or go to www.justgiving.com/annapurna_base_camp and help the orphans and families of Nepal.