Stok Khangri i Ladakh och andra spännande expeditioner!

2017 03 15 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt

Namaste!

I dagar har vi haft planeringsmöte här på Hi On Life Adventures. Vi har nämligen många spännande expeditioner framför oss både i Nepal och Indien!  Först ut är ett för många Svenskar ett helt nytt berg – Stok Khangri, 6,153 möh. Stok Khangri ligger i storslagna Ladakh i norra Indien och för att nå baslägret vandrar vi genom Markha Valley och Hemis Nationalpark, som skiljer sig helt från det landskap man möter i tex Nepal eller Alperna. Hemis Nationalpark är dessutom känd som en av de bästa platserna för att se snöleoparder!

På den här resan får du uppleva allt från färgsprakande sightseeing i ett hett Delhi, till känslan att stå på en tyst och snöig, 6,153 möh hög topp i Himalaya! Det är det som gör att jag tycker den här expeditionen är så speciell!

I juli har vi 19 norrmän som ska få känna på ”Incredible India” via sin expedition till Stok Khangri – Vi vågar nog lova många fina foton!  Saran leder expeditionen och vid sin sida så har han bla Rinji Sherpa – vår klättersherpa som i vår kommer att göra sin 16:e expedition till Mount Everest. Han har stått på toppen av världens högsta berg hela 13 gånger!

En expedition i Ladakh bjuder på magiska vyer!

En expedition i Ladakh bjuder på magiska vyer!

Hari Magar, Rinji Sherpa och Saran Subba planerar kommande expeditioner.

 

Lite senare, första veckan i september, så återvänder vi till en av våra favoriter – Putha Hiunchuli!  I höst har vi några riktiga Hi On Life-stammisar som återkommer för att klättra lite högre än vad de någonsin gjort innan.

Putha Hiunchuli (Dhaulagiri VII) ligger i exotiska Dolpo, som länge var stängt för västerlänningar och som nu kräver specialtillstånd för att man ska få vandra och klättra i.  Putha Hiunchuli är ett relativt straightforward och tekniskt enkelt berg, men de 7 246 möh tar självklart ut sin rätt på kroppen!  Är man skidalpinist så är det en perfekt topp att skida ner för!

Putha Hiunchuli Climbing expedition

Till den här expeditionen har vi platser kvar och vi kan utlova ett riktigt härligt gäng klättrare!

 

Vi älskar att sitta med kartan framför oss och planera nästa vandring/expedition – I dag har vi fått timmar av den varan – Härligt!  Hoppas att du också har något roligt att se fram emot – annars får du höra av dig, så kan vi planera något tillsammans!

Förberedelserna är halva nöjet!

Förberedelserna är halva nöjet!

 

Allt gott från Kathmandu
/Christina & Saran med Sherpor

Happy Holi

2017 03 12 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt

I dag har det firats Holi här i Nepal och Indien.  Under ”Festival of colours” eller ”Festival of Love” som den också kallas, så firar man det godas seger över det onda och vårens ankomst. Det firas också som en tacksägelse för en god skörd.

Festivalen varar under två dagar och unga som gamla passar på att umgås, leka, skratta, glömma och förlåta och reparera trasiga relationer.  Under dagarna två pågår ett allmänt vattenkrig, med vattenpistoler och ballonger fyllda med färgat vatten. Även färgat pulver kastas hej villt. Går man ut under dessa dagar så får man räkna med att det kommer en vattenballong flygandes ner från huset man går förbi, eller att man blir attackerad av ett gäng med vattenpistoler. Under Holi går ingen säker!

I dag var vädret soligt men rejält kyligt här i Kathmandu, men folket trotsade temperaturen och gav sig ut på gatorna – hur skulle man kunna undvika en sådan färgsprakande och glädjefylld fest?

Happy Holi önskar vi från Nepal!

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Barnens absoluta favoritfestival

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Fylld vattenballong redo att kastas

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Vi älskar Holi!!

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Vattenpistol laddad med grön färg!

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Hi On Life’s guide Christina undgick inte färgpistolerna

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Fullträff!!!

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Några turister tar en paus från vattenkriget

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Glada Holifirare

 

 

Hi On Life rescue / relief mission – Dispatch 8

2015 06 22 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Okategoriserade

The Wapsa Village

The awesomeness of this village of Wapsa are its people. Life here is beyond your wildest imagination – extremely remote, hard and risky, but that doesn’t stop people in this village to live to their fullest, it doesn’t stop them from smiling. They were very friendly and extremely cooperative among themselves, which is needed to survive in these conditions.

This village is in a landslide prone face of the hill. Some houses of this village is situated on a precarious slope.There has been several landslide triggered by the big earthquake- most of these landslides are working their way up to the top of the village. If these landslides connect at the top of the village, it would be a disaster. Let us all pray for them for this monsoon!

This is my honest effort to capture some of these beautiful and lovely faces of Wapsa!

Your generosity has reached these people and now each one of them in this village has a safe place to sleep and are protected from the monsoon rain!

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

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Gopal- one of our strongest porter! At Base Camp, we gave him a 20 lt jerry can to fetch water from the glacier and fill the 60 lts barrel in our kitchen tent- he refused because that would be 3 trips. So instead he took the 60 lts barrel and filled it up with water from the glacier and carried it in one go to our camp at 5100m!!!

Gopal- one of our strongest porter! At Base Camp, we gave him a 20 lt jerry can to fetch water from the glacier and fill the 60 lts barrel in our kitchen tent- he refused because that would be 3 trips. So instead he took the 60 lts barrel and filled it up with water from the glacier and carried it in one go to our camp at 5100m!!!

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The cummunity water tap - all children wash their face here before going to the school

The community water tap- all children wash their face here before going to the school

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Good morning tea.

Good morning tea.

Our sherpa Bhopal with his wife

Our sherpa Bhopal with his wife

The girl with the big smile is our Dil's daughter

The girl with the big smile is our Dil’s daughter

Dil and his family. Their youngest son, the multi talented guy was in school, so he is not in the pic

Dil and his family. Their youngest son, the multi talented guy was in school, so he is not in the pic

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Hi On Life rescue /relief mission – Dispatch 7

2015 06 13 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt, Jordbävningen

Visit to the school!

We came to know from Dil and Bhopal that the school in their village was damaged and that it was not safe for the children. They had made a tarpaulin shed for the children as a make shift class room. Our primary mission was to build 3 to 4 classrooms that were good enough to endure the monsoon. We took 15 dozens of tin sheets to make 4 classrooms with bamboos and tarpaulins for support.
We also wanted to surprise the children, so we took plenty of sweets, fruit juices, coloring books, crayons and coloring pencils. We also took some footballs, volleyballs and badmintons.

To our astonishment, we came to know that the children in the school had never seen crayons, or coloring pencils and had never tried coloring. Therefore it got more interesting, so we decided to hold a coloring competition. On each bench there would be a winner and the winner would get a coloring book, a box of crayons and a box of color pencils.


The children amazed us with their talent. We all had a great time- the children getting to color for the first time, sweets and toys, and us of course getting the opportunity to see the children so happy.

Thank you all for your generosity and support. The people of Wapsa are sending you love and Gratitude!

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

Inside the broken school in Wapsa

Inside the broken school in Wapsa

 

This was how the classes were taken, in the open, under tarpauline - well soon the classrooms with the tin roof and bamboo walls will be completed

This was how the classes were taken, in the open, under tarpauline – well soon the classrooms with the tin roof and bamboo walls will be completed

 Our Hi On Life guys distributing the goodies to the children


Our Hi On Life guys distributing the goodies to the Children

Saran with the kids

Saran in class

TOYS!!!!

TOYS!!!!

Children so happy to play

Children so happy to play

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Everyone so interested in coloroing - First time ever with crayons!

Everyone so interested in coloroing – First time ever with crayons!

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This boy was great in coloring, volley ball and an awesome dancer- later we came to know that this multi tallented guy is our Dil’s youngest son

 

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This girl was so into it and so hardworking! She was one of the grand Winners!

 

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Another grand winner!

 

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The best in the school!

 

 

Hi On Life rescue /relief mission – Dispatch 6

2015 06 12 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt, Jordbävningen

Namaste from Wapsa!

The distribution day- the village committee had organized a grand welcome program despite my request to keep it low profile. They did it from their heart, so we didn’t want to disappoint them and be rude either. It was a great welcome and appreciation ceremony. They called out names of 30 houses, and we distributed the package to each of them. The package contained a dozen sheets of galvanized tin roof, 30 kg rice, cooking oil, salt, sugar, tea leaves for each one of them.

Later our boys helped make a few makeshift shelters for the monsoon. They cannot rebuilt their houses until the monsoon is over, so these shelters will work brilliant for now. They were all happy. In the evening all 30 houses decided to stay together under the big canvas near the school. They slaughtered a pig for the whole village. Everyone dressed up beautifully and we all had a great feast which was followed by dancing and merry making!

Thank you all for your generosity and support. The people of Wapsa have sent you love and gratitude.

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

The villagers making their loads ready.

The villagers making their loads ready.

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Happy village people from Wapsa came to help carrying all the food and material to the village.

 

Wapsa Relief Mission

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Tin roof sheets and rice bags being carried to the village.

When we arrived the village :)

When we arrived the village 🙂

Saran is being greeted with katas and flower garlands

Saran is being greeted with katas and flower garlands

 

Nima being greeted with katas and flower garlands

Nima being greeted with katas and flower garlands

 

The school children from the village of Wapsa

The school children from the village of Wapsa

Wapsa Relief Mission

We stayed in our expedition tents - Hilleberg of course!

We stayed in our expedition tents – Hilleberg of course!

Children fascinated by seeing their pics that I had just taken.

Children fascinated by seeing their pics that I had just taken.

Dil's kitchen- we were invited for lunch- what a lovely meal we had!

Dil’s kitchen- we were invited for lunch- what a lovely meal we had!

Nothing tastes better than fresh food cooked in wood fire

Nothing tastes better than fresh food cooked in wood fire

Tin roof for 30 homes

Tin roof for 30 homes

Distribution day!

Distribution day!

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Rice and other necessities

Rice and other necessities

Happy people

Happy people

Finally food!

Finally food!

30 kg of rice!

30 kg of rice!

Dil is receiveing his share!

Dil is receiveing his share!

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And then the tin roofs

And then the tin roofs

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Our Hi On Life guys distributing the tin roofs to the villagers

The houses has been really damaged by the earthquakes

The houses has been really damaged by the earthquakes

One of our porter, Gopal's house

One of our porter, Gopal’s house

 

Working on the frame

Working on the frame

Dorje using his climbing skills to secure the frame :)

Dorje using his climbing skills to secure the frame 🙂

Our Amazing Hi On Life team building shelters!

Our Amazing Hi On Life team building shelters!

The roof is almost set, then we will work on the walls. This woman and her kids will have no problem this monsoon

The roof is almost set, then we will work on the walls. This woman and her kids will have no problem this monsoon

Some women entertaining themselves seeing our guys at work

Some women entertaining themselves seeing our guys at work

We Nepalese people need the tiniest excuse for celebration and merry making- this excuse was surely good enough :) A wonderful evening to end with :)

We Nepalese people need the tiniest excuse for celebration and merry making- this excuse was surely good enough 🙂 A wonderful evening to end with 🙂

 

Hi On Life rescue /relief mission – Dispatch 5

2015 06 11 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt, Jordbävningen

We have reached Wapsa!

But what a journey….

After 12 hours in the jeep we finally reached Thade, the day before yesterday, at 11 p.m.  We crashed into our beds there. We had a good sleep and after unloading some things for our school, Grace Academy, we continued towards Wapsa.

After three hours in the fairly comfortable jeep, the road turned so bad so we had to change to a tractor.  Six hours later, after a dreadful drive, we reached Ghaza and we decided to stay overnight there.

In the morning over 65 people had come from the village of Wapsa to help carrying the loads of building material and food we had brought.  Everyone capable from the village was there – men, women and children of all ages. Still we could not bring everything – tomorrow a bunch of guys are going back down to Ghaza to bring the rest. We have 1200 kg of building material still there.

The trail to Wapsa was difficult and it took us three hours to get here.

When we finally reached, we got a heartwarming reception!  20 of the younger children, who were too young to carry loads, greeted us with flower garlands and songs.  They told us that they had prepared a welcome dance as well, but that they will perform that tomorrow, when all the villagers are back.

The children got very excited when they could see all the things we had brought for them.  It will be distributed tomorrow.  The village elders have asked me to distribute all the food to the families, and toys for the children myself, so I will be very very busy tomorrow. The village holds 29 households and many houses have been damaged by the earthquake. Everyone is sleeping outside under plastics.  The village is very beautiful, with a lot of vegetable gardens and flowers, and the people are absolutely lovely!  It feel soooo good to be here!

Tonight we will have Snow Trout for dinner that the young boys have fished from one of the streams nearby. No rain today, but very windy!  Tomorrow our team will start building the school!

Photos from the village will come when we are back in Kathmandu!

And please keep donating!  When you reach villages like this, you can tell that every penny is needed!

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

 

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Loading the truck

 

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And loading again – from the truck to the tractor.

 

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All the guys in the Hi On Life rescue & relief team! Many of you probably recognize Dorje, Bhopal, Nima. Pemba, Saran and Tek!

 

 

 

Hi On Life rescue /relief mission – Dispatch 4

2015 06 07 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt, Jordbävningen

Update from Nepal!

Big day tomorrow! We are leaving for Wapsa with 540 piece of galvanized tin roofs, which is 3240 kgs!! 1350 kg rice, 90 lts cooking oil, 60 kgs sugar, 45 kgs salt and plenty of sweets, drawing books, colour pencils, crayons, a few balls, frisbees, bats and other toys, for the 55 children who are not being able to go to their school in Wapsa, which is destroyed. A few of the things we have ordered and will bring from Salleri.

These things are for 30 families, who are sleeping outside under plastic roof right now because their houses are destroyed.

If you have trekked or climbed with us I am sure you have met our Sherpas Dil and Bhopal. Both have their families in this village and their houses are destroyed. They send their regards and thanks to all of you who are supporting the re-building of their village!

Our Sherpa Dill

 

We have a long journey a head the two upcoming days!

1st day: 12 hours drive to Salleri on jeep
2nd day: 4 hrs drive in jeep on rough off road to Nele + 3 hrs in tractor to Basa (jeeps not able to go) + 5 hrs trek to the village!  60 + porters will come to meet us and carry the heavy building material up to Wapsa!

We will stay 3 days together with 6 guys who are experts in making houses – we will help building the school and some houses. While staying in the village, we will eat a lot of fresh snow trout fish – Dil and Bhopal has sent the boys to fish 🙂  It is the small things in life – like good food – that makes hard times less hard!

Today we had an aftershock with strength of 4.6 in the afternoon, it felt pretty strong. I could easily feel it on the bike. When will this stop?

All the best & thank you for your support!

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

Hi On Life rescue /relief mission – Dispatch 3

2015 06 07 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt, Jordbävningen

Namaste from Nepal!

After some time spent with our families, we are now back in Kathmandu full of energy to continue the relief work. I met with our Hi On Life team today and we came up with these 3 issues to work with:

1. Help rebuilt 18 houses that has been destroyed- some of which belong to our staff’s. We are taking galvanized tin sheets for roof and some building materials to a village called Wapsa.

2. Go to either Gorkha or Sindupal Chowk with more relief, specially temporary shelters for monsoon.

3. Try to rescue a few children from trafficking- This is the most disturbing thing in post earthquake Nepal. A lot of children (specially orphans and young girls) are being trafficked to India, taking advantage of their helpless situation. They are being sold to work as domestic slaves, factories and sex trade. We are disgusted with this and want to try to rescue some of these children. We want to put them in our school in Thade and take care of them. This is the most difficult of our campaigns. We don’t know where and how to start but hopefully we will find a way.

With all the support we are getting from you beautiful people out there, we believe we will be able to save a few children and put them in our school or put them in some safe homes, organizations or NGO run shelters. We hope we will be successful in this campaign!

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team

#PrayforNepal

#PrayforNepal

Hi On Life rescue /relief mission – Dispatch 2

2015 05 05 | 0 kommentarer » | Kategorier: Aktuellt, Jordbävningen

Today’s report- We started from Kathmandu at 6AM. One of the worst affected area is Sindupal, so we headed towards there. As we approached this area after midday, we could see the destruction and I cannot describe how bad it was- I don’t think this kind of destruction has been shown even in the movies. I started to cry as we started down from the District head quarter at Chautara, but I said to myself – now is not the time, got to pull myself together. So I tried to be strong- wore my sunglasses to hide my tears.

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We gave two young girls, one with a small baby, a ride. They where on their way home to their parents village, not knowing if they would meet them alive.

 

Then we met a couple of girls, one with a baby, stranded in middle of nowhere- no food no water. Upon asking them, we came to know that they were on the way to their village, about 30 kms from that point to make sure their parents are alive. So gave them a lift on our truck. We soon came to know that beyond the district head quarter, villages had not received any relief supplies due to its remoteness and extremely dangerous road condition. We heard the drive was difficult to this area, but gave it a shot.
We were the first relief supply team reaching there!!!

Co incidentally the girls whom we had given lift were also from this area. People told us that it was not possible to pull out dead bodies from their villages, so they left the bodies inside the rubble and collected woods and put the wood above the rubble, burnt it and performed their religious cremation.

When we arrived at our target destination of Khutume Danda, the situation got tensed. Some local boys hopped into our truck and stole a few boxes of noodles. We arrived at the village and instantly got swarmed by the locals. The sight was so depressing. Just a couple of weeks ago, these people had a happy family, enough to eat and had a basic but satisfying and happy life – today the look in their eyes when they saw the food truck was a bit disturbing – how can things change so much within couple of weeks? The situation was a bit tense.

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We came to know that they had not had food for many days and had been living on left over beans and spinach for about a week. We were the first relief team there, so we were a bit nervous. We also couldn’t follow the girls whom we had given lift in our jeep.
We got down of our jeep and instantly talked with the people. We told them that if there will be a fight, we will inform all relief team to not come there and asked them to get away from the truck and behave. Then we asked 4 elderly people from the village to come forward and gave them the list of the food we had brought and asked them to give the list of the families there. We managed to work out an amount each family would get and calculated that they were 40 families and the supplies would last 20 to 25 days. Until then we are sure other teams will reach their.

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Later we distributed mineral water and fruit juice to children, they were very happy along with their parent. The smiles on the faces of the people were priceless.
Also the girls came and told us that they met their parents and were alive- the smile with which they told the news was worth a few tears!!

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We managed to coordinate with the village and had a fair distribution of the supply. They were very happy and we were happier. They gave us blessings and good wishes to all who supported them.
We had a long and tiring drive back to Ktm. We hadn’t eaten for 9 hours, so we crashed into a restaurant as soon as we got to ktm and ate our fill.

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It was depressing to see the destruction, but also rewarding to see the smiles on their faces after getting supplies, and happy children getting fruit juices and biscuits.

//Saran
Hi On Life’s rescue & relief team