What you need to know if you want to come on Trekabout 2017
The following details will be updated as more information becomes available
Are you passionate about the gospel? Do you like the unpredictable? Are you prepared to rough it out? Trekabout 16 is the chance of a lifetime to be involved in sharing the gospel in Nepal. Working with our Christian brothers and sisters in Nepal, is a privilege you will never forget. Read the information below to gain something of an idea of Trekabout 16.
Depart Sydney December 2016, returning late January 2017. Exact dates TBA.
GRN will generally coordinate and book all flights. However, if participants wish to make some other arrangements this can be accommodated. Please contact the trip coordinator about this.
In general terms the trip will include the following:
1. Several days in Kathmandu for local orientation and training, visiting churches/ministries, preparing for upcoming ministry and any shopping required for the trek.
2. Continuous trek of up to 10 days. This will involve walking most days and ministry in the late afternoons and evenings. Some days we may not walk but stay to carry on ministry.
3. Ministry from a central location. This will involve staying in a larger village/town and walking out to surrounding villages for ministry over several days. This may culminate in a public meeting to which people from the surrounding villages are invited.
4. Involvement with other ministries and churches.
5. Some time for relaxing and shopping for gifts.
6. Other activities yet to be identified!
Details of ministry locations to be advised. In general terms we will be involved in meeting and sharing with local believers and in sharing the Gospel with others in several locations. This will be done using GRN materials recorded in local languages and with the help of interpreters. We will usually work in small teams of 3-5 including at least 1 Nepali speaker.
Total cost will be about $4000. The major cost is airfare which can't be confirmed until booking. Then there is a daily rate (about $45 which covers all food, accommodation, travel within the country and 'entries' where necessary) and smaller components for ministry/gifts, ministry materials, visas and administration. Travel insurance, and any vaccinations are in addition to this. You may also need money for gifts to bring home or other 'extras' ( survival chocolate or Coca Cola!) along the way.
Weather - January is in the middle of winter in Nepal. It will be quite cool to cold, but it can also be unpredictable, especially in the mountains. We will not go very high but temperatures close to zero can be expected and below zero at night. When the sun is out it can be mild to warm.
Food - The staple in Nepal is Dhal Bhat. Bhat is rice and dahl is lentils. This is usually accompanied by some curried vegetables and sometimes some curried meat. Being a predominantly Hindu country, beef is unknown. Sometimes chicken or buffalo is available.
When we stay in hotels things like noodles, fired rice, usually some Indian dishes and sometimes continental dishes are available. Out in the villages it is usually dhal bhat and maybe something like chow mien. If you are a really fussy eater you will struggle! But it's a great chance to see if you are ruled by your stomach or if you rule it!
Accommodation - Sometimes we will stay in hotels that are quite good. Sometimes we will stay in places that are pretty basic. It may even be that we spend the occasional night on a verandah (that's when you will really need the sleeping bag!) or as a guest in a simple village home or in a church hall. Cooking facilities in places will be basic. Toilets will normally be squat toilets. Running water will not always be available. We will carry bottled water and use water filters (very good ones) to filter stream water.
Communications - Internet access will be intermittent. Mobile phones work in many areas and our guides will carry them. In some areas there is no phone coverage.
Equipment and clothing
Most equipment and clothing can be bought in Nepal but it saves some time if you don't have to buy everything there. Keep an eye out for the annual "Kathmandu" (brand) sales etc.
As you will be expected to carry most of your own stuff, the less you bring the better!
You will need a hiking pack and good hiking shoes. A hiking pole (or two) is a great help. All these can be purchased in Kathmandu on arrival but I recommend you don't take new hiking shoes on a 6-10 day hike! Buy them in Aus if you don't have some and break them in before you go.
Your sleeping bag should be rated to at least -10 Celsius.
A wind breaker jacket of some kind is important.
A more comprehensive suggested packing list will be available closer to time of departure.
Porters will carry ministry materials, food where necessary and can help with some excess luggage.
A head lamp will prove useful or at least a torch that you can hang around your neck to leave your hands free.
Small bottle of hand sanitizer is a good idea.
1. Physical - The trip is physically demanding. We will be walking up to 6 hours on some days, much of it on steep terrain, carrying a heavy pack! (Hopefully not too heavy!) You will need to be in good physical condition.
2. Emotional - The trip will take you out of your comfort zone and test your character in some ways. Food will be different and not always to your liking. Some things you are used to will not be available. Can you cope? You need to prepare yourself emotionally for this.
3. Spiritual - We are not going on holidays! I certainly hope that we will enjoy ourselves, but our primary purpose is ministry. That means we take ourselves into the battle field where Satan does all he can to keep people in darkness. Not only should you be praying yourself, you should be recruiting a prayer team. Especially I would encourage you to get your church praying for you and the team. Get them involved! Plan to send them information for prayer whenever there is opportunity during the trip.
Enquiries to Janette - Trekabout.