Today, 34 Explorer Scouts and 10 Leaders from Chelmsford and District will travel over 4,500 miles to Nepal, South Asia for a three week expedition.

As the day of departure approaches, the group, who have been fundraising for the nearly two years to cover the cost of what will be the trip of a lifetime, are nervous but extremely excited about the adventure that they are about to embark upon.

The aim of the expedition is to allow the Explorer Scouts, who are aged between 16 and 19, to complete elements of various awards while getting a taste of all the that Nepal has to offer. We will take a trail which follows a historic trading route with the chance of visiting ancient Buddhist temples and tread in the footsteps of early mountaineers and erstwhile salt traders.

The expedition will start with a flight from Kathmandu to Jomsom before embarking on a nine day trek to Nayapul stopping at numerous locations including Kagbeni, Muktinath, Deurali and Tirkedhunga. One and half days of rafting will start in Damauli and finish in Gaighat before returning to Kathmandu. There will be opportunities to explore the local culture as well as undertaking some sightseeing in the larger towns and cities.

Towards the end of the expedition there is a community project based at a primary school near Kathmandu. As well as communal areas which need sprucing up, there are eight classrooms which need full decoration, with the opportunity to design and produce individual murals in each room.

We are working closely with Access Himalaya who will lead us through the whole expedition and promise an exciting and memorable adventure.

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