We are so glad we’ve gotten to connect with most of you on the phone so far, and are looking forward to talking with a few more of you this week! All three of us are here in Kathmandu, and we’ve been scheming and planning and getting really excited about your arrival, and our program.
A few questions have come through in the last week that we wanted to address here on the Yak board so everyone has the same information–please keep posting your questions and introductions!
Our orientation will happen in Pharping, a village south of Kathmandu up on the rim of the Kathmandu Valley. Pharping is home to a bustling village center with several schools and many Buddhist monasteries, as well as two major sacred sites. One is Asura cave, where great historical Buddhist master and teacher Guru Rinpoche (also known as Padmasambhava) meditated for three months on his way to bring Buddhism to Tibet. The other sacred site is Dakshinkali, or “Kali of the south,” a Hindu temple where thousands of pilgrims from around South Asia flock every year.
We’re excited to share this beautiful, intense place with you right after your arrival! We know you’ll be tired when you land in the wee hours of the morning in Kathmandu–please know that we’ll have time and space to rest and take care of bodily needs as we move into our orientation.
Please also know that the I-team will encourage you all to post a Yak a week or so throughout the program, depending on our connectivity–your friends and family will be so excited to know what you’re up to! While in Kathmandu, we’ll have access to cyber cafes and other options for posting those Yaks, and for students working towards credit to complete their assignments. When we move out of Kathmandu, our access to internet based communication are necessarily more limited, but the I-team will keep families posted regularly.
We will be heading to a village called Balamchaur, in Lamjung district, for our rural homestay in mid-October. From there, we’ll go to meet our guide and support team for our trek in the eastern side of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, where we’ll avoid the heavily trafficked trails.
Other information: If you’d like to share a mailing address with your friends and family, you are welcome to! It’s important to note that first-class mail does not come directly to the house, will require a trip to the post office in downtown Kathmandu, and may be lost en route. However, FedEx is a reasonably reliable way to get mail to the program house! Mail can be sent to:
House Number 100/3
Honestly, y’all, we are SUPER psyched about this itinerary, and about sharing our love of all things Nepal with you, so soon! We will meet you in just under 10 days, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Please keep sending questions, and we’ll respond here.