A team from Wildland Adventures will embark on a charity climb to the summit of Mt. Rainer to assist four schools in Nepal that had been devastated by earthquake in Nepal. Their target is to raise $5,000 to provide solar panels and lights to four primary schools and panels in Nepal. The group of eight climbers seek pledges to support this campaign as they make a determined effort to reach the summit of the highest mountain in Washington State. Mount Rainer is considered to one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world and is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states.
“I’m proud of our ambitious climbing team for embarking on this adventure to raise desperately needed money for our brothers and sisters struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. It’s that spirit and commitment to making the world a better place that fuels all of our adventures,” says Kurt Kutay, founder and owner of Wildland Adventures.
Kelsey Wenger, a Wildland tour leader and travel advisor, and other staff, clients and friends will deliver the solar panels to the schools in November 2016 during Wildland Adventures’ Himalayan Odyssey: Bhutan to Everest. In part to commemorate Wildland Adventures’ 30th anniversary this year, Wenger designed this 15-day journey from Bhutan to Nepal to include a six-day trek in the shadow of Mount Everest. The adventure culminates in a spectacular aerial viewing Mount Everest by helicopter.
The schools for assistance were selected by Wildland’s Nepal ambassador Jwalant Gurung. He personally selected those schools which were in need of support. Three Schools in Taplejung District and one in Singla Village near the epicenter of 2015 earthquake are selected.
“In these villages, my goal is to not only build schools but to also build an Early Childhood Development Center to encourage and foster alternative learning at a very early age in the villages. In the villages of Nepal – and even the cities – learning by rote is the norm. I want to incorporate song, dance, art and play into learning .If Wildland can raise more than $5,000, 3 Summits for Nepal will use additional funds to help rebuild homes. To date our Nepal team has rebuilt 15 homes and we hope to rebuild at least ten more this year at a cost of $45,000,” says Gurung.