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A life-changing trek

A group of WaterAid supporters recently took part in our charity event Trek the Himalayas, an unforgettable six-day trek among the world's highest mountains in Nepal, which included a visit to one of our projects. One of the trekkers, Kim Peartree, shares her story.

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14 Apr 2014 | UK

As soon as I read the email from WaterAid I knew I had found what I had been looking for.

The chance to visit the Himalayas (something I had long wanted to do but never would have), a way to stretch myself both physically (I’m always in too much of a rush to have time to walk anywhere!) and mentally (I’ve never been good at asking for money), coupled with the opportunity to do something real and practical to support a cause very close to my heart, was too much to ignore.

The most amazing journey
The WaterAid Nepal trek has taken me on the most amazing journey, a fantastic adventure and a life-changing experience. Challenging in places - steep ascents, hardly worn cattle trails and sheer drops – there was nothing but kindness, caring, good humour and camaraderie every step of the way.

Our team of trekkers really was ‘a mixed bag’ - youngsters with so much spring in their step it made me hurt to watch them, and those more physically challenged, either by age or stature, whose stamina and calm determination made me feel insignificant in their presence.

Together we savoured the fare dished up by our amazing support team, enjoyed the company of our guides as we walked their paths, awoke to the most awesome views from our tents and relished in the luxury of the showers at the end of the trek.

An inspiring community
However, for all of us the most rewarding moments came when we visited the WaterAid project at Nala and saw for ourselves what a massive transformation sanitation and access to clean water could provide for the villagers.

Within two years the village had moved from being an open defecation area to over 355 homes having proper sanitation facilities. Clean safe water was now available from six dug and capped wells or from two gravity-fed, quality tested systems installed on the outskirts of the village. As a community-initiated project their pride in their achievement and delight in being able to share it with us was inspirational – and so very humbling.

So was it worth it? Definitely! Joining the WaterAid Nepal trek is one of the best decisions I have ever made!