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Engaging with the Fight Against Human Trafficking Founder-led Program
For over a decade, Crooked Trails has offered travel programs with a special focus on human trafficking which dramatically change the way travelers see their world.
Join Executive Director Chris Mackay on a transformational journey to Nepal to bear witness to the fight against child sexual slavery. Participants will meet with the staff of Maiti Nepal and go behind the scenes to understand what it takes to fight this heinous crime. Maiti Nepal rescues women and girls from lives as sex slaves, offering them education, therapy, vocational training, counseling, legal support and hospice when needed. Maiti Nepal also has a strong border prevention program, preventing thousands of women and girls from being trafficked each year.
Visit the Maiti Nepal rehabilitation center, home to hundreds of rescued women and girls, see survivors' interception work at the border, visit a transit center and a prevention home -- all of which bring depth and meaning to your capacity to bear witness.
Participants may choose to continue on to the Pikey Peak Women's Group Trek directly after this program, or we can help you plan your own custom extension to continue exploring Nepal.
The $2,275 cost per person is based on a minimum of 4 participants. In addition, each participant is responsible for raising an additional $750 which will go directly to Maiti Nepal. The single supplement cost is $250.
DAY 1 - October 27, 2019
Arrive in Nepal
Participants will arrive in Nepal int he afternoon/evening on this day - try to get a seat on the right side of the plane for views of the Himalayas. After you get your visa and clear customs, grab your luggage and head outside where a Crooked Trails representative will be waiting to meet you and bring you to your hotel in Patan. Get checked in and rest. If you in time, you can meet your guide for dinner downstairs at 6:00 pm.
DAY 2 - October 28, 2019
Bhaktapur & Maiti Nepal
Jet lag will have everyone up early on this day. Meet the group for breakfast and debriefing at 7:00 am downstairs.
We will depart at 8:00 am to visit the famous Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Kathmandu Valley. All of Nepal's arts are represented here, as well as some of its most beautiful temples.
After Bhaktapur, we return to the city for lunch at the famous Dwarikas, which was constructed in an effort to save the incredible Newar wooden carvings and architecture that were being destroyed around the country. This stunningly traditional hotel restaurant offers a beautiful place to enjoy a meal.
After lunch, we will head to Maiti Nepal’s main rehabilitation center, where women and girls rescued from sexual slavery are provided hospice, love, and education. We will meet the staff and get an introduction to their work through a presentation, followed by a tour of the grounds. We will be able to see some of the crafts the residents make as a means to support themselves when they are ready to leave the center. We have also been invited to watch their dance therapy in the afternoon.
We return to the hotel in the early evening to relax and have some free time.
DAY 3 - October 29, 2019
Bhairawa on the Indian Border
After breakfast at the hotel, we head to the airport for the flight to Bhairawa on the Indian border.
A note about the following days spent at the border: This is the suggested itinerary and we will visit all these places, but the order may change.
After we arrive, we check into our hotel and then meet up with local Maiti Nepal staff. We will explore the activities they have in Bhairawa, and then visit the outpost at the Nepal-Indian border. Lunch will be on the road, dinner back in town.
Overnight at Bhairawa
DAY 4 - October 30, 2019
Nawalparasi prevention home
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, the Maiti Nepal staff will pick us up at 10:00 am to drive to Nawalparasi prevention home. Here we will learn about its important role in trafficking prevention. We will then head to the transit home at Mahespur.
Overnight at Bhairawa
DAY 5 - October 31, 2019
Souraha Pharasatikar Village Awareness Program
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head out with the Maiti Nepal staff to experience a door-to-door awareness program in conjunction with the Souraha Pharasatikar Village Development Committee. This is a great opportunity for the girls to share with the public what they have learned about trafficking and raise awareness in the local communities by doing this. We will have lunch somewhere along the way.
We will be brought directly to the airport after our day with Maiti Nepal to return to Kathmandu in the late afternoon. Evening is free.
DAY 6 - November 1, 2019
Kathmandu city explorations
After breakfast, we'll embark on a day of exploring Kathmandu.
First, a visit to Boudhanath; the 'Stupa of a Million Dew Drops' is important as it one of the more important Buddhist temples. The Stupa is on the ancient trade route from Tibet that enters the Kathmandu Valley, and Tibetan merchants have rested and offered prayers there for centuries. When refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Boudhanath. The Stupa is said to entomb the remains of Kassapa Buddha. It’s a wonderful place to watch monks and devotees as they circumambulate the largest stupa in the world.
Then we visit Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva. With its two-tiered golden roof and silver door, it dates to 400 AD and is the second largest in the world. It is regarded as the most sacred among the temples of Lord Shiva (Pashupati) in the world. If you are Hindu in Nepal, this is where you would come to be cremated and your ashes placed in the sacred Bagmati River. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent). It is the final stage of harsh penance. Thus, the slave (pasu – the human condition) becomes the master (pati – the divine condition).
Finally, we drive to Patan and enjoy lunch in the garden of the Patan Museum Café. After lunch, visit the well-maintained Patan Museum storing ancient Nepali artifacts, followed by a tour of Patan Durbar Square.
Evening dinner together at the famous Bhojan Griha with a cultural dance.
DAY 7 - November 2, 2019
Departure, or continue to Pikey Trek
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Afterward there may be time for shopping; however, you will need 1 hour to get to the airport and you need to arrive there 2 hours before departure.
Participants also have the option to continue on to the Pikey Peak Women’s Group Trek. Those doing the trek will depart for the mountains on this morning.
$2,275 per person, $250 sgl supp
7D / 6N
October 27 - November 2, 2019
Kathmandu - Bhairawa - Kathmandu
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