AFFILIATED PROJECTS

The Khopra and Mohare Community Trek is affiliated with a number of local enterprises and development initiatives. You are welcome to explore the projects during your visit.

AFFILIATED PROJECTS

The Khopra and Mohare Community Trek is affiliated with a number of local enterprises and development initiatives. You are welcome to explore the projects during your visit.

AFFILIATED PROJECTS

The Khopra and Mohare Community Trek is affiliated with a number of local enterprises and development initiatives. You are welcome to explore the projects during your visit.

AFFILIATED PROJECTS

The Khopra and Mohare Community Trek is affiliated with a number of local enterprises and development initiatives. You are welcome to explore the projects during your visit.

AFFILIATED PROJECTS

The Khopra and Mohare Community Trek is affiliated with a number of local enterprises and development initiatives. You are welcome to explore the projects during your visit.

Nepal Connection

In 2012, Mahabir Pun launched Nepal Connection in Thamel district of Kathmandu. The restaurant serves traditional Nepali and continental dishes. It employs promising young Nepalis and all revenue supports community development projects. The restaurant is used as a meeting place for like-minded people working to improve Nepal and as an organizational hub for the Community Trek.

HIMANCHAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

The Himanchal Education Foundation supports the Himanchal High School in Nangi Village. The school has become a center point of the community, offering academic education and vocational training to students in grades K through 12.

Four of Nangi’s neighboring villages only have elementary schools and one also has a middle school. This school allows students to complete intermediate level (grades 11 and 12) without traveling far from home.

NATIONAL INNOVATION CENTER

The Nepal Innovation Center (NIC) is an ambitious project aimed at advancing a research and development (R&D) culture and nurturing an innovation based ecosystem in Nepal. We believe that order to make economic progress, Nepal must reduce its trade deficit. NIC aims to develop an environment conducive to drawing talented Nepali researchers and scientists working abroad to engage and contribute to the country, including by mentoring young, talented Nepalis in country.

The NIC is currently raising money to construct a hydroelectric dam to fund the center. The electricity generated will be sold to the government of Nepal for an estimated U.S. $3 million per year. The hydroelectric project is supported by the Deerwalk Foundation.

PLUM JAM

In 2006, women in Nangi village began making and selling plum jam. The plums are harvested from local trees and boiled down with sugar, producing fresh Barahi Plum Jam. The product is served in Khopra and Mohare Community Trek dining halls and sold to market. The engaged women received initial training from the Nepal Micro-Enterprise Development Program (a program of the UNDP).

LOKTA PAPER

Lokta is a evergreen shrub found above 2,300 meters. Decades ago, our ancestors made Lokta paper for use in government and religious spaces. Production declined in the early-to-mid-1900s with the import of other paper products from Tibet and China. In 2003, seeing a crafts market for its revival, we established a paper making project in Nangi village to financially support the local grade school. Today, local women make notebooks, envelopes, bags, and other products that are sold in local and international markets.

LOKTA PAPER

Lokta is a evergreen shrub found above 2,300 meters. Decades ago, our ancestors made Lokta paper for use in government and religious spaces. Production declined in the early-to-mid-1900s with the import of other paper products from Tibet and China. In 2003, seeing a crafts market for its revival, we established a paper making project in Nangi village to financially support the local grade school. Today, local women make notebooks, envelopes, bags, and other products that are sold in local and international markets.

YAK FARMING

In 1997, we established a yak farming project at Khopra Danda (3660m). Twice a year blood is collected from yaks to be sold for consumption during xxx festival. Revenue from yak farming supports Paudwar Secondary School and Himanchal Higher Secondary School in Nagi.

YAK AND LOCAL COW CROSS BREEDING

In 2005, we established a yak and local cow cross breeding at Mohare Danda (3320m). The resulting animal is called a “jhopa.” Jhopa can live at lower altitudes than yaks and also produce more milk, which is used to produce cheese. Jhopa are stronger than local cows, capable of carrying heavier loads and plowing the terraced fields.

YAK CHEESE FACTORY

Milk from yak and jhopa are used to make yak cheese in Paudwar village. The cheese is sold in several villages along the popular Annapurna Circuit trekking trail, including Ghorepani, Shikha, and Tatopani. Revenue from this project supports Paudwar Secondary School and the local clinic.

IMPACT ON COMMUNITY 

The Khopra and Mohare Community Trek is Nepal’s only trekking project operated by the communities it runs through to financially support community development programs. The proceeds from your visit support sustainable projects related to infrastructure, health, and education.