Release Date: May 12, 2017
Simon Chan, founder of Trek For Hope, said the event was a personal milestone. “Each footstep we leave is a legacy,” he said. “The legacy of Trek For Hope is to provide the basic essentials that a village may not have. Through trekking and sharing the beauty of the trails, our goal is to bring awareness to the pressing needs of local populations.”The participants with this event provided dental and hygiene care, provided medical supplies, collected used clothes and toys, and raised funds before the event for needed items by selling merchandise.
“When people plan an adventure, the goal is to experience the best nature can offer,” said Chan. “At Trek For Hope, we also recognize that there is a certain reality to life that must not be ignored.”
The charity event saw 22 participants attempt and complete a 110-kilometer journey to Annapurna Base Camp over 7 days. 28 participants attempted and completed the 130-kilometer journey to Everest Base Camp over 11 days. 3 participants scaled the summit of Island Peak at 6,189 meters.
“Every event tells a story of hope and perseverance,” said trek leader, Sucan Sutanto. “The torch of hope was lit and passed on relay-style at the end of each trek, signifying the completion of the mission.”
Participants said that the charity event was far from easy, but incredibly rewarding. Some described it as completing items off their bucket lists. Others said they did not know what to expect, but the experience was enriching.
“When you see someone smile in gratefulness, no words are needed,” said Chan.
Joy Chua (ABC) – The spectacularly scenic views and new life experiences definitely did not disappoint. Also, the realization that happiness can very simply be a hot shower and clean clothes!
Kimberly Tan (ABC) – …to feel the heart beating in its place, and to appreciate the essence of life.I recall heading up ABC the second time at 3.30am -it was pitch dark, and we had our headlights turned on to lit the path up. All I was looking was the ground, until we were told we could turn off the headlights. When I did so, with the glimpse of light from the moon above, my heart delighted from the sight of snow capped mountains surrounding me…
It then reminded me about a lesson in life, that if we always shine our attention on a narrow path, we might miss out a greater view of the beauty of what life has to offer. Perhaps taking this in perspective when we handle situations in life, the greater mountain we have to conquer is the one that lives in our minds.
Mala (EBC) – The hike over 13 days is a lifetime experience. The joy, the views, the pain, the heartache, the cold, the altitude, the pace, the breathing, the swollen ankle, the company and love of the hikers all adds up to enrich me and to humble me.EBC is harsh, tough & tiring. Each day each step each breath have brought tears to my eyes. I have cried more in this hike. It made me stronger. Even a sprained ankle did not stop me in my ascend & descend.
I can rejoice … I have conquered myself … I have witnessed the mountains magic!!!
About Trek For Hope:
Trek For Hope was established in 2013 to provide opportunities to families that are struggling to survive in their own communities. As adventurers, trekkers, and photographers, we often noticed that the intense beauty of a community attracted many visitors to villages throughout the world, yet the people in those villages did not have enough money to feed their children.
For more information about Trek For Hope and future charity events, please contact Simon Chan in the following ways:
The Adventure Village: https://www.facebook.com/groups/theadventurevillage