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review 29 Nov 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Impossible to choose one single part! Staying in Ratmate village and participating in house building was certainly memorable - whilst this was such a happy and welcoming community, it was both shocking and humbling to see first-hand the scale of earthquake damage in the region and the difficulties they face in re-establishing a good standard of accommodation there. All of the trekking was really enjoyable with perhaps the highlight being the very early morning trek to Poon Hill to watch the sunrise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Find out as much as you can beforehand about exactly what you will be doing during the volunteering days. In case it isn't obvious, be prepared for physically demanding work, with very basic equipment - e.g. carrying stones and shovelling sand. Having said that, I am no more than averagely strong/fit and I managed fine, also bear in mind that the building only took place for a few hours a day, in the mornings, during my trip (?? this may vary depending on village/weather/specific project). For the rest of the day there were opportunities to spend time in the village primary school and assist with some teaching and games. No particular tips for the trekking, company provided a comprehensive list of suitable clothing etc. I read mixed recommendations in guidebooks/websites in regard to for November trekking conditions, but didn't fully anticipate the range of weathers I experienced even at relatively low-ish altitudes! Mornings and evenings, and particularly nights could be very cold indeed whilst in the middle of the day on the trails I was warm enough for a Tshirt and light trousers. I managed by layering on and off as needed, but definitely suggest packing a warm hat and gloves even if you decide to leave the down jacket at home :)

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes I did. The building activity is very practical with immediately visible results! This charity and the building projects are coordinated by village residents which ensures things are planned and managed in the best way for the community.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Absolutely fantastic. Challenging in the best possible way. Not always easy, but so special, combining experience of remote village life & culture in Nepal with the more typical elements of a trekking holiday. Many thanks to Responsible Travel for promptly and helpfully responding to my initial queries and connecting me with the tour operator for booking.

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