A call from the heart to unite and to provide clean, safe drinking water to the village of Falange Gangajamuna Nepal

I met Ganesh ( Ganesh or Ganesha the elephant-headed God is a very popular God in Hinduism) 30 years old during my trek to the Everest Base Camp in Nepal January 2019, it was the first time i traveled to this beautiful country, normal to be a little nervous about the unknown but fortunately i had the chance to meet very nice people who made me feel like if i was home. Ganesh was my guide during 14 days , nice professional funny and human, when he told about his village and about his dream , i knew that my observations towards him were true. his village’s name is FALANGE gangajamuna Municipality of Dhading District, around 1 hour drive from Kathmandu, the village suffered a lot from the last devastator earthquake which hit Nepal in 2015, many villagers died many houses destroyed, no insurance and no compensation received from the State 😦 the villagers have been left alone and have been fighting since to build their village as they can.

Ganesh’s dream is simple : bringing clean, safe drinking water to the village and improving the quality of live of the villagers ( Newborns, children, pregnant women, eldrly …)

Dear angels and colleagues and friends from all over the world i thing Ganesh and his village deserve our help, as a doctor the Hippocratic oath is clear : helping and serving humanity and humans no matter is their color of the skin, their ethny their religion, their sexual orientation or their political views…… (i hate politicians , i can not afford it because they destroyed the world but i will not hesitate to treat for example their acute hemorrhoid crisis if they come to the emergency room , just an example ). Gansh has a noble dream , water is life , The village of FALANGE is situated 25 km from the river , they need money to by a tank and pipes so that every house will receive supply in clean safe drinking water. if the water is polluted it generates diseases and death 😦 . Dear angels whoever you are you can change this , you can give a new life to 65 families , this is the approximate number of houses in the village. In the photos above, there is Ganesh with Bim in Namche Bazaar, Ganesh with me the photo was taken on day two in the airport of kathmandu (Kathmandu to Lukla), the other photos show the archaic houses in the village , they made the houses by tin, Ganesh told me that the houses are very hot during hot season and very cold during cold season, photos also shows the construction of a shelter for the kitchen and a sleeping place in the corner. the man in the photo is Ganesh’s father he is sitting near the house trying to follow the doctor’s advice to stop smoking ( he has recently had troublesome pulmonary symptoms) . Let me remind you that the Villagers have no income a part growing rice.

So they are counting on you dear angels, friends colleagues medical students and everyone who value the right to all humans to leave in dignity . thank you for your time and future donations that will definitely change the life of Falange’s village .

Bank name: Himalayan Bank

Account name : Ganesh Bahadur Simkhada

Acount number: 01905616070017

Swift: HIMANPKA

Everest Base Camp Trek January 2019 Day Two: Benkar 2630m to Namche Bazaar 3340m

Day Three, Early in the morning i woke up around 6 AM, we had breakfast in joy and laugh, it is extraordinary this feeling of love and happiness you can only feel during a trekking . Everything is about energy, After saying good bye to the nice couple and their little girl, and to our intrepid trekker Zinzin, we started our trekking to Namche Bazaar, personally i found it the most tough circuit in the Everest base camp trek, many ups and downs, more ups than downs, we crossed many bridge, one in particularly very famous, the “Hillary Bridge”. Nature , rivers, the sky, mountains, the scent of mother earth, the view…… you should go to see and feel it by yourself my friends, i do not have enough words to describe such beauty 🙂 we met on our way we met many porters with superhuman powers, everything that we have been taught at school and in the medical school was wrong, come ooooon its obvious !!!!! , i mean in an altitude around 3500 m i saw normal humans carrying between 80 to 100 kilos climbing beside us with a smile a normal pulmonary rate, normal pulse rate , Dyspnea none,
hypersialorrhea none, hallucinations none, altitude sickness none, priapism none!!!! , meanwhile i had all these symptoms 🙂 🙂 🙂 let resume all this to Energy , everything is Energy. We arrived to Namche Bazaar around 12 AM, the village was empty because of the low season , this was very convenient for me and the other rare trekkers because everyone of us had his own room (every room there is two beds) and two blankets, easy access to the toilets, to charging the batteries, silent nights…… if i have to advice future trekkers or if i have to return to trek in the Himalayas i will do it again in January . After arriving to the lodge very good by the way: Moonlight Lodge highly located in the village, we had immediately lunch because we were starving, i meant to show you the prices, there is a large difference between prices in Namche Bazaar and Dingboche , lobuche ….. as far as you go the prices are higher so please follow my advice minimum change 500 dollars. After lunch i went to my room where i had a very very beautiful view on the village. I did not rest, no signs of Altitude sickness yet, immediately i went to visit Namche Bazaar , i found the perfect trap for Cakes Amateurs : Namche Bazzar bakery 🙂 then returned to the lodge around 4 PM { very important time to remember and never miss especially for medical reasons, from Namche Bazaar the weather get very cold and if you want to keep using your Goods (testicles and ovaries, stick to my advice 🙂 } time for all humans (Trekkers, guides, porters, managers ) to gather every day around the heater which by the way uses wood to product heat (after Tyangboche, they are more creative and use another product :). After that direction to my frozen Room , tomorrow is Acclimatization day, we will stay 24 more hours in Namche Bazaar.

Everest Base Camp trek January2019, day two : Kathmandu1400m to Lukla2886m to Benkar2630m

January 21th 2019, i woke up earlier 5AM, Ganesh came to pick me at the hotel, we headed to the airport, there we had breakfast, 30 minutes waiting then we boarded into the plane, fortunately no delays. Lukla is around 25 minutes from Kathmandu, i will say about the flight that it was very noisy maybe for those who will fly for the first time they will may find it a little scary, but the pilots were pro so the trip was smooth and we landed peacefully at Lukla airport one of the most dangerous airport of the world. In Lukla 2886m we met with our porter Bim then we started immediately our trek to Phadking 2640m where we were supposed to stay at the night but Ganesh judged that it was more convenient for us to continue to Benkar 2630m since i did not show any sign of altitude sickness till then , i think the fact that i climbed mount Kilimanjaro 5880m in 2016 was an advantage for me. nature was breathtaking, the view the feeling the smell of mother earth were simply magnificent. We trek around 6 hours, good safe trek till Benkar , we found a very cosy and beautiful tea house managed with a nice couple with their cute little girl. We met Zinzin an intrepid trekker a young lady from South America, “well Zinzin you are a special case” 🙂 🙂 , she told us that few does ago while trekking with her friend , she managed to find an abandoned hut in the middle of nowhere , she told her friend ok we will spend the night here !!!, her friend told her: well zinzin, i told you you should brought your medication with you, let me noticed to you that the hut is wide open , no windows no door….. we are in the Himalayas, i think that by night all our ovaries and uterus would be quiet frozen, what do you think sweetheart? Zinzin told us, she could not understand that reaction from her friend !!!! the i look to Ganesh and told him maybe we should secure our doors tonight 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 , at the end Zinzin’s friend returned to Lukla ( i do not think that she was still there when zinzin returned to the village) meanwhile Zinzin spent the night at the abandoned hut ALONE and she told us proudly with a happy smiley face pulse 77 that in the middle of the night she verified the thermometer it was -35 degrees Celsius 🙂 We laughed very very loud all together. After begging her (me, Ganesh ,Bim and the managers of the tea house and their little kid) to promise to us not to do such thing again, she said we may be right and what she did was crazy and dangerous. Then i went to my frozen room and felt asleep.
Three interesting questions
1)How much money do i have to change before to start the 14 days trek to Everest Base camp ?
Answer (updated in January 2019 from what you are going to see in YouTube): minimum 500 dollars if you will not drink alcohol during the trek, more if you will, however i advice you not to do so, enjoy the trip live the moment the now with your entire feelings, let alcohol for celebrating the end of your trek, extreme cold and alcohol are very bad combination and will harm you.
Why minimum 500 dollars? for example the price of the water varies between one dollar in Kathmandu to 3 dollars or more in Lobuche. Batteries charging price varies between 3 dollars all day in Namche Bazaar to 3 dollars an hour in Lobuche . This is normal because after Lukla , transportation of the food and material is very expensive for Tea houses to procure. The money can easily be changed in many currency exchange places in Thamel, take your time to find the interesting offer.
2) What about packing list ? i brought everything i needed with me, i did not buy any further gear from Kathmandu
3) ATM , credit card ? No, i had cash 🙂