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Climb-it for Climate 2015

Climb-it for Climate 2015

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Why should I go on this trip?

If you care about climate change - yes
If you like an adventure - yes
If you want to meet other amazing young people working on climate change - yes
If you’re passionate about inequality and climate justice - yes

This once-in-a-lifetime trip is your chance to challenge yourself on the ultimate alpine trek and to take action against climate change. On this adventure, you will trek for 13 days through forest, across rivers and along narrow mule tracks to Everest Base Camp—the gateway to the highest mountain in the world. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it as you are constantly rewarded with inimitable vistas of the rolling and jagged Himalayas.

Why is AYCC doing this project?

In 2009, AYCC helped to organise a conference in Copenhagen for over 500 young climate change leaders from around the world. Here, AYCC’s Co-Founder Amanda McKenzie and previous National Director Ellen Sandell ran a workshop on how to start a youth climate coalition. They hoped to share with others their insights and experiences from starting the AYCC.

One attendee, Avishek Sthresha—a passionate climate advocate from Nepal—was so inspired, he founded Nepal Youth for Climate Action. In just two short years, NYCA grew into a powerful voice for sustainable development in Nepal and central Asia. Avi went on to work for the Himalayan Climate Initiative, and from here we developed our strong partnership.

What did the 2013 trip achieve?

Together, the 2013 Climb-it-for Climate participants raised $106,000 for HCI and AYCC, and assisted the delivery of HCI’s Hamri Bahini Green Angels project. 

The funds raised on the Climb-it for Climate 2013 were instrumental in allowing HCI to expand their Hamri Bahini Green Angels project. The project is a social enterprise that gives Nepalese women the skills needed to sustain a green business. Women are taught how to make and distribute cloth and paper shopping bags to help eliminate the use of plastic bags—a big contributor to Nepal’s current litter crisis. Through capacity building and gradual handover, the project will become a self-sustained cooperative and create over 200 new jobs for women. The funds also allowed the AYCC to continue to build our movement here in Australia.

When does registration close?

It’s first in, so get in quick! Last year the trip sold out in 5 days. 


How much is the trip?

Registration fee: $770 (non-refundable)
Fundraising target: $3,950 (excludes travel)
Travel cost: $5,480 + taxes of approx $170 (can be fundraised)

How do I fundraise? 

Throughout the year you will be supported by the fundraising team at Inspired Adventures who will help you put together a fundraising plan. As well as this you’ll be paired up with a past participant from the 2013 expedition who will be able to share their stories and advice with you. You’ll also have access to AYCC’s Fundraising Director Gemma Borgo-Caratti who will be able to support you. The funds raised for the AYCC are tax deductible, funds raised to cover travel costs are not tax deductible.

What’s included?

Return international airfares, with Thai International Airways, departing Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne (other departure cities available at additional cost)

  • Return domestic flight from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • All transfers in private vehicle
  • Twin-share accommodation in 2–3 star hotels, lodges and teahouses
  • Inspired Adventures Tour Leader
  • Local English-speaking guides and trekking crew
  • Porters (one porter between two)
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • All entrance fees and national park permits as per itinerary
  • Climate expert from HCI on trekking days
  • Three days volunteering with HCI

What’s not included?

  • Domestic flight to Australian departure city (if required)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas
  • Some meals and drinks on rest days and unplanned days along the trip
  • Optional tours/activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Personal expenditure
  • Tips and gratuities

Where does the money I raise go?

When you join Climb-it for Climate, you’ll be taking action on climate change. With your support, both the AYCC and HCI can continue to grow. 

The funds you raise will enable AYCC to:

  • Repower Port Augusta - We are working to Repower Port Augusta in South Australia to build Australia’s first ever solar thermal plant.
  • Save the Reef from six huge new coal port proposals.
  • Reach 25,000 students with our climate science presentation and hold 7 2-day summits for 50-100 students as part of our National Schools Program
  • Expand our Indigenous Youth Engagement Program to intensively train and mentor up to 50 Indigenous youth to run projects and campaigns in their communities.

And will enable HCI to:

  • Expand climate change adaptation and education programs like the Hamri Bahini Green Angels
  • Run the first ever Power Shift Nepal, a three-day youth summit to empower young people in Nepal to take action on climate change.

The trip itself

What is a typical day on the trip? 

Together the team and your Inspired Adventures experienced tour guide you will trek slowly and steadily, with several rest days so you can acclimatise to the increasing altitude. As you trek, accompanied by a local Himalayan Climate Initiative representative, you’ll witness firsthand the toll climate change is taking on the Himalayas and local villages. With our incredible challenge complete, we’ll return to Nepal’s capital city, Kathmandu, to volunteer with HCI. Together with locals, we will work on community sustainability projects and have the opportunity to learn from young leaders in Nepal.

What happens if I can’t go?

If for some reason during the year you are no longer able to attend the adventure. The funds you have raised so far will remain with the AYCC and HCI to ensure that the projects they have committed to doing with this funding can continue.

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure is ranked 5/5 (challenging). Our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. Trekking to Everest Base Camp is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you’ll enjoy the experience. We recommend that in the months leading up to your trip, you increase your physical fitness with aerobic exercise. Walking, cycling, running and stair climbing will all strengthen your legs and improve stamina.

Who can I talk to for more information?

For more information regarding the project please email or call Gemma Borgo-Caratti on 0403 979 724 or and she will be able to provide you with more information. Alternatively if you have already expressed interested through the online form an Inspired Adventures representative will be in touch with you shortly and will be able to answer and travel related questions you might have.

Who else is going on the trip? 

In 2013 the trip was made up of current AYCC volunteers, AYCC online supporters, members of the community who support climate change ranging in age from 17-55.

How do I register?

Register your interest here.