OUR Trek to Everest Base Camp

OUR Trek to Everest Base Camp

TWO FRIENDS WILL SET OUT ON A JOURNEY WITH A GOAL OF RAISING $8,848 SPECIFICALLY FOR KIDS WHO ARE TRAFFICKED IN NEPAL.


***PLEASE NOTE: This trek will be completely funded by Josh and Wyatt, without the help of any donations or funding. This trek is already funded and all donations will be 100% given to O.U.R. for the rescuing and rehabilitation of children being trafficked in Nepal.***


We are dedicating our trek for donations to Operation Underground Railroad to help rescue and provide aftercare to kids who are being trafficked specifically in Nepal. Our target goal of $8,848 symbolizes the elevation of Mount Everest (8848M/29029FT).

It is estimated that there are 40.3 MILLION modern-day slaves.

According to https://www.friendsofwpcnepal.org It is estimated that between 12,000 to 15,000 GIRLS between 6 to 16 are trafficked each year from Nepal to India alone. More than 250,000 Nepali girls are forced into the Indian sex trade where prostitution is actually legal.

"Up to 7,000 girls from rural areas are brought as domestic slaves to Kathmandu city, where sexual abuse is common. More than 100,000 children have been forced to leave their villages and 10,000 children have been orphaned as a result of the 12 year long civil war in Nepal.

Traffickers bring girls across the border into India. Vulnerable women and children are in danger of commercial sex trafficking, labor trafficking in the Middle East, and circus trafficking, primarily to India."


“These are poor regions with high illiteracy rates. If a relative or friend turns up offering someone a job, it is often the girls’ parents themselves who encourage them to go, without realizing what is really happening. It is the perfect breeding ground for traffickers.” -Anuradha Koirala founder of Maiti Nepal


Nepal is one of the few countries in the world that is NOT apart of the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking In Persons, according to the 2019 TIP report.

"Its laws do not criminalize all forms of forced labor and sex trafficking, and despite a large number of Nepali male trafficking victims overseas, government protection efforts disproportionately focused on female victims." -2019 TIP Report


IN THE PAST FIVE YEARS OF EXISTENCE, O.U.R. HAS RESCUED

3,100 VICTIMS AND ASSISTED IN THE ARRESTS OF MORE THAN 1,700 TRAFFICKERS AROUND THE WORLD.


In 2017 Wyatt embarked on a bicycle tour alone, without any support or additional funding from others to help raise awareness about human trafficking. Wyatt spent over 30 days biking over 3,000 miles from San Diego, California to the coast of Jacksonville, Florida and was able to raise over $10,000 to go to Operation Underground Railroad for the rescuing and rehabilitation of children from sex trafficking.


Why Am i (wyatt) an abolitionist?

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Why did we choose to raise funds for Operation Underground Railroad?

I knew trafficking existed, but I had no idea the amount, how abundant, and local slavery was until I watched 'The Abolitionists' film a couple years ago in a theater with some of my family. After watching the movie I felt a strong desire to help raise more awareness and funds for the rescuing of those trapped in slavery. I thought that if I didn't realize how prominent trafficking is still today, then there are likely others who don't know or realize it either. It felt great to raise more awareness as well as more than $10,000 in 2017 for my bicycle ride from the Pacific ocean to Atlantic ocean and now I want to raise more funds and hope to make a larger impact.


Some people say, "If I lived in Abraham Lincoln's era, I wouldn't support slavery" -What are you doing to stop slavery today? There are more slaves now then there were in Lincoln's time! We can all contribute more.


Americans are the number 1 consumer in porn as well as human trafficking. Trafficking stems from pornography and the consumer eventually wants more and more. Just ask Ted Bundy why he killed all those women. In an interview he said he believed his actions stemmed from porn and a desire to want more, he needed his rapings to be more violent because it was a bigger rush for him. He eventually went from raping, and then killing to satisfy his desires.


Trafficking persons is now the third most profitable business for organized crime, behind drugs and arms. It is also the fastest growing form of international crime.


I am an Abolitionist because slavery still very much exists.

I am an Abolitionist because 1 human is too many.

I am an Abolitionist because there is still not enough awareness of modern day slavery.

I am an Abolitionist because no innocent child that is 8 years old should have to suffer through being sold to be raped 40-50 times per day, day after day, over and over again.

I am an Abolitionist because I simply want to help these children escape.

I am an Abolitionist because I want justice to be served to those predators who are everywhere among us.


Join our fight today to help save more children from trafficking!


-Wyatt


why am i (josh) an abolitionist?

I was first introduced to Operation Underground Railroad in early 2017 as Wyatt launched his coast to coast bicycle campaign. Wyatt and I have been friends forever, we grew up together, and to this day he is still one of my closest friends. I was amazed and inspired at Wyatt's dedication to this cause when he announced his bike ride. To see the amount of money he was able to fundraise, as well as his willingness to spread awareness about such a dark topic was so impressive to me. During his fundraising campaign I was also able to learn a lot about the evils of human trafficking, and its prevalence in our world today. Since that time, I have wanted to get involved and do my part to fight against this darkness.


"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -JFK


Human trafficking is a modern day form of slavery. Millions of innocent people around the world, including children, have had their rights and freedoms taken away because of human trafficking. I am an Abolitionist because I want these people to have their lives back. I want their cries to be heard, and I want them to be rescued. For this to happen, it starts with you and me. It starts with normal people living normal lives showing the willingness to talk about it. Human trafficking is a dark topic. It is difficult to have conversations about, it is difficult to even think about! But this is part of the reason why it exists, and why it has become far too common in our modern world. We all have the responsibility to shed light on the darkness of human trafficking. Because this is how it will be abolished.


"Light and darkness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Light dispels darkness. When light is present, darkness is vanquished and must depart. More important, darkness cannot conquer light unless the light is diminished or departs." -Robert D. Hales


Join me and Wyatt and become an Abolitionist yourself! All it takes is a conversation. We ask you to help fight this fight in any way that you can, whether through donation, sharing, or just talking about! Together we can fight for the freedoms of today's modern day slaves.


"Let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light." -Romans 13:12

-Josh

The Trek to Everest Base Camp

The two of us will leave from the United States to Kathmandu with the following itinerary:

(This trip has been postponed due to the ongoing worldwide pandemic. New dates will be announced once travel restrictions are lifted and entry to Nepal is considered safe.)

Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Day 2 – Drive to Manthali (4-5 hours) at 2:30 AM, Fly to Lukla for 15/20 minutes (9,199 ft) and Trek to Phakding (8,563 ft) – 3 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 3 – Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,289 ft) – 5.5 Hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 4 – Namche Bazaar Acclimatization Day. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 5 – Trek to Tengboche (12,664 ft) – 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 6 – Trek to Pheriche (14,340 ft) - 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 7 – Trek to Lobuche (16,109 ft) – 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 8 – Trek to Everest Base Camp (17,602 ft) & return to Gorak Shep (16,995 ft) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 9 – Hike to Kala Patthar (18,225 ft) - 3 to 4 hours, Then to Dzongla (17,782 ft) - 5 to 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 10 – Trek to Gokyo (15,748 ft) Via Cho La Pass (17,612 ft) – 8 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 11 – Climb Gokyo Ri (17,989 ft) – 3 to 4 hours and Trek to Dole - 5 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 12 – Trek to Namche Bazar (11,286 ft) - 6 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 13 – Trek to Lukla (9,186 ft) – 7 hours. Overnight at a Guesthouse.

Day 14 – Morning Flight from Lukla to Manthali and Drive to Kathmandu

After that we will spend a day in Kathmandu and return home to the U.S.


Josh and Wyatt will make the trek from Kathmandu, Nepal to the Base Camp of Mount Everest and back as they attempt to reach their goal of $8,848 to help save children and raise awareness about human trafficking.


Please help us #endhumantrafficking by donating to our cause!


(credit to @brittyjonesart for trip artwork)

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