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Hello Friends & Former Guests,

I hope you are all doing well and getting through this tough time ok. 

As you may be aware, the 2020 Spring trekking season in Nepal was closed early due to coronavirus travel restrictions. In fact, we only made it through about 20% of our scheduled trips before the border closed. Like most of the world, Nepal has been on lockdown since mid-March, but unlike other parts of the world there is no social or financial safety net for the people that are struggling there. At iTREK we are committed to ensuring our office staff can survive through this tough time however many of our guides and porters work on a contract basis and rely solely on the daily rates they are paid during their treks and the tips they receive afterwards from guests. The cancellation of most of our treks this year has left many of our guides in a difficult position. Recently, we have had a few former guests reach out to ask how they could help their guides so we started a fundraiser.

We have ten full time trekking guides that have been committed to our company for many years and many of them have been with us since the business started in 2007. 100% of the funds raised through this campaign will go directly to the guides. If you have a specific guide or porter you would like your funds directed to we will ensure this happens. You can specify this in the comments section or write to me directly at rick@itreknepal.com. Otherwise any funds that aren't specifically marked will be evenly distributed amongst the group. 

I understand this is a difficult time for everyone right now and we are all facing various financial difficulties of our own. Anything you can contribute, however large or small, will be greatly appreciated.

If you would like to contribute you can do so through the GoFundMe campaign at this link - gf.me/u/xzzzs6

We all have fond memories of our time in Nepal and we long for the days when we can travel freely again. Our guides are also eager to see visitors in their country again and will be waiting to greet you with a smile the next time you
arrive.

Thanks & Namaste from the iTREK Nepal Team.

-Rick

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