FIRST WE WALK
Nepali Himalaya Expedition
Trek dates: November 15 - 27
Trekking for Domestic Violence Awareness and Mental Health
Angie, her partner Remy and her two sons Ryder and Hunter will trek the Gosainkunda region of the Nepali Himalayas, raising awareness for Domestic Violence Survivors and Mental Health, and encouraging trekkers the world-round to use the hashtag #firstwewalk to trek for the cause.
All proceeds raised from Angie's trek will support Her Farm Nepal Women's Refuge. The trek is open to anyone from the public who wishes to join.
Her Farm is located in rural Nepal and provides a safe place for women to live, farm and thrive. Residents, survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, can control their own destinies by controlling their own land. These women can and will feed their own families by working collectively to tend livestock and grow crops.
100% of public funds raised by First We Walk trekkers will be donated to Her Farm. Our donations will support:
Women’s micro-finance fund.
Proudly Supported By
- Raise funds to finance a new Greenhouse for Her Farm Nepal, and a women's micro-finance fund;
- Host a 3-day 'thrive' retreat at Her Farm (limited spaces available) following the trek, to share skills and stories as a global community (yoga, meditation, Wim Hof Method introduction, agricultural farming, storytelling for film making, holistic therapy);
- Raise global awareness for domestic and gender-based violence;
- Inspire unity consciousness.
If you would like to join, and are wondering who this trek is for:
- Women survivors of domestic and gender-based violence;
- Women AND men looking to challenge themselves out of their comfort zone and re-connect their essence through exposure in wild nature;
- Women AND men with a holistic mindset looking to grow, connect and give back;
- This trek is for anyone who a big, open heart!
12-days from Kathmandu through the Gosainkunda region and return to Kathmandu.
The Gosainkunda area has been delineated as a religious site. Hindu Mythology attributes Gosainkunda as the abode of the Hindu deities Shiva and Gauri. The Hindu scriptures Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu Parana and the epics Ramayana and Mahabharata refer to the Samudra manthan, which is directly related to the origin of Gosainkunda. Its waters are considered holy and of particular significance during the Gangadashahara and the Janao Purnima festivals where thousands of pilgrims from Nepal and India visit the region. Gosainkunda is believed to have been created by Lord Shiva when he thrust his holy Trident into a mountain to extract water so he could cool his stinging throat after he had swallowed poison.
The main inhabitants of Gosainkunda region are Tamang and Sherpa (of Tibetan origin), whose religion, culture, language and dress are similar to the Tibetan people. Gosainkunda trekking offers an incredible opportunity to experience Nepal's unique combination of cultures, landscapes, stunning mountains and diverse wildlife and vegetation.
Moderate to hard. We will be staying in lodges along the trek route, thus you will not be required to bring or carry camping equipment.
Peak climbs and cold immersion (for experienced Wim Hoffers) are optional. Angie is a practioner of the Wim Hof Method and aims to submerge in frozen lakes along the route. Any trekkers interested in learning more about the WHM can contact Angie directly. The method combines breath work, cold immersion and mind set training and is a highly effective tool for controlling the fight or flight response of the body, typical with abuse and trauma victims.
*Trek will begin Day 1 on November 16th. All trekkers must meet in Kathmandu by November 15th. Accommodation for this night will be arranged and included in your total trek cost. Flights are not included in trek package.
Nepal Expedition Team
Angie Davis (AU)
Australian travel and wellness writer, film and virtual reality director and producer, and domestic violence survivor. Angie will be joined on the trek by her two sons aged 5yo and 7yo.
Angie lived with domestic violence for a decade, evacuated the Japanese Tohoku disaster in 2011, and watched a friend die at her feet in the sand following a brutal shark attack. Her journey through trauma healing has been accentuated by travel, freedom of movement, living simply and overcoming fears and limiting beliefs by being at the mercy of hard nature.
"To trek the Himalayas has been a life-long dream. To have the opportunity to share the adventure with my kids and a team of beautiful souls with me is an absolute gift. To be able to sync our journey with a cause so very close to my heart is an absolute blessing. The kids and I will be living with the women of Her Farm before and after the trek to really get to know the amazing residents and to share and learn together. Every dollar we raise for this trek will benefit the women, their children, and the greater community, giving back hope to the Himalayas." - Angie.
Personal challenge: Angie is currently training the 'Wim Hof Method' course and aims to enter the lakes at high altitude in winter in just bikinis. The #whm is a great tool for abuse and trauma survivors to control the body's fight or flight response, and Angie hopes to introduce the method to the women at Her Farm.
Nissan Gajurel (Nepal), Guide.
Celia Galpin (AU/NZ), team photographer.
Remy Richard (France), lifestyle enthusiast.
Public spaces are NOW open for the trek. Please CONTACT US to reserve your space.
Her Farm Women’s Refuge Experience
Spaces available for volunteers to join Angie at Her Farm following the trek, from November 27th to host wokshops with the women, sharing skills and stories. We will practice yoga, meditation, and breath work, hold a storytelling for filmmaking workshop, learn agricultural techniques from the women, and share stories and sacred space as a global community of women (and men!)
Please get in touch if you are interested in visiting Her Farm.
100% of public funds raised by Angie's #firstwewalk trek will be donated to Her Farm. Our donations will support:
- Greenhouse Project;Women’s micro-finance fund.
- We will soon be launching our public donations platform.
Corporate sponsorship opportunity
Opportunities are now open for:
• Donors and Sponsors for the Nepalese expedition to cover: travel expenses (flights, transfers, guide, equipment); documenting the journey;
• Fundraising partners;
• Media and PR sponsorship and support.