Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA)
The group trekked from Bessisahar, through the very
beautiful and popular Annapurna region up to Manang. Manang is an
isolated town reminiscent of the dusty plains of Tibet. It is situated
at 3,000 metres above sea level and is home to an aid post run by the
Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA).
HRA is a voluntary, non-profit making organisation
which strives to reduce casualties in the Nepal Himalaya. Founded in
1973 it operates a rescue post at Manang which is situated along one of
the most popular trekking routes in the Annapurna Himalaya. The aid post
is staffed by volunteer doctors during the two main trekking seasons. HRA
have a Kathmandu office and provide advice to trekkers and give a daily
lecture on avoiding mountain sickness and other hazards in the mountains.
The objective of the project was to trek to the health
post at Manang to deliver an oxygen concentrator. The oxygen concentrator
provides life saving treatment for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). AMS
affects both tourists and locals. Fund raising for the oxygen concentrator
took place in the UK. The group stayed in tea-house accommodation
en-route. Further project possibilities were identified as follows:
- Redecorating (painting) and general maintenance to the Health Post at
- Conservation work with Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP).
Following completion of the project the group have a
trekked over the Thorung La Pass (5,500 metres) and flew back to Pokhara