Friday, September 14, 2012

Nepal 2012 Hogus to Join Paul

Hogus is from a family of dozens of Gastronaut puppets. These puppets were created to help children understand and become comfortable with ostomies. Nurses use the Gastronauts to explain to children about their own ostomies, or about their parent's or grandparent's ostomies. Over 4000 child ostomates around the world have received their own Gastronaut, to help them recover from surgery and to adjust to their new ostomy and lifestyle. Other Gastronauts, like Hogus, do adventure travel with an adult ostomate, and share what they learn with child ostomates around the world ... showing ostomates that they are not alone, and that they can live ordinary lives - even extraordinary lives.
More about Gastronauts by TheBowelMovement
and their UK Distributor StomaWise,
who generously collaborated to create Hogus.

Today Hogus, the Gastronaut adventurer, set out from England to join Paul Riome, fellow Ostomate in Canada, prior to the start of their 36 day adventure journey in Nepal. The big adventure officially starts on World Ostomy Awareness day which is the 8th of October 2012.

Hogus and Paul will fly from Saskatoon Canada to Seoul Korea and then another flight to Kathmandu Nepal, and from there it’s a very small aircraft deep into the mountains to Tumlingtar Nepal, where they will be greeted by the gentle, local people who are genuinely appreciative of their presence and support in this rarely touristed region.
The first ten days of the adventure is "the road less travelled" and takes them back into the home villages of their local guides and porters (whom Paul consider friends from his Nepal 2011 journey).

This route makes the journey longer, but they anticipate experiencing the cultural richness of Nepal that few others take the time to explore. This Salpa Pass trail was an ancient trade route, used predominately by local people to transport agricultural products to Namche and on to Tibet. The trail meanders through terraced farmlands, waterfalls, and mystical forests of pink rhododendrons.
After a day of acclimatization (to high altitude and low oxygen content) in Namche, they will trekk to the remote, pristine lakes of Gokyo, where they will explore one of the most beautiful and untouched regions of Nepal, then make the arduous climb of Gokyo Ri (5337m / 17,575ft) and the infamous and remote Cho La Pass (5370m / 17,778ft). Here the climbers and trekkers will part company. The climbers (including Hogus and Paul) descend the long journey to Loboche to prepare for the tough climb along moraine and boulders to summit Kala Patthar (5550m / 18,221ft).

Hogus and Paul will further challenge themselves by attempting the approach and summit of Island Peak (Imja Tse). The plan is to overnight at Island Peak BaseCamp (5087m / 16,689ft), then attempt to summit Island Peak (6189m / 20,305ft) and return safely to BaseCamp to sleep and to rest their exhausted bodies.

After 2 very long days on the mountain trails, Hogus and Paul will re-join their trekking companions in Lukla, then fly back to Kathmandu.

Hogus and Paul will spend the last 3 days of their journey at Chitwan National Park (a Unesco World Heritage Site) on a jungle safari. Riding a working elephant into the jungle, and hoping to see some of the protected or endangered species including Bengal tiger, Asiatic one-horned rhinoceros, wild elephant, striped hyena, barking deer, leopard, rhesus monkey, jungle cat, golden monitor lizard and python.

You will be able to follow the adventures of Paul and Hogus with maps, pictures, and stories which will be sent back by the boys wherever technically possible, and available at  this site LivingBiggerWithColostomy

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