This charming, colorful map of Nepal (created by one of our friends and supporters in Nepal for his own business) shows the general areas where we have delivered stoves to date.
To give this some scale, Nepal is about 300 miles long, and 75 miles wide – it is almost exactly the size of Florida (without the panhandle), and is home to roughly 30,000,000 people – when we first visited in 2001, the population was 19,000,000. It is principally an agricultural economy, but cannot grow / produce enough food for the existing population. There is very little industry, and approximately 25% of the country’s GDP comes in the form of remittances from Nepali’s who have left the country to find work elsewhere – principally in Asia and the Gulf States.
As you see, we’ve covered a substantial part of the country.
Beginning in a region at the far east of Nepal, on the border with India (formerly Sikkim at this location); near Darjeeling, and Kangchenjunga (3rd highest mountain in the world – first summit in 1955; two years after Hillary & Tenzing summitted Everest; by George Band (who was on the Everest Expedition, and Joe Brown).
Moving towards the west, we go along the Himalayas, past Everest and eventually to Mustang, a former mini-kingdom, still administered by the former Royal Family who are direct descendants of the founder in the 1580’s.