The aim of the Chocolate Sherpa Project is to raise money for a mobile hospital in Nepal. The team plans to arrive at Everest Base Camp on 2 or 3 May. 200 kg chocolates will be distributed along the 400 km route and 100 kg at BC. (click to enlarge)
Louis-Philippe Loncke. Many regions of Nepal are inaccessible through roads and thus providing care in these poor areas is a complicated task. People are unable to reach the capital, because of the cost and time of such a travel. Thanks to the mobile hospital, it will be possible to provide general and specialized care. Above images courtesy of the Chocolate Sherpa Expedition blog (click to enlarge)
Chocolate Sherpa project in aid of Nepal mobile hospital

Posted: Feb 26, 2009 02:35 pm EST
(MountEverest.net/ThePoles.com) In 2008 Louis-Philippe Loncke trekked solo across the length of Australias Simpson Desert. This time he and a team will be trekking from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp to do the highest tasting of chocolate in the world with international mountaineers and Sherpas to raise money for a mobile hospital in Nepal, Louis-Philippe told ExplorersWeb.

The plan

Belgian Louis-Philippe plans to trek with Norbert Eggermont and Joseph de Mahieu 400 km from Katmandu to Everest Base Camp where they will organize the chocolate tasting event.

During the trek they will be distributing 200 kg chocolates amongst Sherpas and porters. They also will meet with the Sherpa population along the way.

The remaining 100 kg chocolates will be distributed during a chocolate tasting event at 5350 meters, said Louis-Philippe.

Departure from Kathmandu is scheduled for 13 April 2009 and the chocolate tasting event at Base Camp, 2 or 3 May. They will return on 10 May.

The aim

Louis-Philippe said they aim to raise money to set-up a mobile hospital in Nepal that will provide care and surgery to remote areas. He explained:

After eight years spent to work as consultant for the Nepal Orthopaedic Hospital (Kathmandu) and training young Nepali surgeons, a Belgian surgeon and his Nepali friend, now plan to set up a mobile hospital.

Such facility would be easily mounted, quickly dismounted and transported by truck or chopper and will allow the doctors to reach far remote places of Nepal. Campaigns lasting one month will enable to provide care to 5000 people and to provide medical surgery to 250.

The basic equipments cost is estimated at 250 000 and a one month campaign at 50 000. Many regions of Nepal are inaccessible through roads and thus providing care in these poor areas is a complicated task. People are unable to reach the capital, because of the cost and time of such a travel. Thanks to the mobile hospital, it will be possible to provide general and specialized care.

During April and May 2009 Louis-Philippe Lonke and his team will be trekking from Kathmandu to Everest Base Camp to do a chocolate tasting with international mountaineers and Sherpas at 5350 m. Their aim is to raise money for a mobile hospital in Nepal. They plan to arrive at Base Camp on 2 or 3 May. 200 kg chocolates will be distributed along the 400 km route and 100 kg at BC.

The team: Louis-Philippe Loncke, 32, Belgian; team leader, project designer, photographer, cameraman, communications and trekker.
Norbert Eggermont, 24, Belgian; photographer, cameraman, communications, diplomacy, translations and trekker.
Jeremy Roumain, 24, French, will coordinate the logistics from France.
Joseph de Mahieu, 18, Belgian; communications, cameraman, draughtsman and trekker.

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