Educating Activists: Development and Gender in the Making of Modern Gandhians

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Lexington Books, Oct 26, 2010 - Social Science - 264 pages
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What do people make of their own development? In Educating Activists, Rebecca M. Klenk illuminates a reality that is far more complex than either development planners or critics commonly assume. This gracefully written, accessible ethnography shows how rural women accept, refuse, reinterpret, and negotiate development's terms in a quest to improve their own communities. Klenk offers an account of Lakshmi Ashram, a remarkable Gandhian educational initiative for women and girls in Himalayan India. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, Educating Activists blends memories and stories with historical research and richly detailed ethnographic analysis to craft a compelling portrait of how women across two generations have engaged with issues of sustainability, poverty, gender equity, autonomy, and progress.

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Annapurna Base Camp Trek
13 Days Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Region: Annapurna
Trek Type: Lodge
Trek Grade: Challenging
Trek Days: 9
Max Altitude: 4130m
Best Season: Oct–Dec & Mar–mid May
Mt. Annapurna (8091m) of Nepal is the 10th highest mountain in the world and the journey to its base camp, which is at 4,130m / 13,550ft height, is one of the most popular walks on earth.
The Annapurna Base Camp is a high glacial basin lying north of Pokhara. The combination of relatively easy walking and majestic scenery makes the trek to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m), commonly known as Annapurna Sanctuary, one of the most popular treks in Nepal. This magnificent amphitheater is called a “sanctuary” because of its natural serenity, beauty and the divine presence of the Hindu goddesses Annapurna and Gangapurna.
The site of the base camp is used by expeditions attempting the south face of Annapurna I. The trek to Annapurna base camp combines some of the most spectacular Himalayan scenery with a fascinating insight into the life of middle hill Nepalese.
ABC Outline Itinerary
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu meet our staff and transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Drive to Pokhara 950m, 6-8 hours journey, 200 k.m.
Day 03: Drive to Nayapool and trek to Tikhedhunga. 1,500m.
Day 04: Trek to Gorepani 2850m, 6-7 hrs walk.
Day 05: Trek to Poonhill - Tadapani, 2660m approx. 6 hours walks.
Day 06: Trek to Sinuwa 2300m, approx. 6 hours walk.
Day 07: Trek to Deurali. 3250m, 5-6 hrs.
Day 08: Trek to ABC Base Camp 4130m, Approx 4-5 hrs.
Day 09: Trek to Sinuwa 2300m, 6-7 hours walk.
Day 10: Trek to Jinu dada 1750m, approx. 4 hours walk.
Day 11: Trek to Pokhara, approx 5-6 hrs.
Day 12: Drive to Kathmandu.
Day 13: Transfer to Airport for International departure.
USD 650 per person for a group of 6 or more persons (porter included)
USD 670 per person for a group of 2 to 5 persons (porter included)
USD 750 for a solo treker (without porter)
Services included in this costing:
• Annapurna conservation area permits,
• Full Board Plan (breakfast, lunch, dinner, accommodation, tea or coffee) during trek,
• Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on BB plan,
• An experienced licensed guide and required porters,
• Food, drinks, salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, accommodation, and local tax for guide and porters,
• Transportation by bus Kathmandu - Pokhara - Kathmandu and car for other local transports,
• Medical kit box,
• TIMS (Trekkers' Information Management Systems),
• All government tax,
• Airport pick up and drop.
Not included:
• Service does not include lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara, your travel insurance,
• International flight and airport tax/visa fees,
• Any expense of personal nature,
• Any other expenses not mentioned here.
For confirm booking please make the full payment,
For holding a seat Pay USD 100, a seat will be kept for you till March 30, and refunded if not received full payment by then,
Last day of booking March 30, 2018.
Payment can be made by cash or bank deposit
Trekking Gear You need to bring:
- trekking or running shoes
- camp shoes or thongs
- socks – polypropylene or other synthetic materials that dry fast and let your feet and toes breathe.
- down or fiber-filled jacket (rental available in Nepal)
- Shell jacket (water proof)
- Fleece jacket
- spandex or nylon hiking shorts and pants
- Synthetic T- shirts or blouses, avoid cotton as it will soak sweat and become soggy lowering your body temperature quickly.
- underwear
- Thermal long inner for night times
- gloves and woolen head cover for night time
- sun hat
Other Equipment
- backpack with water proof cover/inner layer
- sleeping bag (high altitude Sleeping Bag, rental available in Nepal)
- water bottle
- torch
Miscellaneous Items
- sunglasses, UV protection
- toilet articles
- toilet paper and cigarette lighter
- small knife
- sun block
- towel
- laundry soap
- medical and


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Rebecca M. Klenk is a sociocultural anthropologist who teaches at the University of Tennessee and has directed the University of Washington's Environment and Development Study Abroad Program in India.

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