Firstly, we gathered government and non-government agencies at local level to acquire knowledge about the place and people.  We liaised and coordinated with PCU, hematic Specialists, DPCU, District Climate Change & Spatial Unit, Social Mobilization SP-ASHA to ensure quality delivery of enhanced LAPA preparation worked with these local parties which was very beneficial for us as they helped us recognize and identify the places. With the help of some ideas put down into sketches,we prepared a five day plan to map the entire area .

During the survey,  We used hand held devices such as smartphone, 360 camera to collect different businesses, taps, earthquake affected areas (name , description, images) of kavra district. We also used GIS devices along with our mobile phones to accurately identify the latitude and longitude of the places.

Later, the data is gathered and organized and divided into two parts : private and public data. Public data refers to the businesses around that area such as shops, restaurants, clothing store, medical shop and so on. Private data refers to number of houses , earthquake prone areas, landslide prone areas, watershed and so on. The public data are pushed to the Google Maps and OpenStreetMap and remaining private data are embedded into Google Mymaps .

Stories

Stories are our thing. We live for it. We strive for it. We reach out to different people, places and culture to find unique, hidden stories and bring it out to the world.

We collected interesting stories from different areas of kavra. The stories consist of the experience of people who have been living there whole life. They shared what they did, how the daily life is going on and what changes they have seen from the past. They shared their experience on how the grazing of animals around that area has changed over the years. Likewise, we interviewed people whose lives has been affected by landslide . They provided us some reasons behind the landslide and what could be done to prevent it.

 

 

Here is a blog post by our chairperson Mr. Sanjib Chaudhary

 

Stories, the characters that make the stories and the places where the stories are born – have you ever pondered entwining them together?

The simplicity of characters and the complexity of situations while weaving a story – have you ever mulled over this dilemma?

Every brand has multiple stories to tell and many stories make a brand – have you ever thought this way?

 

I had been following StoryCycle since its inception and only when I attended the StoryCamps organised by StoryCycle in Saptari and Surkhet, I came closer to know more about the nuances of storytelling. And let me tell you storytelling isn’t as simple as it seems to be. However, nothing is impossible if you know how to turn the ‘impossible’ into ‘I’m possible’. And StoryCycle provides the perfect platform to sharpen your saws on storytelling.

 

See how we’ve been telling stories at StoryCycle:

Stories about people and place

We dig out the human interest stories and find the stories behind places. The evidence and map-based stories take you to the actual places of the origin of stories.  

 

Stories about travel

The more you travel across Nepal, more you discover how beautiful the country and the people are. We organise travel-based events to promote local culture and domestic products.

Stories about art and heritage

Nepal's culture dates back to several thousand years, forming a foundation on which subsequent generations have built. We promote these rich culture and historical artefacts globally.

 

Stories about languages

Every language has its own plethora of words, phrases and idioms that no other language can match. We translate stories from one language to another so that they reach a wider audience.

 

 

Stories about digital and social media

Social Media is the fastest growing industry in the world and it’s taking over the world quicker than anything else. We train people on how to use social media effectively and efficiently.

 

 

Working as a team

Members run StoryCycle. It’s the members who choose the board, advisors and the working committee. Members decide on the strategic direction and the roadmap for the future. It’s all about working as a team.

 

Turning ideas into action

Storytellers not only tell stories at StoryCycle. We delve deeper into the issues, formulate ideas and turn those ideas into action. Our Dream City and GreenGrowth (were mere ideas when we started but today they’ve developed into full-fledged sister entities.

Follow the History of StoryCycle

 

 

StoryCycle, a non-profit organisation based in USA and Nepal is a storytelling platform that encourages people from grassroots to tell their stories and bring change in society. Recently we start  organising a series of International events to promote Nepal and Nepali Product based stories.The exhibition supported the artist from Nepal who are affected by the earthquake of 2015.

We organised “Apa Sherpa and Stories from Everest” in California in February 2015 and “Stories from epicenter and beyond” in Washington DC in October 2015. Similarly in 2017, we organised a Show in USA ”Nepal Show 2017”; three-week exhibition of art, craft and multimedia at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX. This year we are very excited to organise Nepal Show 2018 where we promote Stories of Nepal through Art, Craft and Multimedia. Nepal Show 2018 will be showcased in different cities of the world. 

Nepal is landlocked country surrounded by two giants India and China, We are vastly rich on geographical diversity and  cultural aspects. Nepal is home to eight of the world's highest mountains including Mount Everest. In April 2015, a 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake killed thousands of people, flattened villages and reduced numerous heritage sites to ruin. At desperate times when our heritage is fallen, many artists rose up to revive what has been destroyed. They have risen again but they need to be pushed or rather pulled to the front. It is an opportunity for Nepali society to do well for themselves, while contributing to Nepal’s economy, its proud history, heritage and society.

Story Cycle  will present the life and work of people through photographs, written documentation, video and physical objects in a presentation that will give a holistic view of Nepal.

Art : We have a collection of art items from our Everest Story Camp that was led by artist RK Thapa (http://storycycle.com/everest ). And Dumja Art Camp with young artists that we are showcasing at the show.

Craft : We have a collection of crafts with the theme ‘When Heritage falls Artists Rise’  from the team of Crafted in Kathmandu ( http://craftedinkathmandu.com.np ).

Multimedia : We have collected a number of photo and video stories from our StoryCamps and Build Camps. We have selected some pictures and videos from these camps for this show. We will showcase “Stories from Everest and Apa Sherpa” and “Stories from the epicenter and beyond” as the major video stories.

Details:

Date & Time:

June 10 , 2018 , Sunday , 11 AM to 4 :00 PM  

June 11 - 13, 1018 - 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Venue:

FishTail Nepalese & Indian Cuisine 3508 Harwood Rd Suite ,202, Bedford, TX 76021

For More Details and Program Detail, please contact us at:

Email :  sharma.law2010@gmail.com

Phone Number : 682-330-5090

“Ride to Sindhuli Gadhi 2018” , a four days cycle event is one of the longest and unique ride to promote Sindhuli and Janakpur nationally and internationally.  Over 150 cyclists from different parts of the world are partticipating in the event.

This ride will contribute towards preservation and promotion of the historical heritage fort Sindhuli Gadhi and the heritage city Janakpur by collating information, designing it and disseminating to a wider audience in order to promote tourism and build economic status of the locals. It will also help the local community to develop their capacity to set up tourism infrastructures, develop tourist activities, and respond better to tourists, which will ultimately help improve tourism experience in the area.

The increased visibility will attract more tourists to Sindhuligadhi heritage fort and Janakpur Cultural City whereas increased tourist flow to the region will boost its activities and business opportunities. The increased economy will hence improve local's overall living standard and lifestyle in all aspects of life such as education, health, social welfare etc.

Timeline

Registration Closed for International Participants : September 30, 2018

Registration Closed for Local Participants :  December 25, 2018 / Sunday

Rider  Orientation : December 02, 2018 / Sunday

Cycle Ride :  December 09-10-11-12

Schemas provided to the Riders

Option Route/Detail Participation Fee
Option A

Kathmandu - SindhuliGadhi - SindhuliMadi

[2 Nights 3 Days 153 KM]

Rs 3500 /-
Option B

Kathmandu - SindhuliGadhi - Janakpur

[3 Nights 4 Days - 225 KM]

Rs 4500 /-
Option C

Sindhuli Madhi - Bardibas - Janakpur

[ 1 Night 2 Days - 72 KM ]

Rs 1500 /-

 

     
     
     
     

*The participants need to arrange their own by cycle . We can also arrange one those who don't have any with our technical and Bike  partners.  Organiser will provide 4 set breakfast , 4 set lunch and 3 set of Dinner , Ambulance , Medical Insurance, Bagages Service and all safety measures.

Frequently Asked Question!!!!!

Q. Do I need to pay extra amount for food & accommodation ?

  1. We will provide breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation on specific time. Except this you have to pay by your own.

Q. What’s Included in the price?

  1. Drinking water, breakfast, lunch, dinner and accommodation(on sharing basis) , bike maintenance services,

Q. Do you provide bikes too?

  1. No we don’t provide bikes for participants but we can arrange it for you in coordination with our Bike Partner Nepal Mountain Bike Tours.

Q. What kind of maintanence support do we get ?

  1. We will have multiple bike mechanics with us. We will not be charging you for any kind of maintenance except spare parts.

Q. Can we join the event from middle?

  1. Yes. You can. Please see the different options provided by us above.

Q. What are the things that we should bring with us on ride?

  1. You will be provided a detailed sheet for all the necessary items to bring during the event.

Q. Why to fill up offline form while we already filled online form ?

  1. Online form is used for direct communication with the participants while offline form is used for Insurance purpose.

Hosted by : Sambridha Sindhuli, Sano Paila, Facts Nepal
Organised by : Storycycle
Promoted by : Nepal Tourism Board

Fill the form below for Registration:

 

For more information email us : storycycle@gmail.com

 

POKHARA: StoryCycle organized two half-day (one day in total) training sessions in Pokhara for local journalists on December 15-16, 2017. A total of 13 participants including two from outside Pokhara (Damauli and Gorkha) benefited from the workshop.

The first session focused on digital storytelling. Bhim Ghimire, Pokhara bureau chief and photojournalist of Kantipur, did a presentation on digital journalism in the city. He pointed out local trends such as lack of fact-checking, news reports without proper sourcing and a tendency to publish viral videos. The use of social media (especially Facebook) increased during the recently held parliamentary elections.

After the presentation, our trainer Arpan Shrestha, a cross media producer who has worked for Al Jazeera English, The Guardian and Vice, ran a session on using smartphone for reporting. The hands-on training on basic photography, shooting and editing video by using a smartphone was useful for participants. Training also covered tools and apps required for digital storytelling.

The second day’s half-day session covered search engine optimisation, map-based storytelling, developing a storytelling kit and best way to present and promote digital stories. Video recordings of sessions by Mohan Mainali, the editor of South Asia Check and British journalist Laura Oliver (formerly with The Guardian) were also presented to the participants and focused on fact-checking, verification and composing headlines for the new media.


The video session was followed by a hands-on sensitization activity by Shrestha, where participants were divided into popup newsrooms and were given a breaking news scenario but only had social media as their primary tool and disposal. The groups were assigned different scenarios where they had to quickly search and verify user-generated content, use social media and the internet to research and find sources, seek copyrights and abide by media ethics and privacy before they could break the news.

Finally, Saurav Dhakal, founder of StoryCycle, briefed the participants about Google Classroom, where we continue to mentor and support our participants.

Journalists outside Kathmandu rarely receive training on changing landscape of digital storytelling and how to best utilise the available tools. Under pressure to produce multiple copies, they don’t get chance to hone their skills or learn new skills. Our training strengthened their capacity. The takeaway for participants was that smartphone, if used properly, could be a useful tool in digital storytelling.

 

KATHMANDU—As the spring climbing season begins with hundreds of climbers heading to the Everest base camp, Google Earth has launched a new platform to inspire young people to learn about our planet.

This new version of Earth will have a streamlined UI; introduce a new feature called Voyager — a rich storytelling platform with partner-authored content; and offer tools like “I’m feeling lucky” and “Knowledge Cards” to make sure there’s always something more to do and learn about.

The Voyager  features a collection of map-based stories from around the world. It will be updated weekly, providing fresh compelling stories to help guide Earth users learn more about the planet.

It has different stories group like Travel, Nature, Culture, History and more. It also features interesting stories from Nepal on World Most Dramatic Mountain category and showcases works on mountains including Everest and Ama Dablam.   

 

The highlight of the feature called This is Home is a preview of the Home of Kancha Sherpa, the last living member of the 1953 expedition, when Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first people in history to summit Mount Everest. You can see the home of Kancha Sherpa. 

Click here to Experience Kancha Sherpa's Home

You can also hear his experience from the expedition and know more about his house.

Google Earth Outreach has partnered with StoryCycle and the Apa Sherpa Foundation to help locals in the Everest region digitally represent their areas on Google Maps.

Apa Sherpa , a 21-time Mount Everest climber and chairperson of Apa Sherpa Foundation, said, “Khumbu region is famous for being home to Everest, but it’s also the home of the Sherpa community. I hope people viewing the images online will develop a deeper understanding of the region and of the people who live there.”

Saurav Dhakal, founder and curator of StoryCycle said, “Google Earth is the very interesting educational tool for everyone to understand the world. The Home Project could give different understanding about Nepal and Khumbu region. The Google Earth platform has given us energy and excitement to work on more interesting map-based storytelling projects in the years to come.”

The new app will be available on the web via Chrome browser at and a native Android app available via the Google Play store. It will also soon be available on iOS. Previously, Google Earth was available on desktop and mobile (Android, iOS). Note that the Android app will be rolled out to all users over the course of a week.

Click here to:

Experience Kancha Sherpa's Home

Experience the street view of Khumbu Region

A group of ten journalists working at Nepal’s leading digital outlets gathered in Nagarkot in mid-August for a residential workshop.  The group of ten was selected after a rigorous application process. After almost a two-hour drive from Kathmandu, the participants--senior reporters, copy editors and newsroom managers--arrived at a newly opened hotel in the resort town about kilometers northeast of Kathmandu.

For almost two days, they were free from deadline pressure. Everyone was eager to learn and share his or her experience of working at the emerging and increasingly popular medium of digital journalism. The first day’s session began with a brief introduction from trainers including Laura Oliver, a former Guardian journalist, Mohan Mainali, editor of South Asia Check, Deepak Adhikari, an independent journalist and Saurav Dhakal, the founder of StoryCycle.

The evening’s session set the tone for next day’s workshop, which began with an introduction to digital trends at global and local levels. Oliver did a presentation on how global media outlets such as Guardian are focusing on online readers. Mainali shared presented instances of fake news in Nepal and ways to tackle them.

Participants engaged in the discussion on audience engagement, how to share stories on social media and how to handle contents from readers.

Back in Kathmandu on August 19, StoryCycle organized a half-day session for reporters, who covered areas such as parliament, reconstruction, health, economics, and court. Oliver showcased good practices from English media in the US and UK whereas Arpan Shrestha, a Nepali journalist, shared tips on how to use mobile for better storytelling. Participants practiced new skills and raised questions about challenges they faced in their reporting.

The participants have access to Google Classroom, where we continue to share tips and ideas. Through the platform, we provide mentorship and assistance to them. We are holding another workshop for digital journalists of Pokhara. Watch this space for the announcement about the workshop in the beautiful city in western Nepal.

Classroom Link: https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/NzA0OTk3ODkyMVpa

 

Here is a blog post by our founder Mr. Saurav Dhakal on this special occasion of New Year 2018.

Every morning I post pictures of food or farm on my Instagram, get few likes and few more subscribers to our new initiative called #GreenGrowth. Through this initiative, we are trying to promote local food and organic farming while delivering fresh vegetables to subscribers’ homes.

If you register on the site, you will get a weekly call from one of our colleagues to choose from a large variety of products that will be delivered in a basket at your doorstep inside Kathmandu Valley. And all of them are organic!

While I was traveling through The Great Himalayan Trail (GHT), I came across different local produce in rural places such as Jumla (walnuts), Mustang (beans and apples), and Kanchenjunga (organic tea) which were not finding their way to Kathmandu where consumers would be literally hungry to purchase them. As a storyteller, I was pondering to come up with compelling stories about those products.

 

 

Before going on the 99-day GHT trek, I had formed StoryCycle together with some friends. We were on a pursuit of stories -- not the common stories covered by the mainstream media but stories of hidden and forgotten people, places, products, culture, tradition and much more. We wanted to showcase the stories through pictures, videos, graphics, and maps.

It was very challenging to start a new venture without any proven business model and proper team. At that time I realized there are gaps and necessity to produce and publish new kind of stories on the internet. So I tried collecting some stories related to environment and climate affected people. This approach gave me some exposure and I was selected as a Climate Champion by The British Council. This profile helped me win a chance to travel the GHT.

It was also challenging for me to travel for more than three months when my baby boy was just born. I started my trek after when he was 16 days old. But the GHT provided me different perspectives of my own life and inspired me through the different stories that I came across.

I was inspired to start the idea of StoryCamp after embarking on the 99-day journey. The beginning of StoryCamp started to serve my quest for the vivid expression of such untold tales. The StoryCycle team started traveling to various small towns and villages of Nepal collecting stories and training local enthusiastic storytellers on newer technologies for sharing stories.

During our camps, we would mark the visited areas on Google Maps and teach the same to fellow trainees in order to increase the digital footprints of the area. During our trip, we realized that many places were not recorded on the map and hence information about them was not available on the internet. I saw many beautiful places along the 1555-km stretch across Nepal during my 99-day trek and recorded stories at some places but I had never been able to showcase a clearer picture of those areas due to lack of technology and skills.

StoryCycle’s collaboration with Google in late 2014 came as a milestone towards fulfilling the dream to conduct mapping projects in the Everest region using 360 degrees imagery.

While we were traveling to show the Google Maps Project to the locals, there was a big earthquake and we couldn't move ahead. It took me six days to be back with my family. Everyone suffered due to the earthquake and I suffered, our teams of StoryCycle and GreenGrowth suffered due to it.

It was a very challenging moment for me and my two ventures. I felt really alone at the moment, but I tried to engage myself in new work. We tried producing a story of Barpak, the epicenter of the April earthquake and collected fund for it.

Parallelly, I was also working hard to promote the idea of GreenGrowth. GreenGrowth is not a food business for me, it's a story business. The only difference is that the story can now be consumed.

The earthquake also compelled me to think about my family roots and to rebuild my cracked house. It was another challenge. Our family decided to shift from Kathmandu to Sindhuli, our family hometown and build a new and safe house.

In the meantime, it occurred to me that the place we were planning to shift to could be a nice and beautiful place. Only if we could use our skills of mapping, storytelling and local food promotion! It might be the key to sustainable growth for the place.

Then again I came up with another social innovative venture called Our Dream City, collaborating with different partners to design a sustainable, livable and smart place/city.

Now with three different ventures and products, the major challenge for me is how to team up.

I tried to adopt a new approach for team building -- a member-based organization with no employees. Every individual has both positive and negative attributes and strengths and weaknesses. I believe that focusing on positive attributes or strength generates more energy than negative attributes, weaknesses or problems. I am trying to create a space/organization with a co-existing platform. All members here have an equal share in decision making and formulating policies and guidelines. The members work on assignments as per their experience and expertise and share the benefits accordingly.

 

 

After working for two years, now we are 26 members engaged in the three ventures. We call for membership every year. The members meet regularly to discuss the strategy, ongoing assignments, and activities, and planning for future.

My journey that started with stories, has encompassed not only food but also dreams to build a better city, society, and country. With my team of able colleagues and like-minded people collaborating in our journey, I believe we’ll be able to inspire the young generation to take up the reins in their hands – to build better communities with a better quality of life. So that the whole world will crave to listen to our story!

 

Digital journalism - latest trends and practices

Story Cycle and the British Embassy in Nepal working with journalist to strengthening Digital Journalists skills, We are organising series of workshops. 

Digital Journalism--latest trends and practices will take place in Nagarkot on August 17-18. We have already selected 10 participants for the workshop. We received an overwhelming number of applications for the workshops. We would like to thank all for their interest.

We are all set to host the workshop. Laura Oliver, a British trainer and former Guardian journalist, is arriving soon to share her insights. Apart from Laura, we have a line-up of experienced journalists including Mohan Mainali, Deepak Adhikari, Saurav Dhakal.

We will update our sessions through Twitter and Facebook. 

What we will cover in the workshop:

- How to tell better stories for digital outlets. How to be productive as a news reporter. How to tailor your headlines and news story for digital outlets to increase your audience. The trainer will share experience from newsrooms of digital outlets. 

- How to write for social media. How to promote stories on social media. 

- How to handle user-generated content and verify the facts. How to verify news, photos, video and audio published on social media. 

About Laura Oliver

Laura Oliver is a freelance journalist, digital consultant and trainer with a background in social media for newsrooms and working with audiences.

She was previously head of social and communities at the Guardian (UK), where she led a team of journalists focused on sourcing, verifying and telling stories with social media, and building online communities around key topics, geographies and interests.

Since becoming freelance she has trained journalists at the BBC and Financial Times, written for NPR, the Guardian and numerous specialist news websites.

About  Mohan Mainali

Mohan Mainali is the editor of southasiacheck, Nepal's only fact-checking initiative that has introduced the concept of fact-checking to Nepali journalism.

Mainali has travelled extensively to remote corners of Nepal on reporting assignments. Such assignments form the basis of his features and investigative reports published in Nepali and international media, documentaries and books. His documentaries include: The Living of Jogimara, Puneko Pant and Timber to Tibet, among others.

Mainali has two books to his credit. Upallo Thalo (2012) is a travelogue through which readers become familiar with the lives of people living in Nepal's remote mountainous areas. His book Mantha Darayeko Jug (2015) is a journalist’s account of non-combatant victims of Nepal's decade-long internal war.

For more details,

Please contact Samita Kapali at  samita@storycycle.com , contact@storycycle.com. The workshops are free to attend, but places are limited. 

 

A Case Study of Zero Energy Cellar Store Promoted by High-Value Agriculture Project

While analysing the district wise context in Nepal, Jumla is one of the remote mountainous district facing massive post-harvest losses especially on Apple. For the livelihood subsistence, apple is the most important crop in terms of area, production and household economy in Jumla. But most production units are small and often located in isolated and inaccessible areas where infrastructure such as roads, irrigation and storage facilities are inadequate or completely lacking. With the present increasing trend in the connectivity (road network) in remote high mountains and inaccessible districts such as Mustang, Jumla and Kalikot, there is a great potential for increasing area and productivity of these fruit crops.

 

Among them, on farm storage of fruits and vegetables (mainly apple) was a major concern in Jumla from value addition prospect. Maintenance of temperature and humidity is a great problem in a mountainous region. In fact, Nepal has been struggling to make radical progress in the field of food preservation (building of cellar store, cold storage, modern collection center,etc;) where R&D in this field has been less. Refrigeration is energy intensive, expensive, not so easy to install and run in remote areas and not always environment friendly. Due to lack of cellar store, substantial amount of apple used to decay after production in Jumla. Market price was not so encouraging.

 

Hence realizing the critical aspect of apple production, High Value Agriculture Project (HVAP) planned to established apple cellar store at Jumla district. Considering acute energy crisis, the project design and build an economical, eco-friendly, effective and efficient zero energy cellar (a structure which is designed to keep mainly apple then vegetables and some fruits at a stable, temperature and humidity which will prevent them from rotting) by using renewable source of energy (earth) for the community for preserving their farm products for their future use. Hence, the project established zero energy cellar stores at 3 different groups/cooperates i.e. at Mahila Falful Tarkari Krisak Samuha at Taliom, Omgad, Danfe Kalika Krishi Bahuudesiya Sahakarki at Karthik Swami, and Mahila Krishi Bahuudesiya Sahakari Orthu Patmara in Jumla. These constructed units on these area consist interior wall is actually a double wall. Between the two walls there is a layer of gravel and sand. The perimeter of the roof is lined with water pipes. When the water is turned on, it drips down into the sand, which retains the moisture and brings the temperature inside the building down by just a few degrees.

It’s this small temperature and humidity change that makes a big difference. Amazingly, fruit especially apple stored in Zero-Energy units stays fresh for additional five to six months, allowing farmers to sell it well after the harvest period, garnering more profit.

Zero Energy cold storage units are one major part of an overall apple value chain intervention of the project that has directly benefitted 100 households from 3 particular groups and cooperative in Jumla. Ms. Ramila Bhandari (Picture above), is one of the beneficiary who is a pioneer apple producer and active group member of Kalika Krisi Bahuudesiya Sahakari at Kartik Swami, Jumla. According to her, it was very difficult for them to sell apple in local market in the past. They had a practice of feeding unsold apple to their livestock, offering to neighbour and forceful consumption as a main food item. “We had to wait a whole day to sell one doko (30-40 kg) apple and even if, we find someone to buy though the price used to me very nominal (Rs. 10-15 per kg)” she responded. “Now, the project constructed apple cellar store in our group where majority of us (24 households) store apple. I have stored 1.8 tons apple for 4 months and now I have sold NRs. 120 per kg is which is significantly higher than the seasonal price (normal seasonal price-Nrs. 20-25). It is hard to believe”, as she mentioned.

“This is particular change that we found at the individual household level through establishment of cellar store. In addition to this, we have found remarkable changes on apple orchard management, process of consultation with district and project based technician for technical support and increasing apple farm production,” says Mr. Gopal Prasad Shrestha, HVAP, Agriculture Technician. “In an average, each household has been earning Nrs. 20,000 to Nrs. 25,000 from the apple stored in cellar store”, he further adds.

So while the farmer/producer they can’t go back and reclaim their loss of the past. What we can assure that they can recover their loss in the present with increasing volume of production and with effective use of cellar store which increase their net income in general and build better futures particular.

 

Story Cycle is the forum where every one can tell their story. This forum for the people who want to make their voice heard.  You can tell us your story in your own way. We share your story to the world. The cycle only completes when story returns to the origin with feedback and positive impact.

How It works

We produce storyteller from the community to tell their own story. We support to make multimedia stories in community (offline activities), upload it to this site, partnership with mainstream media (on-air), then again produce multimedia magazine or MMS and DVD or public screening to distribute to the community where there is no Internet (offline).

    

A three-week exhibition of art, craft and multimedia with the title of “Nepal Show 2017” has been open for public. The exhibition will support the artist from Nepal who are affected by the earthquake.  

Chairman of Rotary Foundation Paul Lucas, President of Art Council Fort Worth, Karen Wiley, Director of Story Cycle USA Ram Pokhrel and Curator/Founder Story Cycle Saurav Dhakal Jointly  inaugurate the Nepal Show 2017 : Opening at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Gendy Street, Fort Worth, TX.  

Chairman of Rotary Foundation Paul Lucas said “It's very impressive work to promote traditional knowledge and save skillset to rebuilding process, this show definitely encourage artiest for their work”

President of Art Council Fort Worth Karen Wiley said “ I am   delighted with the artistic work done by Nepali artist in a very creative way. Storytelling through art is universal language and it   is the best way to share to the world”

StoryCycle in association with Fort Worth Community Arts Center (http://www.fwcac.com) and Crafted in Kathmandu  organise , a three-week exhibition of art, craft and multimedia that will run from from April 07 - April 26. Beside sunday it will be open from 9 am to 5 pm whole day.

Curator of the show, Saurav Dhakal, said, “We are trying to promote storytelling using arts, crafts and multimedia and this is first experiment for us to showcase such multiple approach for storytelling. This show will help to promote artists and also promote Nepal’s positive image in the world.”       

Nepal is a country with rich tradition of crafts, both secular and religious. Men and women create these crafts like their forefathers have done for centuries. They continue to exhibit a high level of skill passed on from one generation to another. They still use primitive tools and work in very rudimentary settings, yet the results are exquisite. Little is known of these people and the workshops and studios where they create these arts and crafts.

Nepal is undergoing significant development in social, economic and environmental fields and as a result these crafts are at risk of dying out. Young people who are instrumental in bringing about these changes aspire to the values of the developed nations and they no longer want to follow in the footsteps of their forefathers as crafts practitioners. For this reason, the time to record the life and work of this unique group of people is running out. It is thus important to raise awareness about the work of these people and record it on time.

The exhibition project will be on show in the United States from April 07 - April 26, 2017. We will present the life and work of these people through photographs, written documentation, videos and physical objects. The presentation will provide a holistic view of the fine arts and crafts as they are at this point.

         

Art : Show have a collection of artworks from our Everest StoryCamp that was led by artist RK Thapa (http://storycycle.com/everest ). Recently, we conducted Dumja Art Camp with a team of young artists led by Surem Deshar , which will be showcased at the show. We have a few collection of traditional Thanka paintings by Tasi Lama and Juni Lama.

Craft : Show have a collection of crafts with the theme ‘When Heritage falls, Artists Rise’  from the team of Crafted in Kathmandu (http://craftedinkathmandu.com.np) and a few collection of crafts made at the Early Childhood  Development Center.   

Photograph : collected a number of photo  stories from the StoryCamps and Build Camps. There are  selected pictures from these camps. Major Pictures are from Lamjung Areas by Nabin Baral

Cover Story : This is the new and interesting section where our storyteller Saurav Dhakal will share the story of 6 personalities Apa Sherpa, Anil Chitrakar, Mahabir Pun, Bir Bahadur Ghale , Pusha Basnet and Pushkar Sah.    

Kids Art : We are showcasing and launching the art/painting prepared by Shreeya Pokhrel and Rawdeep Pokhrel titled Colorful Brain

StoryCycle based in USA and Nepal (a storytelling platform that encourages people from grassroots to tell their stories and bring change in society) organised a series of events in the USA. We organised “Apa Sherpa and Stories from Everest” in California in February 2015 and “Stories from Epicenter and Beyond” in Washington DC in October 2015

Fort Worth Community Arts Center

1300 Gendy Street | Fort Worth TX 76107

817.298.3021

gallerymanager@fwcac.org

www.fwcac.org

www.texasartistscoalition.org

 

StoryCycle  

338 Samudayeek Marga, Tinkune, Kathmandu,

Nepal  977985.121.2861

808 Deckett Drive, Euless, Texas 76039

USA 682.521.7475  

http://storycycle.com

storycycle@gmail.com, contact@storycycle.com  

Climate Trek 2017 will be a two-week journey where the trekker will witness first hand experience of climate change in the Khumbu region and observe how communities are being impacted and how they are adapting to these changes. Climate Trek 2016 will have trekkers from all over the world ranging from activist to researchers.

Experienced team from story cycle, Digo Bikas Institute and Climax Adventure will accompany the trekkers. The trekkers will share their stories and observation in different platform provided by the organizing team.  

Travel Plan

Day 1 : Oct 3 - Briefing about the Climate Trek (1450 M)

Day 2:  Oct 4 - Fly to Lukla and Trek to Phakding (Lukla 2800 M , Phakding 2600 M)

Day 3:  Oct 5 - Phakding to Namche (3400 M)

Day 4 : Oct 6 - Trek to Phungi Thanga (3500 M)

Day 5 : Oct 7 - Trek to Pangboche (3800 M)

Day 6 : Oct 8 - Trek to Dingaboche ( 4300 M)

Day 7 : Oct 9 - Dingboche to Chhukung  (4600 M)

Day 8 : Oct 10 - Trek to  Imja Lake Via Chukhung ( 4800 M)

Day 9 : Oct 11 - Trek to Lobuche Via Dhukla (5000 M)

Day 10 : Oct 12 - Trek to GorakShep to Everest Base Camp (GorakShep5100 M, EBC 5364 M)

Day 11 : Oct 13 - Climb to Kalaphattar and Trek to Pheriche (KalaPhattar 5600 M, Pheriche 4250M)

Day 12 : Oct 14 - Trek to Namche(3440 M)

Day 13 : Oct 15 - Trek to Phakding(2600 M)

Day 14 : Oct 16 - Trek to Lukla(2800M)

Day 15 : Oct 17 -  Fly Back to Kathmandu 

 

COST:

Foreigners:         2600 USD

South Asian:       1600 USD

Nepali:                 90,000 NPR

COST INCLUDES:

Climate Expert team member

 Airport pickup and drop

 Vehicle arrangement for Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Lalitpur

Return flight from Kathmandu to Lukla

Twin Share accommodation, breakfast, Lunch and dinner in 3 star hotel for 3 days in Kathmandu

Twin Share accommodation, breakfast, Lunch and dinner in tourist standard hotel during Everest Climate trek

Experienced tour leader, who was part of eco- Everest expedition and Everest base camp Government of Nepal, Cabinet meeting

Local English Speaking guide

 All entrance fees and national park permits as per itinerary and trekking information management system (TIMS)

 Porters (one porter between two)

 Water on trekking days

Register Here

Our Team 

Climate Trek 2017 will be a two-week journey where the trekker will witness first hand experience of climate change in the Khumbu region and observe how communities are being impacted and how they are adapting to these changes. Climate Trek 2016 will have trekkers from all over the world ranging from activist to researchers.

Experienced team from story cycle, Digo Bikas Institute and Climax Adventure will accompany the trekkers. The trekkers will share their stories and observation in different platform provided by the organizing team.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who should join the Everest Climate Trek 2016

Anyone who is passionate or interested about climate change issues and interested to trek in the Himalayas can join the trek.

If you are interested to have first hand experience on climate change, know more on how are communities in the Khumbu region being impacted and how are communities adapting to climate change, than this is the life time opportunity for you.

During this trip we will meet and interact with local communities, see glacier and glacier lakes, see the majestic view of the Everest and the Himalayan mountain range.

       2. What is not included in the cost

·      Return flight to country of origin to Kathmandu

·      Battery Charge

·      Hot Shower*

·      Personal expenses ( internet, alcohol, cold drinks and water)

·      Phone calls

·      Laundry services

·      Personal insurance

·      Tips to guides and porters

·      Everest mountain flight

3. How difficult is the trek?

Trek to Everest base camp and Imja glacier is ranked 5/5 ( challenging). Everest Climate trek is physically challenging, you need to be fit and train weeks before starting the trek. Our team will share the details on training once you confirm your participation for the trek.

4. Where do I register?

For registration please click on this link : 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfJuOGo33m-qr1QfLpb-B0_nGnTBAe7_R_HONResLlzV_IapQ/viewform?usp=sf_link  

5. What does the typical day during ECT will be?

Every day during the trek we will interact with the local communities and visit different places like meteorological station, eco-clubs, renewable energy facilitated center.

6.Who should I contact for further information regarding ECT-2016.

For more information regarding Everest Climate Trek please email at: storycycle@gmail.com 

7.  Does the organizing team have previous experience of organizing similar kind of event. ?

Climax Adventure team have organized and led numerous to Everest region and also lead the Eco- Everest Expedition and Government of Nepal cabinet meeting at Everest Base camp ahead of the Copenhagen climate Conference.

In 2015, Story Cycle, worked with Google and the Apa Sherpa Foundation to  improve the digital map of Khumbu region, collected 360-panoramic images and overlay them with the stories of the Sherpa people as part of a cultural mapping project.

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/khumbu/

8. I have made a payment but have to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, will I refunded?

You need to communicate with the organizing team members and after reviewing the cost organizing will refund the cost except the registration fee.

 

Contact Details :

Nepal 
StoryCycle 
Samudayeek Marga, House No. 338, 
Tinkune, Kathmandu, Nepal. 
Phone: 977-01-5104030
storycycle@gmail.com

 

 

Ride to SindhuliGadhi  is a 153 KM Cycling journey from kathmandu to sindhuligadhi where will celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Sindhuligadhi battle Victory. The event will be of 2 Night and 3 Days .

Day 1: Kathmandu to Khurkot  -  111 Km

Day 2: Khurkot to SindhuliGadhi to SindhuliMadi -  42 Km

Day 3 : SindhuliMadi to Kathmandu

The Project will contribute towards preservation and promotion of the historical heritage fort by collating information, designing it, and disseminating to a wider audience in order to promote tourism to the area the economic status of the locals.

The project will focus its activities towards fulfilling two chief goals: increasing Sindhuligadhi's visibility to the wider audience, and improving visitor experience in Sindhuligadhi.

Take a look at our video of our succesful event "Ride to Sindhuligadhi 2016".

Registration 

Participants : 250 Cycle Ride

Participants Entry :

Male : 3500 /-

Female : 3000/-

Others : 3000/-

International : 135$

Click Here to Register for the event
 

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The Cycling event was campaigned to promote sindhuligadhi as a tourist destination as 2016 was declared “ghumfir year”. Sindhuli Fort (Sindhuli Gadhi) commemorates the victory of the Nepali troops over the East Indian Army Led by Kinloch in the year 1770. It was the first defeat for the British troops in South Asia. A victory festival is being held in the Gadhi on November 09, this year.

Cyclists gathered including Puskar Shah at Nepal Tourism Board for Inaguration of Ride to Sindhuligadhi 2016.

 


 

Attractions of Journey to Sindhuli Gadhi:

1. A very pleasant highway ride with a great diversity of terrains to be watched throughout the way (views ranging from the Himalayas to inner Terai)

2. A great view from the ‘gadhi’ itself. The gadhi boasts a view of the snow-peaks in the north and Terai in the south.

3.Pleasant homestay, where one can enjoy traditional food and hospitality together with greater sharing about the history of the events that took place around 250 years ago.

4. It is a campaign that facilitates travel to beautiful exotic locations those are usually overlooked.  

Contact Details :

StoryCycle 

Samudayeek Marga, House No. 338, 
Tinkune, Kathmandu, Nepal. 
Phone: 977-01-5104030
storycycle@gmail.com 

StoryCycle, the lead this event with Nepal Tourism Board, Sindhuligadhi Protection Committee, interested travel and tour associations and operators, Sindhuli District Development Committee, locals living around the Sindhuligadhi area, and any other groups interested and willing to commit for the collaboration in the common cause.