Wednesday, September 30, 2015

...And We're Back! THANK YOU!

Fall has returned and we are all back at Penn State. The trip to Peru was an educational and life changing adventure! We send our many thanks to our sponsors and partners:

·         The National Science Foundation

·         The Pennsylvania State University

o   College of Engineering Office of the Dean

o   Office of Global Programs

o   The School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional programs

·         Our Partners and Host Universities in Lima, Peru:

o   Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria (National University of Engineering)

o   ESAN University

In addition we cannot thank enough the many people who made the trip fun, safe and smooth. This would include the chaperones, Peruvian students, faculty at all universities, our drivers who transported us safely through incredible traffic everyday, and the family and friends who supported us all. We know that we are changing the future when we teach the next generation of scholars.
Following are a few final pictures and memories of our trip!


  1. Trekking in Nepal is still the most favorite adventure holiday activity in the country. The two classic trekking routes either to Everest base camp or the Annapurna circuit are not easy and the challenge you'll face on either route will have a lasting effect. The Manaslu route trek around the world's eighth largest mountain is more remote but no less beautiful passing through stunning bamboo forests, villages filled with prayer flags and culminating with spectacular views from Larkya La. Mustang is an easier cultural trek, suitable for those with good general fitness but not necessarily any previous trekking experience. The language, culture and tradition of the Mustang region are still mostly Tibetan making this one of the most culturally interesting treks. There are shorter treks up the Langtang Valley and Helambu which are still hard work but also deeply rewarding. They generally begin in Kathmandu, leading through large grazing areas covered in flowers, dotted with stone huts used for butter making, Sherpa, Tamang villages and the homes of yak herders, right up to the Tibetan border.

  2. Salkantay Trek is the alternative to the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu was recently named among the 25 best Treks in the World, by National Geographic Adventure Travel Magazine.