Aruchour is a remote mountain village in the Syangja region of Nepal – west of Pokhara, covering 12 square kilometres or 3,000 acres with a population of over 4000.
Situated 1600-2000 metres (up to 6,000 feet) above sea level, it is dominated by the Annapurna Mountains.
There is no electricity supply, no telephone communication, no sanitation and water is collected from springs or wells.
A daily bus service to Pokhara, the nearest town, takes from 5 to 6 hours – in the rainy season the road is impassable and the only way to reach Pokhara is on foot.
The village has two secondary schools and seven primary schools which function with very limited facilities. The families in the village grow most of the food they eat and the area has been terraced for hundreds of years to maximise the growing land. Farming is completely unmechanised.
People live hard and demanding lives, without basic sanitation and no electricity supply.