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Expedition Nepal

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The Challenge

To deliver much-needed firefighting vehicles to Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.

International celebrities, diplomats and adventurers are joining forces to drive American fire engines across the Himalayas to Kathmandu and donate them to the local fire department, presently serving over 5 million residents with only 3 fire engines. Cameras mounted inside the cabs of the fire engines will document the adventure, which has been labeled the ultimate road trip.

Highway

This expedition sounds like the ultimate road trip, but it is much more than that - Scott H. DeLisi, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal (2010-2012).

The Route

The narrow, winding mountain roads of Nepal are some of the most challenging and dangerous in the world. Their common features are 1,000-foot drops on either side and the absence of guard rails. It is no wonder why experts call it “the highway of death”.

Truck

Genesis Of An Adventure

It all started in 2010. James Gandolfini, at the time one of the most iconic American actors, was longing for some anonymity and sought a way to escape his fame. The U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Scott H. DeLisi, embarked on an ambitious campaign to prepare the citizens of Nepal for a devastating earthquake that experts predicted to occur within the following 10 years. Meanwhile, the fire chief of Kathmandu sought to add more fire engines to the five aging ones serving the Kathmandu Valley’s 5 million residents. Watchmaker and two-time Everest summitter Michael Kobold was their common friend and came up with the idea for the firetruck expedition.

"After Jim Gandolfini’s passing in the summer of 2013, I put the planning for the expedition on hold,” Kobold recalls. Kobold founded the Soarway Foundation on April 1st, 2015 and chartered it with the intent of helping Nepal in case of an earthquake. Three weeks later, on April 25, Nepal suffered the first of two back-to-back earthquakes, killing almost 10,000 people and causing the destruction of over one million homes.

After laying the expedition’s groundwork, Kobold flew to Nepal in September 2015 to make final arrangements. A new stumbling block erased all the careful negotiations of the past six months: a dispute between Nepal and India caused the latter to impose a border blockade on Nepal, thus stopping all cargo. This included the firefighting vehicles. “Basically, all our plans were dashed,” recalls three-time U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi, meanwhile retired and the executive director of the Soarway Foundation. Kobold spent the next 21 months in Nepal, carefully re-negotiating with successive Nepali governments. In mid-2017, the official permit was finally granted, including the import duty exemption certificate worth several million U.S. dollars. The expedition is set to effectively triple the present resources of the Kathmandu Fire Brigade.

Tier 1 Rewards — $25

17 backers

Support the Expedition with $25 and receive

  • a download link to the 120-minute Director's Cut of the Documentary Film about the Expedition
  • a basic Expedition memento of your choice (click for more details)
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Tier 2 Rewards — $35

3 backers

-order your signed copy of "Nepal Needs Fire Trucks". Hardbound, 350 pages + 48 color pages of photographs.

  • Complete Multi-Media Package
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Tier 3 Rewards — $50

3 backers

For $50 we'll send you

  • the 120-minute Director's Cut Film
  • a special Expedition memento of your choice (click to see choices)
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Tier 4 Rewards — $95

0 backers
  • The official expedition beanie, made from super fine cashmere is extra-long so that in the extreme cold it can easily be folded down over your ears.
  • Complete Multi-Media Package
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Tier 5 Rewards — $100

0 backers

For $100 you will receive

  • the complete multimedia package (click for more details)
  • one Official Expedition Challenge Coin
  • plus a premium accessory of your choice (click to select accessory)
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Tier 6 Rewards — $150

3 backers

For $150 you'll receive

  • a premium accessory package of your choice (click to select package) plus
  • the complete multimedia package (click for more details)
  • one Official Expedition Challenge Coin
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Tier 7 Rewards — $250

1 backer

Attend the Film Premiere!

  • your choice of a ticket to the premiere or another luxury treat (click to select treat) plus
  • the complete multimedia package (click for more details)
  • one Challenge Coin and one Official Expedition Coffee Mug
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Tier 8 Rewards — $500

2 backers

Alligator Wallet & Keychain plus

  • the complete multimedia package (click for more details)
  • a challenge coin, a coffee mug and one ticket to the film premiere
  • and we'll engrave your name on the official brass Commemorative Plaque that will hang inside the Kathmandu Fire Department headquarters
  • all for supporting the Expedition to the tune of $500
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Tier 9 Rewards — $750

2 backers

Film Premiere, Cashmere Blanket & Movie Poster

  • we'll engrave your name on the official brass Commemorative Plaque that will hang inside the Kathmandu Fire Department
  • send you one ticket to the premiere of the documentary film
  • one Challenge Coin, one Official Expedition Coffee Mug
  • one handmade cashmere blanket
  • plus the complete Multimedia Package
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Tier 10 Rewards — $1000

1 backer

Video Message from Malcolm McDowell and U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi

  • plus the Multimedia Package, challenge coin, coffee mug and
  • two tickets to the premiere
  • and we'll engrave your name on the brass plaque commemorating the expedition.
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Tier 11 Rewards — $1100

0 backers

Satellite Phone Call from Malcolm McDowell and U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi

  • from the road while the expedition makes its way to Kathmandu
  • plus the Multimedia Package, challenge coin, coffee mug and
  • two tickets to the premiere
  • and we'll engrave your name on the brass plaque commemorating the expedition.
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Tier 12 Rewards — $1200

0 backers

Dinner with U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi and Michael Kobold

  • for you and a guest = plus the Multimedia Package, challenge coin, coffee mug and = two tickets to the premiere = and we'll engrave your name on the brass plaque commemorating the expedition.
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Tier 13 Rewards — $1500

0 backers

Super Luxury Alligator Accessory Package

  • (click for details on what we have put together for you!)
  • in addition: the Multimedia Package, challenge coin, coffee mug and
  • two tickets to the premiere
  • and we'll engrave your name on the brass plaque commemorating the expedition.
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Tier 14 Rewards — $2500

0 backers

VIP Package (the hottest deal of all)

  • be our VIP guest at the film premiere (click for details)
  • in addition: one Fine Art Print of the movie poster
  • one signed copy of the Official Expedition Coffee Table Book by Martin Hartley
  • a personalized video Message from Malcolm McDowell and U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi
  • the complete Multimedia Package, challenge coin, coffee mug
  • invitation to a private dinner with Amb. DeLisi and Michael Kobold to recount stories of the expedition
  • one Challenge Coin (special coin handed out by U.S. Ambassador Scott DeLisi to thank participants and patrons for supporting the expedition)
  • one Travel Wallet, luxury Key Chain, Braided Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen
  • and we'll engrave your name on the brass plaque commemorating the expedition.
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Tier 15 Rewards — $5000

1 backer

Get the Special Edition Kobold Intrepid - the official watch of the fire truck expedition. Put it on your wrist, get into your truck and drive!

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Tier 16 Rewards — $7500

0 backers

Welcome the Expedition to Kathmandu

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Tier 17 Rewards — $8000

0 backers

Fly to Mount Everest!

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Tier 18 Rewards — $10000

0 backers

Fly to Nepal & Welcome the Expedition

  • we will also give you one Kobold Intrepid watch and
  • a great many other goodies to commemorate the trip (click for details)
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Tier 19 Rewards — $25000

0 backers

Get it all:

  • First Class to Nepal
  • helicopter tour of the country
  • Kobold Intrepid watch
  • 2 VIP tickets to the film premiere
  • all Official Expedition accessories and promotional items
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Tier 20 Rewards — $75000

0 backers

Join Us!

  • No Questions Asked: Even if you suffer from vertigo, we will take you along for the ride.
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The Team

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U.S. Ambassador Scott H. DeLisi

Expedition Co-Leader

As senior diplomat, Scott DeLisi has served as U.S. ambassador on three assignments - in Eritrea, Nepal and Uganda. Ambassador DeLisi has been a part of the expedition since it's inception in 2010.

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Russell Brice

Co-Leader

Forty years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary invited Russell to accompany him to Nepal. Russell has starred in the Discovery Channel’s Everest series and is co-leading the expedition.

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Malcolm McDowell

Legendary film and television actor Malcolm McDowell has been one of Hollywood’s biggest stars for over half a century.  Malcolm has been committed to the expedition long before the two earthquakes hit Nepal in 2015. 

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Michael Imperioli

Michael Imperioli is a legendary character actor has visited Nepal ahead of the expedition.

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Scott Glenn

Scott is one of Hollywood’s most versatile character actors and has become world-famous through films such as The Hunt for Red October, W, The Silence of the Lambs, as well as the Jason Bourne trilogy. As a former U.S. Marine, he has learned to deal with adversity. 

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Nuno Bettencourt

Nuno is a living legend. The leader of the rock band "Extreme", he is one of the world’s most celebrated guitarists.

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Manisha Koirala

Manisha is one of Bollywood’s brightest stars. Originally from Nepal, Manisha is as charming and intelligent as she’s tenacious: she beat ovarian cancer and is in the process of setting up a cancer treatment center nestled in the Himalayas.

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Sunil Thapa

One of Nepal’s and Bollywood’s most celebrated actors, Sunil's cheerful disposition contradicts the tough-guy roles in which he has often been cast.

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Ranulph Fiennes

Committed to the expedition long before the 2015 earthquakes hit Nepal, Ran will join the expedition as a celebrity driver if his back injury heals in time. 

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Reinhold Messner

As the world's most accomplished and famous mountaineer, Reinhold is the ideal candidate to be on one of the expedition's celebrity drivers. 

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Shristi Shrestha

Actress and former Miss Nepal Shristi Shrestha has been part of the expedition since before the 2015 earthquakes.

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Martin Hartley

Expedition Photographer

The most highly acclaimed expedition photographers of our time, Martin has seen his work published in book format and in magazines such as National Geographic. 

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1974 AD

Road trip? Playlist! Nepal's biggest rock band, 1974 AD, is going to be jamming along as their members drive one of the fire trucks to Kathmandu


The fire truck expedition is a private, commercial venture that seeks to donate fire engines to the Government of Nepal and support Nepal's tourism industry by way of a celebrity-driven public relations campaign.

info@koboldwatch.com · 1-888-SOARWAY