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Trek the Himalayas for Macmillan Cancer Support

Nepal Trek DEMANDING
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About the Challenge

We walk through thick rhododendron forest and pass mountainside villages perched up above picturesque rice terraces, providing a real glimpse into local life. We continue up out of the tree line, where awe-inspiring views of the great peaks and glaciers of the Himalayas await us, including the famous ‘fish-tail’ mountain of Machupucchare.

This is a challenging trek in mountainous terrain, but we remain at relatively low altitudes while being rewarded with some of the most magnificent mountain panoramas in the world!

 

 


Trek the Himalayas for Macmillan Cancer Support

10 DAYS
  • Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel for briefing and dinner. Night hotel.

  • An early start sees us heading back to the airport for our spectacular morning flight to Pokhara. On arrival at the small runway, we load the buses and head out for the start of our trek at Kharjung in the Sardi Khola valley (1350m). Today’s walk is a relatively gentle introduction on a good trail, acclimatising us to the trek ahead. Steep steps take us through woodland, winding around the hillsides and passing local settlements and cultivated plots of land. We arrive at our campsite at the small village of Chyanglung. Night camp (1450m).

    Trek approx. 3 hours

  • After a civilised tea brought to the tents, we emerge ready for a full day of trekking! Heading out of camp we descend back down into the Sardi Khola valley to our first suspension bridge, then head across farmland on a steady, gradual climb. We follow a clear path in the trees up to a ridge where we look down into the Sardi Valley and across to tonight’s camp. We arrive at the small village of Ghaleghaon, and continue up on a steep path to our campsite, with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. Time permitting, we can continue over the brow of the hill on a good track to a wide stream, where we can paddle before continuing on a steep hillside wooded with rhododendrons, with great views down to our camp. We return the same way. Night camp (1750m).

    Trek approx. 6-7 hours

  • The early morning mountain views from our tents inspires us for the tough day ahead, which takes us higher through alpine meadows and rhododendron forests. The ascent starts as we leave camp, and we walk on steep stone steps which wind upwards along the wooded ridge. Trekking eastwards, the path levels out a little, but then takes us steeply up to the grassy wooded knoll of Tara Top (Starlight Top) where we are rewarded with a 360o view of most of the Annapurna Massif, including the monolithic hulk of Lamjung Himal and the famous fishtail peak of Machupucchare. The Himalayan foothills of central Nepal drop away before us towards the Ganges and the Indian plains. We camp here, enjoying – in clear skies –
    a sunset like no other. Night camp (2800m).

    Trek approx. 6-8 hours

  • Our day starts with the sight of the sun rising over the peaks, illuminating the spectacular views surrounding us. We head off along a trail that roughly follows the 2500m contour, taking us through shady rhododendron forest with overhanging mosses and lichens. Wild orchids hang from branches above us. We trek up to the mountain village of Sikles (2000m), famous for its fighting men, the Gurkhas, which come from this region. The village gives us a wonderful glimpse into life here in the mountains. Our path then takes us to the picturesque Gurung village of Parju, set before a backdrop of snowy peaks. We camp at the edge of the village in a large open area. Night camp (2030m).

    Trek approx. 5-7 hours

  • Our destination today is the small village of Tanting, taking us back to the lower pastures. We start the day with a tough, long descent along a steep track that drops into the valley on steps and passes through forest – we lose almost 700m in altitude and it can be hard on the legs! We cross the river on a suspension bridge and come to terraced fields, where we stop for lunch at a lovely spot with great views of the mountains. If the weather is clear we can enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna II with its huge icefall and glacier marking the origin of the Mardi Khola. The afternoon sees us gently ascending through more fields and contouring the side of the mountain over grassy paths and more steps. We cross a bridge to the village of Tanting and come to our camp just outside the village. Night camp (1600m).

    Trek Approx 5-7 hours

  • The last part of our trek takes us steeply down out of the village, losing 300m in a short space of time. We then descend more gradually through fields, with an occasional steep section thrown into the mix! We continue down a rutted track, passing several tea-houses and crossing small streams. There are amazing views back to the mountains. We reach the end of the trail by late morning where we are greeted by an early lunch and vehicles ready to transfer us back to Pokhara for a well-deserved shower and a night in a hotel. Tonight we can mark our achievements with a celebration meal and a cold beer! Night hotel.

    Trek approx. 3-4 hours; Drive approx. 1.5 hours

    (Dinner not included)

  • We leave Pokhara, taking the short, scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Here you are free to enjoy some of the sights, sounds and smells of this incredible city, visiting areas like the central Durbar Square, packed with stupas and palaces. If you have time you can visit the atmospheric Buddhist temples of Boudhanath and Swayambunath (also known as the ‘Monkey-Temple’) and the riverside Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. In the evening you can haggle for your souvenirs at the many shops and markets. Night hotel.

    (Dinner not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Some accommodation (in hotels or camp) will be twin-share. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller in a shared room.

    On some nights we are likely to sleep in more communal accommodation such as dormitories, huts, local homestays or monasteries, depending on the trip, and you may be sharing with a larger number of participants or the whole group; this type of accommodation cannot always be single-sex.

  • We camp in two-man tents; these are usually expedition-style (ie sleeping room only). Camps are usually simple, in remote locations with great views! We have communal dining areas (usually with tables and chairs/stools) and toilet tents, and the local crew look after us very well. We stay in hotels (of a 2-3* standard or equivalent) at the start and end of the trip; standards may vary between different hotels, but they are generally clean and comfortable with good facilities.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local customs and lifestyles. Not all support crew will speak English well, but are very friendly and approachable. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. 

    Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something! All our local crew are paid wages, but bear in mind that the average wage in many countries we travel to is far below what you would spend on a normal night out.

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow participants and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

Trek Training Weekend

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£170 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauge fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

MORE INFORMATION

GRADE | demandING (2)

Trip grades range from Challenging (1) to Extreme (5).

DEMANDING trips ramp up the challenge with some long days over tough terrain, and require good stamina, fitness and determination.