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trek4life Himalaya Mental Heath Apr 2019 2017-12-01T08:13:47+00:00

Project Description

Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise charity Trek

Raising funds for charities supporting mental health for all ages

Join us on this superb 2 week adventure in the Annapurna Region of Nepal and raise funds for mental health charities. Mental health problems can affect anyone at any age, and this challenge brings supporters together to raise awareness and much needed funds for the charities that change the lives of those that suffer.

Annapurna Poon Hill Sunrise charity Trek
Annapurna Sunrise Trek, Nepal
3 – 13 Apr 2019
Annapurna Sunrise Trek, Nepal
3 – 13 Apr 2019

Trek in amongst the Annapurna’s, climb Poon Hill and experience one of the best sunrises there is.

An adventurous challenge supporting Mental Health charities Nationwide, this trek caters for most abilities. It takes place in the lower Annapurna Region. A tough climb up Poon Hill but the altitude is low enough not to trouble anyone by altitude sickness to any serious degree. Wonderful vistas of some 8000m peaks. All within 2 weeks.

Having flown into Kathmandu, experience the Nepalese countryside on the drive to the Annapurna mountains before the trek begins. Sleeping in lodges (called tea houses), the trek is at an easy pace as the route meanders its way through rural villages amidst spectacular world class mountain scenery and yet remains low enough not be worried about altitude sickness. After 3 days you reach the highest village; Ghorepani. From here, the jewel in the crown is experiencing the sunrise over the Annapurnas from Poon Hill (3200m). This wonderful photographic hotspot sits in between two of the biggest mountain ranges in the world (Annapurna and Dhaulagiri) as well as overlooking the deepest river gorge in the world (Kali Ghandaki).

At the end of the trek, it takes just 90 mins to transfer to Pokhara. For 2 days it’s time to relax in the well appointed 4* hotel (with a pool), just minutes away from the centre of town. There are lots of adventure activities available including paragliding, microliting, the world’s longest zipwire and mountain bikes. Or you can simply relax and enjoy the shops and restaurants. The return journey to Kathmandu is a 30 min domestic flight back, followed by an overnight stay before your final departure.

This is a beautiful area and has a wonderful sense of adventure using some small intimate villages. It is a perfect first time trip for anyone wanting to experience the Himalayas and Nepal and all for charity.

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Fundraising and Itinerary

Self Fund

Trip Cost £1950

Deposit – £350 on booking
PLUS
Interim payment – £800
7-8 months prior to departure

PLUS
Final balance of £800 60 days prior to departure

Fundraise as much as you can; there is no time limit

Flexi Fund

Trip Cost £1950

Deposit – £350 on booking
PLUS
Interim self payment – £800
7-8 months prior to departure

PLUS
Fundraise £1600 in sponsorship

Fundraising to be completed 10 weeks prior to departure

Minimum Spronsorship

Trip Cost £1950

Deposit – £350 on booking
PLUS
Fundraise £3200 in sponsorship
(Min of £1600 goes to the charity)

Interim payment paid by the charity*

Fundraising to be completed 10 weeks prior to departure

* The interim payment is made by the charity and is reliant on the fundraiser having sufficient funds in their fundraising account. The target dates for this (and the amounts required) will be shown on the Pledge form.

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us.
You then raise as much sponsorship as you can for your chosen charity. There is no pressure of a time or financial target.
The balance payment for your trip is due 60 days prior to your departure.

You pay us the deposit PLUS a 2nd personal contribution (some months later), which reduces the fundraising target.
You then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel. Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in. Meet your trekking Guide soon after settling in for a trekking brief and timings for tomorrow. Final preparations for trek.

Day 3 – Drive to Pokhara and on to start of trek (Ghandruk, 1940m)
An early start to get you to Pokhara (approx 6 hrs drive with stops) and then onto the start of the trek. This a further few hours including 90 mins of off road driving. The tea house (lodge) is just below the village of Ghandruk, which is located high up on the side of the Modi Khola valley. Once darkness falls, it’s a good view of the lights from distant villages up and down the valley. BD

Day 4 – Trek Ghandruk –  Bhaisi Karkha (2500m)
Meander through Ghandruk, the largest village in this region before setting out through the thick rhododendron forest. Lots of steps through the forest but taken at a leisurely pace, you should make Bhaisi Karkha within about 5 hrs including a decent stop. 5hrs, BLD

Day 5 – Trek Bhaisi Karkha – Deurali (3180m)
A short climb out of the village and within an hour you should reach Tadapani, with its small trinket market. Watch out for the colonies of monkies on the way. Once you leave Tadapani, it will take about an hour to clear a steep gully and from there, it is a slow ascent over several hours until you reach a small collection of tea houses. Deurali is the 2nd set of tea houses and it is here that you will stay for the night. 6hrs, BLD

Day 6 – Trek Deurali – Ghorepani (2860m)
Quite a short day. From the village, you will ascend onto a ridge where you’ll get great views of the Annapurnas. You will eventually break free of the forest and see the blue tops of the houses in Ghorepani below you. You will also be able to see Poon Hill. A final 40 min descent takes you to the village. 5hrs, BLD

Day 7 – Trek Ghorepani (2860m) – POON HILL (3200m) – Tikhedhunga
A day of two halves. It’s a pre-dawn start to get you up to Poon Hill (3200m) for the sunrise. It is a fabulous photographic opportunity as both the Annapurna and Dhaulagari ranges are in full view. As you look across at Dhaulagari, the valley in between is the deepest river gorge in the world (over 4 miles deep). The sun will rise directly over the Annapurnas.

After you have returned to Ghorepani for breakfast, you will begin the glorious descent towards Tikhedhunga. It’s an easy trek today but a potentially long one when you consider Poon Hill. From Ghorepani 5-6 hrs, BLD

Day 8 – Trek Tikhedhunga – Naya Pul – Road to Pokhara
A very easy few final hours of trekking down to Naya Pul, where the transport will be waiting to transfer you to Pokhara (transfer time is about 90 mins). Time to grab a shower in our 4* hotel, throw off those trekking clothes and relax by the pool! The centre of town is just a few minutes away (literally) so you can stroll and eat/drink at leisure within easy walking distance of your home. B

Day 9 – Pokhara
Free day in Pokhara to relax and recover. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. B

Day 10 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After early breakfast, domestic flight transfer to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free. B

Day 11 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, B

Important:Whilst the above itinerary is the intended aim of this trip, a variety of factors may force changes. Adventure trips of this nature, which include (but not restricted to) adverse weather conditions, political instability and difficulties with transportation, may all cause plans to be changed and are out of our control or that of the Guide. Any changes affecting the group will be explained but ultimately the subsequent action will be the Guide’s decision with safety and the original aim in mind.

Furthermore, our trips do carry inherent risk as they as they are invariably carried out in remote, mountainous (high altitude) or desert conditions where professional medical assistance is not immediately available.

A good degree of flexibility, patience, robustness, understanding and ‘go with the flow’ attitude is often what is required.

If you are not willing to accept these type of conditions or risks then these trips are perhaps not for you.

What the Price Includes

  • Return international flights London – Kathmandu
  • Return international airport transfers
  • All land transfers involved in the itinerary
  • Hotel accommodation Kathmandu, total 2 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation Pokhara, total 2 nights, twin share, B&B basis
  • All meals on trek, breakfasts in hotels
  • Local porter assistance on trek
  • All necessary trek and National Park access permits
  • Free trek holdall
  • Free route map
  • An experienced and qualified English speaking local guide
  • Detailed information about the trip and the kit required
  • Support and advice from our UK team who have extensive personal experience of this trek.

What the Price Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 11 days UK – UK.
>  Trek length – 6 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – minor altitude (max 3200m).
>  All meals on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, tea houses (lodges) on trek.

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – Most airlines work on e-tickets now (the flight reference No (we supply) and your surname). There are no paper tickets. We supply you with the flight details and how to check in on line (or at the airport) as part of the process.

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

Min group size 2.

Once this number is reached, the trip is guaranteed to depart; the trip will not be cancelled.

You will be walking between 5 – 7 hours per day, occasionally longer if it is necessary (usually not). Distances in mountainous terrain is measured in hours, not distance.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to single figures, potentially just below zero.

This trek can be physical in places but taken at your own pace, is perfectly achievable. The maximum altitude is 3200m (Poon Hill) but the max sleeping altitude is 2900m (Ghorepani) so the risk and effects from altitude is minimal. As a minimum, we would recommend an average level of fitness.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

In the UK, if you can walk for 5 – 6 hrs per day, on consecutive days, over undulating terrain (with normal rest stops), carrying a daysack weighing approx 6kg, then you should be perfectly capable of completing this trek.

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Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On trek – twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £120 (hotel only, see below for on trek)
  • If sole occupation is preferred in the hills, that can be done en route and night by night basis (pay as you go) as it cannot be guaranteed.

Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London).

Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient?

Other regional airport options are possible. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice.

Included as part of this trip is a one way domestic flight from Pokhara (POK) to Kathmandu (KTM) after your trek has been completed.

The flight takes approx 25- 30 mins in a light aircraft, twin engines prop and they have a capacity of about 30 – 40 pax.

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

INCLUDED – All taxes and fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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