NEPAL Trek Annapurna Open Challenge

This is a remote trek, away from the tourist trails and deep into the forests and high pastures to the base of the sacred, beautiful fluted peak of Machupachare.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital monies for your charity
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna range
  • Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Trek to Mardi Himal base camp
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks

Overview

This trek offers the opportunity to escape Nepal’s tourist trails, to venture into the deep forests and roam the high alpine pastures to the base of the sacred, fluted peak of Machapuchare. The emphasis of this trek is on the forest and wilderness zones, combined with a sense of exploration. We ascend through Hindu villages and pristine forests (magnolia, oak and rhododendron) to the superb alpine campsite at Guhe for sweeping panoramic views of the Annapurna Range. Forays to the base of Machapuchare provide a further highlight before a delightful return through Gurung villages to Pokhar

Challenge Grade

On a moderate trek physical activity will generally not exceed eight hours in a day, and altitudes generally not exceeding 5,500 metres. On a moderate adventure the physical activity is sustained and travelers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain. At any stage of a moderate trek you can expect long steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions. An example of an average day on moderate trek could include several ascents and descents of 500 metres or more, level ground is rare in the mountains.

To prepare for a moderate trek you should begin training at least three months before your departure. As a benchmark, an hour of aerobic exercise three times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per bushwalk, albeit with stops along the way, you know you can cope with a moderately graded trek. Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and rhythm are.

Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Airport you will need to clear customs and make your way to the group hotel. As we have fundraisers arriving from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost. The remainder of the afternoon is free time to relax and stretch your legs. A pre-trek briefing with your guide will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket.This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members, check your equipment and ask any questions before heading out to dinner with the group to a local restaurant.

Meals:  D

Today you have an early start by road westward towards Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town. Leaving the capital of Kathmandu, your bus follows the winding road over the valley rim and descends into the valley where the Trisuli River flows. The journey is slow and steady as the road winds through villages and past fields but you will soon catch glimpses of the high mountain ranges of Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna. Overnight Pokhara Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving camp you will drive a short distance passing a Tibetan Refuge Camp before commencing your trek. You immediately leave the main road and walk up the broad Mardi Khola (River) valley that extends out of Pokhara, and make your way up into the foothills. Following a ridge through fields and clumps of bamboo you soon arrive at a pleasant location for your picnic lunch. Villagers may greet you along the way with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting as you pass through Chetri and Brahmin settlements and onto the ridge top. The scale of the imposing mountains will astound you as you reach the ridge top and gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). You will trek along the ridge until you reach the Gurung village of Dhampus and your nearby camp, which offers you opportunities for sunset photographs.

Meals:  B,L,D

The views from your campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As you walk today, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. Much of the trek route for the next 9 days will be visible from the vantage points this morning, adding to your sense of expectation. You will take lunch at Deorali , the last outpost of tourist lodges, before ascending into the rhododendron forest. The trail climbs, quite steeply at times, towards your nights camp on top of the ridge dividing the deep valleys of the Mardi Khola (river) to the East, and the Modi Khola to the West.

Meals:  B,L,D

You start the day with a gradual ascent, enjoying the impressive views of the distant steep terraced paddy fields and villages that cling to the hillsides. This is followed by a climb through forest to your dramatic campsite, high on a grassy knoll, providing spectacular views of Annapurna and Machapuchare.

Meals:  B,L,D

The mountain views this morning are among the best on earth. You have time to appreciate the enormity of these mountains, with their jagged profiles and huge tumbling glaciers. The views of Annapurna South, Hiunchuli and Machapuchare get better with each step you take upwards through the lush forest of rhododendron and birch. You enter a zone of dwarf rhododendron before breaking into the grass hills above the tree line to your ridge-top campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

You wake this morning to even more spectacular mountain views. Today will be the toughest day when you reach your high point. You hike to Mardi Himal Base Camp at approximately 4000m and weather permitting will be well rewarded with an exceptional day in the mountains. As you climb you get closer to the gigantic face of Machapuchare. If time allows, you may be able to traverse close to the glaciers, or view the giant sanctuary of Annapurna 1 or Annapurna 4. You then return to Humaal. Your guide will choose between a high trail and low trail for your return , the weather conditions will sometimes determine which path you take, but other factors can impact on this decision.

Meals:  B,L,D

You descend steeply towards the Mardi Khola today, trekking through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and birch until you reach the terraced fields of Sedding, a traditional village far from the tea-house trails. You have time to explore the village and visit the nearby waterfall before you sett le down for the night at your camp by the river.

Meals:  B,L,D

The last day of trekking and you break camp early . You follow the river today passing through villages and rice fields. Today’s walk is relatively flat except for a couple of climbs, which provide excellent mountain views. On reaching the road head you will meet your vehicles ans be transferred to Pokhara airport for the evening flight to Kathmandu. This is a spectacular mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya. On arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to the group hotel for a well deserved shower. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a Farewell Dinner with song and dance at local restaurant.

Meals:  B,D

The time has come to say farewell. After breakfast your challenge concludes. As we have fundraisers departing from different countries on different flights we are not including airport transfer, if you need to book please contact nearest Huma office at additional cost.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • Farewell Dinner Celebration in Kathmandu
  • 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu on twin share basis
  • Expert bilingual local leader
  • Full trek staff including assistant guides, cook and kitchen assistants
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • flight Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • Use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • All group camping equipment including twin share tents , mess tent and toilet tent
  • Group medical kit

What's Not Included

  • meals not mentioned
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • International flights
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Single supplement

What You Carry

  • In your daypack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rainjacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Fundraising Impact

Step 1: Choose your charity – determine which registered charity you’d like to fund raise for.

Step 2: Choose your challenge – choose from our range of iconic Open Challenges. The Open Challenges are all operated by our parent company, World Expeditions, and have been tailor made just for fundraisers. Complete the registration form and pay the registration fee. You can register online 24 hours around the clock or you can download the registration form online and post, email or fax the completed form to us.

Step 3: Charity authorisation - once we have received your registration form we will contact your chosen charity to seek authorisation for you to fundraise on their behalf. Following this the charity will contact you with your permission to fundraise, the minimum fundraising target and most likely directions for you to create an online fundraising page. Your registration will not progress further until the charity officially gives their authorization.

Step 4: Receive your Confirmation Kit - once you are booked on an Open Challenge we’ll send you a Confirmation Kit containing:

• Welcome Letter

• Fundraiser’s Guidebook

• Responsible Travel Guidebook

• Trip Pre-Departure Information

• Medical Form (if applicable)

• Travel Insurance document

• Travel Invoice

Step 5: Start Fundraising - now here comes some of the challenge as you set about fundraising for your charity. The Fundraiser’s Guidebook we provide you with will assist you greatly in settling fundraising objectives and determining your fundraising activities. Your charity may have aligned with one of the many online fundraising portals in which case you can set up your personal fundraising page and link to your charity. It’s then a matter of getting your friends, family, colleagues and greater network to support you by pledging donations.

Step 6: Start Training - depending on the type of challenge you have chosen, it may be graded introductory through to challenging, you will need to set yourself a fitness program to ensure you're physically ready for the challenge component of your travel. Take a look at our website where we provide definitions for all levels of grading as well as provide some tips for ‘getting fit’ and some suggestions on the gear you’ll require.

Step 7: Take the Challenge - once the fundraising is done it is time to set off on your Open Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to your chosen charity.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Optional Single Supplement:USD$200 
Minimum Charity Donation/Fundraised:USD$400 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 5 Nov 201814 Nov 2018
 12 Apr 201921 Apr 2019
 27 Oct 20195 Nov 2019
Duration:10 Days
Activities:Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:CNT
Registration Fee:USD$90
Travel Cost:USD$1390

The key is to tap into your different networks, friends, family and the broader community and to try different ways of fundraising. From running a BBQ day, to hosting a movie night in local cinema, or an afternoon tea or fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group just for our team members. Here, people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Plus our fundraising booklet with many fundraising ideas and how to make these super duper effective