Endeavour Foundation Nepal Challenge 2021

Trek along the finest trails in the Annapurna Region for the Endeavour Foundation

Challenge Highlights

  • Join an Endeavour Foundation representative and help make possibilities a reality for people with intellectual disability
  • A perfect introduction to Himalayan trekking and a chance to enjoy stunning views of the Annapurna Range
  • Enjoy magical sunrise views from Poon Hill and trek through oak and rhododendron forests
  • Immerse yourself in Nepali culture as you trek through Gurung Villages
  • Spend a night at the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara in our comfortable campsite
  • Sleep in comfort at our eco lodges and private eco-campsites with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows
  • Experience a Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

Overview

It would be hard to beat this introduction to trekking in the Annapurna's. We get beyond the tea house trails and trek through traditional Hindu villages where we are assured of a warm welcome; follow trails through oak and rhododendron forest where the sound of the bird calls fill the air and camp in serene locations that showcase dramatic views of the Annapurna Range. All this in the company of our magnificent crew whose friendship, sense of humour and caring nature will ensure your trek is a memorable one.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek. The Annapurna Trek is graded introductory. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the trek you will be walking for up to five to six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trek. Hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Itinerary

After all your preparation your wait is finally over! On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met by a representative of Huma/World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 4.30-5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. This evening we will head out for dinner, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with your fellow group members. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similar

Meals:  Nil

We take a short 25min early morning flight to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city (820m). In good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna range. From here we drive alongside the Kali Gandaki river and through foothills and valleys to Kimche. On arrival we will begin our walk to Ghandruk, our first overnight stop. Overnight: Private eco-camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trail meanders uphill through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants such as exotic orchids bursting with colour. We reach Tadapani which is a small village home to our eco lodge, where we will spend the night. Overnight: Eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we Ghorepani. This is a sizeable town on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar, browse through Tibetan wares on display and enjoy local treats from the bakeries. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

From Ghorapani a pre dawn 45 minutes climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). The view of the of forested foot hills and the world's highest mountain range are spectacular. The glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna, making the early morning rise more than worth the effort. We descend to camp for breakfast and during the morning we descend further through small settlements to enter a deep ravine where multiple waterfalls follow our trail. We over night in an eco lodge in the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri we will have an over view of our trek route, as well as views of the Annapurnas at the head of the valley. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we take a short trek to Nayapul before being transported back to Pokhara for an overnight stay. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the Pokhara city. It is important to us that this trek follows few of the commercial tea-house trails. Accordingly the route and campsites may be varied at the discretion of the group leader. Note that the walking hours include rest stops, are a guide only and can vary due to trail or weather conditions. Overnight: Private eco-campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we transfer to the airport for our spectacular flight to Kathmandu. The mountain flight follows the Himalaya range to Kathmandu where we transfer to our hotel. The remainder of the day is free for last minute shopping and sightseeing. Overnight: Radisson Hotel or similiar

Meals:  B

After breakfast arrangements conclude unless further arrangements have been made. Those people travelling by aircraft to further destinations will be transferred to the airport and assisted with check-in procedures. *It is important to us that this trek follows few of the commercial tea-house trails. Accordingly the route and campsites may be varied at the discretion of the group leader. Note that the walking hours include rest stops, are a guide only and can vary greatly.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners including all meals on trek valued at US$250
  • Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara return valued at US$266
  • airport transfers if arriving on day 1 and 8 or if you booked pre/post tour accommodation at the Radisson through World Expeditions
  • Expert bilingual guide
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu on a twinshare basis
  • Accommodation in a combination of our comfortable eco lodges and private eco campsites with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows
  • The use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance

What's Not Included

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • 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

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

By supporting Endeavour Foundation and joining the Endeavour Foundation Nepal Challenge, you will be helping to change the lives of some of our most marginalised and vulnerable Australians, making possibilities a reality for people with intellectual disability.

Over the last 12 months more than 4000 people across Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have accessed living, learning and employment services with Endeavour Foundation. This is only possible thanks to people like you.

Adventures like the Endeavour Foundation Nepal Challenge help to provide opportunities for people with intellectual disability to live their best life and realise their dreams.

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When it comes to a place to live, people with intellectual disability don’t just need a roof over their head. They need tailored accommodation, built to suit their individual needs. The funds you raise help build modern, accessible houses so that people with

intellectual disability can choose where and with whom they live. With a focus on safety, a supported routine

and making new friends, we support people to be more independent, develop their living skills and exercise more control over their lives.

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Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 6 Mar 202113 Mar 2021
Duration:8 Days
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG6549