Australians for Women's Health Nepal Challenge

Trek along remote trails in eastern Nepal and raise funds for Dr Hodgson's hospital.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital funds for A4WH hospital in Dolakha, Nepal
  • Stunning views of Gaurishankar and the Numbur Range
  • Exploring the unique culture and tradition of Sherpa people
  • Fully supported camping based trek
  • All meals prepared by our cooks on trek
  • Stay at a centrally located boutique hotel in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy a final dinner at the traditional Nepali Chulo
  • Visit Dolakha Hospital and meet Dr Hodgson and his team
  • See first hand the invaluable work A4WH are doing for women's health in Nepal


Join this special trip in support of A4WH and the work of Dr Hodgson and his team in eastern Nepal. A4WH provides medical and surgical treatment to underprivileged women and training to local doctors, nurses and midwives. We will visit Dolakha hospital, which is currently being rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake, to witness first-hand their invaluable work. Following the hospital visit we will escape the tourist trails on a trek to the north-east, which is home to Tibeto-Burman people with cultural links to the Sherpas and Sunwars. The trek takes us though villages, forest and wilderness zones, where we'll appreciate spectacular views of Gaurishankar (7100m) and the Numbur Range. In Kathmandu we'll stay at the delightful World Heritage Hotel and enjoy our final celebratory meal at Nepali Chulo.

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 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 or up to five or 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 3 months leading up to your trek. Hill and step walking with a backpack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.


After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! Make your way to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu (details to be confirmed). On arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions and transferred to the hotel. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure. A pre-trek briefing will be given at around 4.30-5pm at your hotel where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Overnight Dwarika Chhen Hotel (or similar)

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast we'll depart early for the long drive towards Jiri, the gateway to the Gaurishanker National Park. Jiri is approximately 180km or 8 hours east of Kathmandu on the Araniko Highway which goes on to Khasa, the border town in Tibet. Along the way, we'll enjoy dramatic views of the Himalayan giants including Ganesh Himal, Mount Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shankar Himal. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for photographs. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Arrangements have been for the group to spend time at Dolakha Hospital. The remainder of the day is free to relax and explore the area at your leisure. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

We begin our trek with a gradual ascent, enjoying the impressive views of Pathibhara and the Gaurishanker Range, before entering the forest and our camp in the village of Kyangse. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Continuing uphill the trail meanders through pine and rhododendron forest. There are no villages on this section of the walk, but beautiful forest scenery and tributaries feeding into small lakes. Though we are unlikely to see any people on the trail, there is a good chance we'll glimpse some of the local wildlife. From our camp near Cherdung Hill the villages below will once again come into view. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we begin our walk through old growth forest and the foothills towards Pangnagi which is our camp for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we descend through more lush forest and small villages before reaching our camp at Garjang.

Meals:  B,L,D

Again we pass through several small villages on the trail to Shivalaya. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Return to Kathmandu and the group hotel for a well deserved shower. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a farewell dinner at Nepali Chulo. Overnight Dwarika Chhen Hotel (or similar).

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home. Huma can help with additional travel arrangements or extensions if required. Departure details will be advised once registered.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Centrally located boutique hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis
  • Return international flights
  • Airport transfers
  • 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
  • Private air-conditioned bus Kathmandu to Jiri and return from Shivalaya
  • 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
  • Farewell dinner celebration in Kathmandu

What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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 to join the Australians for Women's Health Nepal Challenge 2020.

Step 2: 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 seek authorisation from A4WH 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 the Nepal 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 Nepal Challenge ... good luck and enjoy the experience with the knowledge that you have made a much needed contribution to A4WH.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Single Supplement:USD$150 

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 30 Oct 20208 Nov 2020
Duration:10 Days
Charity Challenge
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:DRH
Travel Cost:USD$150

The key is to tap into your different networks - friends, family and the broader community. There are many different ways to fundraise - from running a BBQ, hosting a movie night at a local cinema, having an afternoon tea or a fun dinner event. We also have a Facebook group for our team members where people share ideas and feedback on their fundraising. Our fundraising booklet will also give you many effective fundraising ideas.