Overview

This unforgettable challenge explores the woodland valleys of the Himalayas, the highest mountain range in the world. Beginning in the central region of Pokhara, from here, take on steep climbs, cross suspension bridges and enjoy phenomenal views across the alpine landscape. Along the way, you will also be able to get a feel for the traditional Nepalese lifestyle as you visit local villages. You will also visit, and have time to explore, Nepal’s famous capital city, Kathmandu. A true once in a lifetime trip, raising money for St John’s Hospice.

What’s Included?

Accommodation throughout (camping whilst trekking and hotels either side); return flights from Manchester including all airline taxes and surcharges and in-country transport as per itinerary; all meals and water during trekking; fully qualified UK Tour Leader; UK Doctor; local guides and
drivers.

Not included:
Visa (currently estimated at £20pp); personal travel insurance; personal spending money; vaccinations.

Accommodation
Whilst trekking we will camp along the route. In Kathmandu we will stay in a 2-3* hotel either side of the trek. Both options are twin-share.

Meals
You will enjoy traditional cuisine throughout your time in Nepal – you certainly won’t go hungry! Most dietary requirements can be catered for, please advise upon booking

 

Start:
5th March 2020
Finish:
14th March 2020
Location(s):
Nepal
Trip duration:
10 days

Itinerary - 10 days

Day 1
Depart Manchester

Day 2
Kathmandu

Depending on the flight times there may be an opportunity to explore Kathmandu with a city tour, before we head to the hotel for a full trip briefing and an early night!

Day 3
Kathmandu – Pokhara - Chyanglung

Today starts with an internal flight across Nepal to the start of our trek in Pokhara. After arriving at the small landing strip we load up our vehicles and drive to the starting point of our walk at Hyanja (1350m). We have a good introduction on a woodland path and end the day in the village of Chyanglung (1450m) Approx. 3 hours trek

Day 4
Chyanglung – Ghale Kharka

This morning we will have a traditional breakfast before we begin the first big trek. We descend the Sardi Valley across our first suspension bridge and make a gradual climb across a wide stream to our camp overlooking the whole Annapurna Range Approx. 6 - 7 hours trek

Day 5
Ghale Kharka – Tara Hill Top

Todays trekking will take us through the alpine meadows heading for the wooded knoll of Tara Hill Top (Starlight Top). We’ll have a 360 view of the Annapurna Massif including the fishtail peak of Machupucchare. We camp here enjoying the amazing sunset (2800m) Approx. 6 - 8 hours trek

Day 6
Tara Hill Top – Siklis - Parche

Our day starts with watching the sunrise over the mountain peaks before we head off along a 2500m contour trail of wild orchids taking us to the village of Siklis (2000m). After glimpsing life here we travel to Parche, set against the snow top peaks. Approx. 6 - 8 hours trek

Day 7
Parche - Tanting

Our destination today is the village of Tanting, through the lower pastures and descents we will make our way to our camp. Over suspension bridges and grassy paths we will arrive in Tanting. Approx. 5 - 7 hours trek

Day 8
Tanting – Pokhara - Kathmandu

Our last day of trekking will take us out of the village down a steep descent, losing 300m in a short amount of time. We will wind through fields and small streams, passing tea houses as we go until we come to the end of the trail. We will have lunch and transfer back to Pokhara for our internal flight to Kathmandu and overnight stay in a hotel. Approx. 4 hours trek

Day 9
Kathmandu – Free day

Today is a free day in the capital to spend exploring the city before we catch our flight back to the UK.

Day 10
Arrive Manchester

FAQ's

Is the trip for me?

Definitely! This trip is a fantastic challenge for anyone wanting to do something amazing for St John’s Hospice! There will be lots of like-minded people taking part, all looking for the challenge of a lifetime and of course to meet new friends. Some people sign up with friends or family but most people take part on their own so what are you waiting for? Sign up today for a fantastic experience and the opportunity to make lifelong friends.

Is there an age restriction?

You need to be 18 years old or older to participant in our overseas trips. If you are under 18, you may still be able to participate but you will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Before anyone under 18 is accepted onto a challenge we would need to have a discussion so you can make an informed decision on the suitability of the challenge. If you call us in the office we can offer this advice.

I've never done anything like this before, what should I expect?

Most people who sign up to our overseas challenges have also never done anything like this before! You’ll be well supported from the minute you sign up right through to the challenge itself but it’s important you come with an open mind. Just remember that things don’t always run as smoothly as they would at home so a relaxed attitude is the best in these situations.

How fit do I need to be?

You don’t need to be a fitness fanatic to do these challenges. The majority of people who will be taking part in this event will be just like you and will not necessarily have done anything like this before. However to get maximum enjoyment from this challenge training is vital and we will provide you with a detailed training plan tailored to the trip you are going on which we strongly recommend you stick to. We will also be on hand every step of the way to provide training advice.

Will I need vaccinations?

Yes, it’s possible that you will need vaccinations before travelling to Nepal. We would advise you to visit your local travel clinic for the latest advice on what vaccinations are recommended as this changes all the time.

Do I need to travel insurance to travel?

Yes everyone is required to have travel insurance in place before they depart for a challenge. We highly recommend you take a policy out as soon as you sign up in case of any unforeseen circumstances that require you to cancel. If you already have an annual policy or cover with your bank you should check you are happy with the level of cover, repatriation is essential. You will be trekking up to 3000m so please check that your insurance covers this in advance. You’ll need to send us the following details from your existing policy; policy number, emergency contact number and start and expiry date.

Will I be able to raise the sponsorship level?

YES! Once you have started you will find that raising the minimum sponsorship is easy and most importantly fun! We will provide you with a breakdown of examples of how to raise the sponsorship money in an enjoyable way and we will, of course, be available every day to help you with more ideas! You are doing something quite simply amazing so make sure you tell everyone you know, and before you know it you will be racing towards your fundraising target!

When do I pay my sponsorship money?

You can start raising funds for your trip as soon as you sign up and we are on hand to help throughout your fundraising journey. The easiest way to do this is by setting up a fundraising page online, you can then share this link with your friends and family. In order to pay the costs of the trip you need to have raised 80% of the sponsorship amount 12 weeks before. The remaining 20% is due up to four weeks after your return. We’ll be on hand to help you, as will your charity.

Can I just pay on the trip without raising sponsorship?

All our events are charity focused however if you would prefer to just pay the tour costs of £2075.00 yourself you can do, you would need to make sure the charity has received payment 14 weeks before departure. In addition, we would encourage you to fundraise for the event but without the target to reach.

Can I extend my trip?

It is possible to extend your stay and travel independently after the main group has headed home. We will advise you of when and how to apply for this once you are signed up. We can only make changes to the date you return, the route must remain the same; all changes are made at the airline’s discretion and subject to availability and a nominal admin fee.

What do I need to bring?

We’ll provide you with a full kit list when you sign up to your challenge. As you will be trekking a good well-worn in pair of boots are essential to get you started!

What will happen to my luggage during trekking days?

Your main luggage will be transported for you each day. You will just need to carry the kit you need for that day including water, sun cream, snacks, camera, waterproofs etc.

How is my trip protected?

Skyline Events are acting as agents for the tour operator, Skyline Tour Operations Ltd, ATOL license number 10069. Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information, or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate

How do I book my place?

Simply click BOOK NOW to book online today! Places are extremely limited and get snapped up quickly so to avoid disappointment sign up today and don’t miss out!

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