NepalHiking Challenge

05-14/10/2018

Nepal Hiking Challenge 2018

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Fascinating temples, unrivaled trekking trails and the awe-inspiring sight of the Himalayas. This trek will captivate you like no other.

Registration fee: £350

Full fundraising minimum requirement:: £3,750

Our challenging hike will take you into the heart of this remote country, where traditional villages perch on hillsides bustling with local life. Passing through dazzling green-terraced fields and lush rhododendron forests, you’ll be immersed in the culture and beauty of this stunning mountain kingdom. As our route climbs through the tree line, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views of the great peaks and glaciers of the Himalayas.

Join Macmillan for this adventure of a lifetime and help change the lives of people affected by cancer with every step.

Sign Up Today and select one of 3 ways to fundraise:

  • Full Fundraising Option (Fundraising target £3750 and the costs of the challenge will be covered)
  • Part Payment (Fundraising target £3250 and pay a contribution of £500 towards the costs)
  • Self-Funded (Fundraising target £2250 and fund your whole trip costs)

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When does the trek take place?

The trek will take place from 5 - 14 October 2018

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What do I have to do to take part?

Simply sign up online with Discover Adventure and pay your £350 registration fee at the end of the registration process. We will then be in touch after receiving your registration and will send you out a fundraising pack in the post.

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When do I have to pay my sponsorship by?

You will then need to raise a minimum of £3,750, of which £1500 must be received by Macmillan Cancer Support four months prior to departure. The remainder must be with us within one month of the event taking place. If you selected either the Part-Payment option or paying own costs when registering please see your t&c’s for breakdown of your fundraising deadlines.

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How much will it cost Macmillan?

Your registration fee of £350, plus the first £1500 of sponsorship, will be paid by Macmillan on your behalf to our tour operator, Discover Adventure, for the costs of your participation.

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How does Macmillan benefit?

At least 60% of the £3,750 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £3,750, 100% of the surplus will directly benefit Macmillan.

Macmillan is proud to have one of the best cost:income ratios in the sector, meaning more of your hard earned sponsorship is spent on our vital services and not on trip costs.

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What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship?

We will provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You will also have the support of the Challenge Team and our extensive network of Macmillan fundraisers throughout the UK.

However, if you do not manage to raise £1500 four months prior to departure you will either have to forfeit your place on the challenge or make up the shortfall yourself.

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Who organises the trip?

This trip is conceived and operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply.

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What is included?

  • Return flights: London - Kathmandu- London.
  • Accommodation: mixture of camping and hotels.
  • All food other than meals detailed in itinerary. All camping equipment other than a sleeping bag and sleeping mat.
  • Full support with local guides, porters, cooks, Discover Adventure leaders and doctors.
  • Macmillan Cancer Support representative
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What is not included?

  • Insurance: Our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offers insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking.
  • Visa
  • Some meals are not included and these are detailed on the itinerary.
  • A discretionary tip for the local guides, drivers and cooks.
  • We also recommend around £150-£200 for personal expenses.
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What sort of person takes part?

The group will be made up of around 30 people, both men and women, from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part. Whilst some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it's a great way of meeting new people. You will find that the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge.

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What is the hiking like?

This trek is graded by Discover Adventure and has been awarded a rating of 2. The rating system is from 1 (moderate) to 5 (extreme).

The terrain is very varied as the route passes through valleys, forest and bare mountain slopes above the tree line; paths on the whole are good but are very steep in places and with many steps to both walk up and down. Terrain can be slippery in wet conditions.

Although we do not trek higher than 2850m, some people may find they experience shortness of breath due to the altitude.

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Where will we stay while hiking?

Camps are supplied with two-man expedition-style tents, chairs, tables, dining tents and fabulous views! Our hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 2- 3* with ensuite facilities and hot water; rooms are on a twin-share basis.

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What will the weather be like?

Nepal’s rainy season, or monsoon, is from mid-June to September. Weather in spring and autumn is clear and dry – excellent trekking weather. In the mountains temperature is influenced heavily by the altitude, so expect it to become cooler as you gain height.

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Am I fit enough?

Our challenges are designed to suit people of average fitness. However this is a challenging trek due to the terrain, climate and some long days so if you do not already walk on a regular basis you will need to commit to some considerable training during the preceding months. We will provide you with a full training plan to help with your preparation.

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Do I have to carry my own kit?

Throughout the trek we will be accompanied by porters who will carry all our equipment and supplies. You will carry a day pack to hold any equipment you might need during the day.

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Do I have to meet any medical requirements?

Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form, which will be provided in your fundraising pack. If you are over 65, answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions or have a BMI of 35+ the form must also be signed by your GP. Individual surgeries may charge for this service. It is also essential for you to consult your doctor about necessary vaccinations.

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What else do I need?

A ten-year passport is essential, valid for at least six months after departure from Nepal.

UK citizens require a visa ; currently all visas are obtained at the airport upon entry in Kathmandu.

You must have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years, and we highly recommend protection against Polio, Hepatitis A and Typhoid. There is malaria in Nepal; you should not need prophylaxics as it rarely occurs in elevations as high as Kathmandu and the Pokhara region, but it is always best to refer to your GP or travel clinic.

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Can I offset my carbon footprint?

One of the key determining criteria Macmillan looks for when selecting a tour operator to organise our events is a demonstrable appreciation of environmental concerns. Our tour operator Discover Adventure has links with 'Climate Care', a service that enables participants to neutralise the carbon emissions caused by taking long-haul flights.

For full details of how to offset your carbon emissions visit the Discover Adventure website.

If you have any further questions, please contact us by calling 020 7840 7887 or emailing hiking@macmillan.org.uk.

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How do I convince my friends that this is not a holiday?

While you are sure to have an incredible time on the challenge, our challenges can never be described as holidays. You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge.

The days on the challenge will be long, facilities will be basic and the conditions tough. All of this takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday.

Of course, if you would prefer to cover the costs of the challenge in order to ensure that 100% of your sponsorship goes towards the work of the charity we would be delighted to discuss this option with you.

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Day 1: Depart London for Kathmandu 

Day 2: Arrive Kathmandu

Transfer to hotel for briefing and dinner. Night hotel.

Day 3: Kathmandu – Pokhara – Chyanglung 

An early start sees us heading back to the airport for our spectacular morning flight to Pokhara. On arrival at the small runway, we load the buses and head out for the start of our trek at Kharjung in the Sardi Khola valley (1350m). Today’s walk is a relatively gentle introduction on a good trail, acclimatising us to the trek ahead. Steep steps take us through woodland, winding around the hillsides and passing local settlements and cultivated plots of land. We arrive at our campsite at the small village of Chyanglung. Night camp (1450m). 

Trek approx. 3 hours

Day 4: Chyanglung – Ghaleghaon 

After a civilised tea brought to the tents, we emerge ready for a full day of trekking! Heading out of camp we descend back down into the Sardi Khola valley to our first suspension bridge, then head across farmland on a steady, gradual climb. We follow a clear path in the trees up to a ridge where we look down into the Sardi Valley and across to tonight’s camp. We arrive at the small village of Ghaleghaon, and continue up on a steep path to our campsite, with fantastic views of the Annapurna Range. Time permitting, we can continue over the brow of the hill on a good track to a wide stream, where we can paddle before continuing on a steep hillside wooded with rhododendrons, with great views down to our camp. We return the same way. Night camp (1750m). 

Trek approx. 6-7 hours

Day 5: Ghaleghaon – Tara Top 

The early morning mountain views from our tents inspires us for the tough day ahead, which takes us higher through alpine meadows and rhododendron forests. The ascent starts as we leave camp, and we walk on steep stone steps which wind upwards along the wooded ridge. Trekking eastwards, the path levels out a little, but then takes us steeply up to the grassy wooded knoll of Tara Top (Starlight Top) where we are rewarded with a 360 view of most of the Annapurna Massif, including the monolithic hulk of Lamjung Himal and the famous fishtail peak of Machupucchare. The Himalayan foothills of central Nepal drop away before us towards the Ganges and the Indian plains. We camp here, enjoying – in clear skies – a sunset like no other. Night camp (2800m). 

Trek approx. 6-8 hours

Day 6: Tara Top – Sikles – Parju 

Our day starts with the sight of the sun rising over the peaks, illuminating the spectacular views surrounding us. We head off along a trail that roughly follows the 2500m contour, taking us through shady rhododendron forest with overhanging mosses and lichens. Wild orchids hang from branches above us. We trek up to the mountain village of Sikles (2000m), famous for its fighting men, the Gurkhas, which come from this region. The village gives us a wonderful glimpse into life here in the mountains. Our path then takes us to the picturesque Gurung village of Parju, set before a backdrop of snowy peaks. We camp at the edge of the village in a large open area. Night camp (2030m). 

Trek approx. 5-7 hours

Day 7: Parju – Tanting 

Our destination today is the small village of Tanting, taking us back to the lower pastures. We start the day with a tough, long descent along a steep track that drops into the valley on steps and passes through forest – we lose almost 700m in altitude and it can be hard on the legs! We cross the river on a suspension bridge and come to terraced fields, where we stop for lunch at a lovely spot with great views of the mountains. If the weather is clear we can enjoy breathtaking views of Annapurna II with its huge icefall and glacier marking the origin of the Mardi Khola. The afternoon sees us gently ascending through more fields and contouring the side of the mountain over grassy paths and more steps. We cross a bridge to the village of Tanting and come to our camp just outside the village. Night camp (1600m). 

Trek Approx 5-7 hours

Day 8: Tanting – Pokhara 

The last part of our trek takes us steeply down out of the village, losing 300m in a short space of time. We then descend more gradually through fields, with an occasional steep section thrown into the mix! We continue down a rutted track, passing several tea-houses and crossing small streams. There are amazing views back to the mountains. We reach the end of the trail by late morning where we are greeted by an early lunch and vehicles ready to transfer us back to Pokhara for a well-deserved shower and a night in a hotel. Tonight we can mark our achievements with a celebration meal and a cold beer! Night hotel. 

Trek approx. 3-4 hours; Drive approx. 1.5 hours (Dinner not included)

Day 9: Pokhara – Kathmandu 

We leave Pokhara, taking the short, scenic flight back to Kathmandu. Here you are free to enjoy some of the sights, sounds and smells of this incredible city, visiting areas like the central Durbar Square, packed with stupas and palaces. If you have time you can visit the atmospheric Buddhist temples of Boudhanath and Swayambunath (also known as the ‘Monkey-Temple’) and the riverside Hindu temple complex of Pashupatinath. In the evening you can haggle for your souvenirs at the many shops and markets. Night hotel. (Dinner not included)

Day 10: Return to UK

Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

"A truly amazing experience. Humbling, unforgettable and life changing"

Sam - Team Macmillan Hiker 2015

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