We are excited to release details of the 2016 Nepal trek and service adventure after the 2015 departure was postponed due to the 25th April earthquake.
Nepal Update. July, 2015:-
We are very pleased to announce that we will be operating all of our scheduled treks in the Annapurna and Everest regions from September 2015. A further final review will be conducted after the monsoon, which slows in late August, however no changes to this position are foreseen.
We have had staff out in the field reviewing the state of some of our main trekking regions following the earthquake. During these reviews we have focused on trail conditions, bridges, our private campsite infrastructure and the general state of community villages. We’ve also been keen to establish that the entry and departure points for our treks, being road access are reliable. The international airport is fully functional and the accommodation we utilise in Kathmandu, the Gangjong Hotel, has received an official ‘green sticker’ which confirms it as structurally sound.
The Nepal government has also been undertaking its own surveillance and an official function that was held in Kathmandu’s Durbar Square saw the Tourism Minister announce Nepal as safe for travel. All buildings in the capital that posed any risk to the public, have been removed, and there is otherwise massive reconstruction underway for others that were damaged including many of Kathmandu’s heritage sites. Many governments, including the Australian, UK & NZ departments have recently downgraded their travel advices indicating another positive for Nepal’s recovery.
About 90% of Nepal’s 28 million people live in the foothills and mountain areas. Over centuries, they have established trade routes which in more recent history are the also trails used by trekkers . These trail networks are fundamentally important for trade, movement of goods, health and education and any key mountain trails that have experienced damage will be repaired very quickly due to the complete reliance on them.
We are fortunate that our private campsites in the Annapurna region are in good condition. With our full service camping treks we can continue to be as flexible as we need to be and not reliant on any private accommodation. Please consider this trip in confidence knowing that every operational aspect of the trip can be provided to the group as per prior to the earthquake. We look forward to welcoming your son/daughter in Nepal!
With ample time and expert guides you will explore the ancient Buddhist and Hindu pagodas, temples and monuments of the Kathmandu Valley along with a behind the scenes visit to the Fred Hollows supported Tilganga Hospital. From Kathmandu we are driven by private vehicle to the village of Nuwakot. Located approximately 1 hour or 27 km north west of Kathmandu, it is here where you will complete a 6 day Community Project at the Shree Lama Goan Primary School. The school is very under resourced and receives no outside funding or assistance. With the help of professional builders and laborers you will assist with the construction of a new classroom which will provide a safe, warm, and dry space for the children to learn. Working alongside the people and students of the surrounding villages you will have a rare insight into the day to day village life of this predominantly Hindu region. Saying good bye to the school and the students we return to Kathmandu for the flight to Pokhara where you prepare for an amazing trek. Situated at the foot of the Annapurna Range and on the banks of a spectacular lake, the town is a popular starting point to commence your trek. Our carefully researched trekking itinerary is impressive, as within a few days we gain a sense of serenity as we gradually ascend through tiny settlements and pristine forests to the alpine heights of Kopra Ridge. The views from our camp are incredible with the colossal ramparts of Dhaulagiri plunging to the misty depths of the Kali Gandakhi - the deepest gorge in the world. A further highlight are the high pastures above Kopra Ridge beneath the awesome Fang Face of Annapurna 1, where ancient pilgrim trails lead to the sacred waters of Kaire Lake. Another highlight is our wilderness camp adjacent to Poon Hill - rather than rise before the sun to make the hike to this famous viewpoint, we sleep soundly in our wilderness camp to awake in the morning to views even more outstanding than those from Poon Hill, without the crowds. Our route really does offer a broad experience of the Annapurna's, as we pass through prosperous villages where western influence is minimal, traverse grassy ridges, pass through old growth forests with 1000 year old Rhododendrons and camp underneath some of the most awe inspiring mountain scenery on earth. We then return to Kathmandu by plane where you will have time to do some last minute sightseeing and shopping before your flight home to Perth. This is an adventurous and educational experience which will change your life and the way you view your standing in the global community!
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