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Supporters’ Trek Easter 2017/8

Visit Nepal and Meet the Children!

Note: The Easter 2018 trek details are being finalised and dates / itinerary will be updated soon.

The Himalayan Youth Foundation in collaboration with Escape2Nepal is offering a special trip to Nepal and Bhutan. This is a unique holiday especially designed with our HYF projects in mind. We are offering travellers a very exclusive cultural experience involving sightseeing, trekking, rafting, and elephant rides in the jungle. Most rewarding of all is the opportunity to meet the children we are helping and see first-hand the work we are doing.

Who is this for?
This trip is for current and potential sponsors and supporters of HYF-UK. It is designed for those who would like to travel to Nepal and either haven’t already done so, or would prefer to travel in a small group of like-minded people.
How hard is the trek?
This is an entry level trek, graded moderate yet with one more challenging day with a lot of steps to climb. It is suitable for children. The trek is led by an experienced English speaking guide. Maximum altitude less than 7,000 feet.
When?
The basic itinerary commences on Saturday 8th April 2017 from Kathmandu and concludes eleven days later on Tuesday 18th April.
Where?
Starting with sightseeing in Kathmandu including a visit to Kailash Children’s Home.

Flying to Pokhara for a five day trek in the Annapurna Conservation Area before returning to Kathmandu. Add-on options can include a visit to Chitwan National Park and/or Bhutan. Please contact either Sam or Peggy for more information about these destinations.

What’s the accommodation like?
Dwarika’s Hotel in Kathmandu is a unique, Heritage Hotel offering a five star introduction to Nepali culture. The lodges on the trek are operated by Ker and Downey and offer a high (local) standard with private bathrooms and hot water. For more detail just click on the web links embedded within the itinerary.
How much will it cost?
Approximately £2,200 per person on a sharing basis. This includes: accommodation, internal flights, sightseeing and most meals. International flights are not included.
How do I find out more?
Both Peggy and Sam have experienced this itinerary and are very happy to have a chat about any of the details:
Peggy
peggy.sellers@hyf-uk.org
01751 473787
Sam
samantha.michel@hyf-uk.org
020 7637 4049

Itinerary

Day 1 – Saturday 8 AprilTrek doc 1

Arrive in Kathmandu where you’ll be met and transferred to the iconic Hotel Dwarika’s. Meet your fellow trekkers and enjoy a welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Sunday 9 April

You’ll be collected for a half-day of sightseeing around Kathmandu followed by lunch at the delightful and tranquil Garden of Dreams. The afternoon is at leisure, before heading into the buzzing tourist district of Thamel for dinner.

Trek doc 2Day 3 Monday 10 April

This morning you’ll visit Kailash Children’s Home where you will be shown around, introduced to the children and served lunch. The afternoon is yours to enjoy before dinner at Shivapuri Heights Cottage featuring a stunning view over Kathmandu Valley.

Day 4 – Tuesday 11 April

Transfer to the airport for a short flight to Pokhara where you’ll be met by your guide and porters and driven to the trek starting location. After hiking for a few hours you’ll arrive at the aptly named Sanctuary Lodge which overlooks the Modi River and affords stunning views of the sacred Fishtail Mountain, known locally as Macchupuchre.

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Day 5 – Wednesday 12 April

Today is the big day for your calves and thighs, as you trek from 3,600 feet to the Himalaya Lodge at 6,650 feet. Along the way you will pass through villages, climb a lot of steps, and enjoy spectacular scenery.

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Day 6 – Thursday 13 April

If the sky is clear it is well worth getting up early to watch the sun rise over the breathtaking Annapurna range while sipping your morning coffee.

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Your guide will lead you on a pleasant walk taking in the surrounding area. You can also visit a local museum or enjoy a relaxing massage.

Day 7 – Friday 14 AprilTrek doc 8

Before departing Himalaya Lodge, linger over an al fresco breakfast while taking in the magnificent views. Trek down to the Gurung Lodge.

Day 8 – Saturday 15 April

This is a gentle trek out of the region to meet your transport back to Pokhara.

Here you will overnight at either the Shangri-la Village Resort or Temple Tree.

Day 9 – Sunday 16 April

Fly to Kathmandu, met and transferred back to Hotel Dwarika’s.

Day 10 – Monday 17 April

Leisure day in Kathmandu.

Day 11 – Tuesday 18 April

Departure for international flight.

Optional Extensions

If you have more time and want to explore further afield then read on for optional extras such as a visit Chitwan National Park, staying at the famous Tiger Tops, or a side-trip to Bhutan where you can visit the iconic Tiger Monastery.

Chitwan National Park Options

Option A

Day 9 – Sunday 16 April

Drive from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park and overnight at the unforgettable Tiger Tops, Tharu Lodge.

Trek doc 9Day 10 – Monday 17 April

At Tiger Tops you can go on safari via jeep, boat or elephant and look for rhinos, tigers and crocodiles. There are bird watching walks for early risers and if you love elephants then this is the place for you because not only can you learn about them, you can feed them elephant sandwiches, stroll down to the river with them and help them bathe and even even give them a goodbye hug.

Day 11 – Tuesday 18 April

Fly to Kathmandu, met and transferred to Hotel Dwarika’s.

Day 12 – Wednesday 19 April

Leisure day

Day 13 – Thursday 20 April

Departure for international flight

The additional cost for this extension is £525 per person on a sharing basis, based on a six person group.

Option B (adds one day to Option A)Trek doc 10

Day 9 – Sunday 16 April

Instead of driving from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park you can take the more leisurely river route via the Seti River where you’ll enjoy yet another aspect of Nepal’s beauty, as well as Grade 2 rapids. Lunch on a sandy beach and overnight at Ker & Downey’s Seti River Camp where luxury tents include en suite facilities.

Day 10 – Monday 17 April

Explore, bird-watch, photograph and learn about the local people as you continue along the river until the take out point at Gai Ghat. Here you will be met and transferred to Tiger Tops, Tharu Lodge.

The remainder of the itinerary is as per Option A.

The additional cost for this extension can be priced on request.

Bhutan

Day 13 – Thursday 20 April

Fly from Kathmandu to Paro and drive to Bhutan’s capital Thimpu.

Day 14 – Friday 21 April

Sightseeing in Thimpu and then a visit to Choki Traditional Art School (CTAS), another project supported by HYF-UK. CTAS provides skills-related education in the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan at no charge to poor Bhutanese students who are unable to attend or complete a formal education or attend the National Art School.

Day 15 – Saturday 22 April

Drive to Punakha.

Day 16 – Sunday 23 April

Sightseeing in Punakha.

Day 17 – Monday 24 AprilTrek doc 11

Drive to Paro and overnight at Zhiwaling.

Day 18 – Tuesday 25 April

Paro. Let your inner Kate and William take over and follow in their highly-photographed footsteps as you hike to Takshang ‘Tigers Lair’ (see photo on right).

Day 19 – Wednesday 26 April

Fly to Kathmandu and overnight at Shivapuri Heights Cottage.

Day 20 – Thursday 27 April

Departure for international flight

The additional cost for this extension can be priced on request.