Nepal - Connect, Contribute, Transform
(Ex Kathmandu) - Mon 1st October 2018

Max Participants:
12
Location:
(Ex Kathmandu) Nepal  
Date:
Mon 1st October 2018
Start Time:
4:00pm
End Time:
10:00am
Duration:
12 Days
Meals:
11 Breakfasts 5 Dinners 6 Lunches
Non-Member Cost:
$2695.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2645.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$539.00
Tagged:
hiking socially responsible travel
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This 12-day (11 night) tour is the ultimate combination of adventure, personal growth, connecting with like-minded women and immersing yourself in a fascinating and exhilarating part of the world through socially responsible travel. 

Together we will explore the vibrant city of Kathmandu where we will connect with some amazing women and children who will change the way we think about the world.

Inspired and motivated, we will then journey into the Himalayas for an invigorating five day trek where we will be challenged and enthralled by the majestic beauty of the mountains. 

 

To top it off, this tour will fund the education of at least 5 Nepali girls for a year! 

Prepare for adventure, exhilaration and self-discovery! 

Gallery

Annapurna Region
Start of the trek with the team
Fun with the beautiful Nepali Women
Morning Yoga Sessions
New Friendships
Streets of Kathmandu
Lots of Fun
Mountain Villages
Nepali Blessing
Getting to know the girls
Himalayan Panorama Poon Hill
Poon Hill - Yay, we made it!

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Supporting an not-for-profit organisation who are empowering an empire of Nepali women and children to do more, see more & be more!

● Contributing to funding the education of at least 5 Nepali girls for a year

● Hiking in the stunning Annurpurna Region

● Summit of Poon Hill at sunrise taking in the Himalayan Panorama

● Being invited into the homes of Nepali women & sharing a Newari feast prepared by them

● Nepali students leading us through through the Hindu Cremation site of Pashupatinath Temple

● Visiting Bhaktupar, a UNESCO Heritage City just outside of Kathmandu

● Scenic mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara and return

Itinerary

You will be met at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel. If arrival is during the day, you will be given a brief orientation tour of the area.

Meals: None included

Today we introduce you to our inspiration - The Australian founder of a not-for-profit organisation helping to empower Nepali women and children through education, training and other initiatives. She will introduce her 'Dream Recipe' and guide us through the streets and sights of Kathmandu. This is not your average sightseeing tour!

In the evening we will experience a customary Nepali banquet and some traditional dancing.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Morning yoga and meditation session.

After a quick stop to Boudha, the world's largest Buddhist stupa, we will visit a local school to meet the students, who are helped by the organisation ... here we will participate in a cultural exchange workshop.

In the afternoon, the students will act as our tour guides as they lead us through the Hindu cremation site of Pashupatinath Temple.

Meals: Breakfast

Morning yoga and meditation session.

We will visit Bhaktupar, a UNESCO Heritage City just outside of Kathmandu but we won't be exploring it in the usual way!

We'll then meet a group of amazing women micro-entrepreneurs who will prepare a Newari feast for you in their home.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

We will enjoy a scenic mountain flight to the lake side city of Pokhara where we will meet with Anu, our trek leader, who along with her expert guides will be leading our trek into the Annapurna Region.

Short orientation walk through Pokhara followed by a briefing about our trek.

Then it's a free afternoon to explore the pretty lakeside town of Pokhara.

Meals: Breakfast

Starting from Pokhara, we'll be driving 1.5 hours to the trail head to begin our trek.

Over the next five days we will be walking through traditional villages, ancient forests and staying at basic but quaint teahouse lodges. One of the highlights of the trek will be an early morning climb up Poon Hill (3210m) to watch the sunrise across a magnificent Himalayan panorama.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue our trek, passing through traditional villages, ancient forests and soaking in the beauty of the magnificent Himalayan panorama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue our trek, passing through traditional villages, ancient forests and soaking in the beauty of the magnificent Himalayan panorama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue our trek, passing through traditional villages, ancient forests and soaking in the beauty of the magnificent Himalayan panorama

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today after our walk, we will return to Pokhara for a well earned rest and some free time.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today we fly back to Kathmandu where we can catch up on some shopping or exploring, have a relaxing massage or chill out in one of Thamel’s bars or restaurants.

Group reflection and celebratory dinner.

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast we will say our farewells and arrange your airport transfer and make sure you are at the airport in time to catch your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes

11 nights twin share accommodation (5 nights in Kathmandu, 2 nights Pokhara, 4 nights teahouses on trek)

All Breakfasts and some other meals as indicated

All meals on trek

Yoga and meditation classes

All airport transfers

All on-the-ground transport

All entrance fees, trekking permits and tickets

Scenic mountain domestic flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu

Australian Adventurous Women® group leader

Expert bilingual trekking guides

Porters to carry all personal equipment

11 Breakfasts

5 Dinners

6 Lunches

Excludes

International flights

Airport and departure tax

Travel insurance (mandatory)

Visa fee

Personal expenses such as laundry, alcohol, phone calls etc.

Some meals as indicated

Tips (are not mandatory but much appreciated)

What To Bring/Wear

- A list of what to bring will be provided on booking

More Information

How fit do I need to be to do the trek?

The trek is considered easy as far as Nepal treks go but you do need to have a good level of fitness so don't come unprepared. Most of the days we will be meandering along well marked paths through gorgeous villages and rhododendron forests. There will be harder days than others but just take your time and take plenty of breaks.

We will be walking between 3 to 7 hours a day. Be warned, there are lots of stairs so include stairs in your training. The rewards will definitely be worth the hard work!
A training guide will be sent to you to help you prepare for the trek.

Will altitude sickness be a concern?

It is unlikely you will suffer from altitude sickness at these heights. Our highest ascent will be about 3210 m. However, it can happen and our experienced guides will run through the procedures and will take great care of us if we are feeling the effects.

What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

In Kathmandu and Pokhara we will stay in nice 3 star hotels with all the facilities you will expect from a midclass hotel.
During our trek, we will stay in tea houses which are basic but clean. There is usually two or three single beds to a small room and a shared toilet and bathroom. Most tea houses have 
warm showers for an small extra fee and many have WiFi.

Do I need to be experienced in yoga and meditation to join the in the morning classes?

No, the yoga and meditation classes are suitable for all levels and are not compulsory.

What is the food like? Is it safe to eat?

It is usually safe to eat in the tourist restaurants of Kathmandu and Pokhara, although it is probably best to avoid the meat if possible. There are a wide variety of restaurants and cuisines in the these cities. During the trek, the tea houses provide food which is good and safe to eat. The menus are virtually the same in each place as it is regulated by the government. It’s a  mix of Nepalese and western food so we won’t be going hungry.

What will the weather be like that time of year?

In Kathmandu the maximum temperatures will be in the mid 20's. Mornings and evening will be cooler. In the mountains it will be much cooler and quite cold as we get higher. A light weight, warm jacket is a must.

Will I need special equipment for the trek?

You will need hiking boots,as some of the paths will be uneven. Make sure you have worn them in before the trek to avoid nasty blisters.
You may also like to bring hiking poles as they are helpful when navigating up and down stairs.Sleeping bags will be provided. A sleeping bag liner is recommended. Warm weather clothing such as a light weight jacket (feather or puffer jacket is ideal) and wet weather gear (raincoat, quick dry pants).
You may also need a beanie and some gloves for the cold mornings. Trekking gear is cheap and freely available in Nepal. You will receive a full packing list before the tour.

Do we have to carry all of our gear on the trek?

No. We will have one porter between two walkers. The porters are certified to carry up to 10 kgs each. We will be leaving most of our gear in the hotel so we really don't need to take much with us on the trek.

Will we need vaccinations?

Please consult with a travel doctor about this.

What about money? Are there ATM's?

There are ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara that dispense Nepalese Rupee. There are also money changers at the hotel.

Do I need a visa?

Yes. You can obtain a visa on arrival although sometimes there's a long queue. You can apply for a visa from your country at your local embassy prior if you wish.
For more information see http://www.nepalconsulate.org.au

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, travel insurance is mandatory for trekking. You will need an insurance that covers medical evacuations and trekking over 3000m. We've used iTrek travel insurance and are pleased with the service and coverage. Please provide us with a certificate of insurance before we leave.

I'd prefer not to share a room. Can I have a single room?

A single room may be possible for our Kathmandu and Pokhara hotels. Please enquire about a single supplement.
During the trek, sharing is the only option but believe us, you'll be asleep as soon as your head hits he pillow!

No Princess Policy

Princess crossed out

This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience' (Once in a Lifetime)! You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, after-all we are in a foreign country and things don't always go to plan...this will help you chill out and therefore get the best out of your holiday.

You will also need to be mobile without assistance, have a good general level of fitness and be prepared to train in the lead up to your hike to maximise your comfort - you will be navigating steps and uneven surfaces at times and you are hiking in the mountains, so lots of up's and down's.

If you're a light sleeper, use earplugs - there is no option for a single room on the trekking component of this tour.  You can however request a single room at our hotel accommodation in the cities.


Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • 60 days plus prior to trip departure - Loss of deposit
  • 59 - 30 days prior to trip departure - 50% Of The Tour Cost
  • 29 - 15 days prior to trip departure - 75% Of The Tour Cost
  • Within 14 days of the trip departure - 100% Of The Tour Cost

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.


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