17th  to  29th May 2019 | Nepal

The Ultimate Annapurna

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The Ultimate Annapurna

Experience the majestic, panoramic wonder of the Himalayas through the Ultimate Annapurna route; far more extreme and less crowded than Everest Base Camp!

Friday 17th to Wednesday 29th May 2019

CHALLENGE YOURSELF AND FUNDRAISE FOR CHARITY!

This challenge will fundraise to support our charity project Street Child Nepal to build schools to provide education for vulnerable children living in the brick kiln communities. Each school we build serves 40 children and costs AED24,000 to build. Click here to read more.

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THE CHALLENGE: TREKKING

This unforgettable trek in the Annapurna mountains features the worlds widest pass (La Thorong at 5,416m), one of the highest altitude lakes (Tilicho at 5,200m), dramatic deep gorges, desolate high mountain passes, Buddhist and Hindu temples, delightful farming villages, and at every turn a different view of the Annapurna summits.

This route, that allows us to take in Lake Tilicho, is a wonderful combination of trekking in the Annapurna region. Hugely rewarding, we will have panoramic views of the most incredible scenery:

> Mt. Dhaulagiri (8,167m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Annapurna I (8,091m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Manaslu (8,163m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt.Annapurna II (7,937m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Annapurna III (7,555m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Annapurna IV (7,525m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Annapurna south (7,219m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Nilgiri (7,041m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Fishtail also called Mt. Machhapuchhare (6,998m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Hiunchuli (6,441m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Mt. Lamjung Himal (6,986m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Tukuche peak (6,920m)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
> Tilicho peak (7,134m) 

We will also have the opportunity to learn about the Tibetan way of life that strongly runs in Mustang valleys.

The circuit takes us through a number of climatic zones as we pass rice paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, rural farmland, and glacial zones. There is a small chance of seeing a snow leopard in Yak Kharka along with the unique blue sheep. We will however witness the beauty of the blue icy lake of Tilicho. Formed by the glacier melting from Mt. Annapurna, lake Tilicho perfectly reflects the surrounding mountains, which is a truly unique and beautiful sight to see.

Crossing the worlds highest mountain pass is an adventure in itself! Due to high winds on the pass, we start this big day in the early hours of the morning, walking through the snow in the dark in order to reach our destination by dawn. The spectacular 360 degree views of the entire Annapurna range is our reward before we start our descent into the sacred town of Muktinath and onwards to the end of this truly breathtaking journey.

LEVEL: This challenge is an EXTREME test of our fitness at high altitude, but achievable by anyone in good health and willing to train for a minimum of 3 months to build fitness and stamina. We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge.

TRAINING: We run a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join before the challenge. Registration for this challenge grants you membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness community. Click here to read more about soulFIT.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

➡ Support Nepalese children in need

➡ In-country charity visit

➡ Experience the majestic, panoramic wonder of the Himalayas

➡ Tick off a bucket list trekking route far more extreme and less crowded than Everest Base Camp!

➡ Venture through the world’s widest pass, La Thorong, at 5416m

➡ Marvel at the brilliant blue icy world’s highest altitude lake, Tilicho, at 4,919m

➡ Take in the dramatic deep gorges, finest valleys and desolate high mountain passes

➡ Pass rice paddy fields, sub-tropical forests, rural farmland and glacial zones

➡ You may be lucky enough to spot a snow leopard along with unique blue sheep in Yak Kharka

➡ Learn about Tibetan, Buddhist and Hindu temples and culture, delightful farming villages and Nepalese way of life

➡ Bow down to 13 of the world’s most gigantic mountains along your way

 

COST INCLUDES:

A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
In-country charity visit
soulFIT membership
Branded challenge tshirt
Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good fitness & training activities and hikes in UAE mountains
Fundraising approval + support with fundraising events
Pre-challenge briefing & get togethers
Discount with partner outdoor outfitters
Safety, medial & equipment advice
Internal flights & transfers
Accommodation, food & water
First aid certified Gulf for Good support team
In-country medical & vehicle back up
Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

No. of participants: Max. 25

TOTAL COST: AED12,200, which includes a minimum charity donation of AED5000

Either pay at once or opt for our easy installment plan below.

Payment deadlines:

  1. AED1000 (USD275) - Deposit toward Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) due to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge
  2. AED 3,100 (US $845) - 50% remaining balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good Sunday 17th February 2019
  3. AED3,100 (US$845) - 50% final balance towards Challenge Expenses due to Gulf for Good Thursday 4th April 2019
  4. AED 5,000 (US $1,360) - Minimum Charity Donation due to International Humanitarian CityThursday, 9th May 2019

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

EXCLUDES:
International flights
Visas
Tips and spending money
Vaccinations
Insurance
Kit items
Drinks (other than water)

 

Leave behind your day-to-day problems and instead come armed with determination and a sense of humour!

This challenge will only go ahead with a minimum of 10 trekkers. The challenge costs are based on 10 pax or more. 

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

TO REGISTER: Email

DDay 1 –  17th May, Friday:  Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel. Welcome BBQ dinner.

Overnight at Shangri-La, Kathmandu.

Day 2 – 18th May, Saturday: Drive to Besishahar (800m / 2,614ft) – 187 Km / 6 hours
After breakfast we drive to Besishahar via Prithivi Highway. Enroute stop for lunch.

Dinner and overnight at lodge.

Day 3 – 19th May, Sunday: Drive to Chame (2,713m /8,900ft) – 6/7 hours
After breakfast we get into the 4WD and start our drive onwards to Dharapani Village for lunch. After lunch, we will continue to drive to Chame. This scenic drive will be for 6-7 hours.

Dinner and overnight at Chame Teahouse Lodge.

Day 4 – 20th May, Monday: Trek to Pisang (3,185m / 10,450ft) – 5/6 hours
No more driving! We will start our trekking today along a river and then through a pine forest with incredible views of mount Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV. We will then reach the Tibetan village of Bratang (2919m). Here, we stop for a hearty lunch.

After lunch, we have about two hours walking to reach a village at the top of the hill called Dhukur Pokhari. Trekkers traditionally used to plant pine saplings here, not only to establish that they have made it to the top, but also to contribute to the reforestation of the area. After enjoying the views, we will go down for about an hour to Pisang (3,185m).

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 5 – 21st May, Tuesday: Trek to Manang (3,530m / 11,580ft) – 4 hours
After we have crossed the Pisang Khola river, there is a forty-five-minute steep climb up to a steep pass. From the top of the pass, we get a glimpse of Paunda Danda (4655m), mount Pisang, Manang valley, and last but not least, Mount Tilicho.  On the way down to the village of Hongde, we will come across a check post where the trekking permits will be again examined. We will have our lunch here until the permits are stamped.

After lunch at Hongde, the valley widens and we get to see the Annapurnas III and IV (7,555m and 7,525m) to the left, East and West Chulus (6,584m and 6,419m) on the right, and towards the horizon there are views of highest peak of Mount Thorung (6,481m) and the crown of Mount Pisang. We will then climb up to the ancient village of Braga (3,505m) where we will take a little time to wander around Braga to see this picturesque village with its flat roofed houses and to visit the Gompa, not only the largest in the region but also the richest with its fine collection of Thangkas (religious scroll paintings) and prayer books. It takes only forty-five minutes to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau at 3,530m.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 6 – 22nd May, Wednesday: Trek to Shree Kharkha (3,900m / 12,792ft) via Khangsar – 5/6 hours
The Khangsar trail begins by going downhill to a chorten (Tibetan stupa), then turns northwest and heads down towards the river. We will follow a trail alongside the river, then the power lines along the ridge, and then traverse along the south side of the ridge through a blue pine forest and cross a suspension bridge.

The village of Khangsar is a collection of traditional buildings surrounding a large square. After lunch, we will continue gently upwards through Junipher and sea buckthorn bushes to Shree Kharkha.  From here, you can witness superb views of Tilicho Peak and other giant snowcapped Mountains in Annapurna region.

Dinner and Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 7 – 23rd May, Thursday:  Trek to Tilicho Base Camp (4,150m / 13,612ft) – 2 hours
Today is a short but challenging trek. We will relax in the morning and start our ascent after lunch.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 8 – 24th May, Friday:  Climb to Lake Tilicho (4,920m /16,137ft), descend down to Base camp and backtrack to Shree Kharka
Today is the big day as we climb to the world’s highest Lake Tilicho at 4,920 m / 16,137 ft. On the climb to Tilicho, we will see outstanding views of Khangsar Kang, Tarke Kang, and Gangapurna as well as great views down the valley to Manang and Upper Pisang. We will climb to a crest at 5,010m and follow a trail lined with hundreds of large stone slabs set on end.  After visiting Tilicho Lake, we will backtrack to Base Camp for late breakfast and later continue to backtrack to Shree Kharka.

Dinner and Overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 9 – 25th May, Saturday: Trek to Churi Lader (4,020m / 13,185ft) – 5/6 hours
After breakfast, we will walk through Pine, Juniper and Rhododendron forest. Today will include the Yaks, Horses and Blue Sheep near Khangsar village, and another beautiful suspension bridge. We will have lunch in Yak Kharkha, and then continue another hour to our rest stop in Churi Lader. 

Dinner and overnight at Teahouse lodge.

Day 10 – 26th May, Sunday: Trek to Thorung Phedi (4,220m / 13,840ft) and continue to High Camp (4,800m / 15,745 ft) – 6 hrs
Thorung Phedi means ‘foot of the hill’ and it is situated at a height of 4,220m on a small hill overlooking a high plateau. After lunch at Thorung Phedi, we will continue our ascent for another 2 hours to the High Camp.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 11 – 27th May, Monday: Trek over Thorung la pass (5,416m / 17, 770ft) and descend to Muktinath (3,802m / 12,53 ft) – 7-9 hours and drive to Jomsom (2,713m / 8,900ft)
We will make a very early morning start to ascend to Thorung La pass. We will cross about twenty hills on the way to reach the summit, Thorong la, at 5,415 meters. We will pass prayer flags and several cairns (small mounds of rock) as we slowly make our way upwards. The view from the top will be well worth the effort: we will see the snowcapped giants Yakgawa Kang/Thorungse (6,481m), Khatung Kang (6,484), the Annapurnas, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri (8,169m) and Mount Tukuche (6,920m).

Once we have taken in the view, we will descend 1,600m to the village of Muktinath (3,802m). Muktinath is a sacred place for both Hindus and Bhuddhists. Here, we will find another check post where we have to show our trekking permits. We will then trek to the public jeep station in Jomson and drive to our teahouse lodge in Jomsom.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge.

Day 12 – 28th May, Tuesday: Fly to Pokhara (900m / 2,952ft) & spend a relaxing day
After an early breakfast, we will walk to Jomsom Airport to board a 20-minute flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival in Pokhara, we will transfer to our hotel for refreshments, glorious showers, and rest. We will have a free afternoon to relax and explore the lakeside bazaar in Pokhara before enjoying a hearty meal. 

Celebration Dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 13 – 29th May, Wednesday: Fly to Kathmandu, Charity Visit and onward Departure
After breakfast, we will take the 25-minute flight to Kathmandu. We will go directly from the airport to Street Child Nepal and spend the rest of the day with the students and staff of the charity learning more about the project we are supporting before transferring back to the airport for the onward flight home.

Gulf for Good reserves the right to make changes to the proposed itinerary at any time.

Street Child is an incredible charity, UK based they work to protect vulnerable children and improve access to education in some of the poorest communities around the world. In Nepal, G4G is partnering with Street Child to work in the brick kiln communities by building schools to provide an education for the children of these communities who would otherwise receive none.

Schools in Brick-Kiln Communities – Giving early year’s education where there otherwise would be none.

The Kathmandu Valley’s brick making business is a major part of the Nepalese Economy and has rapidly expanded in the rebuilding efforts after the 2015 earthquake. There are currently approximately 1,100 brick kilns; where over 175,000 workers migrate six months each year from 45 districts around the country, in search of seasonal work. Limited access to schools in the surrounding area often means that children miss out on education during this period and often participate in informal labour. It is often the youngest children who fail to attend school as they are unable to travel to school unaccompanied whilst their parents are working; this is especially the case in the brick kilns, where accessing surrounding schools requires a walk of over an hour through the hazardous grounds of the brick kiln.  Recent research shows that of the 60,000 children living in brick kilns, 66% of those children asked during the brick making season said that they had never attended school.

The project aims to address the specific issues facing children at the various brick kiln communities across the Bhaktapur district in the Kathmandu Valley by establishing safe and secure schools. Each school will serve the children of the migrant workers and the surrounding catchment area where access to early childhood education, which is critical for children, is severely limited at best. Each school will include appropriate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities including latrines, handwashing taps and drinking water that promote high standards of health and hygiene amongst the children and the community. Each school will comprise 1 classroom which will be fully furnished with the furniture required such as cupboards, carpets, tables and so on.

For the 6 months of the year that the brick kilns are closed, it is intended that the schools will be used to provide classes for children and adults who remain in the community with an accelerated learning programme where they learn a year’s curriculum in just six months. 

Each school (serving 40 children) costs USD6,500 (AED24,000). This project aims to fund a further five schools in the Bhaktapur district (AED120,000).

The majority of migrant labourers are from lower caste and marginalised groups, and suffer from poverty, food insecurity and uncertainty regarding their futures. 65% of child labourers identified by brick factory studies were Janajatis (‘ethnic communities’) and 18% were the Dalit (‘untouchables’). Labourers also tend to come from the poorest and most deprived regions of a country where 25% of families are living on under $1.25 per day and thus have to migrate to the brick kiln areas. In addition, these workers are frequently bonded by debt to exploitative labour brokers as a result of loans paid with very high interest, and an insufficient wage to cover the payments.

For many, this will mean access to early year’s education in a safe, secure child-friendly environment for the first time.

https://www.street-child.co.uk/nepal/

If you have what it takes then download the booking form, print it off and send the signed and completed form with a cheque or draft for the required deposit to:

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