17th  to  29th May 2019 | Nepal

The Ultimate Annapurna

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The Ultimate Annapurna

17 to 29 May 2019

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.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Crossing the world’s widest pass
  • Tilicho Lake - one of the highest lakes in the world
  • See blue sheep at Yak Kharka
  • Spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna, Thorung Peak, Nilgiri, Chulu West and Chulu East, Tukuche Peak, Dhaulagiri, Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II, and Annapurna IV
  • Magnificent lakes, glaciers, gorges, and waterfalls
  • Visit Muktinath - a sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists

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: the Himalayas including 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.

No. of participants: Max. 25

Registration Fee (non-refundable): AED 2,500 + VAT (AED 125 / US $715) to reserve your space on the challenge

Challenge Cost: AED 7,200 (US $1,962) plus international flights (at your own organisation and cost)  

Minimum Charity Donation: AED 5,000 (US $1,360) 

(USD 1 = AED 3.67)

Assistance provided in advance by G4G: Fund-raising ideas; training & fitness suggestions; safety & medical advice; clothing & equipment advice.

What G4G provids on the challenge: 
Internal flights and transfers (if applicable), hotels/home stays/motels (on a double-occupancy basis), food, guides, medical & vehicle back-up.

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.

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

Day 1 - Kathmandu to Kurintar

Upon arrival in Katmandu, transfer by bus to Kurintar via Prithivi Highway (4 hours). Check in at Resort and the rest of the day is free. There will be a trip briefing before dinner.

Dinner and overnight at hotel

 

Day 2 - Chame via Besi Shahar

After breakfast we'll begin the drive to Chame (8/9 hours) via Besi Shahar which is the main town of Lamjung district. After Besi Shahar we'll continue along the unpaved Mountain Road stopping at Dharapani Vilage for lunch.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 3 - Trek to Pisang (5/6 hours)

Walk along the river to reach the village of Bratang (mainly popultaed by Tibetans), passing through a splendid pine forest with excellent views of Lamjung and Annapurna II and IV. At Bratang we'll stop for a hearty lunch.

After lunch it’s a further 2 hours trekking to reach our peak, traditionally trekkers would plant a pine sapling, not only to establish that they have made it to the top, but also to contribute to the reforestation of the area. We will then head down to Pisang.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 4 - Trek to Manang (4 hours)

After we have crossed the Pisang Khola there is a 45min steep climb up to a pass. From the top of the pass we will get a glimpse of Paunda Danda (4,655m), Mount Pisang, and Manang valley, and right before us, Mount Tilicho. On the way down to Hongde we come across a check post where the trekking permits will be examined, we'll have lunch here.

After lunch, 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, towards the horizon there are views of the highest peak of Mount Thorung (6,481m), and to the east, the crown of Mount Pisang. From Hongde we climb up to the ancient village of Braga (3,505m) - we can take 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 45mins to reach Manang from here, which sits on the plateau at 3,530m.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 5 - Trek to Shree Kharkha via Khangsar (5/6 hours)

The Khangsar trail goes downhill to a chorten, then turns northwest and heads down towards the river. We will stay on the north bank and head west, following a trail alongside the river, then we'll traverse along the south side of the ridge through a blue pine forest and cross the suspension bridge to climb to meet the ridge.

Khangsar is a collection of traditional buildings surrounding a large village square. The top storey of each house has been whitewashed, but a complex web of power lines detracts somewhat from the picturesque aspect of the village. After lunch we'll continue our gentle climb through Juniper and sea buckthorn bushes to Shree Kharkha, from here you can witness superb views of Tilicho Peak and other giant snowcapped Mountains in the Annapurna region.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 6 - Trek to Tilicho Base Camp 

Today is a short day, however the trail is a bit tricky as it is narrow and passes through several landslide areas so must take great care. We will spend a leisurely morning enjoying the mountain views and then after lunch we will start to Base Camp.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 7 - Climb to Lake Tilicho, to Base camp, and back to Shree Kharka

THE BIG DAY! We will climb to the world’s highest lake, Lake Tilicho which is situated at an altitude of 4,920 m. The climb starts up a valley then traverses onto a moraine making a long climb to 4,710 m. There are outstanding views of Khangsar Kang, Tarke Kang, and Gangapurna as well as great views down the valley to Manang and Upper Pisang. The trail then makes a series of steep switchbacks, climbing for an hour to a false summit and on to a crest at 5,010m. From here to the lake the trail is lined with hundreds of large stone slabs set on end, passing 2 lakes, the trail crests at a cairn and prayer flags mark where you’ll let get your first view of the Lake - said to be 4km long and 2.5km wide, it is the world’s highest Placed Lake. After visiting Tilicho Lake, we'll continue back to Base Camp for a late breakfast and later continue back to Shree Kharka.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 8 - Trek to Churi Lader (5/6 hours)

After breakfaast take an upper trail towards the left through the Pine, Juniper, and Rhododendron forest. We will arrive on the pass above Khangsar village where we may see Yaks & Horses grazing. From here it is a steep descent to the river. Cross the river on the suspension bridge and continue to Yak Kharkha for lunch, after lunch it is about an hour to Churi Lader. 

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 9 - Trek to Thorung Phedi & High Camp (6 hours)

It normally takes about 2 hours to reach Thorung Phedi from Lattar, but owing to the high elevation we will take it slowly with frequent rests and water breaks in order to avoid getting sick at such an extreme elevation. 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'll continue our ascent for another 2 hours to the High Camp.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 10 - Thorung la pass to Jomsom (8/9 hours)

Very early wakeup today to start the ascent to Thorung la pass, we must cross about twenty hills on the way to reach the summit! On the way up we get to see many prayer flags and several cairns (small mounds of rock). From the top we will see the Yakgawa Kang or Thorungse (6,481m) to the north, Khatung Kang (6,484m) to the south, and the Annapurnas along with the Gangapurna to the southeast. In the horizon to the west, Dhaulagiri (8,169m) and Mount Tukuche (,6920m) are also visible. From the summit the descent to Muktinath (3,802m) takes about 3 hours and the difference in altitude is 1,600m - here we will find another check post where we have to show our trekking permits. After some rest, we will drive to Jomsom.

Dinner and overnight at teahouse lodge

 

Day 11 - Pokhara

After an early breakfast walk to Jomsom Airport to board a 20mins flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival we will transfer to the hotel for refreshment and rest. Spend a free afternoon relaxing around the lakeside bazaar in Pokhara and enjoy a hearty meal.  

Dinner and overnight at hotel

 

Day 12 - Kathmandu

After breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Pokhara domestic airport for a 25mins flight to Kathmandu where we will spend the day at the charity.

Celebratory farewell dinner in the evening

 

Day 13 - Back to Dubai 

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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