Nepal in Need
Trek spring 2015, 28th March to 13th April
Objectives: to trek to villages in the higher reaches of the Arun river valley, visiting health posts and schools and to plan future charitable support in the area.
Sat 28th Mar Fly London Heathrow to Kathmandu
Sun 29th Arrive KTM, stay at Hotel Yambu two nights
Mon 30th Acclimatisation and sightseeing
Tues 31st Fly KTM to Tumlingtar and jeep to Num. Camping at Num
Wed 1st Apr First day trek Num to Simma
Thurs 2nd Trek to Gola
Fri 3rd Trek to Hatiya
Sat 4th Rest day and explore locality
Sun 5th Trek to Honggong and views of high peaks
Mon 6th Trek to Hatiya
Tues 7th Trek to Gola
Wed 8th Trek to Dhodeni or Pepuwa
Thurs 9th Trek to Num and jeep to Khandbari
Fri 10th Jeep to Tumlingtar, fly to KTM, stay two nights at Hotel Yambu
Sat 11th Shopping and relaxation
Sun 12th Fly Kathmandu to London, arriving late evening or early morning Mon 13.
Estimated costs, subject to change
Sterling notes can be changed into Nepali Rupee at numerous kiosks in Kathmandu.
There are a few ATMs in Kathmandu and one in Khandbari. Current exchange rate 150 rupees/pound sterling.
£15 Visa entry on arrival at Kathmandu $25. Can be paid in sterling, euros or dollars.
£720 Cost of trek 12 days at £60/day includes all food, drink, trekking permits, tents, Sherpa guides, cooks and porters and sightseeing taxis. To be given in £sterling to Gyaljen at beginning of trek.
£72 Tips for Sherpa guides/cooks and porters.
£200 Return flights to and from Tumlingtar $325. Pay to Gyaljen.
£60 Four nights at the Hotel Yambu, $25/night each. www.asmitarooms.com
Total £ 1067 per person
Travel to and from Heathrow
Flights £600-750 return depending on route and timing.
Optional early morning flight over Everest £100
Occasional beer. Shopping in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance to cover trekking on established paths with guides, no climbing. Max altitude 2500m.
Immunisation as advised by your GP. Malaria prophylaxis not required.
What to take with you?
Photocopy of passport to leave at office in KTM. Copy of insurance documents. Two passport photos for visa and trekking permit. Downloaded visa application form ready for arrival in KTM.
Average day temperature 20C but be prepared for hot weather in the river valleys and cold at altitude. You can leave travelling clothes in Kathmandu. Carry two sets of clothes and extra short and long sleeve tops/shirts.
Essentials are: day rucksack, 3 season sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillow, walking poles if you use them, fleece, waterproofs, warm jumper, good walking socks and boots, shoes for around camp, sun hat, water bottle, head torch, mini first aid including insect repellant, blister plasters and Savlon. Sun screen. Any medications with back up.
Camera, diary, books/ebooks. Mobile phone, expect variable coverage and probably none on most days. (Solar powered or wind up phone/camera charger?)
Baggage allowance is 35kg long haul but only 20kg internal flight. It will be helpful to use your entire allowance by taking any unwanted warm clothing to give to villagers along the way.
Pack everything in a soft bag, not a suitcase which is difficult for porters to carry.