The 2014 trek will take place in the Easter school holidays to allow school children to take part. There are already a number of adults and children who have expressed a definite interest. The proposed route is from Tumlingtar to Gontala, returning via Tamku. The aim of this route is to visit Nepal in Need supported health posts and schools en route.
Nepal in Need Trek 2014
Saturday 5th April –Monday 21st April
Sat 5th April
Fly afternoon or evening from Heathrow to Kathmandu via Middle East.
Arrive KTM pm. Obtain visas. Meet Gyaljen on arrival. Stay at Asmita guest house two nights.
Day in KTM, sightseeing and acclimatising.
Morning flight KTM to Tumlingtar Jeep or trek to Khandbari. Camp at Ghurkha Welfare Centre.
Trek to Angala via Mane Bhanjang (5 hours).
Trek to Yaphu (6 hours).
Visit health post and Yaphu school. Formal handover of library books to school.
Trek to Walang. (5 hours)
Trek to Gontala. (6 hours)
Rest day , visit to Kenphalung cave or day trek to Saisema and return.
Trek to Khanigaon. (7 hours)
Short trek to Tamku. Formal handover of library books to school.
Trek to Heluwabesi. (5 hours)
Trek to Tumlingtar (6 hours) Stay at Arun hotel.
Fly Tumlintar to KTM. Afternoon shopping and sightseeing. Stay Asmita one night.
Afternoon or evening flight to LHR
Arrive London early morning.
Estimated costs, subject to change.
(Conversion £ = $1.6)
Sterling can be changed into Nepali Rupee at the airport or in the numerous kiosks in Kathmandu.
There are a few ATMs in Kathmandu and one in Khandbari. Current exchange rate 160 rupees/pound sterling.
£15 Visa entry on arrival at Kathmandu $25. Can be paid in sterling, euros or dollars.
£840 Cost of trek 12 days at £70/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.
£84 Tips for Sherpa guides/cooks and porters.
£125 Return flights to and from Tumlingtar $200. Pay to Gyaljen.
£28 Three nights at the Asmita Guest House, $15/night each. www.asmitarooms.com
Total £1092 per person
Flights about £600 return.
Optional early morning flight over Everest £100
Shopping in Kathmandu.
Travel insurance to cover trekking on established paths with guides, no climbing.
Immunisation as advised by your GP. Malaria prophylaxis not required.
What to take with you?
Be prepared for warm 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: 2-3 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, head torch, mini first aid including insect repellant, blister plasters and savlon, any medications with back up.
Camera, diary, books/ebooks. Mobile phone, expect variable coverage and probably none on some days.
Baggage allowance is 30kg. 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.