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Off the Beaten Track in Nepal

23 day tour from $7,295 per person share twin

Sale Period

Until 07 Jun 18

 

23 day tour from
$7,295
per person share twin

Off the Beaten Track in Nepal 

A special fund-raising trek in the Middle Hills of Nepal organised in conjunction with the Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust. Trek in a remote region of Nepal, far from the main tourist trails’ meet the locals; visit family homes, schools and monasteries; enjoy cultural performances; stunning views of the high Himalaya (including Mt Everest, weather-permitting) and at the same time contribute to a long-running and successful joint NZ-Nepal development project.

This tour is run in conjunction with the Forgotten Sherpas of Nepal Trust, which was established by members of the Geraldine tramping Club in 2010. Projects include installation of solar lighting, safe water schemes, school support and health services to about 2500 villages.

This tour, organised by Jill Worrall Tours, especially for the trust, will feature a 17-day tour including a trek at high-altitudes (mostly between 2000-3000 metres) along with four nights in Kathmandu. The trek will include a multi-night stay in the Damar region enabling trekkers to meet villagers and see the Trust work in action. Jill Worrall Tours will be donating all her proceeds from this tour to trust projects and tour members will also have the opportunity to donate as well if they wish. Jill’s son Jono Meadowcroft, a highly experienced outdoor guide and full-time paramedic based in Wellington, will be the tour manager

23 day tour 
From $7,295 per person share twin
Departing: 23 September 2019 and back in NZ on 15 October 2019
Single price on application

Deal Includes
Return economy class flights on Singapore Airlines ex Christchurch to Kathmandu
All ground transportation
On our trek we will camping or staying in simple lodges
All meals as specified in the itinerary
All sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
All group tipping
You will be accompanied during your trek by an expert local trekking leader and his team

Tour Highlights
• Help fund-raise for an extremely successful and well organised community development project in rural Nepal operated by an officially registered charitable organisation (the Geraldine Forgotten Sherpas Trust)
• Travel to Nepal which has long and very special significance for many Kiwis
• Explore vibrant, chaotic and ancient Kathmandu
• Meet many Nepalese ethnic groups in a region little visited by other overseas travellers
• Weather-permitting trek to a panoramic vantage point to say Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Makalu and other peaks of the High Himalayas
• Walk through Himalayan forest and past local farms and villages
• Visit a school, health clinic and other facilities financed by the Trust in conjunction with local communities
• Meet monks and nuns in a large monastic complex and see important local pilgrimage sites
• Enjoy time in villages that have formed close associations with NZ, where the locals will be keen to meet you and introduce you to their unique local culture
• You will be accompanied during your trek by an expert local trekking leader and his team and by your NZ tour manager and escort Jono Meadowcroft

Itinerary
Day 1, Monday September 23: Arrive Kathmandu, Nepal

Today you will leave Christchurch at 10.50am bound for Singapore where you are scheduled to arrive at 17.40pm. After a short transit time it’s then back into the air at 6.30pm for your flight to Kathmandu, arriving at 9.05pm (this is a Singapore Airlines-approved transit time)
On your arrival at Tribhuvan Airport, in Kathmandu you will be met by local tour representatives and transferred to your hotel in the Boudha district of Kathmandu.
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 2, Tuesday September 24: Kathmandu
This morning you will have an introduction to Kathmandu with a half-day sightseeing tour including two UNESCO World Heritage sites, Durbar (Royal Palace) Square and the Swayamboudh temple, the latter is a Buddhist temple, one of the most revered in Nepal. It’s also known as the monkey temple. Lunch is independent today but later in the day you will get together again with your local guide for a briefing on your trek. There will be a welcome dinner tonight. B, D
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 3, Wednesday September 25: Kathmandu to Dhap
It will be an early start this morning as you travel by jeep from Kathmandu to Dhap, a journey of about 8-9 ours. On arrival you will either be camping or staying in simple lodges in the area. In Dhap you will meet the full trekking team. Over the next few days you will meet many of Nepal’s ethnic groups including Sherpa, Khaling Rais, Tamangs, Magars, Sunuwars and Gurungs. B, L, D
Overnight: Dhap

Day 4, Thursday September 26: Dhap to Dikure
This morning, weather permitting, you will get amazing views of Everest from Dhap. After breakfast your trek begins. Today’s route will take about 4-5hours with the walk taking you through forest and farm land. The porters and camping team will have gone on ahead to set up ready for your arrival. There will be time today to visit a Trust school project and also homes where the locals are using the new wood-burning stoves introduced with the assistance of the trust. B, L, D
Overnight: Dikure.

Day 5, Friday September 27: Dikure to Damar

It’s just a short trek today of about two hours. Your destination is Damar, the centre of the Trust’s work in Nepal. Here you will visit the health clinic that the trust has assisted the villagers in establishing. B, L, D
Overnight: Damar

Day 6, Saturday September 28: Damar to Bule Bule
After a relaxed start you will trek another 4-5 hours waling steadily up hill through pine forest. There will be a stop in Japhre to visit locals who are also using the new stoves and to have lunch before continuing to Bule Bule. B, L, D
Overnight: Bule Bule

Day 7, Sunday September 29: Bule Bule to Pikey Peak

There’s a five-six-hour walk today through alpine and rhododendron forest passing many Buddhist mani (prayer walls) and chortens (stupas). You will either camp or stay in a small lodge nestled under Pikey Peak (at 3350m). B, L, D
Overnight: Pikey Peak.

Day 8, Monday September 30: Pikey Peak to Taktur

This morning it will be earl start to walk up to the summit of Pikey Peak (4068m) for sunrise views over the Himalayas. The views here are considered by many in the know to be the best in Nepal. From here (weather permitting) you can see Mt Everest (8848m), Mt Kanchenjunga (8586m), Mt Lhotse (8516m), Mt Makalu (8,463m), Mt Cho Oyu (8201m) and many other Himalayan peaks. Then it’s downhill to camp for breakfast and then onwards through forest and hills to Taktur (a trek of about six to seven hours). B, L, D
Overnight: Taktur

Day 9, Tuesday October 1: Taktur to Jumbesi
It’s a three-hour trek today to the town of Jumbesi (2670m), a small Himalayan town. You will have time to visit a monastery here, explore the town and generally soak up the atmosphere. Overnight will either be at a campsite or in a lodge. B, L, D
Overnight: Jumbesi

Day 10, Wednesday October 2: Jumbezi to Taksundo
Five to six hours’ walking today will take you through small villages and agricultural land to Taksundo. Again, overnight will be in either a lodge or camping. B, L, D
Overnight: Taksundo.

Day 11, Thursday October 3: Taksundo to Sasarabeni (3835m)
Today’s route will take between six and seven hours, passing through woodlands and then uphill to reach the campsite. There will be views of Mt Numbur Himal from here. B, L, D
Overnight: Sasarabeni

Day 12, Friday October 4: Sasarabeni Camp
We have a day walk today to Dudh Kundha Lake which is situated at 4561m. The lake lies at the foot of Numbur Himal. The lake is sacred as it is said to be the home of the protective deity of the Solukhumbu region. Many Nepalese make pilgrimages to this place as they believe that the lake water can free you of sin or help with fertility issues. B, L, D
Overnight: Sasarabeni

Day 13, Saturday October 5: Sasarabeni to Mapung
It’s a downhill walk today through yak pastures to Mapung. Along the way there may be a chance to visit a cheese factory. Tonight, will be spent either camping or in a simple lodge. B, L, D
Overnight: Mapung

Day 14, Sunday October 6: Mapung to Taktor
Today you will be visiting the beautiful Thubten Choling Monastery (2930m) which is home to about 900 nuns and monks, most of whom are Tibetan refugees. B, L, D
Overnight: Taktor

Day 15, Monday October 7: Taktor to Ngarr
You will be walking to Ngarr today, which will take about six hours. Ngarr is a very small but very attractive village which was badly affected by the 2015 earthquake. There are tea houses here to enjoy traditional Sherpa hospitality and a great view of Mt Gaurishankar. B, L, D
Overnight: Ngarr

Day 16, Tuesday October 8: Ngarr to Goli
After a relaxed breakfast you will visit a local cheese factory before walking down through the forest to Goli where you will spend two nights. This will be a day to watch out for many fascinating mani (prayer) rocks that are almost hidden in the forest. There could also be some wildlife to spot here. The walk will take about three hours. B, L, D

Day 17, Wednesday October 9: Goli
It’s a rest day to day so you can spend the day meeting the local Sherpa community. This area was also badly affected by the earthquake and the locals is working hard to get back on its feet. The school and the monastery are in the process of being rebuilt. B, L, D
Overnight: Goli

Day 18, Thursday October 10: Goie to Bhandar
It’s a pleasant six to seven-hour trek today beginning with a walk down to Goli Geptchuk past many small hamlets. At Goli Kapte there may be a chance to visit local schools. Beyond this hamlet, as the ethnic mix of the area is different you will notice subtle differences in architecture. Once down at the river there is a steep climb up the other side to Bhandar (2190m). This town as a small market area, tea and coffee gardens and papermaking factories. B, L, D
Overnight: Bandar

Day 19, Friday October 11: Bhandar to Kathmandu

You will be on the road for eight to nine hours today as you travel back to Kathmandu. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in the very lively Thamel area which is crammed with restaurants, cafes, bars and shops. B, L, D
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 20, Saturday October 12: Kathmandu
Today is a free day to rest, shop for souvenirs or do some independent sightseeing. This evening you will be getting together for your farewell dinner. B, D
Overnight: Kathmandu

Day 21, Sunday October 13: Kathmandu – onward flights
Today it’s goodbye to Kathmandu as you are transferred to the airport for your evening flight departure. B

Day 22, Monday Oct 14: Singapore to Christchurch
Your Kathmandu flight arrives in Singapore at 5.05am. As your flight to Christchurch does not depart until 7.45pm you have some options for the day.
• If you wish to stay on in Singapore for a few days we can provide you with an extension package (at own cost).
• If you would like a hotel day room but still return to NZ the same day we can also organise this (at own cost)
• As your main luggage will have been checked all the way to NZ you will only have hand luggage with you which means you could spend most of the day in Singapore.
• Singapore Airport does have excellent facilities for transit passengers if you do not wish to leave the airport. There are lounges (including shower facilities) you can pay to use; there’s a swimming pool and other shower facilities in the airport as well. See us for more details if you need help working out how best to use this transit time.

Day 23, Tuesday Oct 15: Arrival in Christchurch Your flight from Singapore arrives in Christchurch at 10.30am this morning.


In Flight (Mon 22 Oct)
Arrive New Zealand (Sun 23 Oct)


KEY: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner

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Terms and Conditions

Ticket taxes and surcharges are included in the advertised price. A non-refundable deposit of $1000 per person is required upon confirmation. Departure is guaranteed subject to a minimum of 10 passengers. Maximum number 15 passengers. Full payment will be required by 07 June 2019. The tour departs from Christchurch, other departure points from NZ domestic cities are not included. Any visa costs are not included. Itinerary is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control. It is a requirement of this travel arrangement that all travellers must take out a fully comprehensive travel insurance for the full duration of this trip which includes helicopter rescue. Subject to currency fluctuations. For full details please contact us.
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