Nepal Trek 2019
Join us for a challenge you’ll never forget and help us care for more people living with a terminal illness.
Day by day, here’s what you and your trekking partners will get up to on your adventure.
Trek grading: Challenging
This is when your adventure begins, meeting the group at the airport and taking an overnight flight to Nepal.
We arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to our first hotel. The hotel is situated on a hillside, with great views from the terrace across the city and to the Himalayas in the distance.
Kathmandu- Sundarijal- Chisso Pani: approx 6 hours trekking
We make an early start from Kathmandu for our transfer, taking approximately 45 minutes, to the starting point of our trek at Sundarijal. Shortly into the trek we pass the Buddhist Stupa at Boudanath - according to local tradition, it is always a good idea to walk to the left for good luck and prosperity.
From Sunderijal the trail climbs steeply up to the ridge line bordering the northern side of the Kathmandu valley.
Crossing the ridge via a small pass at Bunlang, we drop down to the small village of Chisopani where we camp at 2215m.
Chisopani - Gul Bhanjang: approx 6-7 hours trekking
Today starts with an optional short trek to the top of the hill above the campsite, where you will find beautiful early morning views of the peaks to the west including Makalu, Peak 29, and Boudha Himal.
The whole group will set off from the campsite with a steep descent to the village of Pati Bhanjang where we stop for a short rest before another steep climb up through the village of Chipling.
After lunch, our ascent continues until we reach the shoulder of Jogin Danda. The trail now levels off, traversing through shrubland until a gradual descent to the camp site at Gul Bhanjang at 2130m.
Gul Bhanjang – Ichok: approx 7 hours trekking
We pass through the village of Gul Bhanjang and arrive at an Alpine-type meadow after a steep but fairly short climb. Here you'll see excellent views of the Jugal Himal to the north. From here it is a short distance to Kutumsang where we stop for lunch and take in the views.
After lunch, the trail makes a big traversing loop under the slopes of Hille Danda, passing through a mix of forest and farmland.
As the day goes on, we will see the Sherpa influence become more noticeable as we move further away from Kathmandu.
Tonight we we camp outside the small hamlet of Ichok at 2200m.
Ichok - Tarkeghyang: approx 7 hours trekking
This morning's trek starts with a tough four-hour descent all the way down to the Melamchi river. Depending on the weather, our lunch spot is a good place for a swim for those hardy enough to take to the water!
After lunch, we have to regain much of the height lost during the morning and it is a three-hour steep walk up to the large Sherpa village of Tarkeghyang. The climb will be broken by visiting the impressive Gompa (temple) at Nakotegoan.
Tarkeghyang at 2,270m is the largest of the villages in Helambu and also where we will be camping tonight. It has an interesting Gompa and it is well worth taking a stroll around the narrow alleys where the buildings are of a distinctly Sherpa style.
Tarkeghyang - Thimbu - Kathmandu: approx 3-4 hours trekking
This morning we start by heading south, losing height as we leave the hills behind us. Passing through several Bahun and Chettri villages, we make a final descent to the end trek point at Thimbu where we meet our vehicles and start our 4-5 hour drive back to Kathmandu.
Tonight we have our celebration dinner and look back at all of our achievements over the past week.
Kathmandu - UK
Today we say goodbye to our guides and bid farewell to Nepal, as we jump on our flight home back to London and end our adventure.
This itinerary is subject to change with any change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.
By taking on this once in a lifetime challenge for Marie Curie you will help us care for more people living with a terminal illness. And when you join us you, we’ll help you have a trek you’ll never forget. You’ll get:
- training guides, hints and tips to get you ready for your big challenge
- lots of fundraising ideas in your welcome pack. If you’re keen to get started with your fundraising right away, check out these ideas
- access to a local community fundraiser who’ll advise you and help you smash your target
- two Marie Curie representatives who’ll trek the entire way, join you on a training day and organise a post-trek reunion
- we’ll set up a Facebook group just for your trek, so you can chat with your fellow trekkers before the trip starts
- a 15% discount at Cotswold Outdoors to help with your gear buying
Our treks are designed to make sure you have a fantastic time, so you don’t have to think about the details, just enjoy. The trek includes:
- return flights
- local transfers
- an experienced trek leader who’s fully trained and knows the route and sites
- a doctor in the unlikely event of injury or sickness
- all meals while trekking
The Ultimate Travel Company
This challenge is organised through the Ultimate Travel Company. Ultimate Travel have over 16 years running pioneering charity challenges including Kilimanjaro and the Inca Trail. They use the best ground agents, the most experienced trek staff and doctors to ensure you have a safe and memorable challenge.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need to sign up online?
Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us vital money to put towards supporting people living with a terminal illness. The registration form is also available to download and print. If you are not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up online later?
Who can take part?
People over the age of 18 who are looking for a challenge are able to take part. The group size will be approximately 30-40 with people of all ages and from all backgrounds. The majority will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.
The event will be tough and exhilarating, but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.
How fit do I have to be?
All our trekking challenges are designed to suit people who are fit and have trained to take part - the fitter you are the more you will enjoy the adventure. We will walk approximately 12-14 kilometres per day (7-8 hours).
Will I need specialist kit?
We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.
What is not included in the package?
- Registration fee
- Travel insurance
- Recommended vaccinations
- Tips and gratuities
What food and drink will there be?
All the water on the trek will be boiled and safe to drink. Breakfast will include bread, bicuits, jam with a hot breakfast such as porridge or pancakes, eggs, and tea and coffee for breakfast. A typical lunch will be soup, cheese, eggs, salad sandwiches and chicken. For our evening meals, there will be soup followed by a main course with chicken, rice, potatoes and curried vegetables, lentils and Dahl, followed by a dessert. Hot drinks will also be served. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary requirements.
What about vaccinations?
As a guide diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, and typhoid are advisable, and boosters recommended for life in Britain should be up to date. We recommend you seek professional medical advice from your GP.
How will I be supported?
Beforehand: You will be sent a fundraising pack with great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target. We will be in touch regularly and will organise a briefing day where you’ll meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge.
During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a doctor and trek leader, as well as a Marie Curie representative. Local guides will escort the group along the route. Your luggage will be transported by vehicle to each camp.
Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?
We ask you to raise a minimum of £3,450. A minimum of £2,330* will go directly to Marie Curie, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship. If you would like to pay for the trip yourself please contact us on 0800 716 146 for further information.
* Based on minimum participant numbers
What will the weather be like?
December to February is the winter season. Weather is generally clear and dry, with little snow even at higher altitudes, though occasional storms and showers may drop snow as low as 2,500 metres. Days can be quite warm in the sun (20C) but nights are cold with temperatures well below freezing at altitude. Weather can be unpredictable, so be prepared for all conditions.
Passports and visas
Participants should have at least six months’ validity on their passports from the date of return to the UK. British passport holders will require a visa to enter Nepal. We will send you more information on this nearer the time.
Can I extend my stay?
Anyone wanting to stay on after the trek can arrange to do so through The Ultimate Travel Company at an additional cost and subject to availability.
How can I help limit the environmental impact of travelling abroad for this trek?
Marie Curie is committed to responsible tourism. This challenge is organised by our tour operator, The Ultimate Travel Company, which will provide guidelines on responsible tourism. They offer a carbon offset scheme for anyone who wishes to offset their flights.
What are the deadlines for my sponsorship money?
We require the 80% minimum of £2,760 by 2 November 2018. The remainder of the sponsorship is due 4 weeks after you return from the event.
If you have any further questions please call the events team on 0845 052 4184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.