Brighton Grammar Nepal Challenge

Brighton Grammar Nepal Challenge

Trip Highlights

  • A 7 day trek through the stunning Annapurna region
  • Gaining an insight into the Nepali culture
  • Enjoying a spectacular trek in the Annapurna region
  • Views of the entire Annapurna mountain range from famous vantage point of Poon Hill
  • Experience local Gurung villages on the trek with our expert local leader
  • Exploring the historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu
  • Enjoying 3 hearty meals per day on the trek prepared by our experienced cooks.
  • Returning with a greater understanding of what it takes to be a true global citizen
  • Visiting the Annapurna Conservation area

Trip Summary

Our challenging adventure combines exploration of Kathmandu and Pokhara with a stunning 7 day trek in the Annapurna region of Western Nepal. Our destination is one of the truly iconic adventure travel destinations in the world and perfectly suited to travel for young men. On arrival in Kathmandu we gain an insight into the Nepalese people and culture as we explore the historical and cultural highlights. We then embark on a spectacular trek into the Annapurna region. Our group will trek through small Gurung villages and visit the Annapurna Conservation Area Project site in Gandruk. We continue through beautiful mountain scenery to the stunning vantage point of "Poon Hill", gaining uninterrupted views across the whole of the Annapurna range.

Sample Itinerary

After the months of planning and preparation the wait is finally over! You will need to check in at the International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight.

Meals:  Nil

On arrival you will be met at Kathmandu airport and transferred to the Gangjong Hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fiberfill jacket. Tonight we will head out as a group and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Gangjong Hotel

Meals:  D

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820m). On arrival we are met at the airport and drive a short distance to Pokhara township where we will have lunch and meet our crew. We then board our private vehicle and drive past a Tibetan Refuge Camp, to the road head to commence our trek. The students will be responsible for carrying all their personal equipment on the trek, whilst our Sherpa crew will carry all the group requirement. We immediately leave the main road and ascend steeply towards the ridge where we gain panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range in the distance. The scale of the imposing mountains astounds us as we gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). We follow a ridge through fields and clumps of bamboo before arriving at the small village town of Dampus, our stop for the night. Villagers greet us with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting as we have wonderful views across the Annapurna Range. Overnight eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This is an interesting day with some steep sections as we trek through mainly forest, in and out of gullies, as the path leads us toward the mountains. The rhododendron forests are lush and offer a protective canopy for the smaller delicate flora. It also provides a haven for birdlife and we can hear their varied calls as we move through. Local villagers use the trail to take goods to market, and children pass by on their way to school. The trail soon opens onto fields as we approach the village of Landrung for spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. Overnight permanent eco-camps

Meals:  B,L,D

The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. As we reach Deroli (2200m) we can get our first views of Dhaulagiri, the world's 6th highest peak. We take lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to our camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The views today are fantastic as the spectacular mountains start opening up around us. Our trail runs through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We are away from the main trails now and pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and plants such as exotic orchids. We rise above 2500 mtrs in altitude as we approach our eco lodge located in the village Tadapani. Overnight eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Our walk today joins the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. It is a challenging day as we rise and fall with the path. We have risen above the tree-line, and now have excellent views of the dramatic range of mountains known as the Dhaulagiri Himal as the trail zigzags until we reach Ghorapani. This is a larger trading town complete with markets and bazaars. We have the chance to wander through the trading areas this afternoon before heading to bed early in preparation for our early morning climb on Poon Hill. Overnight eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake early for our steep climb to the famous view point of Poon Hill. From Ghorepani a pre dawn 45 minutes mostly staired climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). The view of the Himalaya from here are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world's greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. The glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna, making the early morning rise more than worth the effort. We descend to Ghorepani for breakfast and during the morning we descend further through first and small settlements to Chitre.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is the last day of our trek as we head out of the forest to the road head where we meet our vehicle for the drive to Pokhara. On arrival at our permanent eco camp in Pokhara we say goodbye to our crew who have been with us for the last 7 days. Tonight we will have a celebration dinner with the crew. Overnight permanent eco-camp

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we say goodbye one last time to our new found friends and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to your hotel, this afternoon is at leisure for last minute shopping and exploration of Kathmandu as well as organising your luggage for your flight home. Tonight we will head out on a farewell dinner and debriefing to reflect on our journey. Overnight Hotel Gangjong

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we check out and transfer to the airport for the Thai Airways flight to Melbourne.

Meals:  B

Arrive in Melbourne

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Thai Airways International flights Melbourne to Kathmandu return including tax
  • Trek pre-departure information guide, with all you need to know for your trek including gear list
  • Hotel accommodation in a good quality guesthouse in Kathmandu on a twin share basis
  • Internal flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu approx. US$260
  • All internal transport by private bus or jeep where mentioned
  • Gear package including kit bag (yours to keep), sleeping bag and liner, insulated sleeping mat and down or fibre-filled jacket on trek
  • Porters and Sherpa crew to carry all group equipment including porter's insurance
  • Group leader, sirdar, guides and kitchen staff who can cater for any dietary requirements
  • Emergency medical kit
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Two teachers from Brighton Grammar traveling with the group
  • Pre Departure Information kit and evening meeting to help you prepare and pack.

What's Not Included

  • Any vaccinations required
  • Items of a personal nature such as personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Travel insurance
  • All local guide, crew and cooks tips
  • Nepal visa

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:12 Days
Countries:Nepal
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4929