Nepal Trek 2017
The CARE Nepal Trek offers you a once-in-a-lifetime trekking experience. Over the course of 12 days you will support local communities and have a unique opportunity to explore this beautiful country.
Having transferred from Kathmandu we'll begin our trek from the culture-rich historic town of Bhaktapur and head to the pagoda-style temple of Changu Narayan Temple - considered the oldest temple in Nepal. We'll then head to a hotel in Kathmandu that offers a sanctuary of calm amidst the bustling shopping area of Thamel.
The following day we'll begin the Gorkha section of our trip, readying ourselves with a decent lunch before beginning a challenging uphill climb. Our efforts will be repaid as we relax at the first of our homestays and celebrate the Nepalese festival of Dashain in traditional style. Following local trails in the area we'll have the opportunity to see first-hand the impact of the humanitarian work that CARE has been carrying out since the devastating earthquakes struck the region.
Travelling east we'll have the chance to visit another area where many Nepalese families are receiving post-earthquake support. We'll then continue on an undulating trek that takes us past waterfalls, rice paddies and a stunning backdrop of the surrounding mountains to a village situated on the banks of a tributary of the mighty Ganges. From here we embark on our longest trek further south, crossing many a suspension bridge along the way. The final day will be spent travelling back to Kathmandu for a day of relaxation and an evening of celebration before we fly home.
This was an incredibly well organised trekking event and so special because of being off the beaten track from the usual trekking routes. The most memorable times were those unplanned moments when we were invited by local villagers to join their festivities and events - these things can't be planned but really add to the experience. A life-changing experience I will never forget. Thank you to CARE for everything.
Trisha Ford, 2016 Nepal Trek participant
Read the Nepal Trek blog for full details of the trip recce and find out what's in store for next year.
- Route Info
The trek will begin from the culture-rich historic town of Bhaktapur and take you onwards to Gorkha, having spent a restful night at a delightful hotel in Kathmandu. From Gorkha you’ll begin a challenging uphill climb to the remote hills of the region where you’ll be able to relax at the first of the homestays and celebrate the start of the Nepalese festival of Dashain. There will also be ample opportunity to witness how CARE’s work has helped rebuild the lives of those affected by the devastating earthquakes of 2015.
Travelling east you'll have the chance to visit another area where many Nepalese families are receiving post-earthquake support. You'll then continue on an undulating trek that takes us past waterfalls, rice paddies and a stunning backdrop of the surrounding mountains to a village situated on the banks of a tributary of the mighty Ganges. From here you will embark on a longer trek further south, crossing many a suspension bridge along the way! The final day will be spent travelling back to Kathmandu for a day of relaxation and an evening of celebration before we fly home.
When is the event?
The event will take place between Friday 6th to Tuesday 17th October 2017.
Who can take part?
People from all walks of life take part. Most of the time participants will sign up as an individual, but groups of friends or colleague are most welcome as well, whether you are an individual or part of a group by the time you have completed the trip you will have made friendships that will last a lifetime.
How fit do I need to be?
The event is challenging so we advise that you schedule some training walks before the trip. Naturally, the fitter you are the more you will enjoy your adventure. Once you have signed up we will send you a training guide that will allow you to reach a suitable level of fitness.
Return flights from London including flight taxes
Accommodation, based on sharing room
Professional local guides, UK leader and UK doctor
Meals including breakfast, lunch and dinner (except where stated)
Snacks, water, fruits and cold drinks en route
All entrance fees
In-country travel and transfers
What isn’t included?
Visa (currently £20 for British Citizens)
Alcoholic and other beverages during meals
Tips for guides or local staff
The cost of any advised or elective inoculations
Travel to and from the relevant London airport
What do I have to spend additional money on?
Before: Vaccinations, visas, kit if you don’t have any of it.
During: all meals and accommodation are paid for but you will need money for drinks in the evening and shopping.
Do I need any specialist kit?
Nothing specialist but we would advise you wear breathable/wick away fabrics to make your trekking experience as comfortable as possible. We will supply you with our suggested kit list once you have signed up.
Do I need travel insurance?
Everyone will need to organise and take out their own comprehensive travel insurance covering health, accident and loss before departure. You will need to provide confirmation of your insurance 12 weeks before departure when 80% of your fundraising is due.
Can I extend my trip or book flights from a different airport?
Yes you can. If you want to arrange your own flights you can pay for them yourself and we will reduce your minimum sponsorship to £2,299. Alternatively we can book different flights for you, there will be a £50 administration charge and you will be required to pay the difference if the flights are a higher cost.
What will the food be like?
Food will be top notch and there will be plenty of it. It is designed to provide you with the energy needed to complete the trip. For many reasons, Nepal is a popular destination for many tourists; the kind and happy spirit of the locals, the beautiful landscape and of course the food!
What will the accommodation be like?
Apart from the 3 nights in the luxury of the Kathmandu Guest House, the accommodation will be very basic. We will utilise homestays which will have a positive impact on families CARE has worked with following the earthquakes. These will be very basic with no hot water, and you might not have access to electricity or Wi-Fi.
Please note that the building back of homes is still continuing and if for any unforeseen reason we are unable to accommodate the group using homestays we would set up a camp instead.
Will I get altitude sickness?
The highest elevation on the trip will be 2480m. Experts say that altitude sickness can take affect over 2400m, however, because we will have taken several days reaching this height, it is unlikely that you will have any problems. You will be offered advice from the local guides to avoid getting any kind of sickness and the group will be accompanied by a UK Doctor with an extensive medical kit.
What is the registration fee? How much do I have to fundraise?
Registration fee: £150 (can be paid in two instalments)
Minimum fundraising target: £2,999
I’ve never fundraised before, where do I start?
A great way to start fundraising is to set up an online sponsorship page at www.justgiving.com/care which you can send to your suppliers, clients, colleagues, friends and family. Many individuals fundraise by organising events such as dress down days, quiz nights, five–a–side football tournaments, golf days, car washing, cake bakes… which have all proved to be successful and great fun! There are many ways to raise funds and when you’ve signed up we’ll give you a fundraising guide packed full of ideas to help you reach your target.
When does my money need to be raised by?
You will need to have banked 80% of your fundraising (that’s £2,399) 3 months ahead of the event, by 16th June 2017. If you need a bit more time you can make a personal payment which can be refunded once your fundraising has been completed, but we aren’t able to be flexible with this deadline as this is the time we have to pay for the costs of the trip.
What fundraising support will I receive?
We’ll send you our Fundraising Guide, full of hints and tips to help you reach your target and you’ll have a dedicated member of the events team who you can talk through your ideas with and give you advice, whenever you need it.
How much of my fundraising does CARE receive?
In order to take part you need to pay a registration fee of £150 and raise £2,999. A minimum of 50% of your fundraising will go towards CARE’s humanitarian work, subject to the cost of flights at the time of booking.
Where does my sponsorship money go?
Your funds will support CARE International. CARE is one of the world’s top three aid agencies, fighting poverty and injustice in over 80 countries around the world and helping vulnerable people to find routes out of poverty. We deliver long term programmes to fight poverty, and are always among the first to respond to emergencies. We can’t do any of our life saving work without the support of people like you.
Will people think they’re sponsoring me to go on a holiday?
This challenge is tough, for many reasons. Some people find being far from home in a new country as tough as the trekking itself. A challenging trip with lengthy days spent trekking, we can guarantee that although you will have an amazing time, but it will not be a holiday! It is a popular choice amongst people who take part in overseas challenges to pay towards the costs themselves to ensure all fundraising does go to CARE. Whilst this isn’t always possible, if this is something you want to do you could consider making a donation monthly onto your online sponsorship page towards your costs.
Is it safe to visit the epicentre of the earthquake?
At CARE we take responsibility for our event participants, and we would never take a group to a destination which has a high risk of natural disaster, extreme weather or political/conflict situations. Earthquakes are the result of a build-up of pressure in the earth’s fault lines over many years, therefore there is a very low risk of another occurrence in the near future. We will monitor all risks to keep you safe and, if necessary, cancel the trip in the event of any foreseeable extreme weather or dangerous situations.
Why isn’t the trek in Annapurna or the Himalayas?
We considered lots of different options when planning this trip. Not only does Ghorka offer a unique trekking experience, but you will also get to see first-hand the effects of your fundraising as we witness the impact of CARE’s work in Nepal. Other trekking routes have their own merits, but we wanted to give the group a once in a lifetime experience, whilst also positively impacting families who were at the epicentre of the earthquake. The trails around the Ghorka region are stunning and unspoilt, and we offer an outstanding trekking experience.
- How we'll support you
- CARE technical T-shirt
- Full event preparation information
- Fundraising pack
- Regular emails and on-hand support from our events team
- Full support on the trip including UK leader, local guides and UK doctor
If you're not quite ready to sign up but want to know more, please fill out the form below and we'll get in touch.