THE PROMISE NEPAL CHARITY TREK TO MARDI HIMAL. 19th April-1st May 2018
The Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new route located in the Annapurna region. It “officially” opened in 2012 and has yet to command large crowds like other treks in the region. A richly diverse trek it takes you through beautiful forested areas though to rocky mountain terrain and several base camps which may have snow depending on the time of year you visit.
Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) mountain. The trek goes through quiet stone built villages and past wonderful rhododendron forests blooming in many different colors in the spring. The forest path continues until about 3,300 m. when the trail takes on a rugged mountain setting with spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna South. At Low Camp there is one of the best views of Machhapuchhre anywhere in Nepal. Above this at 3580m is High Camp which again offers spectacular views overlooking Annapurna Base camp. Further along you reach Mardi Himal Base camp where you have views overlooking all of the Annapurna range.
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Promise Nepal (www.promisenepal.org.uk) is a U.K. registered charity (no.1090760) founded in 2000 by a group of medical and other professionals who give their time and expertise free of charge. Every penny that is donated goes directly to help a leprosy-affected person in Nepal.
Today, leprosy is a curable disease and sufferers are non-infectious just 48 hours after they begin treatment. The World Health Organization continues to spearhead the global alliance to eliminate leprosy worldwide. Asia remains the region with the majority of the world’s leprosy burden and Nepal remains in the top 10 highest endemic countries in the world.
Leprosy……Destroys faces, hands, feet and sight
……….Destroys relationships and livelihoods
The ultimate vision of Promise Nepal is ‘a World Without Leprsoy.’Over the past 10 years, Promise Nepal has played a significant role by joining hands with Government and Non Governmental Organizations in dramatically reducing the number of leprosy affected people in Nepal. Much support and courage is garnered from our friends and well-wishers including Sir Chris Bonington,
Mr. Doug Scott CBE, Dame Claire Bertschinger, The Lady Shauna Gosling Trust, The St. Lazarus Foundation and many others.
Promise Nepal works to relieve the suffering of Leprsoy–affected people who have been abandoned by their families and failed by the system. We cure and care for them, and where possible, teach them to become self – supporting again.
Promise Nepal has built up a sustainable infrastructure to carry out the objectives of :
- Playing a role in the elimination of leprosy from Nepal
- Assisiting in the provision and maintenance of hospitals and health centers
- Providing work based and recreational activities so that the sick may be physically, psychologically and socially rehabilitated
- Providing support and assisitance for health and education initiatives.
The Promise Nepal Charity trek will be led by Mr. Pertemba Sherpa.
At 67 Mr. Pertemba Sherpa has accomplished what very few men dream of in mountaineering. ‘I came, I saw, I conquered’, would come close to describing his achievements in the mighty Himalayas.
Pertemba, a man who has reached the highest peaks on earth, several times, is more than just a mountaineer. His feats and contribution to society are commendable. Although reaching great heights from meagre beginnings, he still remains humble and kind, always looking for and finding ways to help a cause to uplift his society.
Born and brought up in Khumjung, a small Sherpa village at an altitude of 3750 m in the Khumbu (Everest) region, he was amongst the first students in the Khumjung Hillary School (constructed and funded by Sir Edmund Hillary Trust) in 1960. In 1968 he began his climbing career by summiting Mardi Himal followed by Yala Peak and Dhampus Peak. His other mountaineering successes are Mt. Everest (1975, 1982, 1985), Mt. Kosiyasko (Australia 1987), Mt. Gauri Shankar (1988), Twin peaks (Sikkim 1993), Mt. Manaslu (1995).
In 1970, his first major peak expedition with the British and Nepal Army was the joint expedition to Annapurna I. The expedition was a tremendous success and he reached the final camp as a support team. This was the only victorious team after Maurice Herzog who successfully conquered Annapurna I, 20 years earlier. Pertemba successfully scaled Mt. Urgan Hindukush in Afghanistan with a Swiss expedition and also trained in the Alps with the late Dougal Haston.
In 1975, Chris Bonington selected Pertemba as the expedition Sardar for the Everest expedition via the South West Face. They became the very first climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest from this route. This was also the first expedition that had a total of 17 people (including Sherpas) on top of Everest. The Late King Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev of Nepal conferred the ‘Gorkha Dakshin Bahu’ (1st Class) during a special award ceremony, honouring Pertemba for his contribution towards the mountaineering community of Nepal.
With so many feathers to his cap, the next big highlight of his career was leading the trek for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in the Annapurna region in 1984. This trek is now popularly known as the ‘The Royal Trek.’
Apart from his mountaineering feats, he is actively involved in social work. He is a member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Founder member of Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), Executive member for the Himalayan Rescue Association, Advisory member of the Himalayan Trust, Life Member of Sherpa Sewa Kendra, Active member of ‘Benoit Chamoux’ which works to ensure education for children of deceased mountaineers, Member of the Japanese Ken Noguchi Trust which funds education for climbers and their children.
Pertemba is currently campaigning to conserve the Sherpa traditions that are being threatened by modernisation. He has donated his ancestral house in Khumjung to be preserved as a “Sherpa Heritage House” for future generations. The house is older than many local ancient monasteries and is unique among the Everest Villages where Sherpa homes have been radically modernized. Pertemba Sherpa and Dr. Maggie Burgess, Chairman of the Sherpa Heritage House, co-ordinate the work of the project with the support of its President, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and it’s Patron Sir Christian Bonington, (www.sherpaheritagehouse.org)
Ever since the inception of Promise Nepal, Pertemba Sherpa has been the advisory member and a strong supporter of this noble cause. We thank him for taking the time out to lead this charity trek to support the work of Promise Nepal and extend the Sherpa hospitality to all the participants of this unique journey.
- All Transfer from Airport / Hotel / Airport in a private deluxe a/c vehicle accompanied by the representative / guide from Sacred Summits (P) Ltd.
- Welcome Dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant with transfers.
- 05 Night accommodation at the Kathmandu Guest House on Bed & Breakfast Basis inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3%)
- Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City & Swayambhunath Stupa and of Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa in a private car / Van accompanied by an English speaking guide and all relevant monument entrance fees.
- Airfare for sector Kathmandu / Pokhara / Kathmandu of USD 292.00 or £ 223.00 (subject to change)
- Annapurna Area Conservation Fee US$30.00 OR £ 23.00 plus taxes per person. (Subject to change without prior notice)
- Trekker Information Management System Card (TIMS) Card of US$10.00 OR £ 08.00 plus taxes per person. (Subject to change without prior notice)
- 06 Nights / 07 Days Mardi Himal Trek as per the given itinerary with accommodation in 2 man A or Dome tents, foam mats, Dining and Toilet tents and meals prepared by our Kitchen team.
- Support of a Sherpa Team with reliable porters to carry camping gear and guests baggage.
- 01 Night stay at the Fish Tail Lodge in Pokhara with breakfast and on twin sharing basis inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3%) – Pre and post trek
- Services of Mr. Pertemba Sherpa, a famous mountaineer and an adviser of Promise Nepal.
- All expenses for the transport of trek support staff and camping equipments from Kathmandu / Trek start point (Khande) and from Sidhing Village to Pokhara / Kathmandu (Post trek)
- To the cost of hire of an A/c Hiace for full-day excursion to Anandaban Hospital.
- To the cost of hire of an A/c Hiace for half-day excursion to Kokhana.
- A comprehensive medical kit
- Contribution to porter insurance
- A nominal Contribution to Promise Nepal of £ 400.00 per person, BUT more is always appreciated.
- All the applicable monument and entrance fees
- International Airfares.
- Nepal Visa fees (If applicable).
- Personal equipment such as hiking boots, sleeping bags etc.
- Meals (Lunch and Dinner) while the guest stay at hotels in Kathmandu & Pokhara (except for welcome and farewell Dinner)
- Cost involving any material or items related to voluntary services during the whole trek period.
- Items of a personal nature such as bar bills telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
- Personal medication
- Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
- Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses.
- Costs incurred due to cancellation of flights, altitude sickness or unforeseen circumstances (riots, natural calamities etc.) and situations beyond the control of Sacred Summits (P) Ltd.
- Tips for the trek
- Any item not mentioned in the above ‘cost includes’.
19 APRIL: Arrival in Kathmandu (1360 M)
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, meet the representative from Sacred Summits (P) Ltd and transfer to the hotel (30 minutes’ drive).
18:00 HRS : Proceed for a welcome dinner at typical Nepali Restaurant (Bhojan Griha.)
Bhojan Griha is located in Dilli Bazar very close to Durbar Marg (The Kings Way) and is an authentic Nepali Restaurant. It is an old Nepali Building which is more than 100 years old; it is historical & artistic building of a former royal priest. It has been restored and converted into a multi-storied restaurant tastefully decorated in local decor. Traditional Nepali hospitality greets you on arrival and guarantees a unique and memorable evening including a one hour Nepali folk dance program. This is the first Nepali restaurant of its kind in Nepal. (Note : it is a sit down – floor seating dinner and so comfortable attire is recommended. Also, one needs to take off shoes so something easy to take off / put on is recommended).
Overnight at the Kathmandu Guest House.
20 APRIL: AM : SS KATHMANDU CITY & SWAYAMBHUNATH PM : TREK BRIEFING AND WALK THROUGH THAMEL
After breakfast met by the representative at the hotel who will introduce you to the city guide for the sightseeing tour, later board the waiting vehicle and proceed for the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu City, Swayambhunath Stupa and Thamel Walk.
First we head to, Ancient Kathmandu Durbar Square with its many beautiful temples and shopping courtyards. As one crosses from the modern area of New Road into the Durbar Square, the onetime Freak Street, one is suddenly in the midst of Kathmandu’s famed medieval architecture.
The major tourist attractions on this tour includes a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Hanuman gate) which takes its name from the Monkey God, Hanuman from the epic, Ramayana The palace of the Malla Kings located in the Hanuman Dhoka is of the 14th Century and it is still retained as a ceremonial palace of the present Shah dynasty. Important traditional Royal ceremonies including the coronation of the King of Nepal is still conducted at Hanuman Dhoka Palace.
Near the Hanuman Dhoka is the house of the Living Goddess Kumari – Kumari Bahal. Two painted stone Lions stand guard at the entrance. Visitors may enter the courtyard to see the Living Goddess but are forbidden to take photographs. After the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city we continue our walk through Asan Bazaar, the heart and soul of Kathmandu.
Asan is a ceremonial, market and residential square in central Kathmandu, the Capital of Nepal. It is one of the most well-known historical locations in the city and is famed for its bazaar, festival calendar and strategic location. Asan has been described as one of the fine Newari examples of traditional Asian Bazaar. The Tuladhar, Shrestha, Baijracharya and Shakya castes make up most of the population of Asan. Six streets converge on Asan giving the square a perpetual bustle. The bazaar at Asan attracts shoppers from all over Kathmandu because of the tremendous variety of merchandise sold here, ranging from foodstuffs, spices and textiles to electronics and bullions. Asan is also one of the popular tourist spots in the city because of its architectural sights and charming ambiance.
After sightseeing tour board the waiting vehicle and drive to Swayambhunath Stupa for the sightseeing tour.
Swayambhunath Stupa – one of the protected monument sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on the top of the hill lying 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu. More than 2,500 years old, this ancient landmark is connected to the visit of Manjushree who created Kathmandu – a lake than – by draining its waters. The sage saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the top of this hill and sacrificed it. It is an important pilgrimage center as well as the center of art, architecture, religion and culture of Mahayana Buddhism.
The stupa of Swayambhunath is a hemispherical mound of compacted earth, and is built to specific rules, and is replete with symbols. The mound represents the four elements of earth, fire, wind and water. The 13 gilded rings of the spire symbolize the 13 steps of the ladder leading to Nirvana, the final salvation. The shrine is bedecked in colorful prayer flags. The pilgrim’s progress to Swayambhunath holy premises is actually through a sylvan path of 365 steps. The entrance is graced by a huge Vajra (Symbol of thunder bolt). Statues of Buddha adorn the four corners of the stupa. Statues of goddess Ganga and Jamuna guard the eternal flame behind it. There is a Tibetan gompa (monastery) and innumerable Chaityas (small stupas). The balcony of Swayambhunath is ideal for viewing the entire valley spread out below.
After the sightseeing tour, descend to the parking lot and board the vehicle and head to Thamel – a haven for tourists visiting the city. It contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater specifically to western tourists. This is the shopping Mecca in Nepal. You can buy most of the things you want here. Some favorites are the incense, sold almost everywhere, prayer flags, and Kukri swords. There are also a number of bookstores, outdoor outfitters, and banks in this district.
There are lots of shops selling everything from glass pipes to Tibetan Singing Bowls. There are also many nightclubs that open at 10PM. The streets of Thamel are fascinating, though beware of the hash dealers and the violin sellers as they will try to rip you off.
Upon arrival at Thamel board the waiting vehicle and drive to hotel. The Rest of the day is FREE
Overnight at the Hotel.
21 APRIL: FLY KATHMANDU / POKHARA (800 M) + GREEN PASTURES HOSPITAL VISIT + BOAT RIDE ON FEWA LAKE
After breakfast, Transfer to the airport for the 30 minute flight to Pokhara.
Pokhara stands at 800 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationers paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lake side bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and is a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty. The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard. Looming ahead to take the center stage is Machhapuchhare or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the Lamjung Himal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of Dhaulagiri (8161 m). Upon arrival, met by vehicles transferred to the Fish Tail Lodge.
Later drive to Green Pastures Hospital which was established in 1957 by the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) for leprosy patients in Pokhara.
When GPH (Green Pastures Hospital) was the only hospital providing services to Leprosy affected people, Promise Nepal played a big role in equipping the hospital, educating staff, providing funds for patient care and rehabilitation. Funds were also made available to get the training center started and today the knowledge and expertise gained from all these training sessions has greatly helped in treating not only Leprosy affected people with disabilities but for the general population as well.
After the visit head down to the Lakeside for a much deserved lunch break and later browse around the lake side.
15:00 HRS : walk down to the boat put in point and boat across the Lake to visit the Island Temple of Barahi
The Tal Barahi Temple: One of the most important religious monuments in Pokhara, Tal Barahi is situated almost in the middle of Phewa Lake. The Barahi Devi is considered as the protector Deity representing the female force. This temple has lured innumerable visitors and pilgrimages since its inception. This temple has earned so much name and fame that, it has become a centre of attraction for not only Hindus but also for people belonging to different religion and culture. After the visit, we once again board the waiting boats and float across slowly to the Hotel.
Dinner on own and Overnight at the Fish Tail Lodge.
22 APRIL : DRIVE POKHARA TO KANDE. TREK TO POTHANA JUNGLE CAMP
07:30 Hrs : After breakfast walk down to the raft pick up place and cross the lake to the other side to board the waiting vehicle and drive 1 ½ hours to Kande. Upon arrival, met by the Trek Team and porters. A brief introduction to the team and after sorting out the gears and porter loads, set out on the trek to Australian Camp.
The trek begins on flat and plain trail for about 15 to 20 minutes passing through mixed forest before it gradually starts to make an ascent. Continue on a gentle walk and then climb up on a rocky trail with many stones stairs with views of Kande Village. One can enjoy great views of the western Himalayas all the way to lunch at the Australian Camp.
After lunch, it is only about 1 hour to Pothana which is marked by an array of tea houses but we continue further for another 20 minutes to arrive at a meadow in a clearing, our 1st night of Camping. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a hot cup of tea/coffee by our kitchen team. After being allocated tents and settled in, the rest of the late afternoon and evening is free to read, relax and rest around the campsite until dinner.
Drive Duration: 1½ Hours Trek Duration: 4 – 4 ½ Hours
Dinner & Overnight at Camp.
23 APRIL: TREK TO FOREST CAMP (2550 M)
After breakfast, we set out by ascending to Pitam Deurali in 1 ½ hours through lush forested trail. From here, leave the main Annapurna trail and in spring, this area is dotted with rhododendrons and the common ones are the Red variety and is known as “Lali Gurans“, and is the national flower of Nepal. The walk through the forests is very quiet and peaceful and in spring one can see a variety of lowers in bloom. Climb steeply through a densely forest trail and arrive at a wide open clearing with a cluster of houses / tea houses that makes up the Forest Camp or also locally known as Kokar. Later, after being comfortably settled into our lodgings, we can take rest and explore the area.
Dinner and Overnight Camp at Forest Camp (Kokar) Trek Duration: 6 – 7 hours
24 APRIL: TREK TO BADAL DANDA (3250 M)
After breakfast today we continue towards Low camp once again through dense forests and larger concentration of Rhododendron trees, admiring Nepal’s rich biodiversity. Later the tree line changes from dense forest into larger slightly shorter well-spaced out trees, shrubs, mosses/ lichen and other types of vegetation before we reach the “Low Camp”. From here, the fantastic view of Mt. Machapuchhre (Mt. Fishtail) up the valley is mesmerizing.
However we continue on further a little further and climb to Badal Danda at 3250 M, where only a lone tea house is located. Badal Danda “Hill in the cloud” lies over the tree line and is an excellent place to spend the night to watch both sunsets and sunrise over the mighty Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Machhapucchhare (Fish Tail). Trek Duration: 5 – 6 hours
Dinner and Overnight Camp at Badal Danda
25 APRIL: TREK TO HIGH CAMP (3900M)
Trek along the ridge above the tree line and the area consists of mainly shrubs with isolated rhododendron bushes along the trail. It is dominated by views of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal and Machhapucchhare (Fish Tail) to the north and a deep valley to the east as well as of the Annapurna Base Camp far down below to the west.
If lucky, we might even come across “Daphne pheasant” – The national bird of Nepal. We ascend further and can see the winding trail leading up to the high camp, which the final destination of the day. As one ascends higher there are loose rocks along rocky terrain so one needs to step carefully.
The High Camp is an open pasture with 3 lodges. Upon arrival, the staff will make our own campsite for the night. The rest of the day is FREE to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery.
Dinner and Overnight Camp at High Camp Trek Duration: 3 – 4 hours
26 APRIL: EXCURSION TO MARDI HIMAL BASE CAMP
After an early breakfast, set out on our trek to the upper viewpoint. The impressive mountainous view from High Camp gets slowly replaced by the rocky tundra along the ridge ahead. Since this is a very new trekking route, we will ascend and descend, sometimes on a narrow trail. It’s fun but the sun’s heat becomes quite dehydrating so everyone needs to “sip, Sip Sip” to keep hydrated. Our trail passes through pastures and we hike along another ridge before reaching the Upper Viewpoint.
The view of the Himalayan vista from here of Mardi Himal (5587m), Annapurna I (8091m), Annapurna south (7219m), Hiunchuli (6441m), Baraha Shikhar (Mt. Fang) (7647m), Tent Peak (5695m), Singhachuli (6501m), Machapuchhre (6993m) and others is mesmerizing (weather permitting).
A great place to enjoy your packed lunch.
Later return to the High Camp. Trek Duration: 7 Hours
Dinner and Overnight Camp at Mardi Himal Base Camp
27 APRIL : TREK TO SIDHING (1700 M)
After breakfast, set out on a longish days hike by immediately heading to Low Camp (3050 M) and then once again enter through the Rhododendron forests and descend to Sidhing Village. The days trail is mostly downhill until our arrival at Sidhing, a small bustling village where we make our last camp.
Evening at leisure or free to explore the village. Trek Duration: 6 – 6 ½ hours
Dinner and overnight Camp at Camp
28 APRIL: TREK TO MARDI PUL AND DRIVE IN LOCAL JEEPS TO POKHARA VIA HENJA
After breakfast, we pack our bags and load them on local jeeps for the 3 hour on the new built graveled road all the way to Henja. Here we meet up with the main Baglung highway and continue on to Pokhara which is reached in about 45 minutes. On arrival at Pokhara, we have enough time to have an early lunch and then transferred to the airport for the 30 minute flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet and transfer to the Kathmandu Guest House to check-in. The rest of the evening is FREE
Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.
29 APRIL: VISIT KHOKNA LEPROSY COLONY + SIGHTSEEING TOUR
After breakfast, head down to Khokana Leprosarium which is only about 12 kilometers south of Kathmandu. There are about 180 patients that reside in the colony and almost 200 that have moved out of the colony in the rehabilitation program carried out by the Nepalese Government. With the opportunity opening up for labourers in the Gulf Countries and Malaysia, many able bodied youths have joined the labour force and returned with or sent the much needed money back to their parents OR families so these days there are many new buildings that are being constructed around the colony.
Visit the residential quarters and spend time with the Leprosy patients residing in the colony. Also meet, parents and relatives or neighbours of the students whose education was funded by Promise Nepal over the years.
Later return to Patan City or Kathmandu City for lunch.
15:00 HRS : Sightseeing tour of Boudhanath Stupa, a colossal stupa, just beyond the Pashupatinath Temple. It is an imposing structure standing about 36 meters and is one of the oldest Buddhist monuments ever built in Nepal. The stupa stands on the massive three level mandala style platforms surrounded by colorful family style houses and is said to have been built in the 5th Century and is a sight of great veneration to the Buddhists.
Now the stupa is surrounded by houses of Buddhist from Nepal and Tibet. Many followers from different part of the world come to visit this famous world heritage Stupa.
After the sightseeing tour of Boudhanath, board the waiting vehicle and drive to Pashupatinath Temple, approximately 03 kilometers from Boudhanath and is the most sacred Hindu Temples in the world. It is amongst the five principle pilgrimage sites for the Hindus and on an annual pilgrimage during Shivaratri Festival, thousands of devotees of Lord Shiva from all the Hindu communities of the world pay their homage here.
Pashupatinath is the reincarnation of Shiva in his most benevolent form as the shepherd of fertility and so there are no animal sacrifices in this temple, only fruits. Flowers and vermilion are offered. It lies on the banks of the Baghmati River and for the Hindus, to be cremated at Pashupatinath means a direct passage to heaven.
After the sightseeing tour, return to the hotel. The rest of the evening is FREE.
Overnight at Kathmandu Guest House.
30 APR : FREE DAY IN KATHMANDU TO VISIT ANANDABAN HOSPITAL
Tucked away in the forest, 16 kilometers South East of Kathmnandu – Anandaban is Nepali for ”forest of joy”. The hospital operates as a haven for peace and tranquility for people recovering from leprosy and its complications.
Promise Nepal is strongly supporting Anandaban Hospital and provides monetary support to run their monthly Satellite Clinics that go in villages in the Leprosy endemic southern part of Nepal to provide healthcare and diagnostic services. It also has over the years contributed to the purchase of a 10 seater Van, 3 4X4 Jeeps and purchased necessary equipment for the various reconstructive surgery that is performed here including a sophisticated operating table and necessary/needy equipment besides providing funds to build and expand the physiotherapy room and the new Emergency Centre. Promise Nepal for many years has arranged for hand surgeons to travel to Nepal and share/impart their knowledge to help better and be up-to-date in surgery techniques to the local Doctors/Surgeons. Promise Nepal has educated many of the key staff of Anandaban. These education opportunities have included Masters degree in Public health and development, International Leprosy conferences, Nursing degrees and short courses in neglected Tropical diseases
The Anandaban Hospital staff, have a strong connection with patients throughout their entire journey with leprosy. Whether they are in the hospital recovering from reconstructive surgery; undergoing intensive physiotherapy; or in Rosa House (the rehabilitation unit) preparing to return to their community, staff provide a safe and caring relationship with the patients, every step of the way.
Their new Out Patients city clinic in Patan provides diagnosis and treatment as well as the Community Rehabilitation Program free of costs for leprosy affected persons. The aim of this clinic is to reach out to the wider community to educate and raise awareness of leprosy and what treatment is available. Also there is private practice for general patients who are charged a nominal fee for the upkeep of the clinic.
The Staff and volunteer health workers of the Anandaban Hospital travel to the rural areas of Kathmandu and interact with and support members of self-help groups, which can dramatically change lives through mutual support and sustainability.
After the visit, return to the Hotel. The rest of the day is FREE.
Overnight at the Kathmandu Guest House.
01 MAY: FINAL DEPARTURE
Free for last minute packing and shopping until departure to Airport for final Departure
AFTER ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
- TREK BRIEFING:
On your arrival in Kathmandu, we will arrange to meet for a pre-trek briefing. Full information on all aspects of your trek, questions and doubts will be discussed. On trek your Sherpa leader (sirdar) will give you more details about the route, villages, people and other information regarding the trek.
Please bear in mind the domestic airline baggage weight restrictions when packing. In this matter we request you to try and limit your baggage to around 15 kgs. (about 35 lbs.). You may leave behind part of your luggage in your hotel or our locker room before the trek, in Kathmandu. All baggage are to be clearly marked and locked. Kindly refrain from carrying or wearing valuables on the trek. You may leave them behind at the safety deposit box at your hotel or with us.
- HOW TO PACK:
Your clothes and equipment should fall into the following 4 categories:
- What you are going to leave behind in Kathmandu.
- What you are going to wear on the trail.
- What you are going to carry in your day pack.
- What you would like the porters to carry for you.
Excess clothes and luggage can be stored in your hotel’s storeroom, and valuables in the safety deposit box. Please label your luggage and make sure to take a receipt from the front desk of your hotel for all the things you would like to leave behind while you are away.
- FOOD AND DRINKS:
On the trek the food will consist of the food available at the lodges. Menu will be available at the lodges and the guest will have a choice of the food they like. The water provided is pressure boiled. Water bottles may be filled at night so that you have cool water to drink the following day. Mineral water in bottles can be bought on many trek routes at an additional cost.
- YOUR STAFF ON THE TRIP:
Will consist of one English speaking Sirdar or Escort who will be wholly responsible for the execution of the trip once it hits the trail. Sherpa(s) and reliable porter(s) will assist him and the numbers vary according to the size of the group.
- WE WILL PROVIDE:
For persons who purchase the whole vacation package from us, we will also provide pick-up and drop at Kathmandu Airport, domestic surface / air transport, welcome drink and hotel in Kathmandu with American breakfast. The price of the trip does not include the hire of sleeping bags and down parkas, personal expenses like laundry and bar bills, tips and gratuities (Tips to staff).
- A TYPICAL DAY:
A normal day on trek would start at about 6:00 am with a wake up call and a cup of steaming tea or coffee served in your room, followed by a bowl of hot water for washing – also delivered outside your room. Breakfast will have to be ordered before one goes to bed and the breakfast will be served at the dining room (common) and we advise guests to pack their bags and leave it outside their room so that the Sherpa boys can load them on the porters baskets.
The morning part of the trip would begin after breakfast and last about three to four hours when a stop for lunch would be made. The afternoon part of the trip will be another two to three hours to camp Relax through the evening until dinner time. After dinner you have the choice of sharing yarns with your colleagues or fellow trekkers.
- SANITATION AND PERSONAL HYGIENE:
A latrine, which is usually outside the lodge, is the most common type of toilet all through out the trek. The toilets are very basic and no flush or running water is available in the toilets. The streams and rivers, and at times hot springs along the trail helps. However, there are a few tea – house / lodges that currently have attached bathrooms. Arrangements will be made to include tea – houses with attached baths where possible / available.
- DAILY WEAR:
Your Sherpa or guide/escort can help you plan your daily wear before each day’s walk. Please carry an extra shirt or a T-shirt and a light jacket in your backpack. The mountain air is cold, so you can keep dry and warm after sweats and chills.
- WHAT TO CARRY DURING THE TREK:
Your daypack, preferably waterproof should be light, small and comfortable. All small personal items like toilet paper, water bottle, medicines, extra shirt, light warm wears, rain gear, gloves etc., that may be needed for the days trek should be packed. Your duffel will be carried by porters who may not be with you at all times.
- GENERAL MATTERS:
Your personal belongings will be looked after by our staff so please help them by not leaving them unattended in villages and other public places. The common dinning room has a fire place which is usually lit at round 5:00 pm.
We do not want to add to the large scale deforestation problem in the country. You will find the Nepalese people friendly, charming, inquisitive and quite ignorant about the west. We request you to maintain and follow the local customs.
Handouts by trekkers has led to increase begging especially among village children, affecting their independent-spirited nature. As dental hygiene is a big problem no chocolate and sweets for the children, please. The Sherpa or leader/Escort can advise you if you are keen to help locally.
- MONEY ON TREK:
You may want to buy drinks at wayside shops and souvenirs from the natives. Small change should be carried. As customary, we can help discuss in detail in the pre-trek briefing.
WHAT TO WEAR:
Light clothing are only for short treks up to seven days at altitudes up to 6000ft (1830m) during fall (autumn) from September to November and in spring between March to May. The other months at all altitudes will be cold and at most times the temperatures will be below zero.
You will need hiking boots with ankle support, sneakers for flat trails and flip-flops or chappals for use around the camp / guest house.
Shirts, T-shirts (4), blouse, etc., for day wear and a woolen shirt for evenings.
MEN: Shorts, cotton trousers, jeans, sweat-pant (recommended) etc.
LADIES: Shorts (not too short), long skirts are acceptable in well trekked areas,
jeans or trousers if preferred. Sweat pants are recommended.
Undergarments & Socks:
Thermal underwear and inner trouser for the above 7,000 ft. treks. Thick trek socks.
A light sweater, a windcheater or light lined/padded jacket and down jacket or parka for above 7000 ft. treks. Woolen thick cap and warm gloves.
Sun / Rain:
Rain gear or umbrella and a sun hat is essential. Global warming has led to freak weather conditions and it has become more and more difficult to predict weather conditions.
Note: Umbrellas are cheap and easily available in Kathmandu.
HOW TO PACK
In The Day Pack: In The Duffel Bag:
Sun glasses Towels
Moisturizing/Sun screen lotion Flash light
Prescribed medicines Spare batteries
Camera and spare film Toiletries
Binoculars-optional Washing soap
Reading Reference book/Note book Spare clothes all wrapped in plastic bags
For most treks from mid-November till mid-February and for those above 10,000 ft./3000m., in Spring and Autumn, anti-dazzle glasses or goggles with side attachments are recommended and High altitude food supplements (favorite snacks) if necessary.
Although Sacred Summits (P) Ltd. provides sleeping bags on request for a nominal fee, it is best to bring your own if you wish. You may have your sleeping bags checked during the pre-trek briefing to make sure that it is the right one for the trek you will be going on.
In the event of an accident or serious ailment on a trek, helicopter evacuation can be arranged. The helicopter fare with 10% service charge and the hospital/medical charge will have to be cleared before departing from Kathmandu. A risk, release and guarantee form has to be signed before leaving on a trek with us. It is advisable to leave behind approximately US$ 1000.00 for an emergency back up measure.
We strongly recommend you to take a comprehensive holiday insurance in your own country covering adventures involving some elements of risk. However there is now, a few insurance companies providing insurance to foreigners travelers visiting Nepal.
Trekking in the Nepal Himalayas by Stan Armington published by the Lonely Planets books provides you a comprehensive information on all matters regarding trekking in Nepal
The Trekking Peaks of Nepal by Bill O’Connor published by Crow Wood press in U.K. provides you with information on all matters regarding climbing peaks in Nepal.
Trekking in Nepal by Toru Nakano published by Allied Publishers gives you some insight into some important trekking areas in Nepal. A map of Nepal is enclosed in the book.