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Challenge yourself to climb the mountainous Annapurna in Nepal, all while raising funds to ensure no Australian has to face Bowel Cancer alone.

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11-19 October 2024

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$2,363

Trip cost

Paid upfront or in instalments

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3/5

Challenge Grade

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$3,000

Fundraising Target

The difference you'll make

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When you join the Hike for Health Nepal adventure, you’ll find yourself enveloped by the awe-inspiring beauty of Nepal's Annapurna region. Over nine days, lose yourself in the majestic vistas of the Himalayas, the charm of traditional teahouses, the fluttering vibrancy of prayer flags, and the rich tapestry of Nepali culture. Renowned as one of the world's premier trekking destinations, this region promises an experience like no other.

What's more, you'll be trekking alongside fellow advocates for health-related causes, united in your dedication to making a difference. Supporting Bowel Cancer Australia means championing positive transformations across the spectrum of care, from advocating for improved treatment options to pioneering research initiatives and extending vital support to individuals and families affected by bowel cancer. Your fundraising efforts will pave the way for advancements in bowel cancer treatment and contribute to the well-being of survivors, fostering a future marked by health and happiness.

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Your participation in this challenge isn't just about conquering mountains – it's about conquering obstacles in the fight against bowel cancer.

How it works

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Flexible bookings

Pay upfront or in flexible instalments.
Cancel more than 90 days before departure to receive refund options (excluding deposit).

For more details, see our FAQs.

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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Friday 11 October 2024: Arrive in Kathmandu 

Day 1, Friday 11 October 2024: Arrive in Kathmandu 

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, make your own way to the hotel. This afternoon, we will meet our fellow team members and our guide for our first team briefing before we enjoy our first team dinner together.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 

Meals: D

Day 2, Saturday 12 October 2024: Kathmandu - Pokhara

Day 2, Saturday 12 October 2024: Kathmandu - Pokhara

This morning, after breakfast, we take a private vehicle to Pokhara. As we move beyond the city limits, take time to enjoy the ever-changing views as the hustle and bustle makes way for steep rice terraces and rising mountains. On arrival, we check in to our accommodation before joining together for dinner.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 

Transfer time: Approx. 7 hours

Meals: B

Day 3, Sunday 13 October 2024: Pokhara - Galeshwor (1170m) - Bas Kharka (1525m)

Day 3, Sunday 13 October 2024: Pokhara - Galeshwor (1170m) - Bas Kharka (1525m)

This morning we transfer to Galeshwor and begin our trek to Bas Kharka. Heading up, we will cross the Kali Gandaki River by a suspension bridge, pass through scattered farmhouses, climb through forests and orange groves as we approach this lovely village. We will have time to explore this Magar Village before resting. 

Accommodation: Basic Lodge 

Transfer time: Approx. 3 hours

Trekking distance: 7km

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Monday 14 October 2024: Bas Kharka - Nangi (2300m)

Day 4, Monday 14 October 2024: Bas Kharka - Nangi (2300m)

Today we have an easy day of downhill trekking towards the Dandakharka community lodge, which is set in an open field. Emerging from the rhododendron forest into clearer valleys, we will stop for lunch in a beautiful spot before continuing on to Nangi, the main village where we are spending the night. There are opportunities to visit local cottage industries and income-generating projects of the village. 

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Trekking distance: 10km

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Tuesday 15 October 2024: Nangi - Mohare Hill (3300m) 

Day 5, Tuesday 15 October 2024: Nangi - Mohare Hill (3300m) 

We climb through forests today with stunning views along the way to reach the top of Mohare Danda, where we can see the Himalayas if weather conditions are in our favour, along with Machhapuchhare, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri. Upon reaching Mohare Village, we will have ample time to rest and relax before another delicious team dinner. 

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Trekking distance: 8km

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Wednesday 16 October 2024: Mohare Hill - Tikot (2250m)

Day 6, Wednesday 16 October 2024: Mohare Hill - Tikot (2250m)

Be sure to eat a big breakfast this morning because today is the longest trek of the adventure. Starting with an exciting ridge walk with marvelous views in every direction, we will navigate a series of inclines and declines before once again descending through rich forest to Danda Kharka and onto Tikot. At the village, we get a glimpse into the life of this fascinating and bustling community.

Accommodation: Basic Lodge

Trekking distance: 14km

Meals: B L D

Day 7, Thursday 17 October 2024: Tikot - Baseri (960m) - Pokhara

Day 7, Thursday 17 October 2024: Tikot - Pokhara

Today is our last day in the Nepalese Himalayas. But, don’t worry, we will get to make the most of it! Setting off from Tikot, we will descend a steep path through forest and past terraced foothills down to the village of Baseri (1,345m). In Baseri, we are met by private vehicle to take us back to our accommodation in Pokhara. After 30 minutes, we stop in Galeshwor for lunch, before we continue our journey to Pokhara. Enjoy a free evening to rest up after our incredible trek or explore this scenic town.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Transfer time: Approx. 5 hours

Trekking distance: 11km

Meals: B L

Day 8, Friday 18 October 2024: Pokhara - Kathmandu 

Day 8, Friday 18 October 2024: Pokhara - Kathmandu 

Feeling rested, this morning after breakfast we return to Kathmandu along the serpentine Prithvi Highway. This afternoon you are free to rest in our hotel, explore more of Kathmandu, or do some last-minute shopping. In the evening, we are transferred to a local restaurant to enjoy our final dinner together and celebrate our achievements.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel 

Transfer time: Approx. 7 hours

Meals: B D

Day 9, Saturday 19 October 2024: Depart Kathmandu

Day 9, Saturday 19 October 2024: Depart Kathmandu

Today we leave Kathmandu. Book your flights home at any time for today.  As you take off, you’ll be filled with the memories and moments that made this adventure one you’ll never forget. 

Meals: B

Package Inclusions: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-Star hotels and basic lodges based on twin share • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Local English-speaking guide • Porters (1x porter for every 2x passengers) • Entrance fees as per itinerary 

Package Exclusions: International Flights • Airport Transfers • Travel insurance (compulsory) • Visas • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses • Tips and gratuities

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Experience the majesty of the Himalayas by day and sleep in traditional mountain villages at night.
  • Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery of Nepal’s Annapurna foothills as you follow narrow paths between terraced rice fields and majestic snow-capped mountains.
  • Discover the history and culture of Nepal’s colourful and chaotic capital city and explore some of the incredible sites.
  • Trek alongside like-minded passionate Bowel Cancer Australia supporters and make life-long friendships.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Nepal trek is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, it is a physical adventure and the better prepared you are the more you will enjoy it. This adventure involves trekking in remote areas for up to eight hours a day (possibly more, subject to weather conditions and altitude). This adventure will exceed 3,000 metres above sea level. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again comfortably the following day.

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10 - 20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Bowel Cancer Australia has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure of a lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $46 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and Bowel Cancer Australia, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. We will provide you with a training guide when you register, but. we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a personalised training plan that will prepare you for the challenge. The best physical preparation for a Kilimanjaro climb is any activity that simulates, as far as possible, the demands on your body during your ascent and descent.

You should aim to make walking up and down hills the main part of your training. Take regular and increasingly long walks to develop your muscles. You should be able to walk with a small pack for up to 8 hours a day for a number of consecutive days, and you will be walking for up to 15 hours on summit day.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is twin-share in 3-star hotels and lodges. You’ll be in a hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara. Lodges are basic but comfortable: single beds, twin share and shared bathrooms. Be sure to bring your thermals, fleece, beanie, gloves and sleeping bag to stay warm during the night.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share and multi-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have a very specific dietary requirement or severe allergies, often it’s best to pack some extra things as back-up.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are first aid trained. Our guides carry satellite phones to be used if further assistance is required.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to Bowel Cancer Australia? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Bowel Cancer Australia. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Bowel Cancer Australia are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,363 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Bowel Cancer Australia.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel Insurance and Visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is required for international travel to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

It is a requirement that Australian and New Zealand passport holders have a valid visa to enter Nepal. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Testimonials

The highlights were...

"The comradery of the group. The excellent guides"

– Anne, ICMLF Nepal 2023

"To meet people and to make new friends"
 
- Dianne, ICMLF Nepal 2023

"The awe inspiring scenery" 

- Beppe, ICMLF Nepal 2023

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