Trek with us through the breathtaking Eastern Himalayan Range of India all while raising much needed funds to support Opportunity International Australia's programs to end poverty.


18-26 October 2024




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The Difference You'll Make

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1 in 5 around the world live in poverty, but you can help make a difference.

Opportunity International Australia is inviting you to take on the trip of a lifetime. Over eight incredible days you will trek through majestic monasteries and villages, experiencing the breathtaking beauty of the Eastern Himalayan Range while also visiting the women and families Opportunity serves.

When you take on the Trek for Opportunity, not only will you be going on the adventure of a lifetime, you will also raise desperately needed funds that will support Opportunity International Australia's programs. These funds will provide a hand up to women and families living in poverty, allowing them to change their lives, and the lives of their families, for generations to come. 

Opportunity International Australia is ending poverty in developing countries - one family and one community at a time.

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How it works



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.

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.


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, 18th October 2024: Arrive in Kolkata

Day 1, Friday, 18th October 2024: Arrive in Kolkata

Welcome to Kolkata! One of the most populous metropolises in India, Kolkata is the capital of West Bengal in Eastern India. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to the hotel. From here, freshen up and explore until meeting up with your fellow adventurers. Tonight, we'll be briefed by our guides for the coming days before having our first dinner together as a team.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: D

Day 2, Saturday, 19th October 2024:  Kolkata to Bagdogra

Day 2, Saturday, 19th October 2024:  Kolkata to Bagdogra

After an early breakfast this morning, we will be transferred to the airport where we’ll catch our flight to Bagdogra. On arrival, we’ll be met and driven up to Darjeeling, which will take around three hours. Winding through flat rice fields and teak plantations, the road starts to climb into the foothills of the Himalayas. In the late afternoon, we’ll take a short drive to visit the Dali Monastery, the seat of the Drukchen Rimpoche and one of the largest monasteries in the area. We'll get our first glimpse of the rolling hills that we will soon be climbing. There’ll be time to explore the monastery before heading back to our accommodation for dinner.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Sunday, 20th October 2024:  Darjeeling to Tonglu

Day 3, Sunday, 20th October 2024:  Darjeeling to Tonglu

We rise bright and early this morning for a transfer to Chtire, where we will begin trekking today. The walk is along a drivable road that stretches all the way up to Sandakphu, past the small village of Meqhma. As we continue on, we’ll reach Tonglu where we will be camping for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 5-6 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Monday, 21st October 2024: Tonglu

Day 4, Monday, 21st October 2024: Tonglu to Gairibas

Today our walk takes us along a trail leading up to Gairibas, a small settlement that sits on the India/Nepal border. After some exploring, we’ll begin to make our way back to Tonglu through forest trails.

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking distance: 6 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 5, Tuesday, 22nd October 2024: Tonglu to Chitre

Day 5, Tuesday, 22nd October 2024: Tonglu to Chitre

This morning we set off from Tonglu and begin trekking through forest trails to the village of Dhotrey, a beautiful forest village in the Darjeeling district. This is the perfect place to find some peace away from any hustle and bustle with its serene nature views. Afterwards, we’ll make our way back to Darjeeling in our vehicles.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Trekking distance: 3 hours

Meals: B L D

Day 6, Wednesday, 23rd October 2024: Train to Varanasi

Day 6, Wednesday, 23rd October 2024: Train to Varanasi

We’ll have an easy start to the day this morning before we begin our transfer to New Jalpaiguri railway station for our overnight train ride to Varanasi. We’ll stop for lunch along the way in a local restaurant and have a packed dinner tonight.

Accommodation: Train

Meals: B L D

Day 7, Thursday, 24th October 2024:  Free Day in Varanasi

Day 7, Thursday, 24th October 2024:  Free Day in Varanasi

Upon arrival in Varanasi this morning, we'll be picked up and transferred to our hotel where we can leave our luggage. Today will be a free day to explore and rest, so feel free to venture out.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel


Day 8, Friday, 25th October 2024: Project Visit in Varanasi

Day 8, Friday, 25th October 2024: Project Visit in Varanasi

This morning we will head to our project visit location for the day to learn about the work Opportunity International Australia does. In the evening, we will bisit the Ghats in Varanasi, which are riverfront steps leading to the banks of the Ganges river, to attend the Arti Cermony. This is the Hindu Ceremony of Light, one of the most important and popular ceremonies of the Hindu faith.

Accommodation: 3-star hotel

Meals: B L D

Day 9, Saturday, 26th October 2024: Project Visit and Depart

Day 9, Saturday, 26th October 2024: Project Visit and Depart

Today is another day of visiting Opportunity's projects and learning about their impact. We'll be transferred to Varanasi airport this evening for our flight back to Delhi, where the adventure concludes. There is no accommodation included in Delhi, so you may choose where your adventure takes you from the Delhi airport, whether onward travel or a return home.

Meals: B L

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • Accommodation in 3-star hotel, camping and overnight train based on single rooms • Meals as per itineraryWater on trekking daysLocal English-speaking guideEntrance fees as per itinerary

Excludes: International FlightsAirport TransfersTravel insurance (compulsory)VisasSoft drinks and alcoholic beveragesPersonal expensesTips and gratuities


Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore the majesty of the Himalayas as you trek through the Darjeeling region.
  • Experience the culture of one of the most remote parts of the world.
  • Meet some of the inspirational women running businesses in Varanasi thanks to Opportunity International Australia microcredit.
  • Trek alongside like-minded people with a passion for ending global poverty.

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?

This adventure is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The India trek is a physically demanding challenge, involving 3 days of trekking. The fitter you are, the more you'll enjoy the experience. 

You'll be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You’re free to move at your own pace and we’ll 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’ll 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.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we’ll 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'll 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 and Team Leaders are first aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

Opportunity International 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 Opportunity International Australia, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your free time to complete several day hikes. You should aim to be able to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours comfortably and get up and do it again the next day.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek.


What is the accommodation like? 

Accommodation on this adventure is single rooms in 3 star hotels, and at comfortable campsites.

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’ll pair you together.


How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You'll 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’ll 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’re 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. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we’ll review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

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'll each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to Opportunity International Australia? 

Yes, all of your fundraising will go directly to Opportunity International Australia and will go to the area of greatest need. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for Opportunity International 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 $4,765 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for Opportunity International 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 travel 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'll 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 India?

Australian and New Zealand passport holders require a visa on arrival for entry into India. 

Passports are required to be valid for at least six months after the date you return to your home country. You must have a valid passport before you can apply for a visa. For the most current requirements, refer to the Smartraveller website.

Are there any other policies I should be aware of?

Opportunity International Australia has its own policies that you will need to take into consideration. You will be required to read Opportunity's Child Protection and Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment policies. You will be required to sign their Safeguarding Code of Conduct. Please contact Opportunity directly for more information on these policies.

How does Opportunity handle my personal information?

Opportunity International Australia Limited (Opportunity) respects your privacy and complies with Australian privacy laws. Opportunity collects your personal information in order to process donations, issue tax receipts and to send you updates about our programs and requests for donations. For these purposes your information may be shared with trusted contractors and third-party service providers (such as mailing houses) either in Australia or overseas. Failure to provide personal information may result in Opportunity being unable to provide you with a tax receipt or important information. More about how Opportunity collects, stores, uses and discloses personal information, including how you can access and correct it, how you can lodge a privacy complaint and how complaints are handled, is available in Opportunity's Privacy Policy at www.opportunity.org.au/privacy-policy. You may also contact Opportunity by emailing opinfo@opportunity.org.au or calling 1800 812 164. If you do not want to receive marketing communications from Opportunity, please contact Opportunity to let them know.


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


“Stunning, breathtaking views. I’ve travelled a fair bit, and that was beyond most experiences I’ve had.”

Steve, Opportunity International Australia India 2023

“I have never seen a view that extraordinary in real life.”

Salena, Opportunity International Australia India 2023

"I’ve been very lucky to be able to come to this trek and enjoy this opportunity."

Sumit, Opportunity International Australia India 2023

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