YES!! Join us for our annual pilgrimage to Kathmandu, Nepal!


Charity Trek in Nepal >>> tbc 2019

Dates: tbc (10 nights / 11 days)

Cost: tbc

Included: 10 nights twin share accommodation in hotels and teahouses; included meals (10x breakfast, 9x lunch, 10x dinner); transport & activities (includes entrance/admission fees where applicable) per Daily Itinerary; arrival and departure airport transfers are included on a group basis; English speaking leader throughout.

Excluded: International flights; any required visas; services, meals and drinks not mentioned in Daily Itinerary; late check out; drinks with included lunches and dinners; tips for leaders, guide and driver; personal expenditure; personal insurance; optional activities.

Travel Partner: Intrepid Travel

Contact: enquiries@forgetmenot.org.au

Itinerary

Day 1 >>> Kathmandu – Pokhara
Namaste! Welcome to Nepal. You will arrive into Kathmandu today* and fly directly to Pokhara.In order for the group to make it to Pokhara in time to get trekking permits it would be best to arrive in Kathmandu prior to 10am today. Meet at the international airport and transfer to the domestic airport for your flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. You will have some time to rest before heading out to dinner at a local restaurant.

*please arrive in Kathmandu by 10am on 7 September 2018

Day 2 >>> Ulleri
An hour long drive (remember driving times are always approximate in Asia – patience is your closest friend!) brings us to Nayapul where we commence our trek. We gear up and follow the Bhurungi Khola until we reach Ulleri.

Day 3 >>> Ghorepani
Today you will trek to Ghorepani. We ascend to Ulleri Village through a pleasant rhododendron forest, much more impressive than the trees your grandmother has in the garden! We stay overnight at Ghorepani (check out the local disco – but don’t get your hopes up in case it’s closed!).

Day 4 >>> Tadapani
Today you will trek to Tadapani.
Early birds can bounce out of bed to witness the sunrise over Annapurna from nearby Poon Hill (1 hour uphill climb) – you have to do this at least once in your life, right? Then the adventure continues as we trek on to Tadapani.

Day 5 >>> Chomrong
We descend to Kimrung Khola before climbing again to Chomrong village, at the base of Hiunchuli (6441m). There are breathtaking views of Annapurna and Macchhapucchhre from here, plus delicious pizza!

Day 6 >>> Himalayan Hotel
Trek this morning through the forest to Kuldi Ghar for about 3 hours’ walking, then down to the banks of the Modi River and up again to Doban. After crossing, Doban, you again walk for 2 hrs to reach Himalayan Hotel.

Day 7 >>> Macchapuchre base camp
We continue up the narrow valley to Deurali. Sticking to the west bank of the Modi River, we enter an open valley near Machhapuchhre Base Camp.

Day 8 >>> Annapurna base camp
This is where you can decide how your legs and your lungs are holding up. You may decide to remain here or press on to the Annapurna Base Camp for the night. The views from both base camps are fantastic – all the hard work to get here is worth it!

Day 9 >>> Bamboo
Trek down to Bamboo from Annapurna Base camp.

Day 10 >>> Ghandruk
Take a long stride early in the morning from Bamboo as it is one of the longest day in the trek. You will on the way cross the Sinuwa village as well as Chommorng village before reaching to Ghandruk, the capital village of Gurungs.

Day 11 >>> Pokhara – Kathmandu/ Departure Day
This morning you will Trek up to Nayapool and then drive back to Pokhara. From here you will board a flight to Kathmandu. Your adventure comes to an end on arrival in Kathmandu.


Kathmandu >>> TBC

Fundraise to get more ‘paper orphans’ home to their families and then meet the team who make the magic happen, changing children’s lives with your hard earned dollars.

Dates: TBC

Cost: $2500 includes: 7 nights accommodation; all tours, excursions and day trips mentioned in itinerary; hotel transfers; private transfers, entry fees and 3 meals each day. Alcohol not included.

Fundraising goal: $1000 – every cent fundraised by you goes directly to the cause

Contact: enquiries@forgetmenot.org.au

Itinerary

~timing & inclusions subject to change~

Day 1
Welcome to Kathmandu! Settle in to your home away from home guesthouse. This afternoon we will wander through the streets and shops of Thamel. Your trip leader will share some hot tips and show you where the nearest ATM is! Meet in the foyer at 6pm for our first team dinner at Roadhouse – it’s a tradition!

Day 2
Good morning! Meet in the foyer at 7.15am. Today we’ll take a stroll to Pumpernickel for breakfast. We’ll leave the guesthouse at 9am with a morning temple tour. Pashpatinath temple is the oldest Hindi temple in Kathmandu. Be inspired and blessed as you take in the sights and architecture of this 15th century UNESCO world heritage site. After lunch, we head to FMN’s HQ in Kathmandu. This afternoon, prepare to be moved by stories of hope and change as you learn first hand about the work Forget Me Not. Our whole Nepal team will join us for an unforgettable evening of traditional Nepali food and cultural performance.

Day 3
Good morning! Meet in the foyer at 7.15am. This morning we will indulge in the best breaky and great coffee at New Orleans Café. After breakfast we’ll leave the guesthouse at 10.30am for a shopping and sightseeing tour. Where you can enjoy a magical day soaking up the sights and sounds of Kathmandu. The tour will showcase exceptional local artisans and handicrafts. Each stop on the tour has been handpicked to meet your shopping needs with a lunch break in Lalitpur. Tonight we dine at the famous OR2K in Thamel.

Day 4
Breakfast today will be at Rickshaw in Thamel where you can eat your fill and prepare your self for a visit to the sacred Kopan Monastery, a centre for Buddhist study, meditation, retreat, and practice. It is nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the Kathmandu valley. After a relaxing day we head back down the mountain for visit and dinner at the Boudhanath Stupa up high on the roof overlooking the spectacular world heritage sight.

Day 5
Good morning! Meet in the foyer today for a filling local fresh breakfast. Today we head on a day trip to Patan. It is known for its ancient history, with the corners of the town being marked by stupas erected in around 250 BC. There is plenty to see, eat and do in Patan with great photo opportunities and local shopping. It will not disappoint! Team dinner tonight will be in one of Thamel’s great restaurants.

Day 6
Good morning! Meet in the foyer at 7.15am for a quick breakfast close because we need to be ready to head for the hills with some special guests! Today we travel to picturesque Chandragiri Hills at 8.30am. Be blown away by soaring peaks and breath taking views of Kathmandu Valley covered by the lush green blanket of flora that makes Chandragiri a truly bountiful and pristine landscape. The panoramic views of Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest will be unforgettable. Early dinner will leave the night free for those who wanting to experience Thamel after dark – we have an early start tomorrow!

Day 7
Good Morning! We will have a later start this morning for those who stayed out late last night. Perhaps an early start is more your scene. For the willing and bendy amongst us, there will be an early yoga class. A purpose built surprise day ahead will leave your head and heart full. It will be local, fun and full. Our final team dinner tonight will be at a Forget Me Not favourite!

Day 8
We will share a local breakfast together for the last day where you will have time to reflect on your grand adventure. You will have ample time to pack and prepare for your next destination.


Holi in Kathmandu >>> 20-28 March 2019

There’s nothing quite like it! Everyone must experience Holi in Kathmandu at least once in their lifetime. Our itinerary has not been finalised for this trip but rest assured it will be jam-packed with adventure and you’ll be immersed in the magic of Kathmandu from head to toe for 7 nights!!

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Dates: 20-27 March 2019

Cost: $2500 includes: 7 nights accommodation; all tours, excursions and day trips mentioned in itinerary; hotel transfers within India; private transfers, entry fees and 3 meals each day. Alcohol not included.

Fundraising goal: $1000 – every cent fundraised by you goes directly to the cause

Contact: enquiries@forgetmenot.org.au