Reach Higher Trek with Himalayan Development Foundation Australia – 9 Day Trip – Yangri Peak
This is a Reach Higher trek, run in partnership with the Himalayan Development Foundation Australia (HDFA) with proceeds directly supporting the people of Nepal.
- Visit the incredible Himalayas and make a positive difference as you do so.
- Proceeds from your Reach Higher trek go straight into supporting the remote communities you visit.
- These are treks for those who crave life’s untrodden path: you’ll see the real Nepal, well and truly off the beaten trail
- HDFA’s CEO, Duncan Chessell, is a seriously accomplished mountaineer and trek leader, so you know a Reach Higher trek is going to be an incredible experience.
This adventure is short but perfectly formed. A gentle introduction to Nepal and the high hills with stunning views of Himalayan giants right from day one. Picturesque villages; classic ridge-top walking; a small peak (3770m) and a real ‘off the beaten track’ feel as we head down to the little visited Upper Indrawati valley to meet the people working with Himalayan Development Foundation Australia.
From here we’re in vehicles to Nargakot – a peaceful hill top town for a chilled evening watching the sunset over Everest and her neighbours. Sightseeing, Nepali cooking class and a little shopping time in Nepal’s chaotic, charming capital city complete this lovely trip. Suitable for first-time trekkers and children over ten years’ old.
Private groups are welcome with a minimum of 4 trekkers. Best time to complete this trek is mid October to mid May.
The price of this trip covers a modest administration fee and on-ground expenses for our providers in Nepal, with all other proceeds supporting the work of the Himalayan Development Foundation Australia in Nepal. Thank you for supporting travel that gives back!
Per Person Twin Share
Departure 13 NOV 2020
Secure your spot today with a $1,000 deposit!
Small group hosted active trek involving hiking at altitudes up to 3700m, camping and village visit. Comfortable hotel both before and after the trek.
Date: 13th November 2020
Type: Challenge Trip
Group Size: 12
Investment: $1,950 per person
Date 20/10/19 – 30/10/19
Start Brisbane, QLD
Finish Brisbane, QLD
Country Papua New Guinea
Type Challenge Trip
Group Size Up to 20
Investment $4,745 per person | twin share
Photo credits: Himalayan Development Foundation Australia
All meals as per the itinerary
B x 8 | L x 5 | D x 4
4WD to/from trek start
Airport transfers in Nepal
5 nights Hotel
3 nights Tea House/Homestay/Camping
3 day trek
Sightseeing and cooking class in Kathmandu
Please note itinerary can be subject to change at anytime.
- See Big Heart Adventures full terms and conditions here.
- Please do not book flights or other travel arrangements until we have guaranteed our departure
- Limited single rooms are available for a surcharge $400 – note the tea houses cannot guarantee a single room on this trek – this fee only covers the accommodation in Kathmandu
- If there is no-one to share a room with you, you will be required to pay a single supplement. We will match you with a room mate at your request
- A minimum of 4 travellers are required for this trip to depart (note private groups welcome – please request dates). Itinerary and price subject to change at any time.
- See full terms and conditions on our booking form
- Additional costs may be incurred due to changes in programs and reservations due to unforeseen events (eg landslides, strikes, fuel shortages etc) please budget your spending money to include some emergency funds
- Every effort will be made to keep to the itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in the mountains, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan – an easy-going nature will be an asset!
- Itinerary and price subject to change at any time
- Nonrefundable deposit is AUD$1,000pp payable at time of booking, final balance due 90 days before departure. Payment plan available, please enquire.
A good level of fitness is required for this gentle to moderately rated trek. The highest point while trekking is 3770m. Trekking at higher altitudes comes with risks of altitude sickness. Please consult your medical practitioner prior to booking if you are unsure. A completed medical form is required as well as a doctor’s clearance letter to participate in this trek if you have pre-existing medical conditions. This trek is suitable for active kids aged 10 and over.
- Hotel nights in the hotels specified in the itinerary; based on standard rooms on twin share
- Tea house accommodation while on trek* or Homestay
- Meals as per the itinerary (all meals on trek, with boiled drinking water provided)
- Entrance fees and English speaking Nepali guide for sightseeing days
- Transport as per the detailed itinerary, including 4WD transport to and from trek start/finish point, international airport arrival & departure transfers
- Your trekking guide, assistant guide/s and porters, with all their transport, equipment, insurance and including their meals and accommodation
- A first aid kit with basic supplies appropriate for the group size and trek route – if you require specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure
- Trekking permits and registration fees
*Note: The local tea houses are basic but clean and they do not often have attached bathrooms or hot showers. The price is based on twin share and does not include any extra charge that lodge owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms or hot showers (if these facilities are available) or for battery charging. We can’t know in advance what they may charge for such things in the different lodges along the way, so we prefer to leave this cost out, rather than pass along an estimated charge to you.
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance
- Meals and drinks not stated on itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
- Services and activities not mentioned in the detailed itinerary
- Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy – please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent – sleeping bag and walking pole rental is possible from Kathmandu
- Entrance fee to Bhaktapur and Kathmandu sightseeing tour at end of trip
- International flights to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes
- Any excess baggage charges
- Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
- Additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours outside the detailed itineraries above
- Single supplement, please see single supplement charge – $400pp
- Personal expenses (eg mineral water/soft drinks/bar bills, entrance/photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks etc)
- Any extra charge that tea house owners may levy for single rooms, attached bathrooms, or hot showers (if these facilities are available) and charging of batteries
- Tips for your trekking crew, city guide, drivers, hotels, restaurants etc (please ask if you would like guidance about appropriate tips)
Meet your hosts
Lisa is the founder of Big Heart Adventures and brings an extensive portfolio of personal adventure travel as well as boundless enthusiasm & proven expertise in travel planning. Lisa’s attention to detail and passion for curating unique experiences has allowed her to plan travel, adventures & holidays for an extensive demographic of clients over many years.
An experienced adventure traveller, having completed expeditions including the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea, Inca Trail in Peru, Mt Kinabalu in Sabah, Overland Track in Tasmania, Milford and Routeburn Tracks in New Zealand to name a few, Lisa knows first-hand the challenges and amazing reward that exploring the outdoors adds to your life.
Your guide, and yoga teacher.
Himalayan Development Foundation Australia (HDFA)
HDFA works with local partners to support Nepalese people in remote, rural communities to better their lives in the ways that works best for them. We stay small, choosing to provide slow, gentle, long term support for just a handful of areas.
Up until 2015 we had focused on a few villages in the Kanchenjunga region of Eastern Nepal. With the devastation brought by the earthquakes of 2015 we have broadened our approach initially through emergency relief with new partners PHASE Nepal. We recognised early on that PHASE hold virtually the same principles and values as we do and so have continued to grow with them, supporting further post-earthquake reconstruction in Sindupalchowk and now moving to a long view program in this same District.
After month’s of exploration we have, with guidance from local government and other agencies, started to support people in the Village Development Committees (VDCs) of Baruwa and Bhotang in Sindupalchowk. We’re starting with what we know is needed, a boost to the existing health services, through placement of qualified, experienced health workers who will support government counterparts.
We’re also supporting a PHASE development officer to be eyes and ears in the villages, working with people to quantify their needs, their aspirations, their strengths and their concerns so together we can develop a robust, fit-for-purpose plan. It will take a year to get to know each other and map a way forward. We’ll listen well, add our expertise and together create a better future for these hard-hit communities.
On this trip you have the chance to meet our PHASE team members, see the health posts in action, visit a school and, with luck, be invited in for chai and a chat to exchange ideas on how we live, work and play.
Per Person Twin Share
Departure 13 NOV 2020
Secure your spot today with a $1,000 deposit!