Challenge level: 3 out of 5
|5 November - 14 November 2020||On Sale|
Step out of your comfort zone and up to the stunning heights of the Himalayas on this awesome trek for mental health charities. Led by our wonderful local challenge guide, we’ll follow a beautiful route from Pokhara to Poon Hill in Nepal.
Together, we’ll walk alongside streams deep in valleys, through enchanting forests bright with rhododendrons and into charming Himalayan trading towns and villages. We’ll push ourselves to the peak for an amazing cause, while making friends and discovering the friendly culture of the Nepalese mountain people. Once we reach the top of Poon Hill (3,210m), we’re rewarded with a true – and literal – highlight of this challenge: watching the sun rise over surrounding peaks, painting the spectacular mountain range with the colour of day.
Our once in a lifetime challenge ends in Kathmandu with a special opportunity to meditate in a monastery: the perfect calm after our epic climb.
Walk With Me
Mental Health isn't just for a week. It's forever. Walk With Me aims to raise awareness of the importance of mental health and to raise vital funds for the amazing mental health charities and services across the UK that are here for us whenever we need support.
Walk With Me also aims to continue the conversation about mental health throughout the year - and indeed, our lives, to ensure that no one ever feels afraid to talk about their health and well-being and to seek support around them if they ever need it; whether that's simply to speak to friends or family or to make the most of the fantastic charities and services available.
Worried about fundraising? Don't be...
Walk With Me is an Open Challenge, which means you choose how you fund your adventure.
You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for a mental health charity or service of your choice. It's your chance to do something amazing for the cause closest to your heart; whether you choose to support your local practice or a national charity. It's completely up to you.
Places for this life changing trek are limited and likely to sell out really quickly, so please register soon to avoid missing out.
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We meet as a group for the first time at the airport in London and catch an overnight flight to Kathmandu, the fantastic capital of Nepal. Here, our absolute gem of a ground handler, Dawa, greets us upon arrival and we transfer to our hotel in the city.
Once checked in and settled, Dawa gives us our challenge briefing to let us know more about what lies ahead of us. Then, we’ll head into the city for our first dinner together at one of Kathmandu’s wonderful restaurants.
Today starts with a short domestic flight (approx. 25 minutes) from Kathmandu to Pokhara, which treats us to awesome views of the Himalayas.
Touching down in Pokhara, the stunning tourist capital of Nepal and the country’s second biggest city, we get our first taste of the Himalayas and enjoy the vistas of the nearby snow-capped mountains.
We transfer to Nayapul and then our challenge begins! From here, we follow a beautiful route through the sub-tropical Modi Khola river valley with mountains towering above us on each side. This beautiful river walk leads us to the large village of Birethanti on the old Nepal-Tibet trading route, a fantastic glimpse at life in the Himalayas.
Tonight, we stay in the pretty village of Syauli (1,230m) in a comfortable local guest house, typical of the region, nestled in the mountains, with gorgeous vistas of Annapurna South and Machhapuchhare.
We now really get into the challenge and begin our day with a climb up a stone staircase. Although tough, this ascent rewards us with amazing views over the river valley and if we’re lucky, we may see some birds of prey.
After a short but steep climb, we reach Kimche (1,630m) and take a well-deserved break. Once we’ve caught our breath, we’re on to a wide, well-defined path now and follow it to Chane and on to Ghandruk, the largest village of the region (1,950m).
This picturesque Gurung village has an amazing backdrop of the snow-peaked mountains and is home to many villagers who have served in the British Gurkha regiments. We find our guest house in the heart of the village and settle down for a good night’s rest.
We have an absolutely stunning climb today and the scenery more than makes up for the ascent.
Bidding goodbye to the terraced hillsides, we enter a wonderful forest of magnificent oak trees and bright pink rhododendrons, the national flower of Nepal and they should be in full bloom at this time of year!
Birdsong will be our soundtrack, as we ascend through the forest and past small waterfalls, enjoying some breath-taking views of the Himalayas and finally reaching Tadapani (2,700m). With spectacular peaks surrounding us, this is the perfect place to settle in our hotel for the evening and watch the sun set.
We rise and shine early today and jump on the opportunity to see the sun rise over the Himalayas. This lights us up for another spectacular morning of trekking through rhododendron forest, following an undulating route, until we come to Banthanti for an early lunch.
Refreshed, we jump back onto our feet and ascend higher through the forest, crossing several small streams and at last reaching the open ridges at Deurali (2,987m).
Now we’re pretty high up on the planet and nature rewards us for our hard work trekking with phenomenal mountain panoramas all the way to our hotel in Ghorepani (2,780m).
Another early start today to trek up to Poon Hill, the highest point of our trek (3,210m) and one of Nepal’s best viewpoints. We arrive by torchlight in time to catch a heavenly sunrise over the Himalayas. If it’s a clear day, we’ll see the 8,167m Dhaulagiri in the distance, dominating the spectacular skyline of the western mountains.
We trek back down to enjoy a well-deserved breakfast at Ghorepani, before continuing our descent through more fabulous forests to the village of Ulleri. After lunch, our descent steepens and brings us to a small suspension bridge over the Bhurung Khola River. We end our day at our guest house in the village of Tirkedunga (1,550m).
We’ve made it to our last day of trekking! Today, we follow the Bhurungdi River all the way to our finish line at Birethanti Village. Celebrating with an early lunch, we meet our coach and give our legs a blissful rest on a transfer back to our hotel in Pokhara.
Our afternoon is free for us to spend as we wish in this fascinating town. It’s a great chance to browse the shops for some souvenirs or amble to the lake for a boat ride! We meet back up in the evening and dine out together at a Nepali restaurant.
After breakfast at the hotel, we transfer to the airport and fly back to Kathmandu. We now have the incredibly special opportunity to visit a local Buddhist monastery, spending a few hours in guided meditation, the perfect calm after a mighty challenge.
Tonight, we celebrate our achievement with our final dinner together, before getting some rest before our flight home tomorrow.
Our last day in Nepal gives us some free time to explore Kathmandu and pick up some last-minute souvenirs, before we catch our flight back to the UK.
Cover your tour costs and the registration fee yourself and then choose to fundraise as much as you can for the Mental Health charity or service of your choice with no minimum target.
Pay the balance
Pay a non-refundable registration fee and then commit to fundraising the minimum sponsorship target for a Mental Heath charity or service of your choice.
Minimum sponsorship target
This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for. A number of the people who will take part in this trek will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. Our adventure trekking through the Himalayas is the perfect motivation to get fit and have the experience of a lifetime.
We'll have two UK qualified doctors and a group of fabulous first-aid-trained challenge guides accompanying us the whole time.
Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.
Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for Walk With Me in the Himalayas. Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the fellow participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.
Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special. Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome charity trek.
You will of course need a pair of walking boots. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the event well before your departure date.
We will stay in three-star class hotels, throughout this challenge except for on Days 3, 4 and 7, on which we'll be sleeping in comfortable mountain guest houses with amazing vistas.
Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay you will need to come out of our international group flights (and of course we would deduct the cost from your balance). It is not possible for you to come out of our internal flights to and from Pokhara.
In addition to paying your registration fee and your challenge costs if you choose to self fund, you will need to budget for your airport taxes and the fuel surcharge for our international flight from the UK to Kathmandu, your personal travel insurance, visa, gratuities, personal expenses and your lunch on Day 10.
You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a recommended policy, which we will send you details of. You can however take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Nepal. You will need to apply for a visa to obtain entry into Nepal, we will send you all the relevant information and forms in plenty of time.
The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself. Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.
We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides, a group of porters and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.
As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.
We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.
NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home