Nepal Trek and Raft Expedition
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Join us in late 2021 for this expedition involving a 6-day trek in the Annapurnas and a 3-day white water rafting trip on the Kaligandaki river.
The Poon Hill trek leads you into the lush foothills of the mighty Annapurna range. Our goal during this 6-day trek is to reach the top of Poon Hill a viewpoint from where you can see the 8,000m Himalayan giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri at close quarters. At 3210m Poon Hill gives you stunning views up close to the Himalayas without the difficulty and arduous nature of high altitude trekking. This trek gives a taste of the fantastic trekking Nepal has to offer. You will be staying in local 'tea houses' where all your meals will be cooked. Porters will be carrying your main bag during the trek and we will be employing local guides who have worked with ODL on many previous trips to Nepal.
Once we have completed the trek we will be rafting down the Kaligandaki river from the end of the Annapurna circuit trail. Named after 'Kali' the goddess of destruction this river drains from the Tibetan plateau and plunges down through the Himalayas. We will be rafting through pristine jungle and past temples and traditional Nepali villages. With beautiful sandy beaches to camp on each night this river trip is considered one of the best in Nepal. No prior rafting experience is required. You will be taught all the skills and given all the safety equipment but you must be confident in the water.
On returning to Pokhara we will have a celebration meal in a lakeside restaurant before getting ready for an early transfer back to Kathmandu.
Our trip organizer (and OutdoorLads Member) Nick Read, is a qualified and experienced International Mountain Leader and expedition guide who has been working regularly in Nepal. He has led an OutdoorLads trip to Everest Base Camp in 2014 and 2017 and a raft trip on the Sun Kosi in 2012. The trek and raft ran in November 2018 with a large group from OutdoorLads and was loved by all who took part. It created memories and friends that will be treasured for many years. The trip is being run through Pride Expeditions, a company owned and directed by Nick Read.
This price for this once in a lifetime adventure is £1700 which includes all accommodation and transfers in Nepal. It also includes a welcome meal in Kathmandu and a celebration meal on the 8th November. All meals during the rafting trip are included but you will need to pay for your own meals in the tea houses during the trek. You will also need to organize and pay for your own international flights and entry visa.
HOW TO BOOK
Bookings and Deposits: To book your place on this trip (or secure a place on the waiting list) please pay a £300 deposit direct to Pride Expeditions with your surname and initial in order to identify the payment:
- PRIDE EXPEDITIONS
- Starling Bank
- Sort code 60-83-71
- Account 1916 6775
Please message the Event Leader Nick Read with your full name and email address in order to receive further details.
On receipt of your deposit, a confirmation email will be sent. Attached will be a comprehensive medical form for you to fill in as well as booking terms and conditions. Once ten people have paid a deposit the trip will be guaranteed and further payments can be made in installments. Deposits are fully refundable until the trip is guaranteed and bookings are made at which point the terms and conditions will come into force. If the trip is cancelled due to international coronavirus travel restrictions full refunds will be given.
Please be aware that it is the paying of the deposit that secures your place on the trip or waiting list, rather than booking onto the trip via the OutdoorLads site. Further payments can be made in instalments up to August 2021.
The price for this Nepali adventure is just £1700 which includes all accommodation during our time in Nepal and all transfers including to and from the airport on arrival and departure. It also includes a welcome meal and farewell meal and all food whilst we are white water rafting. International flights to Kathmandu are not included in the price. You will need to organize these yourself. Please arrive in Kathmandu on the 7th November 2021 by 8pm. Aim to leave Kathmandu on or after the 19th November.
Photos: All photos are the property of Pride Expeditions and used with full permission.
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COVID-19 – IMPORTANT, Please read the following before you sign up to this event:
- Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who lives or is in a support bubble with someone showing symptoms, is asked not to attend. This is in line with the government’s coronavirus advice.
- You must also immediately self-isolate and not attend the event if you or someone in your household or support bubble shows coronavirus symptoms or tests positive. Read the NHS self-isolation guidance.
- OutdoorLads strongly encourages all attendees to take a rapid lateral flow test immediately prior to attending an event. This will help to keep everyone safe. Order free Rapid Lateral Flow Tests.
What to bring
Once you have booked onto this trip and your place has been secured by you paying a deposit a comprehensive kit list will be sent out to you via email. You will also receive a document detailing the necessary visa requirements and inoculations for Nepal.
Food & drink
During the trek, we will be staying in tea houses where the Nepali owners will cook all your meals for you. You will be able to choose from a range of meals on a comprehensive menu. You will need to pay for these meals yourself. Whilst white water rafting we will be camping on beaches beside the river. All meals will be provided. These will be basic meals cooked by our rafting guides who double as our chefs.