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Eden Valley Hospice Trek Nepal and Community Project

8th Oct 2022 - 19th Oct 2022

13 days/Nepal /Challenging


Explore the Annapurna region of Nepal before making a difference at a community project in Kathmandu with a range of hands on tasks.

You will fly from London* on an indirect overnight flight to Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal, where you will enjoy a welcome dinner and a good rest at a central hotel.

The next two days will be spent at a non-profit organisation in Kathmandu which offers services to terminally ill patients, and their families. It was set up by a team of local doctors in 2000 to provide free-of-charge medicine, therapies and support to those in need. The typical tasks you will be involved with include basic refurbishment such as repainting rooms and improving kitchen or bathroom facilities, gardening and general maintenance. Full details will be confirmed nearer the time.

Once your project activities are complete you will have a good night’s rest and transfer to the picturesque lakeside town of Pokhara from where the next part of your challenge beings.

Starting in nearby Nayapul you commence a five-day trek in the stunning Annapurna area of Nepal where you will discover the local culture while enjoying views of the snowy peaks of the Annapurnas; a highlight will be the panoramic sunrise views which unfold from Poon Hill (3400m), the highest point on the trek. Staying in quaint locally-owned teahouses during the trek is also a fantastic opportunity to experience the incredible hospitality of the local people.

After completing the trek, you will return by road to Kathmandu and enjoy a farewell dinner and final night in Nepal before your flight home the next day.
*Flights from a regional airport may be possible.

This trek is graded challenging because of the combination of long days trekking over varying terrain (including some days where you will trek uphill all day), the changeable climate and the basic conditions at the teahouse accommodation. Each day’s trek is between 5 and 8 hours in duration (variable depending on group pace).

The first two days you will gain altitude so you will spend more time going uphill. On day three you will spend the morning ascending and the afternoon descending, and the final two days will be descending. It is essential that your training includes plenty of hillwalking and trekking up gradients over consecutive days in order to condition your muscles to this type of exertion. Underfoot you will find stony trails, muddy forest floors, rocky steps or scree slopes. In some places it will be very dusty (bring a ‘Buff’ to cover your nose/mouth). There are some suspension bridges to cross.

You will slowly ascend to an altitude of 2800m, then trek to the highest point on the trek at 3400m (Poon Hill) where you will spend a short period of time before descending back to 2800m. Despite 3400m being within the agreed threshold for high altitude (3000m+), your time at this altitude is very limited so you are unlikely to feel symptoms of altitude exposure. Your local guides are experienced in spotting altitude related symptoms but please speak up if you are concerned about how you feel.

You will be accompanied throughout the trek by English-speaking local Sherpa guides who have an excellent knowledge of hiking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey, sharing their experience and wisdom with you. You will also be supported by a team of assistant guides and a Different Travel UK tour manager. Your luggage is carried by a team of local porters.

You will stay at hotels in Kathmandu (4 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) which have en-suite facilities and tea houses with shared bathroom facilities during the trek (4 nights).

All your meals are included, as specified on the itinerary. During the trek the food is plentiful although the teahouses tend to offer similar menus so be prepared for a menu which is repeated.

There will also be plenty of snacks and drinks available to purchase at each teahouse (prices vary). In tourist areas of Kathmandu you will find a wide range of restaurants catering for international and high-quality Nepalese food.

An ideal candidate for the trek would be someone who enjoys trekking and being out of their comfort zone; is interested in different cultures and is willing to train for the challenge.  The minimum age is 18, although 16-17 year olds may register if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.


E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport & copy
Nepal visa or US$30 plus visa-on-arrival authorisation form
Passport photo (for trek permit)
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) / ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor 2 round pins (Euro)
Sunglasses (100% UV)
Camera + spare batteries
Mobile phone + charger

Clothing & Accessories

Hiking boots*
Trainers/camp booties for evenings
Trek socks & underwear
Non-cotton base layer
Non-cotton t-shirt
Warm jacket (e.g. down/Primaloft)
Warm mid layer or fleece
Waterproof jacket + trousers
Thermal top + bottoms
Sun hat
Lightweight trek trousers
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Buff (for dust)
Scarf/pashmina (for temples)
Casual attire for travel days
Scarf for pashmina (for temples)
Old clothes for project
Comfortable footwear for project


Shampoo + shower gel*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Wet wipes (small pack)*
Toilet paper (1-2 rolls)*
Sun cream (SPF 30+)*
Hand sanitizer
Small travel towel
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy sacks (for used toilet paper)*

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Blister plasters (Compeed)
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Throat lozenges (optional)
Zinc oxide tape (optional)
Spare glasses/contact lenses


Video camera + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Walking pole(s)
Notebook/diary and pen
Books/playing cards
Packing cubes/luggage organiser
Portable powerbank/device charger


Suitcase for checked luggage
Kit bag (65-70 litres)
Daypack (25-30 litres)
Combination padlocks
Dry bag/rucksack liner

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak) plus
1-litre standard water bottle or
3x 1-litre water bottles
Water purification (e.g. Biox Aqua)
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)
Flask/Thermos (optional)
Favourite tea/coffee/choc (optional)


Ear plugs (essential)
Sleeping bag (comfort -5°C)
Silk sleeping bag liner
Pyjamas (use your thermals on trek)

Please note: This list is just a guideline and is not exhaustive. The items on this list do not take into account your personal preferences based on your previous trekking experience, or individual requirements. For information about items on this list please refer to the trip dossier or contact The Different Travel Company on

*Please ensure you pack your hiking boots into your hand baggage in the unlikely event your checked luggage goes missing or is delayed.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.


Day 1-2 (Saturday 8 – Sunday 9 October 2022):

London* to Kathmandu
Depart for Kathmandu on an indirect overnight flight. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to a central hotel. Depending on flight times there may be an opportunity to do some independent sightseeing before gathering together for a briefing on the days ahead and a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Meals: Dinner

Day 3-4 (Monday 10 – Tuesday 11 October 2022):

The next two days will be spent assisting at the hospice care project in Kathmandu on a range of tasks such as painting, decorating, gardening and so on. We will stay at a hotel each night.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday 12 October 2022):

Kathmandu – Pokhara
After breakfast we depart for the scenic drive to Pokhara (approx. six hours). Upon arrival in this beautiful lakeside town we check into the hotel then the afternoon is free to take in the sights or even do some souvenir shopping.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 (Thursday 13 October 2022):

Pokhara – Nayapul – Ulleri
This morning we transfer to Nayapul (approx. 2 hours’ drive) from where you commence the trek. You will follow the banks of the Bhurungdi Khola River as far as Tikhedhunga (1575m) where your final challenge for the day is a steep uphill walk to Ulleri where you stay the night in a teahouse (2073m).
Trekking: Approx. 10km trek / 530m ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 (Friday 14 October 2022):

Ulleri – Ghorepani
A day of ascent! Today we will gradually gain more altitude as we walk for about 5 hours uphill to the overnight teahouse in Ghorepani (2800m). As we approach Ghorepani we will pass through stunning rhododendron forests.
Trekking: Approx. 11km trek / 1400m ascent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 (Saturday 15 October 2022):

Ghorepani – Poon Hill – Tadapani
An hour-long pre-dawn ascent gives us the opportunity to see the fascinating views of the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri glowing in the morning sun from Poon Hill (3400m). After breakfast back at the teahouse, it is a mostly downhill walk through magnificent oak and rhododendron forests, to reach our teahouse in Tadapani, where you will have another chance to enjoy views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain).
Trekking: Approx. 11km trek / 330m ascent / 640m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9 (Sunday 16 October 2022):

Tadapani – Ghandruk
The descent to Ghandruk is a shorter and easier walk, mostly downhill. From Tadapani you descend through mossy forests and deep gorges, before the scenery changes to a drier more sparse forest as we approach Ghandruk, where we will stay in a teahouse tonight. Ghandruk is a beautiful Gurung Village, where many of the inhabitants are Gurkhas.
Trekking: Approx. 8km trek / 700m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 10 (Monday 17 October 2022):

Ghandruk – Pokhara
Today is our final day of trekking as we descend to Birethanti, from where we travel by road back to our hotel in Pokhara.
Trekking: Approx. 13km trek / 1000m descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 11 (Tuesday 18 October 2022):

Pokhara – Kathmandu
This morning we transfer back to our hotel in Kathmandu (approx. 6 hours), stopping for lunch en-route. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we will freshen up before a farewell dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 12-13 (Wednesday 19 – Thursday 20 October 2022):

Kathmandu – London*
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to London*. Dependent on flight schedules you may return to the UK on the next day.
Meals: Breakfast

*Flights from a regional airport may be possible.
N.B. This itinerary has been prepared in advance so while we do not anticipate changes, this itinerary may be subject to alteration due to flight schedules, hotel availability and other factors outside our control. During the trip itself the itinerary will depend on the group ability, weather and the daily circumstances. Any changes in the itinerary will be made in the interest of group safety and enjoyment. In-country, your guide and tour manager will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £385 payable at the time of booking.
Sponsorship: £3990 to be raised by 16 July 2022.


This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

What's included

  • Return flights from London*
  • Airport taxes and charges
  • All transport in Nepal
  • All accommodation (hotel in Kathmandu (4 nights), Pokhara (2 nights), guesthouses on trek 4 nights)
  • All meals as specified
  • English-speaking guides and support crew
  • Trek permits
  • Project co-ordination and materials
  • UK Different Travel tour manager.

*Flights from a regional airport may be possible.

What's not included

  • Nepal visa (current cost US$30)
  • Transport to/from UK airport
  • Bottled water
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £25-£30 per person)
  • Trek kit and equipment

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