A4WH-Nepal Trek Challenge

Trek along remote trails in eastern Nepal and raise funds for Dr Hodgson's hospital.

Challenge Highlights

  • Raising vital funds for A4WH hospital in Dolakha, Nepal
  • Stunning views of Gaurishankar and the Numbur Range
  • Exploring the unique culture and tradition of Sherpa people
  • Fully supported camping based trek
  • All meals prepared by our cooks on trek
  • Stay at a centrally located boutique hotel in Kathmandu
  • Enjoy a final dinner at the traditional Nepali Chulo
  • Visit Dolakha Hospital and meet Dr Hodgson and his team
  • See first hand the invaluable work A4WH are doing for women's health in Nepal


Join this special trip in support of A4WH and the work of Dr Hodgson and his team in eastern Nepal. A4WH provides medical and surgical treatment to underprivileged women and training to local doctors, nurses and midwives. We will visit Dolakha hospital, which is currently being rebuilt after the 2015 earthquake, to witness first-hand their invaluable work. Prior to the hospital visit we will escape the tourist trails on a trek to the north-east, which is home to Tibeto-Burman people with cultural links to the Sherpas and Sunwars. The trek takes us though villages, forest and wilderness zones, where we'll appreciate spectacular views of Gaurishankar (7100m) and the Numbur Range. In Kathmandu we'll stay at the delightful World Heritage Hotel and enjoy our final celebratory meal at Nepali Chulo.

Challenge Grade

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek. The trek is graded introductory. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the trek you will be walking or up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the 3 months leading up to your trek. Hill and step walking with a backpack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

After all the fundraising and preparation, the wait is finally over! Make your way to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu (details to be confirmed). On arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be met by a representative of World Expeditions (Huma) and transferred to the hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given at the hotel this evening where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. Overnight Dwarika Chhen Hotel (or similar)

Meals:  Nil

After breakfast we'll depart early for the long drive towards Jiri, the gateway to the Gaurishanker National Park. Jiri is approximately 180km or 8 hours east of Kathmandu on the Araniko Highway which goes on to Khasa, the border town in Tibet. Along the way, we'll enjoy dramatic views of the Himalayan giants including Ganesh Himal, Mount Dorje Lakpa and Gauri Shankar Himal. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way for photographs. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

We begin our trek with a gradual ascent, enjoying the impressive views of Pathibhara and the Gaurishanker Range, before entering the forest and our camp in the village of Kyangse. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Continuing uphill the trail meanders through pine and rhododendron forest. There are no villages on this section of the walk, but beautiful forest scenery and tributaries feeding into small lakes. Though we are unlikely to see any people on the trail, there is a good chance we'll glimpse some of the local wildlife. From our camp near Cherdung Hill the villages below will once again come into view. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we begin our walk through old growth forest and the foothills towards Pangnagi which is our camp for the night.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we descend through more lush forest and small villages before reaching our camp at Garjang.

Meals:  B,L,D

Again we pass through several small villages on the trail to Shivalaya. Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will join Dr Hodgson and visit the hospital for mothers and babies that A4WH is currently building in Charikot, an area devastated by the earthquake in 2015. Apart from providing critical care for those in need, the hospital will become a major teaching centre for doctors, midwives and nurses. It will also be the base for an extensive community health program, providing essential public health measures and medical research in the area. All funding for the construction of the hospital comes from personal donations. Your contribution of $2000 will go a long way in ensuring that this much needed medical care becomes a reality. As little as $2 will provide medications to prevent life threatening haemorrhages in pregnancy. $150 will pay for an operation to fix a woman suffering with genital prolapse. $50,000 will pay for a surgical ward. After the hospital visit, we will join Dr Hodgson and some of his medical staff to share lunch and learn more about the incredible work they are doing in and around this region of NE Nepal. Afternoon drive to Jiri (approx 4 hours). Camp overnight.

Meals:  B,L,D

Return to Kathmandu and the group hotel for a well deserved shower. Tonight we will celebrate our achievements with a farewell dinner at Nepali Chulo. Overnight Dwarika Chhen Hotel (or similar).

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast, transfer to Kathmandu Airport for your flight home. Huma can help with additional travel arrangements or extensions if required. Departure details will be advised once registered.

Meals:  B

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners
  • Centrally located boutique hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis
  • Return international flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Expert bilingual local leader
  • Full trek staff including assistant guides, cook and kitchen assistants
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • Private air-conditioned bus Kathmandu to Jiri and return from Shivalaya
  • Use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • All group camping equipment including twin share tents , mess tent and toilet tent
  • Group medical kit
  • Farewell dinner celebration in Kathmandu

What's Not Included

  • Meals not mentioned
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Single supplement

What You Carry

  • In your day pack you will need to carry extra warm clothing (depending on the altitude, location and weather), a rain jacket, water bottle, camera gear, valuables and personal items such as sunscreen, lip-eze etc. Porters carry all group gear and your trek pack.

Fundraising Impact

The full value of your donation will be used to provide critical medical services to women in developing countries, including: training and building capacity of local doctors, nurses and midwives; provision of equipment; and construction of infrastructure projects such as hospitals, clinics and operating theatres.

The use of donated funds exclusively for patients in need and the building of capacity in their countries is a fundamental principle of the A4WH foundation.

Travel Dates

20 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020
$200 AUD
$4090 AUD

Other Challenge Costs

Donation: AUD$2000
Single Supplement: AUD$240

Fast Facts

Trip Dates: Depart Return
20 Nov 2020 29 Nov 2020
Duration: 11 Days
Activities: Trekking
Charity Challenge
Grade: Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code: DRH
Registration Fee: AUD$200
Travel Cost: AUD$4090

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Q: If I make a donation to A4WH, where does my money go?

A: The full value of your donation will be used to provide critical medical services to women in developing countries, including:

  • training and building capacity of local doctors, nurses and midwives;
  • provision of equipment; and
  • construction of infrastructure projects such as hospitals, clinics and operating theatres.

The use of donated funds exclusively for patients in need and the building of capacity in their countries is a fundamental principle of the A4WH foundation.

Q: How is this possible? And how can I be sure my donation does go to where you say it does?

A: Some donors elect to have their donation cover the administrative and organisational costs and an Australian company transfers all of its annual profits to A4WH. This company (Port Macquarie Ultrasound) is owned and operated by the founder of A4WH, Dr Ray Hodgson. These funds and personal donations by Dr Hodgson and contributions from other than donors eg merchandise sales, cover all administrative and organisational costs. A4WH is strongly committed to complete transparency of all finances within charitable organisations.

Q: There are so many charitable organisations asking for my money. Why should I choose to donate to A4WH?

A: There is no doubt that Australians are extremely privileged to receive very high standards of medical care. Our access to a world class health system can so easily be taken for granted. There is a massive imbalance in the availability of medical treatment between countries like Australia and those of the developing world. And among the populations of these countries this imbalance is most blatant among women. If you agree with A4WH’s Mission Statement that every woman, regardless of race, wealth or status should have equal access to the highest standards of medical care, a donation to A4WH is an effective and efficient ways of redressing this shameful imbalance.

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A: A4WH will cover all travel and medical insurance, including, if necessary, medical evacuation.

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A: There are security issues of some kind in every country. A4WH monitors security through our official and local contacts. Understanding the culture, observing local social behaviours, establishing friendships and seeking advice from the local community will improve your everyday personal security, as will being sensitive and sensible.

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