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Annapurna Trek

By Jo Macbeth

In October 2016, 14 intrepid, excited trekkers from the UK and France set off for the Annupurna range in Nepal for a 12 day trip to trek the Annupurna mountain range and visit The Hope Centre in Kathmandu.

Laiden with toys, clothes and gifts for the children, as well as our trekking gear, we set off on a trip of a lifetime.

It was a very happy trek, led by our brilliant leader Bibek Panday and his team of Sherpas and porters, during which we trekked for 6 days on the Ghandruk-Ghorepani trek. The first day we climbed for just a few hours to the village of Birethati (1025m) followed by a day’s climb to Ghandruk (1940m). We spent our third night at Ban Thanti (2580m) and the fourth at Ghorepani (2860m) from where we scaled the 150m steep climb at 5am to see the most magnificent sunrise from the famous Poon Hill. The final night on trek before we headed back to Pokhara and Kathmandu, was spent at Tikhedhunga (1540m) where we danced and partied with the locals to traditional Nepali music.

Whilst in Nepal, we also got to visit The Hope Centre not once but twice, and spent the most memorable evenings with the children watching their singing and dancing show and then dancing the evening away with them. It was an inspiring, exhilarating and life changing experience.

These bi-annual treks are a core part of the New Future Nepal fundraising strategy and in 2016, we raised over £32,000!

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