Trek with a Cause
Walk for Freedom Trek – Annapurna Base Camp
Trek with a Cause was started by Jan Milliken, a nurse with a passion about ridding Nepal of sex trading & trafficking and is aimed to raise funds for Maiti Nepal, a well established organisation with a solid structure in place to rescue and support those caught up in the trade.
Dates: December 28, 2018 – January 14, 2019 (18 days)
Price: $2600 AUD A $500 deposit is required after submitting the application.
- Internal Transport
- Local Staff Employment and Project Support
- Language Lesson
- Project Contribution
The following expense are not included within the expedition fees:
- Flight arrangements (incl taxes)
- Travel Insurance
- Medical Preparation
- Personal Gear
- Spending Money
Aussie Action Abroad Ltd (AAA) uses basic accommodation at all times. Depending on location and practicality, this may include camping (tents supplied), dormitories, local hostel accommodation and basic hotels. Prior to departure, AAA supplies participants with all the information they need regarding gear, innoculations, culture & climate, etc. Detailed material will be sent on enquiry which includes an outlined program of planned activity.
Group Support: Groups of 10 participants will be allocated to each project and be supported by Australian volunteer staff (including medical support staff) and qualified and experienced local staff.
Project fundraising: Each participant is encouraged to undertake activities prior to the Expedition to raise awareness and funds for the work being undertaken by partner organisations focussed on providing additional teaching resources. Funds raised will be given to the schools visited by the group.
Program: Upon arrival in Kathmandu the group will undertake an orientation program and prepare for travel to Pokhara. The trek commences at Phedi with a 6 day accent to Annapurna Base Camp. After the trek members of the group will travel back to Kathmandu before returning home.
Preparation: The altitude on the trail up to Annapurna Base Camp will vary between 823m at Pokhara to 4,130m at Base Camp. The trek is classified as challenging and we request that you please ensure that you are in good health and have a good level of fitness in the lead up to the expedition.
Thoroughly enjoyed my time as a member of the construction crew with AAA’s Nepal expedition 2012/13. On top of the opportunity to give towards a community that I had never met before, the camaraderie shared between the AAA organisation and other volunteers throughout the trip, during the work, trek and sightseeing stages was a truly fulfilling and humbling experience. This is an experience that I would wholeheartedly recommend to anyone, whatever their stage in life!
I loved experiencing a culture that is so strong-willed and determined, yet so easy going and genuinely happy. The adversities faced by the local Nepali people is what keeps them going day in day out, and the generosity of Westerners is a gift well and truly deserved.
A truly inspiring experience watching the participants and Nepali locals working together to successfully complete the Mongoladoya School construction project. The most touching memory was hearing the immense gratitude from the local community and school children throughout the project duration and the celebration ceremony thrown for us after the completion of the works.