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January 22, 2022

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The trek will pass over hills and through local settlements to the base of Mount Annapurna, one of the most spectacular (and daunting) places on earth.

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Trekking to Mount Annapurna

A new non-profit organisation in Nepal is asking volunteers to lace up their hiking boots to help develop ICU care in the mountainous country

Founded in January 2013, the Nepal Critical Care Development Foundation has set itself some pretty high goals: to improve the status of Critical Care Medicine and Intensive Care Units in the mountainous, underdeveloped country. And in order to raise funds for this objective, they’re asking volunteers to set an equally high goal: trekking to the base of Mount Annapurna (4130 metres), from September 21 to October 1 2013. Money raised will go towards improving the ICU unit at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital.

The Details

Trekkers must make their own way to and from Kathmandu. The total itinerary is 11 days, with seven of those actually being spent trekking. The route will give terrific scenic views of the Himalayas and take trekkers over several smaller hills. Trekkers need to bring good hiking gear and clothing, such as jackets, hiking boots, water bottles/hydration systems, but otherwise all is else is provided. Trekkers will sleep at hotels en route. The itinerary is as follows:

Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 – Transport to Pokhara
Day 03 – Trek Pokhara – Nayapul – Jhinu Danda
Day 04 – Trek Jhinu Danda – Dovan
Day 05 – Trek Dovan to Machapuchare Base Camp (MBC)
Day 06 – Trek MBC - Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) – MBC
Day 07 – Trek MBC – Bamboo – Sinuwa
Day 08 – Trek Sinuwa – New Bridge – Pothana
Day 09 – Trek Pothana – Phedi – Pokhara
Day 10 – Transport Pokhara – Kathmanda
Day 11 – Depart from Kathmandu

Why only trek to the base?

Mount Annapurna is considered one of the most challenging mountains in the world, with a nearly 40 percent fatality rate for those who attempt to scale it. Trekking to the base camp is a much safer, more enjoyable way to enjoy one of the globe’s most stunning spots.

Age range

18 to 70.


Trek: US$1495: This includes transport within Nepal, food and accommodation.

Other expenses: Transport to and from departure airport, visa, airport taxes, personal travel insurance, gratuities, alcoholic drinks and other personal expenses.

Registration fee/deposit is $100, with remainder due before September 1, 2013.

Canadian connection

Dr. Redouane Bouali and Dr. Laura Hawryluck are the International Members of the foundation. Dr. Bouali is an intensivist at The Ottawa Hospital and Dr. Hawryluck works in critical care at the Toronto General Hospital and the Toronto Western Hospital.


Visit for more information and the sign-up sheet. The NCCDF can be contacted by email at


While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, because this information comes from a third party, and is subject to change, no guarantees for the currency or accuracy of information are made. Please check carefully with the NCCDF for up-to-date information.

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  1. On June 19, 2013, Santosh Thapa said:
    Very nice. Keep it up. I too join the trip.

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