Nepal Discovery Tour 2019
Oct
22
to Nov 3

Nepal Discovery Tour 2019

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Dive into Nepal’s eclectic culture and astounding natural beauty on this 12 day discovery of Nepal. In the Kathmandu Valley, admire masterpieces of Newar architecture, explore an elegant hillside temple overrun with monkeys and stand under the towering Boudhanath Stupa, listening to the chants of Buddhist pilgrims.

Lunch beside the Sunkoshi River and visit The Umbrella Foundation Australia’s school.

Relax in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara and embark on an elephant-back safari in the world heritage Chitwan National park.

Our Discovery itinerary explores a destination in depth, with carefully selected experiences, and ample free time for relaxation.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu – 22nd October

You will be met at the airport and travel to your hotel for check-in.  Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.  In the evening, celebrate the mix of ethnicities, cultures and exotic flavours that make the Kathmandu Valley so unique at a live cultural dinner show.

Kathmandu is by far Nepal’s largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the ‘hippie trail’ in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional cultural identity.

Day 2: Kathmandu – 23rd October

City cultural Tour: This morning, embark on a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the Old City. With its cluster of elegant temples and palaces adorned with intricate wood and stone carvings, this UNESCO World Heritage site is testament to the sublime skill of several centuries of Newari craftsmen. Standing tall on a 12 stage plinth, the magnificent Taleju Temple dominates the square, its impressive three-tiered octagonal shaped roof rising 35 metres into the sky. Wander the area, taking time to admire the gigantic and colourful carving of Kalbhairav (the god of destruction) and the Temple of Kumari (the living goddess).

Venturing west out of the city, climb the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath Stupa or ‘Monkey Temple’ to see the 2,000 year old Buddhist Chaityas and take in sweeping views of Kathmandu, hemmed in by the looming bulk of the mountains on the horizon.

In the afternoon discover the UNESCO World Heritage Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest in the world and sacred site for Buddists.  Enjoy a coffee overlooking this magnificent structure. 

              

Day 3: Kathmandu / Sun Koshi Beach Camp & Shree Bhimsen Secondary School / Kathmandu – 24th October

Today you will have an early rise to miss the traffic and travel north east of Kathmandu to Sunkoshi beach camp.  You will have the opportunity to get your first view of the mighty Himalaya as you travel on the Aniko Highway; a tea break at one of the viewing cafés will allow you the chance to take in the vista of the mountain range and many photo opportunities.  On arrival at Sunkoshi beach you will enjoy breakfast before travelling by 4WD up to the Shree Bhimsen secondary school where you will be welcomed by staff & students.

After the school visit it is back down the mountain to Sunkoshi camp.  Enjoy a traditional Nepali lunch before the return journey back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

  

Day 4: Kathmandu / Pokhara – 25th October

This morning you fly to Pokhara.  Nepal’s unofficial ‘second city,’ Pokhara stands on the shores of the placid Phewa Tal Lake in the shadow of the looming pyramid-peak of Machapuchare.

Your accommodation is located on the eastern shore of Phewa, affectionately known as ‘lakeside’ or Baidam, is in the hub of the city’s shopping, dining and nightlife scene.  Arriving at your hotel you can enjoy some down time by the pool or browse the many craft and book shops or soaking up the laid back vibes outside a cafe overlooking the lake.

Day 5: Pokhara – 26th October

Today we enjoy an early start to view Mother Nature’s finest display of colour & light at Sarankot.

Standing high above Pokhara Valley, this renowned local lookout spot commands jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, from Annapurna II in the east to the pyramid summit of Machapuchare and Dhaulagiri in the west.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure, for a small fee you can hire a boat and explore the lake, catch up on some shopping, enjoy the spa facilities at the resort or simply relax and take in the mountain views.

Day 6: Pokhara – 27th October

After a leisurely breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore the history and beauty of the Pokhara Valley itself, paying a visit to the spectacular KI Singh Bridge and nearby Devi Falls before moving on to a Tibetan refugee village to discover the community’s thriving textile and carpet industry or pay a visit the mountain museum. 

The evening can be spent walking the streets and experience Laxmi Puja, where the many shop owners will display mandalas.  Tihar lights will decorate the streets and children will be dancing.  A special time to be in Nepal.    

Day 7: Pokhara – 28th October

A full day of leisure in Pokhara where you have the opportunity to relax by the pool, do some last minute shopping or why not get adventurous with a one day trek

Day 8: Pokhara / Chitwan – 29th October

After an early breakfast you will leave Pokhara and travel by private air conditioned vehicle to Chitwan.  Whilst the journey can be long and dependent on traffic/road conditions it is a great opportunity to take in the views of rural Nepal.  You will stop a few times along the road for tea breaks.  In the afternoon you arrive at the wildlife resort where you will enjoy full board and activities for the next three nights.

Day 9: Chitwan – 30th October

With a name that translates literally to ‘heart of the jungle’, Chitwan National Park encompasses 932 sq km of protected forest, marshes and sweeping grasslands. Sitting on the fringe of the Indian Plains, the park is one of the last remaining refuges for rare and endangered species such as the one horned rhino, tigers, leopards and Gangetic dolphins (South Asian river dolphin).

Activities whilst in Chitwan include: Elephant safari,  village visit, walking safari, Evening entertainment: Local cultural dance and Slide presentation, boating safari, elephant briefing and bird safari.

Day 10: Chitwan /Kathmandu 31st October

After breakfast you will fly back to Kathmandu. On arrival you may enjoy some free time for the rest of the day, perhaps exploring the city’s many handicraft, art and book shops.

Day 11: Kathmandu – 1st November

This morning we visit Bhaktapur, which along with Kathmandu and Patan makes up the three holy cities in the Kathmandu Valley.  The city was founded during the 12th Century AD by King Adand Dev Malla and remains well preserved and free of motor traffic to this day, giving it a sense of timelessness and peace.

The city has rich handicrafts tradition and is a great place to purchase potter, which you will see in various stages of completion throughout the town, but particularly in Potter’s Square.  Also look for painted black clay masks, metalwork, traditional Buddhist paintings and locally grown teas.  A specialty in Bhaktapur is the yogurt and locally produced honey. 

Day 12: Kathmandu – 2nd November

Your final full day and the opportunity for last minute shopping and exploring! Optional activities can be arranged for this day which could include, market tours, cooking classes, yoga or even a visit to the Nepali - German managed Ayurveda Health Home in Dhapasi, Kathmandu.  This world renowned centre offer many relaxation and cleansing treatments for the body & soul.

Day 12: Kathmandu – 3 November

On your last day, enjoy free time before your airport transfer.

Cost & Dates:  22nd October – 3rd November, 2019

AU$2990 per person - twin share basis

(not inclusive of international flights)

                Inclusions:

  • Welcome cake (from Fine Grains Bakery) & coffee/tea

  • cultural evening

  • Hotel Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu and Temple tree Spa Resort in Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary

  • Tigerland Safari Resort, Chitwan for 3 nights on full board and all activities

  • All land in private A/C transportation

  • All guided sightseeing tours with all required or applicable entrance fees in Kathmandu & Pokhara

  • Breakfast & Lunch at Sunkoshi Beach camp

  • Jeep hire to visit school

  • Pokhara/Kathmandu flight (one way)

  • Chitwan/Kathmandu flight (one way)

  • Airport transfers

  • All applicable government taxes  

Not Included:

  • Lunch’s & dinner’s not included in the set itinerary

  • Any bottled drinks & alcoholic beverages

  • Personal expenses

  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events

  • Optional activities

  • Travel insurance

  • Tipping

  • All International flights 

Important Information

 

Accommodation:

Kathmandu: Fairmont by Marriott (or equivalent)

Chitwan: Tigerland Safari Resort (or equivalent)

Pokhara: Tea Tree Spa Resort (or equivalent).

Note:

This trip package includes 2 internal flights (Kathmandu to Pokhara & Chitwan to Kathmandu) which retail at approx.. AU$200 per flight

Visa for Nepal
All foreign nationals (except Indians) require a visa to enter Nepal

Getting a visa at the airport can sometimes take time due to long queues. It is advisable to organise your visa before departure.  This can be organised through your travel agent or the Nepal Consulate in Sydney. 

15 Day Multiple Entry Visa

Valid for 15 days from the date of entry

AU $65.00
For on the spot or urgent Visa processing add $15.00 more. 

Health Advice:

It is advised you visit your doctor or travel health specialist before departure and make sure all the required immunisation is covered.

 

 

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Think Bollywood 2019
Aug
17
7:00 PM19:00

Think Bollywood 2019

Due to popular demand BOLLYWOOD IS BACK!  Last years event was such a success we have to do a repeat performance....only better!

Dance to the music of Plan C and shimmy to our Bollywood DJ.  A banquet by Ravi from Zaffran's Indian in Newcastle will have you going back to the table for more.

Dance performances, great prizes and an evening of colour and culture will be had by all.

All funds raised at the event will support the work of The Umbrella Foundation Australia 

For more information about the event or if you would like to sponsor or donate to the event contact: linda @umbrellaaustralia.org or phone: 0402816061ue to popular demand BOLLYWOOD IS BACK!  Last years event was such a success we have to do a repeat performance....only better!

Dance to the music of Plan C and shimmy to our Bollywood DJ.  A banquet by Ravi from Zaffran's Indian in Newcastle will have you going back to the table for more.

Dance performances, great prizes and an evening of colour and culture will be had by all.

All funds raised at the event will support the work of The Umbrella Foundation Australia 

For more information about the event or if you would like to sponsor or donate to the event contact: linda @umbrellaaustralia.org or phone: 0402816061

Tickets available at: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/8670

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Everest Base Camp Challenge 2019 with Everest Sumitteer Gavin Vickers
Apr
24
to May 10

Everest Base Camp Challenge 2019 with Everest Sumitteer Gavin Vickers

Your opportunity to experience the mighty Himalayas and witness Mount Everest in all her splendid glory! 

Our team will not only share an adventure of a lifetime they are also taking this amazing opportunity to raise funds for the rebuild of Shree Bhimsen Secondary School in Sindhupalchowk Nepal. If you would like to support our team click on the link below, your tax deductable donation is giving children from very vulnerable communities an education.

http://www.givenow.com.au/shree-bhimsen-secondaryschool.


Our EBC trek will be led by our Umbrella Australia patron and Everest summiteer Gavin Vickers. There are a few extra’s included which are not usually available on your average EBC adventure.

  • You will have the chance to join fellow Aussies at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu for the annual ANZAC ceremony.

  • On arrival at EBC Gavin will be arranging an afternoon with Everest mountaineers

Dust off those joggers, here is an excellent reason to get fit, be part of an ethical travel experience and share the ultimate adventure with a group of friends...…Yes, its our Everest Base Camp Challenge!

The Umbrella Foundation Australia along with our trekking partner – Nature Treks offer the ultimate adventure trek.

Umbrella Australia Patron Gavin Vickers is an adventurer, expedition leader and public speaker who has climbed to the top of the world leading a team to the summit of Mt Everest (8848m) on 24th May 2010 from the Tibetan side of the mountain.

As well as Mt Everest, Gavin has climbed several other peaks including:

  • Lhotse (8516m) Nepal (Expedition Leader)

  • Mt Cook (3754m) and several other 3000+ peaks in New Zealand

  • Lobuche East (6000m) Nepal (Climbed twice)

  • Ama Dablam (6756m) Nepal

  • Mt Cho Oyu (8201m) Tibet (Climbed without oxygen)

  • Cholatse (6440m) Nepal

Check out the itinerary below and if you require further info.Contact us at Umbrella Australia by email: info@umbrellaaustralia.org or phone Linda on: 0402 816 06

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Nepal Discovery Tour 2018
Nov
1
to Nov 13

Nepal Discovery Tour 2018

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Nepal Discovery Tour 2018

Dive into Nepal’s eclectic culture and astounding natural beauty on this 12 day discovery of Nepal.

Our Discovery itinerary explores the Kathmandu Valley, visits our school rebuild in Sindhupalchowk, experience Chitwan & idyllic Pokhara with carefully selected experiences, and ample free time for relaxation.  Newcastle Travel Partners will be managing all bookings.  Numbers are limited.   

If you have any questions please see the enquiry form at the bottom of the page.

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu

You will be met at the airport and travel to your hotel for check-in.  Enjoy free time for the remainder of the day.  In the evening, celebrate the mix of ethnicities, cultures and exotic flavours that make the Kathmandu Valley so unique at a live cultural dinner show.

Kathmandu is by far Nepal’s largest and most diverse city, a genuine melting pot of ethnicities and cultures and a haven for travellers since its rise to popularity as part of the ‘hippie trail’ in the 60s and 70s. Once described as having more temples than houses, this exhilarating and complex capital is rapidly changing, but the half-hidden temples, chilli-growing courtyards and tiny craft workshops of its narrow lanes and alleyways reveal a city that has not yet abandoned its fascinating traditional cultural identity.

Day 2: Kathmandu

City cultural Tour: This morning, embark on a tour of Kathmandu Durbar Square in the heart of the Old City. With its cluster of elegant temples and palaces adorned with intricate wood and stone carvings, this UNESCO World Heritage site is testament to the sublime skill of several centuries of Newari craftsmen. Standing tall on a 12 stage plinth, the magnificent Taleju Temple dominates the square, its impressive three-tiered octagonal shaped roof rising 35 metres into the sky. Wander the area, taking time to admire the gigantic and colourful carving of Kalbhairav (the god of destruction) and the Temple of Kumari (the living goddess).

Venturing west out of the city, climb the 365 steps that lead up to Swayambhunath Stupa or ‘Monkey Temple’ to see the 2,000 year old Buddhist Chaityas and take in sweeping views of Kathmandu, hemmed in by the looming bulk of the mountains on the horizon.

In the afternoon discover the UNESCO World Heritage Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest in the world and sacred site for Buddists.  Enjoy a coffee overlooking this magnificent structure. 

Day 3: Kathmandu / Sun Koshi Beach Camp & Shree Bhimsen Secondary School / Kathmandu

Today you will have an early rise to miss the traffic and travel north east of Kathmandu to Sunkoshi beach camp.  You will have the opportunity to get your first view of the mighty Himalaya as you travel on the Aniko Highway; a tea break at one of the viewing cafés will allow you the chance to take in the vista of the mountain range and many photo opportunities.  On arrival at Sunkoshi beach you will enjoy breakfast before travelling by 4WD up to the Shree Bhimsen secondary school where you will be welcomed by staff & students.

After the school visit it is back down the mountain to Sunkoshi camp.  Enjoy a traditional Nepali lunch before the return journey back to your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 4: Kathmandu / Chitwan

After an early breakfast you will leave Kathmandu and travel by private air conditioned vehicle to Chitwan.  Whilst the journey can be long and dependent on traffic/road conditions it is a great opportunity to take in the views of rural Nepal.  You will stop a few times along the road for tea and lunch breaks.  In the afternoon you arrive at the wildlife resort where you will enjoy full board and activities for the next three nights.

Day 5: Chitwan

With a name that translates literally to ‘heart of the jungle’, Chitwan National Park encompasses 932 sq km of protected forest, marshes and sweeping grasslands. Sitting on the fringe of the Indian Plains, the park is one of the last remaining refuges for rare and endangered species such as the one horned rhino, tigers, leopards and Gangetic dolphins (South Asian river dolphin).

Activities whilst in Chitwan include: Elephant safari, jeep safari, village visit, walking safari, Evening entertainment: Local cultural dance and Slide presentation, boating safari, elephant briefing/bathing and bird safari.

Day 6: Chitwan / Pokhara

This morning you  leave for Pokhara.  Nepal’s unofficial ‘second city,’ Pokhara stands on the shores of the placid Phewa Tal Lake in the shadow of the looming pyramid-peak of Machapuchare.

Your accommodation is located on the eastern shore of Phewa, affectionately known as ‘lakeside’ or Baidam, is in the hub of the city’s shopping, dining and nightlife scene.  Arriving at your hotel you can enjoy some down time by the pool or browse the many craft and book shops or soaking up the laid back vibes outside a cafe overlooking the lake.

The evening can be spent walking the streets and experience Laxmi Puja, where the many shop owners will display mandalas, Tihar lights will decorate the streets and children will be dancing.  A special time to be in Nepal.

Day 7: Pokhara

After a leisurely breakfast you will have the opportunity to explore the history and beauty of the Pokhara Valley itself, paying a visit to the spectacular KI Singh Bridge and nearby Devi Falls before moving on to a Tibetan refugee village to discover the community’s thriving textile and carpet industry. 

Day 8: Pokhara

Today we enjoy an early start to view Mother Nature’s finest display of colour & light at Sarankot.

Standing high above Pokhara Valley, this renowned local lookout spot commands jaw-dropping views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks, from Annapurna II in the east to the pyramid summit of Machapuchare and Dhaulagiri in the west.

The remainder of the day is at your leisure, for a small fee you can hire a boat and explore the lake, catch up on some shopping, enjoy the spa facilities at the resort or simply relax and take in the mountain views.

Day 9: Pokhara/Kathmandu

This morning fly from Pokhara back to Kathmandu. After landing enjoy some free time for the rest of the day, perhaps exploring the city’s many handicraft, art and book shops.

Day 10: Kathmandu

Today we visit Bhaktapur, which along with Kathmandu and Patan makes up the three holy cities in the Kathmandu Valley.  The city was founded during the 12th Century AD by King Adand Dev Malla and remains well preserved and free of motor traffic to this day, giving it a sense of timelessness and peace.

The city has rich handicrafts tradition and is a great place to purchase pottery, which you will see in various stages of completion throughout the town, but particularly in Potter’s Square.  Also look for painted black clay masks, metalwork, traditional Buddhist paintings and locally grown teas.  A specialty in Bhaktapur is the yogurt and locally produced honey. 

Day 11: Kathmandu

Your final full day and the opportunity for last minute shopping and exploring! Optional activities can be arranged for this day which could include, market tours, cooking classes, yoga or even a visit to the Nepali - German managed Ayurveda Health Home in Dhapasi, Kathmandu.  This world renowned centre offer many relaxation and cleansing treatments for the body & soul.

Day 12: Kathmandu

On your last day, enjoy free time before your airport transfer.

Cost & Dates

2nd November – 13th November, 2018        

The total cost:

AU $2650 per person on twin sharing basis

 

                Inclusions:

  • Welcome dinner and cultural evening
  • Hotel Fairfield by Marriott Kathmandu and Temple tree Spa Resort in Pokhara with breakfast as per itinerary
  • Tigerland Safari Resort, Chitwan for 3 nights full board and all activities
  • All land in private A/C transportation
  • All guided sightseeing tours with all required or applicable entrance fees in Kathmandu & Pokhara
  • Breakfast & Lunch at Sunkoshi Beach camp
  •  Jeep hire to visit school
  •   Pokhara/Kathmandu flight (one way)
  •  Airport transfers
  •  All applicable government tax

Not Included:

  • Lunch’s & dinner’s not included in the set itinerary
  • Any bottled drinks & alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Costs incurred due to unforeseen events
  • Optional activities
  • Travel insurance
  • Tipping
  • All International flights

 

Important Information

Accommodation:

Kathmandu: Fairmont by Marriott (or equivalent) Chitwan: Tigerland Safari Resort (or equivalent) Pokhara: Tea Tree Spa Resort (or equivalent).

Note:

This trip package includes 1 internal flight (Pokhara - Kathmandu) which retails at aprox. AU$200.

Health Advice:

It is advised you visit your doctor or travel health specialist before departure and make sure all the required immunisation is covered.

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Celebrating Nepal ~ an evening of colour, dance & feasting
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Celebrating Nepal ~ an evening of colour, dance & feasting

If you thought last year's Gala event was an affair to remember, our next themed Gala event is going to be an evening of celebration!

Think Bollywood!    

Colour! Dance! Feasting! 

With delicious food prepared for us by our favourite chef RAVI.....Yes folks Zaffran Restaurant is treating us to an amazing menu, combined with great Aussie music from PLAN C.  We are also hoping to include a surprise treat from our Nepali community.

Wear your most colourful outfit, sari, kurta or ballgown!  Jewell up....nothing is too extravagant! 

The evening includes a three course feast and a wonderful night of entertainment.  Drinks will be available at the bar courtesy of the Maitland Rugby Club.  Of course you need to advise us of dietary requirements.  

Limited numbers of tickets available with profits on the night supporting our post earthquake school rebuild in Sindhupalchowk, Nepal.  Giving rural children access to education.  For more information about our projects go to: https://umbrellaaustralia.org/

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Jun
3
8:00 AM08:00

Charity Golf Day

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Join us & our sister charity Centre for Hope for a fun day of golfing at Kurri Kurri Golf club.

Take this opportunity to combine a game of golf with helping others in the community -either by sponsoring a hole or by playing...or both!

Funds raised on the day will be supporting The Umbrella Foundation Australia Sindhupalchowk (Nepal) school rebuild & Kurri Kurri Public School Centre For Hope mentoring program.

4 Player Team Registration: Only $240 (includes BBQ Breakfast, Green Fees & Lunch)

Corporate 4 Player Team Registration: Only $340 (Includes Hole signage, club house advertising, BBQ Breakfast, Green Fees & Lunch) 

Hole Sponsorship: Only $100 (Includes hole signage, club house advertising & recognition at prize giving - tax deductable) 

(Carts may be booked directly with the Kurri Kurri Golf Club Pro Shop by phoning: 49371224.  There are limited carts so we suggest you book early).

For further information contact: Linda Harwood on: 0402816061 or email: linda@umbrellaaustralia.org or complete the attached form to register your team!

Limited teams!  Please fill out the registration form below.  It is appreciated if payment can be made by direct deposit.  Bank details are:  BSB: 032 639  Account No. 271 414. TUFA will send an official receipt when payment has been received. 

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Summer Fashion Parade at The Blue Illusion
Dec
13
11:00 AM11:00

Summer Fashion Parade at The Blue Illusion

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Have you organised that special outfit for Christmas day? Join us at 'The Blue Illusion' Charlestown Square for bubbles, nibbles and an exclusive fashion parade!   TICKETS ARE FREE with 15% ON ALL PURCHASES being donated to The Umbrella Foundation Australia. 

SEATS ARE LIMITED so don't miss this wonderful opportunity to spoil yourself and support our organisation.

For more information and bookings contact:

Gerri: 0418 254 568 or

The Blue Illusion Charlestown: (02) 4942 3130

The Blue Illusion - Personal Curators of Style, in a French inspired boutique

Personal Curators of Style, in a French inspired boutique,’ is an embraced Blue Illusion ethos. Blue Illusion is an exciting and highly successful retail concept, launched in Australia over 15 years ago. Based upon the three fundamental pillars of Fashion, Lifestyle & Community, Blue Illusion has emerged as an important player on the Australian & New Zealand fashion retail scene and has established an enviable market position.

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The Everest Base Camp Challenge 2017 - To Build a School
Oct
15
to Nov 1

The Everest Base Camp Challenge 2017 - To Build a School

Escape to the Mountains!  Your opportunity to experience the mighty Himalayas and witness Mount Everest in all her splendid glory! 

Dust off those joggers, here is an excellent reason to get fit, be part of an ethical travel experience and share the ultimate adventure with a group of friends......Yes folks its our first Everest Base Camp Challenge! 

The Umbrella Foundation Australia along with our Umbrella Trekking partner - Nature Treks offer the ultimate adventure trek.  You will experience the mountains and the mighty Sun Koshi river....yes folks, there are some extra's included! 

Check out the itinerary and fill out the expressions of interest form below where you can include any questions about the trek......BETTER STILL you can go straight to the booking form and START YOUR ADVENTURE!

We have asked our friends at Escape Travel in Toronto NSW to assist with flights and travel insurance.  For large groups they can organize group bookings.  Feel free to contact them by clicking on the above link or give them a call (02) 4032 7828.

Plus there's more!  All profits from this trek will be assisting the post earthquake rebuild of Shree Bhimsen Secondary school with the added bonus of giving Umbrella Youth employment and training as trekking guides....it's a win win!

Itinerary

 

EVEREST BASE CAMP CHALLENGE 2017

18 DAYS Trip with 12 Days of:

Moderate to strenuous adventure trek

Nature Trek’s amazing Mt. Everest Base Camp Trek!

Mt. Everest, 8,848 meters, is the mighty and awe-inspiring highest peak of the world not to mention its panoramic grandeur. Many adventurers from far and wide have undertaken the challenge and successfully scaled this towering peak. We, at Nature-treks.com/ Himalayas, welcome you to participate in the amazing Mt. Everest Base Camp trek which takes you through the colorful and interesting Sherpa community to the World Highest Peak. Nature-treks.com will ensure that you have the time of your life!

The best season for this trek is from March-June and October-December. Our amazing 12-day trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp offers the trekkers the best this area has to offer and provides a truly incredible insight into this magnificent region and its fascinating people.

Walk through the splendid valley's of the Kumbu

Walk through the splendid valley's of the Kumbu

Along the trekking route, you will also get to see the mountain goats such as Himalayan Thahr and Blue Sheep, endangered Musk Deer, the rare Snow leopards and Red Panda in addition to the national bird of Nepal - Danphe and the different species of the national flower of Nepal- the Rhododendrons. One of the major highlights of this trek is the monasteries that are more than 500 years old.

This is a moderate to strenuous trek from 2,805m (9,200ft) to (5,364m/17,600ft) with the optional day hikes up to 5545m (18,200ft). The accommodation will be in comfortable lodges run by Sherpa families. The trek starts with a flight from Kathmandu and includes all meals and services of experienced, English speaking Trek Guides and porter/s to carry the luggage. Clients can just carry their backpacks and walk at their own pace.

Day to Day Itinerary

Days          Dates

1.                 15 Oct.  

Arrive Kathmandu, welcome dinner in one of the authentic Nepali restaurant and overnight hotel (Moon light or Mandala Boutique Hotel) on BB plan

2.                16 Oct.   

Half day guided heritage tour of Kathmandu – Free afternoon for shopping

3.                 17 Oct.

Visit Shree Bhimsen Secondary School and overnight Sun Koshi Beach Camp

4.                 18 Oct.

Day rafting trip at Sun Koshi River and travel back to Kathmandu and overnight hotel

5.                 19 Oct.

Fly from Kathmandu to Luka (2800m) and start trek to Phakdingma

6.                 20 Oct.

Trek to Namche Bazaar (3400m)

7.                  21 Oct

Rest day for acclimatization

8.                  22 Oct.

Trek to Thyangboche (3800m)

9.                  23 Oct.

Trek to Dingboche (4400m)

10.                24 Oct.

Rest day for acclimatization

11.                  25 Oct.

Trek to Labuche (4910m)

12.                 26 Oct.

Excursion to Kalapathar and retrace back to Dugla

13.                  27 Oct.

Trek to Thyangboche

14.                 28 Oct.

To Namche

15.                 29 Oct.

Back to Lukla

16.                 30 Oct.

Fly back to Kathmandu

17.                  31 Oct.

Free day in Kathmandu (extra day in case there is any flight delay from Lukla)

18.                   01 Nov.

Trip concludes and flight back to home or join another trip

The total cost:

AU $2950 US$2190 per person on twin sharing basis

Note:  Please note that this given cost is based on group size of 10 or more person

Cost Includes:

·         Tourist standard or Boutique hotel on BB plan in Kathmandu as per itinerary     (4nights)

·         Welcome dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural dance

·         Half day Kathmandu heritage sightseeing tour

·         All land transportation by private vehicle

·         Service of govt licensed holder and an experienced guide

·         Porter service (one porter for two person)

·         Accommodations and 3 meals (BLD) a day along the trail in local Inns

·         Cost of national park fees

·         TIM’s  Card (trekking permits)

·         Kathmandu/Lukla/Kathmandu flight (Return)

·         Guide’s flight to and from Lukla

·         Staffs wages, food and insurance

·         Govt tax

·         Everest BC Challenge Trek T-Shirt

·         Day rafting

·         Overnight at Sun Koshi Beach Camp with transportation

Cost does not include:

·         Bottled drinks (hot & cold), Hot shower (whilst on the trek)

·         Cost incur due to unforeseen events or personal expenses

·         Emergency evacuation

·         Travel medical insurance

·         Tipping

·         Anything that is not mentioned in the “include” section

Have a safe trip. Thank You!

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An Evening of Gatsby ~ An Affair to Remember
Oct
7
6:30 PM18:30

An Evening of Gatsby ~ An Affair to Remember

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An evening of fine food, wine and frivolity!  Journey back to the era of jazz, the Charleston and Al Capone all set in the opulence of Maitland's historic Mansfield.

Be swept away on the dance floor with the jazz & swing of Saxanova.  Surprises await throughout the evening for what will become one of Maitland's most exclusive & premier events. 

Tickets are limited with all profits made on the evening supporting the work of:

The Umbrella Foundation Australia -  a family-first, children’s charity working to relieve the impact of trafficking and poverty on the children of Nepal through projects which promote education, reintegration and community development.

Centre For Hope - a Newcastle charity empowering disadvantaged Australian youth aged 6 - 18 years to respect themselves, to connect to the wider community and create an inspired life.

The Gatsby, The Bee's Knees & The Whoopee tickets are available for purchase:

The Gatsby includes: 1 free Charleston dance class with dance teacher Deb Lawrence the week before the event - a free photo next to a vintage car on arrival & a night to remember! (Dance class: Tuesday, 3rd October, 2017 at Maitland CWA, Church Street, Maitland.  6.30pm - 8.30pm - must bring joggers & dancing shoes).  - $180

The Bee's Knees includes: 1 free photo next to a vintage car on arrival & a night to remember! - $165

The Whoopee includes: a night to remember! - $150

Tickets available at: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/56569

OR Contact us directly at: info@umbrellaaustralia.org

OR phone: 0402 816 061

Please provide your address on booking as we will send you a formal ticket for the event.  Formal tickets must be presented at the door on the evening.

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Women Reproductive Health: Challenges and Progress in Nepal with Geeta Pfau, R.N./Midwife, Ph.D
Jul
23
3:30 PM15:30

Women Reproductive Health: Challenges and Progress in Nepal with Geeta Pfau, R.N./Midwife, Ph.D

Please join us for 'Conversations at Blackbird'  with international  guest speaker Geeta Pfau, R.N./Midwife, Ph.D

Geeta Pfau is a global health consultant who has focused on women‘s reproductive health issues including safe motherhood, unsafe abortions, and the role of skilled birth attendants in preventing maternal illness and death. She completed a Ph.D. at the University of Connecticut with a focus on community medicine, medical anthropology, and health education. She has more than30 years experience teaching, working, and researching around the world as a nurse, consultant, health educator, and trainer of nurses and traditional birth attendants in Africa and Nepal, and as a professor of women’s studies and global health in the United States.

Her current research focuses on birthing practices and unwanted pregnancies leading to unsafe abortions and preventable maternal deaths. She has just completed the manuscript for a book titled Crowning: True Stories if Birthing and Women in Nepal and is the main author of HIV/AIDS at Universities and Colleges: The Epidemic Emerges from Hiding (Windhoek: Gamsberg Macmillan, 2004).

All funds raised will be supporting our DAY"S FOR GIRLS enterprise team in NEPAL

Carolyn Scott, baker extraordinaire will be spoiling us with her delectable 'shared feast' to accompany what will be an inspirational afternoon of giving.

Please advise on purchase of ticket any dietary requirements, includes bubbles on arrival

Tickets available at: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/54857

or contact Linda on: 0402 816 061

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Conversations @ the Beach Hotel - Inspirational speaker & afternoon tea
Jun
18
3:00 PM15:00

Conversations @ the Beach Hotel - Inspirational speaker & afternoon tea

Join us for 'Conversations at the Beach'

Guest speaker for June is inspirational Lake Macquarie women Geraldine Moran, Founder & CEO of 'Centre For Hope' 

Geraldine is a CEO, author, business owner, coach and mentor, mother and wife with a wealth of life experiences under her belt. She started her professional career as a solicitor, then moved to Psychology and gained a Masters of Analytical Psychology.

Geraldine is the founder and CEO of the Centre For Hope which is a Not For Profit organisation set up to assist disadvantaged Young People. Geraldine was awarded 2016 Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year and 2016 Regional Youth Worker of the Year. Geraldine had a dream and was mad enough to attempt to create it. Centre For Hope works with 6-18 year olds and their families and the program devised works with coaching and mentoring – www.CentreForHope.com

Geraldine trained as a Life Coach with Beyond Success, and found that assisting people to drive beyond their perceived limits and achieve their goals is not only fulfilling but it is rewarding and challenging. In all of these endeavours helping other people has been at the heart of Geraldine’s motivation; leaving a legacy beyond her lifespan is a driving passion.

Geraldine is also privileged to have been one of the Co authors with Paul Blackburn in his book, “Monkey See Monkey Don’t”. Geraldine released her second book "Miracles or Coincidences: Miracles Do Happen!"

Learn how you are never too old to take up graffiti (legal) as a hobby.

Not only will you be supporting the TUFA 'Day's For Girls progect in Nepal you will also be assisting 'Centre For Hope'...it's about 'sharing the love'

Includes: The Azure Cocktail Menu – Canapes – Sweets - Tea & Coffee

Please advise on purchase of ticket any dietary requirements

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Conversations at Blackbird
Sep
25
3:30 PM15:30

Conversations at Blackbird

Please join us for 'Conversations at Blackbird'....it's about sharing the love and of course experiencing the finest sweet & savoury treats that will truly 'make your belly smile'

Guest speaker for September is inspirational Lake Macquarie women Geraldine Moran, Founder & CEO of 'Centre For Hope' 

Geraldine is a CEO, author, business owner, coach and mentor, mother and wife with a wealth of life experiences under her belt. She started her professional career as a solicitor, then moved to Psychology and gained a Masters of Analytical Psychology.

Geraldine is the founder and CEO of the Centre For Hope which is a Not For Profit organisation set up to assist disadvantaged Young People. Geraldine was awarded 2016 Lake Macquarie Citizen of the Year and 2016 Regional Youth Worker of the Year. Geraldine had a dream and was mad enough to attempt to create it. Centre For Hope works with 6-18 year olds and their families and the program devised works with coaching and mentoring – www.CentreForHope.com

Geraldine trained as a Life Coach with Beyond Success, and found that assisting people to drive beyond their perceived limits and achieve their goals is not only fulfilling but it is rewarding and challenging. In all of these endeavours helping other people has been at the heart of Geraldine’s motivation; leaving a legacy beyond her lifespan is a driving passion.

Geraldine is also privileged to have been one of the Co authors with Paul Blackburn in his book, “Monkey See Monkey Don’t”. Geraldine released her second book "Miracles or Coincidences: Miracles Do Happen!"

Learn how you are never too old to take up graffiti (legal) as a hobby.

Not only will you be supporting TUFA projects in Nepal you will also be assisting 'Centre For Hope'...it's about 'sharing the love'

Carolyn Scott, baker extraordinaire will be spoiling us with her delectable 'shared feast' to accompany what will be an inspirational afternoon of giving.

Each month TUFA will be introducing a dynamic Hunter valley speaker, with limited tickets available don't miss out on the opportunity of meeting local people achieving great things in our world.

Please advise on purchase of ticket any dietary requirements, includes bubbles on arrival

https://www.stickytickets.com.au/42553

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Conversations at Blackbird
Aug
21
3:00 PM15:00

Conversations at Blackbird

Please join us for 'Conversations at Blackbird'....it's about sharing the love and of course experiencing the finest sweet & savoury treats that will truly 'make your belly smile'

Guest speaker for August is inspirational East Maitland women, Little Mel Lee who over the last 6 years has been supporting many communities in Bali.

"What started out 6 years ago when I travelled to Bali for a much needed break after such a sad loss in my life, looking for I wasn't quite sure what but was lead down the track of giving back in a place I have loved for so many years. Maybe, it's the simple things in life and to see someone smile, makes what I do so very worthwhile. Our good deeds range from numerous little projects over the years, from school items for local schools, medical supplies for remote villages
and kiddie foundations, financial support for medical treatment, bed linen for those in need and a range of other good deeds. What started out as one little lady, soon grew to over 80 people plus in our 'Little Mel & Co' bubble." -
Mel Lee

Not only will you be supporting TUFA projects in Nepal you will also be assisting Little Mel & Co with her varied projects...it's about 'sharing the love'

Carolyn Scott, baker extraordinaire will be spoiling us with her delectable 'afternoon feast' to accompany what will be an inspirational afternoon of giving.

Each month TUFA will be introducing a dynamic Hunter valley speaker, with limited tickets available don't miss out on the opportunity of meeting local people achieving great things in our world.

Please advise on purchase of ticket any dietary requirements, includes bubbles on arrival

Tickets available at: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/39408 or call The Blackbird Artisan Bakery on: 4934 5238

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Conversations At Blackbird
Jul
24
3:00 PM15:00

Conversations At Blackbird

Please join us for our first 'Conversations at Blackbird'....it's about sharing the love and of course experiencing the finest sweet & savoury treats that will truly 'make your belly smile'

Guest speaker for July is Marianne Harvey, Hunter Valley Geologist and mother of two, who will spend 20 daysin December, 2016 at sea in Antarctica with 77 other female scientists from around the world all sharing one focus – the world as our home. Marianne was selected in an initial round of 42 participants for the trip, the world’s first state‐of‐the‐art leadership and strategic program for women in science.

Not only will you be supporting TUFA projects in Nepal you will also be assisting Marianne in her funding for this amazing program....it's about 'sharing the love'

Carolyn Scott, baker extraordinaire will be spoiling us all with her delectable afternoon tea to accompany what will be a dynamic and informative afternoon.

Each month TUFA will be introducing a dynamic Hunter valley speaker, with limited tickets available don't miss out on the opportunity of meeting local people achieving great things in our world.

Tickets available at:  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/39408

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High Tea at The Prominade Cafe
Apr
17
2:00 PM14:00

High Tea at The Prominade Cafe

  • 4 The Promenade South Morang VIC 3752 (map)
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Come & join us for a decadent afternoon at the stunning Promenade Café renowned for hosting the most sophisticated High Tea. Enjoy a glass bubbles on arrival followed by a delicious range of gourmet sweet and savoury temptations.

The Umbrella Foundation Australia are proud to be hosting this fine event with esteemed guest speaker and humanitarian aid worker Frank Tyler of Access Aid International.

$20 from each ticket sold will assist in the rebuilding of school's in Umbrella supported communities destroyed in the April, 2015 earthquake.

The Umbrella Foundation Australia is a family-first, children's charity working to relieve the impact of trafficking, poverty and war on the children of Nepal through projects which promote education, reintegration and community development.

Tickets available at:  https://www.stickytickets.com.au/36147                            

About our speaker:

Frank Tyler has been involved in humanitarian aid for over 20 years in numerous disaster and conflict zones around the world including the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, South-East Asia and the Pacific. His experience ranges from emergency relief to post disaster recovery in both natural and complex emergencies. Frank’s areas of experience include: disaster management, emergency medicine, international public health, water, sanitation and hygiene, training design and delivery, and building project management. Frank is well known for establishing successful relief programs in some of the most remote and dangerous regions in the world. Frank has a Masters of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Bachelor of Health Science, Nursing, Certificates in Aviation, Underwater Medicine, Training and Assessment, a Diploma in Building Surveying and various diplomas’ and certificates in Project and Operational Management.

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High Tea at Chateau Elan
Mar
22
2:00 PM14:00

High Tea at Chateau Elan

Come & join us for a decadent afternoon at the stunning French inspired Café Elan at Chateau Elan renowned for hosting the Hunter Valley's most sophisticated High Tea.  Enjoy the chic, sun dappled French inspired parlour with fine china, antique cut crystal, crisp white linen and a delicious range of gourmet sweet and savoury temptations.

The Umbrella Foundation Australia are proud to be hosting this fine event with guest speaker Carol Duncan, esteemed writer and broadcaster.  All money raised at the event will support our Day's For Girls women's health & hygiene projects in Nepal plus various Umbrella children and youth programs.  Umbrella will also be donating some  proceeds to Newcastle's Centre for Hope.

Tickets available from https://www.stickytickets.com.au/24391 or phone Linda 0402 816 061

 

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Nov
7
6:30 PM18:30

Hunter Valley Locavores

(defn) Locavore: A person who makes an effort to eat food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.

An Umbrella Foundation Australia fundraising celebration and taste exploration of 100% Hunter Valley produce.

- Eat Local -

Featuring a 3 course dinner with food and wine grown and made locally, served in one of the Hunter Valley's finest gastronomic hide-outs... Blackbird Artisan Bakery.

- Meet the Makers! -

Beef farmer Rodney Rumble from Quart Pot Downs, Barrington Tops, winegrower Ross McDonald from Macquariedale Organic Wines, and cheese maker Jason Chesworth from Hunter Belle Cheese...

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May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Journey to Everest and Beyond

Don't miss the opportunity to hear The Umbrella Foundation Australian patron Gavin Vickers speak of his journey to the top of the world and beyond.  Gavin is a sought after national speaker and adventurer and will take you on a journey many of us will never experience. 

Enjoy a delicious Nepali feast prepared by Tenzin Lodue with organic wines available for purchase.  An evening not to be missed with all funds raised supporting our children in Nepal. 

Tickets available at Momo wholefood café or purchase online at: https://www.stickytickets.com.au/16548/the_road_to_everest_and_beyond_.aspx

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Quiz Night @ Shenanigans
Mar
5
6:30 PM18:30

Quiz Night @ Shenanigans

Yes folks it's on again!! Join us for our quiz night Wednesday 5th March 6.30 pm at Shenanigans at The Imperial. $10 per person, great prizes! All money raised supports our projects in Nepal and Australian Youth. To book a table contact Linda 0402816061

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