Ladies from The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment (QOGLR) recently undertook an unprecedented trek to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) and visit to Chitwan National Park tour in Nepal. It was led by the Unit Welfare Officer Captain Ganesh Bahadur Gurung. The expedition was financially supported by Aldershot Garrison Headquarters, Brigade Family Welfare Fund and 10 QOGLR Ladies Fund.
The aim was to give 10 QOGLR Ladies an opportunity to take part in an authentic trekking experience in the Himalayan region and to explore a wide variety of flora and fauna in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. This trek incorporates diverse terrain, culture, and wildlife. Along with the most spectacular and close up view of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, and Dhaulagiri.
After four days of long and gruelling walking in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas, the team finally reached at the Base Camp (4,130m/ 13,549ft from sea level) on 10th April 2019. After many days of walking on the foothills of Annapurna, the team successfully completed their trek on 13th April 2019 and it was immediately followed by another magnificent tour of Chitwan National Park, situated in the Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal.
The trek was mentally and physically challenging as it involved a range of mixed terrains and diverse climatic conditions on route. The trekkers, completely drained of all energy due to the long and high altitude journey, finished their tour with a well-deserved elephant-back safari in Chitwan National Park where they had an opportunity to view the endangered Bengal tigers along with the one-horned rhinos and more than 794 species of wildlife.
On completion of the National Park tour, the team spent a couple of days in Kathmandu to recuperate. The team had an opportunity to witness a rich history, heritage and multi ethnic culture; they enjoyed excellent food and relaxed ambiance of Thamel Night life which made them completely forget the pain of their epic adventure.