Newry man John Fearon treks Annapurna for Marie Curie

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Monday, February 9th, 2015
John Fearon from Newry had pledged to raise a minimum of £3,700 to tackle a demanding trek in the Himalayas – in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Newry man John Fearon enjoying the view

After flying from Heathrow to Delhi to Kathmandu there was a six hour drive to Pokhara where the trek to Poon Hill would begin. For the first three days, John trekked away from the main paths on the Annapurna trail, which consisted of steep pathways through forested areas and passing through small Nepalese villages and schools. Speaking to Newry Times, John explained, “The Trek took us along the banks of the Modi Khola river and after two days we had views into the Kali Gandaki Valley and the high mountains above. There were views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna range and Fang Annapurna South and Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) . “On Day 6 we ascended to Poon Hill at over 3200m and had fantastic views of the Himalayas. The trail was now a steep descent through ice and snow to the Deurali Pass and through the villages of Tadapani and Ghandruk, the latter being the traditional centre for recruitment of British Gurkhas. “After trekking through Syaule Bazaar and Birethanti the trek ended at Naya Pul after crossing a rope bridge festooned with prayer flags. Our group then had a celebration dinner back in Kathmandu that evening,” he added. Anyone wishing to sponsor John, please contact 0783 6744354 or email: and help raise vital funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
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