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16 Days, 15 Nights
Availability : January to May and October to December
Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Trek Summary

The Annapurna Loop (Ghorepani and Poon Hill) Trek starts and ends in Pokhara; a colourful foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls where you can stop to cool your face.

Immerse yourself in the mystery and rich historical heritage, exquisite temples and religious sites of Kathmandu as you enjoy a guided tour of the city.

Your trek is a colourful foray into the Annapurna region. The trail winds through patchwork valleys, dense mossy forests and past icy waterfalls. Around every corner is a tantalising glimpse of the high mountains, whole horizons of which are revealed as you reach the high points of your trek.

After indulging in the beauty of the Annapurna region you travel to the city of lakes, Pokhara. From here you continue on to the Gorkha District, where you will experience village life and work as part of the community.
This is a wonderful opportunity to exchange ideas about modern technology and education, and learn about the lifestyle of local people. You will visit a Shaman, learning about typical rituals of worshipping believed to cure diseases.

This is a fabulous opportunity to see a country which is stunningly beautiful and culturally fascinating. Even more special are the people you will meet who are gentle and welcoming – and though we will endeavour to contribute to their lives, it is very likely that they will be able to teach us more than we teach them.

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu

Price Includes

  • Pre-Trek: Transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal to hotel on arrival
  • Pre-Trek: 2x nights 3-star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu incl. Breakfast
  • Pre-Trek: Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara by private tourist vehicle
  • Pre-Trek: Commercial flight from Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal > Pokhara Airport, Nepal
  • Pre-Trek: 1x night 3-star Hotel accommodation in Pokhara incl. Breakfast
  • All standard meals during the trek (Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners)
  • Lodges/Guesthouses accommodation during the trek (Trekking Guesthouse in twin share and occasionally dormitory style).
  • Accommodation in tented camps with breakfast, lunch and dinner in village
  • Food provided by our local chef in the camp kitchen (The variety of food available are rice, pasta, fried rice, pancakes, muesli, eggs, hot tea and coffee etc.)
  • All volunteering activities in the village and schools
  • Local licensed English speaking guide
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trek (we assign one porter for every two guests)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS permit for trekking
  • Down jacket and sleeping bag (to be returned after the trek)
  • Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day
  • 4×4 SUV transfer to and from Village with driver
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Official expenses
  • Post-Trek: 1x night 3-star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu incl. Breakfast
  • Post-Trek: Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport, Nepal to airport on check-out

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International airfare and airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry Visa fee
  • Your travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation (compulsory)
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Tips for trekking staffs, driver etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section

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What to Expect

  • Sightseeing in the World Heritage Sites: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa
  • Excellent sunrise views from Poon Hill
  • Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk village
  • Walking through colourful rhododendron forests
  • Magnificent views of the mighty Annapurnas
  • Wonderful opportunity to engage and interact with local schools
  • Experience local cultural performances
Curriculum Benefits

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Cross Curriculum Priorities

  • Asia and Australia’s Engagement with Asia
  • Sustainability

General Capabilities

  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Identify issues and develop strategies to assist with preparation and the experience itself, including fitness, teamwork & group dynamic. cultural expectations etc.
  • Intercultural Understanding
  • Appreciation and respect of a different culture and recognition of evolution of cultural groups and identities.
  • Ethical Understanding
  • Exploring concepts including sustainable living.
  • Personal & Social Capability
  • Managing a range of emotions resulting from physical & mental load, developing empathy for others, building relationships, developing self-worth and self-awareness

Subject based

  • Geography
  • Environmental change and management
  • Geographies of human wellbeing
  • Health & Physical Education
  • Food & Nutrition (FN)Health Benefits of Physical Activity (HBPA)
  • Mental Health & Wellbeing (MH)Safety (S)Challenge & Adventure Activities (CA)
  • Language – Hindi
  • In country experience
  • Civics & Citizenship
  • The key features and values of Australia’s system of government compared with at least ONE other system of government in the Asia region
  • The challenges to and ways of sustaining a resilient democracy and cohesive society

Learning Outcomes

  • An understanding of the sustainability of rural Nepali communities, including the impact of environmental change
  • Inter-cultural appreciation through meeting local people in various communities
  • Concepts of human wellbeing from within a Nepali context.
  • Participation in physical activity to a high level, and the impacts on physical and mental health and well-being.
  • Transferrable skills supporting development into active and informed citizens.
  • Increase in confidence through meeting challenges, team work and group work activities.
  • Global awareness and appreciation of social responsibility in the context of living in a first world nation.
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1400 metres).

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Transfer by private tourist vehicle to hotel.

Day 2Guided Sightseeing in the Kathmandu Valley.

Sightseeing trip in private vehicle with professional tour guide:

Pashupatinath Temple – one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River.

Boudhanath Stupa – one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square – Royal Residential Quarter of Bhupatindra Malla, famous five-storied temple of Nyatapola in Pagoda style Batsala temple, Bhairavnath temple, Duttatraya temple, Pujari Muth and Palace of 55 windows.

Day 3Drive to Pokhara (900 m) in Private Vehicle – 7 hours.

Start approx 7:30 am for full day drive to Pokhara, a beautiful village, much smaller than Kathmandu, set on banks of Phewa Lake. Pokhara has panoramic views of Annapurna and Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west and Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east.

Day 4Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Tikhedunga (1,570 m) – 4 hours.

Transfer by road 1 hour to Nayapul and commence trek. Short 15-minute walk along banks of Modi Khola, to Birethanti (1,015 m), a large village with many shops and teahouses. Continue along trail through village, following north bank of Bhurungdi Khola. Climb steadily to Hille at 1,495 m and Tikhedhunga at 1,570 m.

Day 5Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours.

A steep climb to Ulleri, a large Magar village altitude 2,070 m. Trail ascends more gently through fine forests of oak and rhododendrons, towards Banthanti 2,250 m. Continue towards Nangethanti 2,460 m. After an hour walk arrive at Ghorepani (2,840 m).

Day 6Hike up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Tadapani (2,610 m) – 7 hours.

An early start climbing Poon Hill elevation 3,210 m for sunrise. The vantage point provides a brilliant mountain range spectacle with unobstructed views over the high Himalayas. Return to Ghorepani, enjoy a hot breakfast before climbing along ridges through pine and rhododendron forests towards Deurali (2,960 m). Descend to Banthanti, turn off to Tadapani.

Day 7Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 4 hours.

Descend through forests to Ghandruk, a village of Gurung people with their own dialect, culture, costume, and lifestyle. Also home to many Gurkha soldiers, this is a famous destination for trekkers, known for beautiful mountain views and being within easy reach of Pokhara and Kathmandu. We have the afternoon to visit Annapurna Conservation Office and museums and explore the village.

Day 8Trek to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Drive to Pokhara – 5 hours.

Complete our trek at Nayapul followed by a short drive back to Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, we will have a relaxing afternoon, perhaps taking a stroll around the lake side.

Day 9Drive to Dharapani Secondary School – 8 hours (1,860 m). Overnight at Tented Camp.

A full day drive to Dharapani. Arrive in Arughat Bazar and commence 2 hour trek climbing stairs at top of Arughat Bazar then crossing bridge of Stull Khola (river). First stop is Dharapani Secondary School at Dharapani village. Continue another 40 minutes to Ratmate where Bhairabi is located.

Day 10-14Volunteering at Primary Schools and Library. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Morning welcome program with students, teachers and locals. As a sign of honour, tika (red power) will be put on our foreheads along with garland or Khada over our necks.

Main focus is teaching students of Bhairabi Primary School. Either work alongside the school teachers or take classes, including maths, science, English, social studies, etc depending upon your interest and knowledge. Outdoor games (during the break times) are also popular with students.

There are also rebuilding works required –simple and easy things like painting the school walls and so on. We will have opportunities to observe village lifestyle, take part in their activities such as farming and swimming.

Day 15Drive Back to Kathmandu – 5 hours. Overnight at a Hotel.

Bid a sad farewell to our new friends and trek to Arughat Bazaar and our bus. A 5 hour transfer with many stunning views enroute. Tonight final farewell dinner in traditional Nepalese restaurant with cultural performances.

Day 16Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for departure flight.

A final opportunity to shop or sightsee in Kathmandu, before transferring to the airport for our onward journey from Nepal.

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