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13 Days, 12 Nights
Availability : Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec
Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Trek Summary

On April 25, 2015, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan nation of Nepal causing large scale destruction. As of now, the number of deaths is about 9,000, the number of the injured is more than 13,000 and about 8 million Nepali people have been affected. It is the deadliest natural disaster in Nepal in more than 81 years.

The scale of destruction is so grand that Nepal alone can’t deal with it and therefore we need the help of foreigners like you. We have designed this Volunteer Travel itinerary in such a way that you at first spend your time in rebuilding activities in the remote villages of Gorkha which lie at the epicentre of the deadly earthquake. And then you trek in Annapurna region, where the effect of the earthquake is less and trekking is possible and safe.

For our Volunteer Travel trek, we have chosen Gorkha for deploying the foreign volunteers like you because, first, the epicentre of the devastating earthquake was in this region. Second, it is the remote part of Nepal and close to Tibet, away from city like Kathmandu, so earthquake disaster relief hasn’t reached here as much as it should. The people of Gorkha are helpless, suffering and need your help. And third, most of our trekking guides and porters from local company Ace the Himalaya is from Gorkha region. They have lost their houses but luckily none of them have lost their family members.

So, when you book this trip and come to Volunteer Travel Trek to Nepal, you will be doing a great service to the earthquake-affected people of Gorkha. These people haven’t got enough assistance from the government. They are helpless. It’s people like you who they need in rebuilding their houses and carrying on with their lives.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (Google Map)

Price Includes

  • Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop by private tourist vehicle.
  • Twin sharing accommodation in tourist standard hotel in Kathmandu & Pokhara including Breakfast (with attached hot and cold shower, toilet and TV in room).
  • Twin-sharing guesthouse accommodation during the Annapurna trek (twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style) including breakfast.
  • Accommodation in tented camp with breakfast, lunch and dinner in the village (two person in one tent).
  • Local Ace the Himalaya licensed English speaking guide.
  • Food provided by our local chef in Tented Camp (The variety of food available are rice, pasta, fried rice, pancakes, muesli, eggs, hot tea and coffee etc.
  • 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.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu – Arughat – Kathmandu on private 4WD SUV.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS permit for trekking.
  • Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and cap (yours to keep).
  • Farewell dinner in typical Nepali Restaurant with cultural dance show on second last day.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • USD 300 donations per person from the cost you have paid to buy this trip (This amount is to buy the construction materials to build the houses).

Price Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara. (Requires approximately USD 150 to 200 per person for the entire trip)
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency Rescue and Evacuation. (See the travel insurance page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (see the international flights page)
  • Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal trekking Equipment (See the trekking equipment page).
  • Tips for trekking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

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What to Expect

  • Beautiful scenic view while driving to Gorkha village
  • Rebuilding activities in the village
  • Constructive work with the involvement of locals
  • Sunrise and sunset with excellent mountain views from Poon Hill
  • Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk village
  • Walking through colorful rhododendron forests
  • Short and easy trek in Annapurna
Curriculum Benefits

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 1Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2Trip orientation at breakfast and same day drive to Gorkha. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 3 - 6The Rebuilding Activities. Overnight at Tented Camp.

Day 7Drive to Pokhara (900 m). Overnight at Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 8Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Ulleri (2,070 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 9Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 10Hike Up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Day 11Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara – 5 hour. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 12 Drive to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 13 Transfer to the airport for your final departure.

Transportation – Important

Transportation in the region may not always be reliable because even in 4WD vehicles, stranded trucks and buses, car accidents, heavy rain and landslides may ground all vehicles for hours on end. You must always be prepared to trek to the destination (accompanied by our staff guides) during such unforeseen circumstances. In an event that the 4WD SUV cannot take you to the final destination, there will be no refund of the transportation cost incurred because the above will already be accounted for in advance. If trekking is necessary, you can be assured that the route trails through the most pristine and traditional villages, exposing you to the traditional Nepalese culture and lifestyle up-close. Manaslu and the Ganesh mountain ranges as well as parts of the Annapurna range are visible from the path, and will make the trek well worth it.

Culture Shock

The lifestyle and way of the people in these small villages are authentic displays of traditional culture in Nepal, with very little influence of westernisation unlike the cities. Because of this, Volunteers should be aware that they may experience a little culture shock on their arrival.
Villagers speak louder and more aggressively than volunteers may be used to, although this is simply normal conversation.
Physical disciplining (such as hitting and using the strap) are common and old practice in Government schools, and although the Government is working on phasing this out, it will take some time.
Some traditional cultural practices involved animal cruelty. Animals are sacrificed in traditional Hindu festivals and in other cultural activities such as visits to the witch doctor.
Many people in the village smoke cigarettes.
Hygiene levels are often much lower in the villages, as local people have a much higher capacity for infection. It is helpful for volunteers to be aware of this when interacting with children and accepting food from villagers, so that they may reduce chances of getting sick.

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