4 Week Annapurna Trek and Volunteering

WHY we need you in Nepal

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WHAT does Annapurna Trek Involve?

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Why Involvement Volunteers International?

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  PROJECT NAME: ANNAPURNA TREK & VOLUNTEER

LOCATION: KATHMANDU (starting location)

  START DATES: FIRST MONDAY OF EACH MONTH (Sat/Sun arrivals)

  ACCOMMODATION: TEA HOUSES & VOLUNTEER HOUSE

  MIN DURATION: 4 WEEKS

  MIN AGE: 16+

  SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A good level of fitness, Criminal background check required

*Please note: this project runs once per month (first Monday of every month). 

Overview

For the ultimate volunteering and travel adventure, the Annapurna trek has to be one of the most stunning! At a slightly lower altitude than the Everest base camp, and with many variety in landscapes, this trek is one of the most stunning!

You will spend the first week on an introduction in the capital Kathmandu, before heading to Pokhara to start the Annapurna trek. After your trek you will spend a week volunteering back in Kathmandu at your chosen project!

This is a fantastic program to give back on your travels whilst exploring this amazing place. Below is an idea of what to expect.

First Week: Introduction Week – Kathmandu

Starting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, this week you will learn all about Nepalese culture, the language, dos and don’ts, and lifestyle of the local people. You will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!

Second and Third Week: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from trailhead Nayapul, across riverbeds and terraced hillsides, past beautiful rhododendron flowers and oak forests, to picturesque villages of the Gurungs.

We will go on to the deep narrow corridor of Modi River Gorge, see a spectacular mountain amphitheatre formed by the towering peaks of Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna I and III, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome and Machhapuchhre. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek allows trekkers to pitch camp at approximately 14,000 ft, in the middle of stunning surroundings!

On return, we descend through the gorge and cross the Deorali Pass from where you can see views over the Kali Gandaki valley.

We have a rest day, usually at Ghorepani, where a short climb up to Poon Hill is worthwhile to get a sweeping view of the entire western Himalaya, including the giant Dhaulagiri. Don’t give this a miss!

Fourth Week: Community Service

After driving back to Kathmandu, you will have a choice of several volunteer projects for your final week. This is a great way to give back to the country and to really experience Nepalese hospitality.

You can choose between teaching at a local school, helping out at a kindergarten or aiding injured dogs at the animal shelter.

*This is a 4 week program which can be extended to spend more time volunteering at the end.

Full schedule in FAQ section.

What is included in the program

  • Airport transfers as per the policy – Airport Pickup in Kathmandu – Tribhuvan International Airport
    Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities-
  • Logistical management support in case of emergencies
  • Authentic Nepali meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan
  • Accommodation at hotels, tea houses, and at our accommodation facility – Shared accommodation
  • Local transportation to all venues
  • Entry fees to all places
  • Extensive pre departure information
  • Overland public local transportation

What is excluded in the program

  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, portage at hotels or airport, bottles of water during your road travel etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for disturbance in the program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
  • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents, or loss of goods.
  • Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants.
  • Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.
  • Any camera fee where applicable.
  • Any service not specified above.

Few things to consider when you are with us!

  • Returning to the accommodation after your personal trips before 22.00 everyday
  • You will not be allowed to hire any vehicle on your own
  • Consumption of alcohol inside the accommodation is strictly prohibited
  • Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
  • Our staff is there to support you, guide you and make your trip memorable. We kindly request you to follow their instructions at all times
  • You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centres/ tea houses or hotels

Location

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is an incredible place! The contrast of decaying buildings, smell of incense, street sellers, historic temples and incredible mountain views will invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to learn more about the amazing history and culture.

Pokhara, which is located 200km West of Kathmandu, is a popular tourist destination in Nepal and one of the main starting places for the stunning Annapurna trek. The surrounding areas have spectacular views of snow-capped mountains. Set amongst the foothills of the Himalayas, there is plenty for adventure lovers here, from white water rafting, bungee jumping, paragliding, some of the best trekking in the world, caves, museums, lakes and so much more!

Project Tasks

  • Immerse yourself in Nepali lifestyle, culture and customs.
  • Spend time trekking this breath-taking region.
  • Volunteer in Kathmandu on your choice of project.

Food & Accommodation

All accommodation is included during your stay on our program within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Your stay will be comfortable, clean and secure with basic modern amenities.

(First & last week)

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, with 4-6 people sharing one room (see below images). They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security.  

Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.  For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week).  This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

Kathmandu accommodation includes 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine), Wifi in public areas- quality is not the best though. You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan. There is also a T.V, DVD player, computer, Laundry facilities (at an additional fee), Lockable rooms, Hot shower, Private bathrooms, Bed Linen (no towels), Mosquito protection and Fans (no air-con).

(Second & third week)

You’ll stay in a local guest houses and/or tea houses along defined trekking routes.

You will be provided with three meals a day. The meals will be Nepalese food served at the tea house, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. There may be some meat and Western dishes available in some tea houses.

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FAQ

This is a challenging trek so you will need to be in good health and have a good level of fitness. 

Week 1: Introduction in Kathmandu

Day 1: Monday
  • Puja to the gods and goddess and name-giving ceremony
  • Go over the week’s schedule and handing over of documents
  • Introduction game to get to know fellow participants
  • Cultural seminar on social behavioural norms, dos and don’ts in Nepalese culture.
  • Cross-cultural orientation on eating and drinking habits, bathing, clothing, and toilet etiquette in Nepalese culture.
  • Go out to explore your surrounding around the program house
Day 2: Tuesday
  • Nepali language training
  • Talk on general health precautions and safety during the program
  • Cultural as well as historical orientation tour to Swoyambhunath temple.
  • Shopping at the local market
Day 3: Wednesday
  • Yoga and meditation session
  • Nepali language training
  • Lecture on religion and culture
  • A cultural as well as historical orientation tour to the famous Kirtipur (an ancient settlement of indigenous group of Kathmandu)
Day 4: Thursday
  • Nepali language training
  • Nepali cooking session
  • An amazing race for a Scavenger Hunt at the local market and orientation tour to an exclusive area of Kathmandu and tourist downtown.
Day 5: Friday
  • It’s all about hiking today! We will go on a nature trail into the mountains to get a view of Kathmandu valley.
  • Feedback sharing, evaluation
Day 6: Saturday

Free time to explore on your own or relax

Day 7: Sunday

Free time to explore on your own or relax

Week 2: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 8: Monday

Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km)

Overnight stay at the volunteer house in Pokhara

Day 9: Tuesday

Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)

Two-hour drive to Nayapul (1070 m)

Trek following Bhurung Khola to reach Tikhedhunga

Overnight stay at a lodge

Day 10: Wednesday

Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,855 m)

Ascend to Ulleri Village through a pleasant

Rhododendron forest and arrive at the top of Ghorepani pass

Overnight stay at a lodge

Day 11: Thursday

Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,680 m)

Early wake up and walk up to

Poon Hill for one hour to observe the sunrise and a magnificent mountain view

Walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast

Trek to Tadapani

Overnight stay at a lodge

Day 12: Friday

Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170 m)

An easy way down to Kimron

Khola for lunch

Ascend again to Chhomrong village which lies at the base of Himchuli at the elevation of 6,441m, which also offers a close view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre

Overnight stay at a lodge

Day 13: Saturday

Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (2,873 m)

Forward to Kuldi Ghar for about 3 hrs and down to the bank of the Modi river viewing thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge

Passing by the pasture of Tomo and Panchen Barah, climb up to the hotel

Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel

Day 14: Sunday

Himalayan Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp (4130 m)

Keeping up on the west bank of Modi, follow a more open valley at the side of

Machhapuchhre Base Camp
Overnight stay at a lodge

Week 3: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 15: Monday

Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo

Descend and follow the same way to a pleasant camp spot at Bamboo

Overnight stay at a lodge

Day 16: Tuesday

Bamboo to Jhinu

Walk up to Chhomrong and further way down to Jhinu

Overnight stay at a lodge

Day 17: Wednesday

Jhinu to Pothana (1980 m)

Walk downwards to Modi river

Ascend to Landrung, a beautiful Gurung village and lunch at Tolka

An easy ascent up to Deurali

Overnight stay at Pothana

Day 18: Thursday

Pothana to Pokhara (820 m)

About 3-4 hours easy way down via Dhampus village to Phedi

Then one hour drive to Pokhara

Overnight stay at the centre in Pokhara

Day 19: Friday

Drive back to Kathmandu by Bus

Overnight stay at the Centre

Day 20-21: Saturday to Sunday

Free days

Overnight stay at the volunteer house

Volunteering in Kathmandu

Day 22-26: Monday to Friday

You can choose from the following options:

  • Teaching at local schools
  • Helping out at a Kindergarten
  • Working with rescued dogs at our Canine Rehabilitation project

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

  • Arrival  airport transfer
  • 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
  • Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
  • Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
  • Training & supervision as required
  • Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
  • 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
  • Touring & excursions as per itinerary
  • Certificate of Completion 
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airfares & visa fees
  • Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
  • Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)

A free airport pickup is included when arriving to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). You must arrive between the hours 06:00 to 24:00 on Sunday.

If arriving outside the pickup times on Sunday, you can book a private transfer for US$50.

If arriving during the week, or on Saturday, we charge US$50 for any extra night’s accommodation before your program, and another US$50 fee for a private transfer.

Alternatively, if arriving early you could wait at the arrival’s terminal for the pickup time, book accommodation at the airport and meet us during the pickup times or make your own way to the project (we will advise on how to do this).

From the airport to Kathmandu accommodation, it takes 45 minutes by taxi.

The weekends are always open for your leisure. The local team will assist you in organising additional travel plans with heaps of local knowledge. Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

We recommend following equipment and items to pack for your trekking trip.

For head
Sun Hat / baseball cap
Fleece/Wool hat (to cover ears) for winter
Sunglasses & reading glasses
Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

For lower Body
Under garments
Hiking shorts – 1
Lightweight walking pants – 1
Light weight thermal leggings – winter
Fleece or tracksuit pants
For Feet
Thin cotton inner socks
Thick warm wool hiking socks
Hiking boots
Sandals
Walking poles

For Upper Body
T-shirts
Lightweight thermal tops – winter
Fleece long shelve tops
Down vest/jacket – winter
Poncho rain cover
For Hands
Lightweight fleece gloves – winter

For Sleeping
Sleeping bag
Sleeping bag liner
Pillow slip/case

Medical Kit
See your Doctor for complete medical kit Including altitude sickness tablets – for high elevation

Accessories
Headlamp & spare batteries
Dry packs
Open neck water bottles
Watch with light & alarm
Pack cover
Day pack
Money belt
Toiletries & Personal Hygiene
1x quick dry towel & face cloth
Shampoo & Conditioner
Toothbrush & paste (biodegradable)
Multipurpose wipes (face & body)
Deodorant
Face & Body moisturizer
Nail clippers/file
Small comb/brush
Clothes washing soap (biodegradable)
Toilet paper (you can buy more on trek)
Anti-Bacterial wipes (4x packs)
Hand sanitiser (small bottle)
Sun block face/body high UV protection
Lip block with UV protection
Feminine hygiene products

Extra Items
Camera & extra batteries
Binoculars
Books & music
Journal & pen
Energy/protein bars
Playing cards
Trail map & guide book


***Make sure to pack no heavier than 15kg after fully packed.***

For information on holidays and any programs affected, please see the following link: NP – Holidays – All Programs

 

Nepal is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world.  Nepal first opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s.  It is home to Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, and an astonishingly beautiful landscape, ranging from the well-known peaks of the Himalaya to the low-lying regions of the Terai.

The Nepali people are as diverse at the geography, with over 70 languages or dialects and scores of traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year.

However, Nepal is also one of the most under-developed countries in the world, with low rates of literacy, high rates of poverty and a persistent gender imbalance. The government is frequently unable to provide adequate education and health facilities throughout the country and both urban and rural areas are forced to live without necessary resources to promote growth and development of their communities.

Nepal is a year round destination, and the cliate can vary between the North and South regions. The best overall times to visit are during spring and autumn (particually for trekking).

December to Febuary is winter, and it can get extremely cold in the mountains (down to sub zero). Summer in this region has a pleasent temperature but still bring some warmer clothing for the evenings. 

Summer in southern Nepal can get extremely hot (plus 40°C) in some areas. Winter temperatures in this area can range from 7°C to 23°C.

Kathmandu has a pleasent climate on average. The monsoon rains start from June to September in Nepal. 

The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhists, but there are many other religions here too like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. You will find many temples and monasteries around Nepal. The right hand is used for important things such as passing money, eating and the giving of gifts. 

Nepalese people love their food and much of it has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan cultures. Nepali people have a lot of respect for elders and will call each other didi (“older sister”), bahini (“younger sister”), etc, even if they are not actually related. The family unit is very strong and having a close knit family is important for the local people. 

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