Nepal is a spiritual epicentre, home to the highest and some of the most picturesque mountains in the world. This project is the perfect mix of cultural immersion, hiking, and making a difference. You will help out at a school, explore the history of Kathmandu, and of course trek through the gorgeous Himalayas to an altitude of 10,500 feet above sea level!
During the first week, you will assist locals in the heart of Kathmandu repairing a school that was badly damaged in the 2015 earthquake. Being with the locals on site each day and getting to know the kids is an amazing experience in itself, but you’ll also be spending your afternoons visiting historical parts of the city, learning to cook the traditional Dal Bhat, learning the basics of the Nepalese language and of course exploring the colourful markets and immersing yourself in such a happy and vivid culture.
In the second week you embark on a trek up into the Himalayas. If you’re travelling all of the way to Nepal, it’s so important to see these majestic mountains, especially as you pass by traditional villages on your way up to the top. The villagers welcome trekkers into their small cafes and shops as you hike your way through the mountains.
You will have 5 full days of trekking in the Himalayas. Each day will be a different experience. You will hear the sounds of the bells jangling on the on the yaks as they head down the path. You will enjoy the fresh mountain air, the waterfalls and the ever changing mountain views that make it one of the most astounding and uplifting treks in the world.
Each morning you’ll wake up with a hot pot of tea, a hearty breakfast, and a fully charged battery for your camera, ready for another adventure! In the afternoons, you can spend your time having a nice warm shower, taking more photos from your bedroom window, sitting by the fire, and playing games with the others in your group.
After the trek, you return to Kathmandu for one night where you can stock up on souvenirs, finish off your shopping, and eat as much of the local cuisine as you can before heading home the following day.
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Times are flexible, this itinerary should be used only as a guide!
Your team leader will be waiting for you outside the arrivals area of Kathmandu airport. They will be holding an ROV sign and wearing an ROV shirt, so you can’t miss them! If you get in before noon, enjoy a guided walking tour around Kathmandu. Once you are settled into your accommodation, you will have free time.
These are full working days at the local schools. Different tasks include mixing concrete, laying bricks, painting, or sawing and hammering to complete various construction and beautification projects.
Volunteers have free time in the evenings. Your local team leader may schedule a language class, history lesson, cooking lesson, or night market outings.
Volunteers will pile onto a large tourist bus and begin the long journey to the town at the base of our trekking route. The scenery is spectacular and the bus ride is a comfortable way to see much of the rural areas of Nepal. Once arrived in the beautiful town, the team leader will take you on a walk to the lake that is shrouded by forest and lined by mountains! There are even more markets here - a great place to pick up some trekking boots and rain coats if you haven’t already!
This is the trekkers dream! Each day you will wake up surrounded by snow capped Himalayas, start your morning off with a warm pot of tea and a nice warm breakfast. Our wonderful porters will assist you with the heavy luggage you have and all you have to worry about is getting your day pack on and your camera to make the most of the trek ahead! This trek is so unique as each day takes you through different terrain. You’ll walk through the silent Rhododendron forest (beautiful trees with plumes of red leaves and flowers), walk along the ridge of mountains, drink from waterfalls, place your prayer flags at the summit, hop across creeks and stand on the edge of cliff faces as you conquer thousands of stairs and reach an altitude of 3210m above sea level at the highest point of the trek. This trek is considered medium difficulty, we take it at a leisurely pace with lots of stops, and after day 2 much of it is downhill. It is such an accomplishment when you get to the end.
Friday is a long ride back to Kathmandu, but a good day to start sorting out all of the photos you have taken of the adventure. Once back in Kathmandu, you can finish off your shopping, get a massage to relax the trekker muscles, or enjoy a nice beer at a roof top bar.
Sadly today your adventure comes to an end. For those with flights later in the day, they have the optional extra of spending a few hours in the UNESCO heritage site of Bhaktapur, the old city centre with the remnants of the old palace and many different temples. For those continuing onto another ROV adventure your tour leader will make arrangements for you. This project empowers our volunteers. Not only do you assist in fixing and building anew a school for the impoverished children of Nepal, you also get to test your limits and explore some of the most amazing mountains in the world.
Week one: You will be staying at a hotel in the center of Kathmandu city, which is close to restaurants, markets and shops. Volunteers will be separated in rooms by gender, in twin or triple share rooms. All linen, pillows, towels provided. Rooms have own private bathrooms, and doors with locks. Hotel comes with unlimited drinking water and snacks. Venue also has 24 hour security and wifi availability.
Week two: Tea house accommodation along the trekking route. Volunteers in double or triple share accommodation separated by gender. Rooms include bedding, electricity and separate showering facilities. Most tea houses have a communal dining area with a fire-place, great views and a lot of hot tea.
Arrival Airport: Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
Departure Airport: Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
Arrival Day: Is the first day of your program
Departure Day: is the final day of your program.
On arrival day you can land any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and there will be a Team Leader meeting you at the airport. On departure day you can fly out any time between 8am – 12am (midnight) and you will be returned to the airport to catch your flight
Travel insurance is strongly recommended. It is recommended to purchase travel insurance as soon as you've been accepted for your program or at least by the time you pay your Progress Payment or book your flights. When you volunteer abroad it is important to ensure that your policy includes emergency medical evacuation as well as program and flight cancellation. The World Nomads policy available below is one of the few policies that covers volunteering activities.
We suggest that you check the policy you intend to purchase and make sure it has at least the following benefits;
Visa requirements can change overnight. You must ensure that the details below are still relevant to your situation as it is ultimately your responsibility to organize a visa for your program.
Before arriving in Nepal, it is important to read through the visa specifications for your nationality. Many nationalities are able to land and pay for a visa upon arrival. If you are one of those travelling on a passport that is able to pay for a visa on arrival, we recommend you get the tourist visa.
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