Pulteney Nepal Service Learning Program 2018

Pulteney Nepal Service Learning Program 2018

Trip Highlights

  • 7 day service learning program at SAB Public School and Prithivi Narayan School
  • Exploring Kathmandu's many world heritage religous and cultural sights
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna Range
  • Walking through Gurung Villages, experiencing the rural communities of Nepal
  • Himalayan Mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara return
  • Celebration dinner at Rumdoodle restuarant
  • Returning home with an insight into the Nepali culture
  • Trip accompanied by 3 teachers from Pulteney Grammar

Trip Summary

Our journey will start with a flight from Adelaide to Kathmandu. On arrival you will meet your guide who will be with your group for the period of your stay in Nepal. We transfer to our hotel where we will have a full trip briefing with our guide and a welcome dinner to celebrate our arrival. This afternoon we have the chance to explore this exciting city filled with hustle and bustle and action at every turn. It is a great opportunity to get familiar with Nepal and its people before we start our community service learning program. We base ourselves in Kathmandu as we spend 5 days service at the SAB Public School engaging with the local community in a program arranged by both SAB Public School and Pulteney. This is a key focus of our program, an extremely rewarding part of the journey, and gives us the opportunity to give something back to a local community in need. Our time here will be combined with visiting important cultural and religious landmarks, gaining a deep insight into Nepal and it's people. Over 80% of the population live in remote rural areas and depend on subsistence farming and tourism for their livelihood. We fly to Pokhara in the West and trek out to Dhampus and Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School, the site for our continued service program. Our walk will not only enable us to trek through small villages in the foothills of the mountains and provide wonderful cultural interaction, we will also travel with the World Expeditions support crew on the spectacular fully supported trek. Our crew will number around 20 staff helping to provide employment for the local peoples and putting money back into the rural villages in need. We trek through small villages and remote forests away from the main trails and encounter small communities not accustomed to seeing a lot of travellers. With our Nepalese crew walking side by side this is a great way to get to further enhance our knowledge of the local people and their culture and customs. Whilst at the school we will stay in our private eco lodge, exclusive to World Youth Adventures and World Expeditions. We then walk back out to Pokhara and fly to Kathmandu enjoying a celebration dinner at the famous Rumdoodle restaurant. Our partnership with SAB School in renewed as we participate in a final assembly attended by local dignitaries before enjoying a farewell dinner with a cultural show. This trip is a tailor made adventure especially for the students of Pulteney and the opportunity to continue our relationships with our new friends.

Suitability

To determine the grade of a particular adventure we consider a number of factors. These include the condition of the walking terrain, the altitude, the number of pass crossings and the length of the trek. The Annapurna Trek is graded introductory. This is primarily due to the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. During the trek you will be walking for up to five to six hours a day at a slow but steady pace. You will need a reasonable level of fitness (remember there is no such thing as an easy trek) and we suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for the three months leading up to your trek. Hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended.

Itinerary

After many months of planning and preparing, the wait is finally over! Please make your way to Adelaide airport to meet at the designated point for your flight to Kathmandu.

Meals:  L

On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by a representative of World Youth Adventures and World Expeditions and transferred to your hotel located in Kathmandu. This afternoon is at leisure to relax after your long flight. Your local guide will meet you at the hotel at 5pm for a full trip outline and debriefing. This will also be the time you are sized up for fibre filled jackets, kit bags and sleeping bags. We then walk as a group to a local restaurant to taste the local cuisine as well as get accustomed to our surroundings. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu

Meals:  D

Over the next 4 days we will take part in a joint community service learning program with the SAB Public School who Pulteney have an existing relationship with. The program is organised by SABPS and involve the students of both schools. This morning our group will start our cultural learning program at 08:30 with a visit to the Swayambhunath, also known as the eyes over the city or the monkey temple. The Swayambhunath is one of the oldest religious sites in Nepal and one of the most important in the whole country for the Buddhist population however is revered by Buddhist and Hindu alike. Walking to the top of the temple also provides wonderful views across Kathmandu. We visit UNESCO World Heritage listed Durbar Square, the central meeting place in Kathmandu surrounded with spectacular architecture and royal palace dwellings, some dating back to the 3rd century. We will then stop at a local restaurant for lunch before visiting the SAB Public School at 13:30. Today we will be welcomed to the school and formal introductions made. We will be at the school until this afternoon when we return to our hotel just after 15:30. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu **Lunch today is not covered in the trip cost and must be paid for by the students

Meals:  B,D

This morning we will continue our service program at SAB starting at 9:15am. This afternoon we shall join in with the students at SAB in a cultural activity and presentations. This afternoon return to hotel for dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu **Lunch to be organised by SABPS

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will spend the entire day at SAB on our service immersion program. At lunch time the students will split up into groups and along with teachers from Pulteney we will enjoy hosted lunches at SAB. This afternoon we return to our hotel for dinner. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu **Lunch to be organised by SABPS

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we return to the SAB Public School for a morning program activity starting at 09:15. We then join with the students of SAB and immerse our self in the history and culture of Nepal by visiting some of its important religious sites with our experienced guide. This will enable us to better understand the Nepalese people and history of this Himalayan kingdom. You will be met at the hotel by our private vehicle and embark on a tour including the key cultural sites of Pasupatinath and Boudanath. We visit Boudhanath boasting the world’s largest Tibetan stupa, and surrounded by approximately 700 mani wheels, it is heavily patroned by faithful worshipers circling its base. Nearby and standing on the Bagmati River is the site of Pashupatinath – where Nepal’s largest Hindu temple is found and where on occasion cremations occur along the ghats (side of the river). Kathmandu has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Extensive markets, novelty shops and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance. This afternoon we return to our hotel for some down time for reflection on our journey so far. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m). In good weather we are greeted with stunning sights of the entire Annapurna Range. On arrival we will transfer to our permanent campsite and spend the afternoon exploring this laid back village town set on the beautiful Phewa Lake. We have the opportunity this afternoon to hire canoes and row across the lake and trek up to Peace Pagoda to gain stunning views over the town. Overnight Permanent campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake to the sound of birds as we have breakfast before preparing to head off on the first day of our trek. After a final gear check we board our coach and drive the 2 hour journey to NayaPul and the start of our trail. Our trek today takes us uphill at first before gradually easing up. Views of the mountains are incredible first thing in the morning and we will get glimpses of the beautiful Annapurna range through the fields of Rhododendrons. It is important to take the trek slowly and enjoy the journey. We reach the important Gurung village town of Ghandruk by early afternoon and can visit the Gurung museum located here. Overnight permanent campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we can have a leisurely breakfast and witness life in the Nepalese hills before we ready ourself for the second day of our trek. Our trek today takes us on a steep descent to the river crossing before making our way on a steep ascent up the other side of the hill. You can see the curated fields on the slops of the hill as we trek through farming communities. The mountain views are stunning as we walk into Landruk around lunchtime. This afternoon we can spent exploring Landruk and the surrounding communities. We have time to explore the village and visit the nearby waterfall before we overnight at our private eco camp site. Overnight private eco-camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we continue our trek to Dhampus, located near to site of our community service project at Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School. The trail descends from magnificcent rhododendron forest into Bamboo clusters. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes and continue to the ridge top where at the crest the scale of the mountains astounds us. Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) can be seen from our immediate viewpoint. 80% of Nepalese people live in rural areas and depend on subsistence farming and tourism for their livelihood. In some areas close to 50% of the villages live below the poverty line. On arrival at Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School we will be greeted by the students and school heads and start our program. Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School is located in Deurali, Dhampus.. There are total 275 students from Nursery to Standard 10 servicing students from the surrounding farming communities and villages in the area. The school is the only school in this area hosting classes to standard 10. There are currently 19 teachers at the school which relies mostly on government funding. Overnight eco lodge, located near the school

Meals:  B,L,D

The next 2 days will be a working side by side the local students at the Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School on our community service project. Overnight eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we bid farewell to our Nepalese crew and new found friends as we drive the 2 hours to Pokhara and board our flight to Kathmandu. On arrival you will be met in our private vehicle and transferred to your hotel. Tonight we celebrate the end of our trek with a meal at the famous Rumdoodle restaurant in Kathmandu. This is a restaurant that has been frequented by some of he best mountaineers and adventurers in the world and all have left there signature scribble on the wall. Our group to will be able to immortalize our adventure with a group signing to leave our mark. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we travel to SAB Public School and participate in the morning assembly and with local dignitaries and staff. This afternoon we will visit the local markets in Kathmandu for the students to try their hand at bartering for trinkets and souvenirs. Tonight we will enjoy a farewell dinner and cultural show with the members of SAB Public School. Overnight in Kathmandu Hotel Manaslu **Dinner to be organised by SAB

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning after breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Australia.

Meals:  B

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 14 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 14 dinners
  • International flights ex Adelaide to Kathmandu
  • Teachers from Pulteney Grammar escorting journey
  • Flight Kathmandu/Pokhara return valued at US$238
  • All airport transfers and transport as per itinerary
  • Expert bilingual guide with you for the entire journey
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu on a twinshare basis
  • Accommodation on trek in our comfortable eco lodge and eco permanent campsite
  • The use of a trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket and insulated mat, valued at USD $500
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • Private vehicle transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
  • All activities listed in itinerary
  • All staff and group tips

What's Not Included

  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Bottled water in Kathmandu and aerated drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Nepal Visa
  • Travel Insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:17 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Adelaide
Activities:Service Learning Projects
Trekking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4877