KIS JeJu Nepal Service Adventure 2018

KIS JeJu Nepal Service Adventure 2018

Trip Highlights

  • Working alongside the community to improve the village school at Ghandruk
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna Range whilst hiking through Gurung Villages
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Return home with an intimate insight to the Nepalese people
  • Himalayan Mountain flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu return
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) the giant Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath

Trip Summary

For a trans-formative experience for youth in their formative years, there is simply no other destination like Nepal. From the atmospheric squares and temples of Kathmandu Valley we take the short and scenic flight to the gateway to the Annapurna Range, Pokhara, where the Annapurna range stretches out in front like a giant wall. It is from here that we venture into the lower foothills, through valleys and forests on a fully supported hike in the Annapurna range. The trek is designed to provide outstanding mountain views whilst getting away from the tea-house trails and into villages that have not felt the impact of tourism and have subsequently retained much of their traditional charm. This provides the opportunity to learn about the culture and way of life. We hike into the village of Ghandruk to assist them with making much needed improvements to their community school. Details about the actual project work are yet to be determined. After completing the project we will bid farewell to our new friends to enjoy further walks through mountain villages, all the while enjoying spectacular views of the peaks high above us. We return by private vehicle to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara before returning to Kathmandu for a sightseeing tour of the most significant places for the Hindu and Buddhist religions.

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, and the length of the trek. We have graded this trip as introductory. This is primarily due to the trek duration, the low altitude gains and the condition of the trail which is well defined and not unduly demanding. The highest altitude you reach on the itinerary is 1,990m at Australia Camp, it is subsequently very unlikely that you would feel any possible adverse effects of altitude at this low atitude. 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 there will be lots of hills) 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. Remember the fitter you are, the more you will be able to enjoy the experience.

Sample Itinerary

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by your group leader and transferred to the comfortable and well located Radisson Hotel. The hotel is in a very central location and is close to a variety of shops and restaurants and you will have an opportunity to go with your guides to exchange money or visit the ATM machine. This afternoon there will be a group briefing where arrangements will be made for the distribution of the group kit bags, including - sleeping bag, liner and down jacket. A group welcome dinner will be taken in one of the nearby restaurants. Accommodation: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  D

This morning we take a 30 minute flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820 m). On arrival you are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range stretching out in front of you. A bus will transfer us to our permanent campsite at Lakeside, Pokhara. It is here we will meet all our staff, including porters, cooks, kitchen crew and Sherpa guides. After lunch we will drive to the trail head where we commence our trek to tonight's destination of Landruk. The trail winds uphill and down through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. Accommodation: Private Eco-Camp Approximately 4-5 hrs of walking Approximately 2 hrs of driving

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination today is easily seen across the valley; the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk (1740m). We must descend to the valley floor to reach it! Slowly descending through rice terraces, we cross the steel cable suspension bridge that spans the glacial river of the Modi Khola and commence our ascent. As we trek up the many staircases, we enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them and feeding the rivers below. It is a magnificent location and a photographer’s delight. Our leisurely approach along these ridges with their fine mountain views ensures proper acclimatisation and the un-hurried opportunity to fully savour this magnificent scenery. Ghandruk is the second largest Gurung settlement in Nepal and provides a further insight into the lifestyles of villages that have traditionally provided the backbone of the famous Gurkha regiments. After lunch and an opportunity to recover from the mornings walk, we will visit the community school, the site of our project work. The village will be expecting your arrival so prepare for a very warm welcome. We will first meet with the headmaster and local foreman who will conduct a safety briefing before will having a brief tour of the school. You will not need any specific skills or experience, just the willingness to participate and the ability to roll your sleeves up and get a little dirty. There will be a local professional builder supervising the project and ensuring we get all the work completed on time and volunteers from Ghandruk will be ready to assist with the work. Accommodation: Private Eco-Camp Approximately 4 hrs of walking

Meals:  B,L,D

SERVICE PROJECT WORK TO BE DETERMINED. All materials and equipment required will be on site and ready to be used. The work will be hard although very rewarding. Regular breaks will be provided to ensure that energy levels remain high. Please be prepared to working in variable weather conditions. We encourage you to wear clothing which you do not mind getting dirty. Accommodation: Private Eco-Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we finish off the last remaining tasks before a handover ceremony will take place, a plaque will be unveiled and lots of singing and dancing will follow. We bid farewell to our friends of Ghandruk and get back on the trail for the final day trekking all down hill to the village of Nayapul. Here our coach will be waiting to transport you back to Pokhara for an overnight stay. Accommodation: Private Eco-Camp Approximately 3 - 4 hrs walking

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Kathmandu, a spectacular mountain flight along the face of the Himalaya. We'll arrive in Kathmandu at approximately 9:30am and check-in to the Radisson Hotel and freshen up, before heading out for a half day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Pashupatinath and Boudhanath. We'll take dinner at 6:30pm, and depart from the Radisson Hotel at 8:30pm for the transfer to the airport to board our flight to South Korea. Accommodation: day use of rooms at the Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B,D

What's Included

  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 7 dinners
  • Flight Kathmandu to Pokhara return
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, and trailhead transportation
  • Expert bilingual group leader, sirdar, assistant guides and kitchen staff
  • Extensive group medical kit
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu at the Radisson Hotel on a twinshare basis
  • Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and a souvenir World Youth Adventures kit bag which is yours to keep
  • All park entrance fees, trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
  • Half day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including all entry fees
  • US$4000 group payment to cover the costs associated with the service work, to purchase the materials and cover the costs associated with the transport of materials to the work site, as well as the wages of the local foreman

What's Not Included

  • International flights from Korea to Nepal return
  • Bottled water or aerated drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Tips - USD$60.00 approximately
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory

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AT A GLANCE

Duration:7 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Kathmandu International Airport. From 15 Students
Activities:Trekking
Community Project
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4854