Pulteney Grammar Nepal Service Learning Program 2016

Pulteney Grammar Nepal Service Learning Program 2016

Trip Highlights

  • 6 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 via Melbourne. 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. This is a great opportunity to get familiar with Nepal and its people before we start our community service learning program. We base our self in Kathmandu as we spend 3 days service at the SAB Public School in Kathmandu engaging with the local community in a program arranged by both SAB Public School and Pulteney Grammar. This is a key focus of our adventure and 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 travelers. 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 Grammar and the opportunity for you to help a remote community in need!

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 domestic airport to meet at the designated point for your flight to Melbourne, connecting through to Kathmandu. VA242 24SEP ADELAIDE TO MELBOURNE DEP 1905 ARR 2055 TG462 24SEP MELBOURNE TO BANGKOK DEP 2330

Meals:  Nil

TG462 24SEP MELBOURNE TO BANGKOK ARR 0600 TG319 25SEP BANGKOK KATHMANDU DEP 1015 ARR 1225 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 3 days we will take part in a joint community service learning program with the SAB Public School who Pulteney Grammar have an existing relationship with. The program will be organised by SABPS and Pulteney Grammar students 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 also 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 Grammar 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 your 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. From here we are met by our private vehicle and drive for an hour to the village of Khare, where we commence our walk to the site of our community service project at Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School. There is no need to rush as this is a short day with plenty of time to reach our destination. The trail ascends for the first hour, following a ridge through fields of bamboo clusters to magnificent rhododendron forest. 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. We walk out to Dhampus located 1 days walk North of Pokhara and will spend the next few days with the local school on a service learning project. 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 govt funding. Overnight eco lodge.

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 complete our project at Prithivi Narayan Higher Secondary School and enjoy a hand over ceremony with the local village heads before heading North to Landruk with our full Sherpa support crew. The views from our campsite are excellent, and morning generally offers the best opportunity to view the huge peaks. As we walk, the peaks of the Annapurnas will be visible through the scattered rhododendron forest, offering a sample of the trek to come. After our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual. We descend towards the Mardi Khola, trekking through dense forest of rhododendron, oak and birch until we reach the terraced fields of Landruk. 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

This morning we continue our trek down to the road head to meet our vehicle for the drive to Pokhara airport for your 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. TG320 06OCT KATHMANDU TO BANGKOK DEP 1330 ARR 1815

Meals:  B

TG465 07OCT BANGKOK TO MELBOURNE DEP 0015 ARR 1305 VA231 07OCT MELBOURNE TO ADELAIDE DEP 1535 ARR 1630

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 11 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
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:14 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Adelaide
Activities:Service Learning Project
Trekking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3858