PAC Rebuild Nuwakot School & Annapurna Trek 2016

PAC Rebuild Nuwakot School & Annapurna Trek 2016

Trip Highlights

  • Continue the PAC tradition of helping remote communities in Nepal
  • Helping to rebuild the school for the students of Shree Rastriya Secondary School
  • Working alongside the community of Nuwakot to improve the school facilities in their village
  • Returning home with an intimate insight into the beautiful Nepali culture
  • The sense of achievement from completing a fully supported trek in the Annapurna Himalaya range including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath

Trip Summary

The country of Nepal holds a special place in a growing number of people’s hearts from across the PAC community. In September 2016 you have an opportunity to be part of a team of people who will travel to Nepal to continue the hard work from the four previous PAC groups from 2009, 2011 and 2013 and 2015.

You would be hard pressed to find a better introduction to experiencing Nepal than joining this expedition. From the atmospheric squares and temples of Kathmandu Valley we travel to the adventure capital of Nepal, Pokhara. Located on the banks of a huge lake with panoramic views of the Annapurna range. It is here where we venture out into the Himalaya on a fully supported seven day trek escaping Nepal's tourist trails to explore the forests which flank the lofty Annapurna peaks. 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. We will follow trails through oak and rhododendron forest and camp in serene locations that showcase dramatic views of the Annapurna range. This provides the opportunity to learn about the culture, traditions, social structure and way of life in rural Nepal. You will visit the site of previous PAC service projects at the village of Jilbarang where you will be greeted like family and offered a warm welcome. We will have time in the village to meet some of the students and visit the school. We return to Pokhara to the World Youth Adventures campsite where a shower awaits and a final celebratory meal will be enjoyed with the crew and porters.

A short flight to Kathmandu and then a 2 hour drive by private vehicle takes you to the village of Nuwakot where you will continue with the hard work started by the 2015 PAC group. The April earthquake hit the region hard and destroyed many homes, schools and businesses. You will spend 3.50 days at Shree Rastriya Secondary School (2100m) conducting much needed service and essential building work. We will be assisting in the rebuild of the local school and by painting a classroom both internally and externally, clearing debris and shoveling land and making it level. All the work will be directly associated in repairing damage caused by the earthquake. It will be equally hard work as it will be fascinating, educational and uplifting in every sense. To assist us there will be help from eager and appreciative local school kids and from a team of professional labourers who will ensure we complete the work we start on time and on budget. After completing the project we will bid farewell and return to Kathmandu for an opportunity to do some last minute shopping before our return flight home. This is a learning service adventure to get excited over which will further cement the ties and bonds between the Schools.

Suitability

The PAC Annapurna Trek and Jilbarang Village Community Service trek can be undertaken by anyone with a reasonable level of health and fitness. For the community project part of your trip you will not require a certain level of strength or physical ability, just an enthusiastic and positive attitude. A project manager will direct and distribute the workloads amongst participants on a daily basis. There is no pressure to exert yourself physically beyond your limits during the project but you should be prepared to give 4 -6 hours of physical labour each day. A certain level of fitness will be required where there is trekking involved.

This trip involves trekking for up to six or seven hours a day at a steady pace. These trips do not spend time at altitudes above 4000m and are usually a week in duration. You will need a reasonable level of fitness, to enjoy the outdoors and be in good health. * Suggested preparation: 1 hour of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trip. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended. The itinerary will take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and may involve long travel days on various types of transport. Sightseeing may be conducted on foot and all participants should be capable of carrying their own luggage from vehicle to hotel rooms.

Itinerary

After all this time planning, preparing and training for Nepal, the time has finally arrived to depart on this exciting adventure. You will depart from Sydney bound for Nepal on a Thai International Airline's flight TG472 at 4:00pm arriving in Bangkok at 10:20pm. The flight to Kathmandu unfortunately does not connect and a forced overnight stay is required. Transfers to and from a hotel are provided. TG 472 23SEP SYD BKK 1600 2220 Accommodation: Best Western Bangkok Airport Hotel

Meals:  Nil

An early airport transfer (or you can walk via the elevated walkway) awaits as your flight to Kathmandu which departs at 10:30 direct to Kathmandu. Upon arriving in Kathmandu you will be met by your group leader and transferred to the comfortable and well located Hotel Tibet. We will have a pre-trip briefing in the early afternoon where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag, liner, closed cell sleeping mat and down jacket and also gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with your guides. The hotel is the perfect home away from home and the staff are very familiar with WYA school groups and subsequently you will be greeted like old friends! In the evening and in the company of your guide you will go go to a restaurant for dinner. (own expense). Tomorrow will be an exciting and fascinating day exploring historic Kathmandu so we suggest an early night! Accommodation: Hotel Tibet http://www.hotel-tibet.com.np/ TG 319 24 SEP BKK KTM 1015 1225

Meals:  B

Visit Boudhanath boasting the world's largest Tibetan stupa, and surrounded by approximately 700 mani wheels, it is heavily patroned by faithful worshippers circling its base. Nearby and standing on the banks of 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). We return to the hotel by approximately 2pm, where the rest of day is at leisure. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner at the Nepali Chulo restaurant which is located in a restored 160 year old Rana Palace. Accommodation: Hotel Tibet http://www.hotel-tibet.com.np/

Meals:  B,D

After breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu’s domestic terminal to take our flight to Pokhara (827m), the main gateway for trekkers into the Annapurna region. This is one of the most scenic flights in the Himalaya, as we trace the backbone of the monstrous Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna ranges. The flight path heads west up and over the rim of the Kathmandu Valley along the Trisuli River to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town. Upon arrival in Pokhara we transfer to the World Youth Adventures permanent campsite where we will spend the night and lunch will be served. In the afternoon we stretch our legs on a scenic walk to the Japanese Peace Pagoda which commands an incredible location looking over Phewa Tal (lake) and the Annapurna range. Walk approximately 2 hours Accommodation: Permanent Campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we commence our trek into the Annapurna's where we take a 2.5 hour drive to the trail head at Birethanti and commence our trek to Ghandruk (1940m). The trail starts off quite gently which follows the Modi River, past tea houses and small villages. Villagers greet us with “Namaste”, the traditional Nepalese greeting, as we pass their homes. After lunch we walk through neat Gurung villages and along well-worn trails busy with local people going about their lives. Life is simple and has not changed much over the centuries. It is a beautiful walk and one which gets better as the day progresses. The last part of the walk is up a steep hill to the fascinating Gurung village of Ghandruk. This should be taken slowly and steadily as there are some big energy sapping up hills to tackle, welcome to the Himalayas! As you gain height the views keep improving till once you reach camp you see the beautiful peaks of Annapurna South and Machapuchare. Walk approximately 5 hours. Accommodation: Permanent Campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast our trek starts for Tadopani (2650m). The trek up through small terraced fields past farmhouses and into dense jungle. This is a particularly good day for bird-watchers and those interested in wild flowers such as rhododendron, magnolias and orchids. On arrival into our camp we will enjoy magnificent views of snow-capped mountains. Walk approximately 5 hours. Accommodation: Eco Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we trek to Ghorepani (2880m). Initially the trail gently descends down into a dense forest and gorge valley, followed by a steep climb to Deurali Pass (3078m) where the views at the top are magnificent, to the west we see Dhaulagiri (8167m). As we continue our walk downhill to Ghorepani we enjoy views of Annapurna South (7,219m). Walk approximately 6 hours. Accommodation: Eco Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning those who are feeling adventurous can rise before dawn to make the 45 minute climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). This is often a highlight of a persons trek in the Annapurna's as the views from this popular vantage point are impressive. After breakfast we get back on the trail which meanders downhill through fields and into the forest of rhododendron and magnolia. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants. Ban Thanti is in a clearing with more spectacular views of Annapurna South and Hinchuli. Walk approximately 6 hours. Accommodation: Eco Lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

After absorbing even more spectacular views of Annapurna South we head down the Modi Khola valley along a secluded village trail that is rarely followed by other trekking groups. After lunch at the scenic village of Dansing we complete a short, steep descent to the village of Birethanti along the Modi Khola. We cross a substantial bridge before making our way to the bustling bazaar of Nayapul. Here we are picked up and transferred back to Pokhara by private vehicle to our permanent campsite. Walk approximately 4-5 hours then drive 2 hours Accommodation: Permanent Camp Site

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we bid farewell to our trekking crew and catch the early morning scenic flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The flight traverses the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges and provides amazing views. Upon arriving in Kathmandu we transfer by private coach to the remote village of Nuwakot, where the community project will take place. The drive will take approximately 2 hours and then there is a mostly downhill 2hr walk to Shree Rastriya Secondary School from where the bus will drop us off. The village will be expecting your arrival so prepare for lots of noise, dancing and singing! We will first meet with the local foreman who will take us on a tour of the school showing us what work we will be doing. The group will be divided into smaller work teams and each assigned separate tasks. Some of the work across the following 3.50 days will involve debris clearing, shoveling, preparing the surfaces for painting, paintings the walls, ceilings and any exposed timber work, plastering the external mud walls, sweeping and general cleaning, light load carrying or possibly assisting the renders with their work. 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 (you should wear suitable clothes), all for a great cause. There will be a local professional builder supervising the project and ensuring we get all the work completed on time. The residents of Nuwakot will be ready for our arrival and they will also participate on the construction of the classroom. Accommodation: Wilderness Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Working alongside the locals, teachers and students will provide a rare insight into the people of Nepal and the incredible Nepali people. We will camp in a peaceful spot nearby the school where the local children will be delighted to pay you an afternoon visit! All meals will continue to be prepared and cooked by the World Youth Adventures cooks and regular breaks will be taken so as to keep energy levels high. Tonight a special celebratory dinner will be enjoyed to acknowledge your hard work and the friendships made. Accommodation: Wilderness 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 at Nuwakot and return to Kathmandu and the Hotel Tibet where you will have an opportunity for a deserving shower! There will be opportunities this afternoon to do some last minute sightseeing or shopping before a farewell dinner tonight where you can celebrate the previous weeks of hard work, achievements and lessons learned. Accommodation:Hotel Tibet http://www.hotel-tibet.com.np/

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning you will have a chance for any last minute shopping before a final farewell to our guides then be transferred to the airport for your flight to Sydney, via Bangkok. The Thai Airways International flight departs at 13:30 arriving Bangkok at 18:15. TG 320 07OCT KTM BKK 1330 1815 TG 475 07OCT BKK SYD 1920 0820+1

Meals:  B

Thai Airways flight TG475 is scheduled to arrive into Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport at 08:20am. Upon arrival all services will finish although the memories and lessons learned will last a lifetime! Congratulations for taking part in this memorable service project adventure to assist a community and a country in great need.

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • Return Sydney to Kathmandu economy class flights with Thai International Airlines including taxes valued at $192
  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners including all meals on trek valued at USD$420
  • Internal flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu valued at US$246
  • 4 star hotel accommodation at the Hotel Tibet http://www.hotel-tibet.com.np/ in Kathmandu on a twin share basis with breakfast, for the nights listed in the trip itinerary
  • Overnight accommodation in Bangkok at the Best Western Airport Hotel (or similar)
  • All internal transport including airport transfers and to/from Nuwakot by private bus
  • Gear package including kit bag (yours to keep), sleeping bag and liner, sleeping mat and down or fibre-filled jacket on trek
  • All group camping equipment
  • Porters to carry all personal & group equipment including porter's insurance
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Emergency group medical kit
  • Half day sightseeing in Kathmandu including entry fees
  • Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu
  • Community project equipment, transport of materials to site tools & a foreman to manage the project. Cost of materials are NOT included
  • Pre Departure Information kit and information briefing (details TBA) to help you plan and prepare

What's Not Included

  • 3 x lunch and 1 x dinner in Kathmandu – allow US$5-10 per meal
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc.
  • Tips (not compulsory) - approx $60
  • Visa - approx $75
  • Travel Insurance - School Group special rate- Students approx $103. Adults approx $111 (Suresave Travel Insurance, 3 weeks cover)
  • Fundraising component of $150 per traveller to cover the cost of the materials
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:16 Days
Starting Point:Sydney. From 10 to 35 participants
Activities:Community Project
Trekking
Grade:Introductory to Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG3684