St Kevin's Nepal Service Journey 2019

St Kevin's Nepal Service Journey 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Visiting Jilibrang school, site of previous St Kevin's community project
  • Working alongside the local community at Shree Salija Madhyamik School
  • Enjoying a spectacular trek in the Annapurna region
  • Gaining uninterrupted views of the Annapurna mountain range from famous vantage point of Poon Hill
  • Experience local Gurung villages on the trek with our expert local leader
  • Exploring the cultural delights of Kathmandu
  • Members of the group working closely with each other helping with the delegation process
  • Enjoying 3 hearty meals per day on the trek prepared by our experienced cooks.

Trip Summary

Our journey will start well before we take off for Nepal as we plan and prepare well in advance. On arrival in Kathmandu we transfer to the hotel and full trip briefing. We explore the cultural and historical highlights of the Kathmandu valley to gain a valuable insight in Nepal and its people before embarking on a spectacular remote trek into the Annapurna region. On trek our group will visit the site of previous St Kevin's College service programs and we can see first hand the impact our projects have had on the local community. We visit the iconic vantage point of "Poon Hill", gaining uninterrupted views across the whole of the Annapurna range before trekking down through remote villages in the foothills of the Annapurna. On arrival at our project site we will split into groups and assist the local school and wider community. We will work with the local community in what will be an extremely rewarding adventure.

Itinerary

After the months of planning and preparation the wait is finally over! You will need to check in at the International Airport 2 hours prior to your flight. On arrival you will be met at Kathmandu airport and transferred to the Radisson Hotel. A pre-trek briefing will be given around 5pm where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fiberfill jacket. Tonight we will head out as a group and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Radisson Hotel

Meals:  D

Today we will explore some of the cultural and historical highlights of Kathmandu. Our exploration will include some of the main points of interest including the Hindu temple Pashupatinah, the Boudhanath stupa and Durbar Square. Lunch and dinner today will be at the students expence. Overnight Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest town (820 m). On arrival we have the opportunity to explore Pokhara town for an hour before we transfer to the roadhead to start our trek to Dhampus. We immediately leave the main road and ascend steeply towards the ridge where we gain panoramic views of the Annapurna mountain range in the distance. The scale of the imposing mountains astounds us as we gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m). Following a ridge through fields and clumps of bamboo we soon arrive at the village town of Dampus, the first stop on our trek. Villagers in the region may greet us with "Namaste", the traditional Nepalese greeting as we explore the surroundings of the local community. Overnight Dampus

Meals:  B,L,D

The views over breakfast 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. We leave the periforal trails behind and head into spectacular wilderness as we reach Deroli (2200m) We can get our first views of Dhaulagiri, the world's 6th highest peak. We take lunch at Forest Camp, and after our longer uphill morning session, this afternoon will be a more gradual ascent to our wilderness camp. Overnight Kooker

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trail winds through terraced fields and mixed oak and rhododendron forest. We drop down into Landruk where we stop for refreshments before continuing our journey traversing down towards Modi Khola River. We follow the valley whilst slowly gaining altitude. We enjoy the beauty of the Himalaya at a relatively close range and observe the glaciers flowing from them to form the rivers below us. It really is a magnificent location and a photographer's delight. We come out of the woodlands forest and set up camp near New Bridge. Overnight New Bridge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today is only a short distance looking at the map however it is a decent days walk. Our trail winds in and out of the forest and up onto ridge lines as we make our way towards our campsite. Our destination today is a beautiful spot for camp gaining us lovely views of the mountains. Overnight Chumrung

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trail meanders uphill 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. Tadapani is a clearing in the forest and a rest place for porters. We make camp here and observe the local people as they travel by. This afternoon we will consult our maps and study the distance we have traveled as well as where our trek will take us over the coming days. Overnight Tadapani

Meals:  B,L,D

Our walk today joins the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The trek offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach Ghorapani. This is a sizeable town complete with interesting markets and bazaars. We have the chance to wander through the trading areas this afternoon before heading to bed early in preparation for our early morning climb on Poon Hill. Tonight we will camp in the backyard of a local lodge. Overnight wilderness campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake early for our steep climb to the famous view point of Poon Hill. From Ghorepani a pre dawn 45 minutes mostly staired climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). The view of the Himalaya from here are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world's greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. The glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna, making the early morning rise more than worth the effort. From Poon Hill we leave the larger trail and traverse along old Yak herder trails towards Lespar. Today we have a long days trail and will have time to make rest breaks as required. The scenery affords stunning views.

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next 3 days we will be working alongside the local community helping improve the local school, Shree Salija Madhyamik, and grounds. The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow concept offering unique experiences to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse peoples and cultures that live in it. This style of travel helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, team work, fitness and key life skills. The students will be responsible to put together a presentation on their lives to show to the local students in a culture sharing program. Our accommodation will be camping

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we finish any work required at the project before saying goodbye to our new friends and handing the project back to the local community. It is a wonderful rewarding experience looking back on the work that we have completed and often a sad experience as we leave our new friends. We then trek out to the road head and drive to Pokhara. Overnight permanent eco-campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your flight to Kathmandu. On arrival transfer to your hotel. This afternoon we will have the opportunity to explore Kathmandu before enjoying a final group dinner.

Meals:  B,D

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your Thai Airways flight to Melbourne.

Meals:  B

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Thai Airways International flights Melbourne to Kathmandu return
  • all airline tax and fuel surcharges
  • all local guide, crew and cooks tips
  • trek pre-departure information guide, with all you need to know for your trek
  • hotel accommodation in 4* Radisson Hotel in Kathmandu on a twin share basis
  • internal flights Kathmandu/Pokhara/Kathmandu
  • all internal transport by private bus or jeep where mentioned
  • gear package including kit bag (yours to keep), sleeping bag and liner, insulated sleeping mat and down or fibre-filled jacket on trek
  • all meals while trekking
  • porters to carry all group equipment including porter's insurance
  • group leader, sirdar, guides and kitchen staff who can cater for any dietary requirements
  • community project at Lespar: services of a qualified local tradespeople to oversee and direct the project and materials necessary to complete the work.
  • emergency medical kit
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits

What's Not Included

  • vaccination or visas
  • items of a personal nature such as personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • travel insurance

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:16 Days
Countries:Nepal
Activities:Community Project
Trekking
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5322