Ringwood Secondary College Nepal Trek and School project

Ringwood Secondary College Nepal Trek and School project

Trip Highlights

  • Community Project at Bichowk School
  • Fully supported trekking with 3 meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Stunning views of the Annapurna Range
  • Cultural interaction with the Nepali people
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath

Trip Summary

This is a spectacular trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal, with panoramic views of the Machapuchare and the Annapurna ranges, and dramatic close-up views of the highest Himalayan peaks from our elevated camp sites.

We trek through fascinating villages and splendid forests of rhododendron, hemlock and fir on our journey to the high alpine ridges and meadows that lead towards the greater Himalayan peaks. We enjoy uninterrupted views of the Annapurnas, the Dhaulagiris and far up the Kali Gandaki towards Mustang and Tibet.

We will visit the villages of the numerous ethnic groups who inhabit the region and who form the core of the famous Gurkha army regiments. This trek provides a wonderful overview of all that Nepal has to offer - mountains, forests and diverse village life.

Our visit to the traditional village of Bichowk will assist the local school to improve the lives of impoverished children. Ringwood Secondary College groups have supported the education of children in the poorer in Nepal villages for many years, and your visit will be highlighted with celebrations to mark the occasion.

After these fantastic experiences we return to Kathmandu, with time to explore the markets and significant sites.

Suitability

These trips involve trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and should never be misinterpreted to mean they are easy trips. 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 and good health.

Suggested preparation: 30 minutes 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.

Itinerary

Check-in at Melbourne airport at approximately 10:00 p.m. for your flight to Bangkok on Thai Airways International. Overnight on aircraft

Meals:  Nil

TG462 DEP MELBOURNE 0030 TG462 ARR BANGKOK 0600 connecting with TG319 DEP BANGKOK 1015 TG319 ARR KATHMANDU 1225 On arrival you will be met by World Expeditions and transferred to the Radisson Hotel. Remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. 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/fibrefill jacket before heading out to dinner.

Meals:  Nil

You will transferred to the airport and take an early flight to Pokhara, Nepal's second largest city. Shortly after take-off from Kathmandu you will catch glimpses of the high mountain ranges of Ganesh, Manaslu and Annapurna, and enjoy the patchwork of villages and fields below. After 35 minutes you arrive at Pokhara and drive out of town for around an hour to start our trek. The trail ascends on an old stone staircase through fields and clumps of bamboo until we enter rhododendron forest and continue to the ridge top. As we reach the crest the scale of the imposing mountains will astound you, and we rest and gaze at the adjacent peaks of Machapuchare (6993m), Hiunchuli (6441m) and Annapurna South (7219m) from our camp site

Meals:  B,L,D

This is an interesting day as we trek through forest, and in and out of gullies, as the path takes us toward the mountains. The rhododendron forests are lush and offer a protective canopy for the smaller delicate flora, such as primula and daphne. It also provides a haven for birdlife and we can hear their varied calls as we move through. The trail soon opens into fields as we approach the village of Bichowk and it's spectacular views of the Annapurna Range. We will be made to feel very welcome as we approach the village and our campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Near our camp is the village school. It is a poor village of unskilled farmers and labourers who struggle to make ends meet. As a result they do not have the resources to properly educate their children. The students are from grades 1 to 10, but very few can afford to stay until grade 10. We will meet the students and learn about their lives, their school, and hopes for the future. We will spend time with the children, teaching them language games and other skills. We will undertake to raise funds to assist the students, school and village, and work with them use these funds to improve the school environment through our project work.

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination today is the attractive Gurung village of Gandrung, across the valley. But, we must descend to the valley floor to reach it! Slowly descending through rice terraces, we cross 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 to form the rivers below us. It really 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. The sunset and sunrise views from Gandrung are magnificent, and you should hike up the hill to view them.

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. From the camp site we gain spectacular mountain views, particularly of Annapurna South.

Meals:  B,L,D

We follow the trail through rhododendron forest to the pass at Deorali. We have passed above the tree-line, and now have excellent views of the dramatic range of mountains known as the Dhaulagiri Himal. We have arrived at the busy Pokhara-Jomosom trail, which is the old Tibet-Nepal trade route and provides an interesting insight into the daily life of this area, and enter Gorepani and our lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

From Gorepani, a 45 minute climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill. The views here are tremendous, with huge snow-capped mountain ranges high above a foreground of terraced foothills. We descend from the ridge through forest to our lodge. This is a very pleasant location for an overnight as we are nestled on the ridge-top between the Kali Gandaki and Ramche valleys, and sunset and sunrise views should be at their best. We are well away from the main trails.

Meals:  B,L,D

These trails are a delight to travel, offering a variety of forests and small settlements where the local people attend to their traditional tasks, and welcome our visit with interest. There are excellent views today as we meander on little-known trails where terraced fields and grazing lands are interspersed with neat houses. We pass through the village of Sailijan, crest a forest-covered ridge, and continue through rolling country to our camp near Lespar

Meals:  B,L,D

We walk across the foothills today, traversing through forest and terraced fields, and passing small villages. We cross a low pass where the views of the Himalayan peaks unfold before us once again. With the snow-capped peaks in the background, we descend towards the white-washed village of Bhuka and our nearby lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

We trek to Naya Phul, join our bus and drive to Pokhara and our overnight camp. If there is time we will walk to the nearby lakeside and bazaar area.

Meals:  B,L

This morning we transfer to the airport for our short flight to Kathmandu. On arrival we transfer to the Radisson Hotel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure

Meals:  B

Sightseeing will be organised for this morning to visit the key cultural sites of Pasupatinath and Boudanath. During our visit you will also have time to explore Kathmandu. The area has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, novelty shops and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centres of cultural and spiritual significance. Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world

Meals:  B

You can take an early walk to Durbar Square in the centre of old Kathmandu, as this will be your last opportunity to explore Kathmandu before the mid-morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Melbourne via Bangkok on Thai Airways. TG320 DEP KATHMANDU 1330 TG320 ARR BANGKOK 1815

Meals:  B

TG465 DEP BANGKOK 0015 TG465 ARR MELBOURNE 1205

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • All meals on trek and at Pokhara
  • international flights ex Melbourne including fuel and tax
  • expert bilingual guide and group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu at the Radisson Hotel
  • use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat (valued at over US$500)
  • souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • sightseeing and sight entrance fees in Kathmandu
  • accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • pre departure information guide, with all you need to know or your trek

What's Not Included

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water in Kathmandu beyond that provided by the hotel (water is provided on trek)
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance
  • Donation to school for project work
 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:17 Days
Countries:Nepal
Starting Point:Melbourne
Activities:Trekking
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5159