• Plate Tectonics, Volcanoes, Erosion, Sustainable Development
  • Habitat Conservation, Climate Change, Potamology
  • Stunning Trek in Annapurna Mountains
  • Chitwan National Park wildlife safari
  • Learn about the Gurung community of sleepy Ghandruk
  • Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Himalayan mountain views on the flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • Temples, Palaces and Markets sightseeing in Kathmandu

We will visit Nepal to explore how geography matters to the people of this mountain kingdom, and see how nature has shaped it into one of the world's most interesting and beautiful countries. We will spend four whole days trekking through sweeping valleys and over dramatic passes, always under the silent presence of the world's highest peaks, camping each night and learning about the rivers, mountains and villages that we see. This Annapurna range of the Himalayas contains many colourful Hindu/Buddhist villages where the hardy yet peaceful inhabitants of this land go about their lives. After trekking and camping for four days we will travel to the humid Chitwan National Park with a chance to see alligators, deer, rhino, elephant and if we are very lucky, tigers!


Start and Finishing Point:



Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


Upon arrival we will be met by a representative of World Expeditions Schools and transferred to the comfortable group hotel located in the centre of the action! We will have the afternoon to freshen up and take a walk around the city before a pre-trek briefing. We will discuss the itinerary, Nepal, food and culture as well as ask any questions that we have about the trip. Afterwards we will receive our kit bags, down jackets and sleeping bags, ready for the trekking part of the trip. Afterwards we will have our first taste of Nepali cuisine in a local restaurant and celebrate our arrival in the Himalaya.

Meals:  D

After breakfast we will be taken on an exciting tour of Kathmandu, a city designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, and brimming with religious, historical and cultural monuments. There is so much to see so we will pack as much as we can into this morning and afternoon. Firstly we will visit the vibrant Pashupatinath Temple, one of the most significant Hindu temples of Lord Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati River in the eastern part of Kathmandu. The temple is one of the 275 Paadal Petra Sthalams (Holy Abodes of Shiva on the continent). Over the past times, only born Hindus were allowed to enter the temple. Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu. The stupa’s massive mandala makes it one of the largest spherical stupas in Nepal. The influx of large populations of refugees from Tibet has seen the construction of over 50 Tibetan Gompas (Monasteries) around Boudhanath. We journey a short distance to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, known as ‘Khwopa’. This fascinating settlement is rich with temples, monasteries and palaces, with ornately carved features such as the famous ‘Peacock Window’. The main square, Durbar Square, is also UNESCO world heritage site, and is best appreciated by sitting and watching while one of the many religious festivals and processions passes by.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820 m)(2460 ft), and our base for setting out into the Himalaya. Situated on Fewa lake at 820 m (2460 ft) above sea level, the city has some stunning views of the nearby Annapurna mountains. We will drive to the trail head at Khara for an hour. before kitting up, taking a quick stretch, before beginning the first leg of the trek. The trail firstly winds uphill through terraced fields where locals grow millet, buckwheat, potatoes and rice, before heading through mixed oak and rhododendron forest. This is a short day with plenty of time to reach camp, designed to ease the group gently into the trek and acclimatize them. Stunning views of Annapurna and surrounding peaks greet us on reaching our campsite at Dhampus, a small community that exist on farming and shepherding, as well as the nascent tourism industry. We will set up camp and enjoy a hearty meal and a cup of tea, before settling in for our first night under canvas. Trekking time: 2 - 3 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After a (hopefully) bright sunrise in the mountains we will continue our trek through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries, following a river down a valley and stopping for regular breaks to consider the evidence of geographic interest around us. Erosion, volcanic activity and climate change has continually altered the landscape around us, and the people that live here have adapted very efficiently to cope. After a picnic lunch with mountain views, we follow the trail along a river to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night. Landruk is a small village of around 1000 inhabitants and is well known locally for its honey hunting festival and its traditional Gurung culture. Trekking time: 4 - 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

After an early breakfast we backtrack for an hour through the morning before following a trail high above the stunning Modi Khola gorge, its sheer walls rising up high around us, created by millenia of melting glacial waters that run down from the mountains. This is a great stage of the trek which will lead us again out into terraced fields and ancient oak forest (with a few ups and downs to cross tributaries) before a gradual ascent to the village of Ghandruk. We will have ample time to explore this ancient settlement and include visits to the local museum and learn about about the community that has provided the backbone of the famous Gurkha regiments for many years. Our destination is the beautiful and ornate village of Ghandruk, home to the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. Trekking time: 3 - 4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

The morning views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are stunning, and will remain with us as we walk for around 2 hours on a broad trail that traverses and descends to our lunch stop at Syaulibazar. After lunch we drive to Pokhara and will stay in hotel in Pokhara. Driving time: approximately 2-3 hours Trekking time: approximately 2 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we transfer to Chitwan by road. On arrival we are briefed on the planned activities during our stay. Late afternoon and early morning are the best times to sight wildlife, so other times tend to be for less energetic activities. We will have lunch at our lodge and commence our activity program.

Meals:  B,D

A full day’s activities are available including jungle walks, canoe rides, bird-watching and jeep safari, as well as lectures on other fauna. Our concession area is the territory of many species of wildlife including 3 tigers, 5 leopards, 7 rhino, and many deer, boar, bear, peacocks, an extraordinary number of bird species and is occasionally visited by wild elephants.

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we will transfer by road north to Kathmandu. We will enjoy a final group meal with some hearty Nepalese food and discuss what we have learned and enjoyed from our expedition to Nepal. Driving time: approximately 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We will drive to the airport for our flight home, and to say goodbye to this beautiful mountain kingdom.

Meals:  B

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Good Health And Well-being:  Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Sustainable Cities And Communities:  There needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more.

Climate Action:  Climate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere.

Life On Land:  Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • International and domestic flights as required
  • Full trek staff including cook and assistant guides
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment along with porter's insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in high quality 3* hotel in Kathmandu on twin share basis
  • Accommodation in our fully serviced wilderness campsites
  • All group cooking and camping equipment
  • Private transportation
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Sightseeing city tour of Khatmandu
  • Detailed pre departure information
  • Industry led Risk Assessment
  • All meals where mentioned above

  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance


Introductory to Moderate

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 - moderate. 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.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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