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Overview

 Highlights


  • Explore Kathmandu's vibrant streets and ancient sites
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu - Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Be swept away by breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges
  • Fully supported camping based trek with 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Community Project at the Sanjwani Health Centre
  • Experience the glow of the rising sun on Poon hill as it catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna
  • Take in the views on a Himalayan mountain flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

There are few places on Earth that offer such stunning mountain vistas, incredible trekking and rich culture. We commence with the delights of the Kathmandu Valley and the largest concentration of UNESCO sites in any one city of the world, before our spectacular mountain flight whisks us off to Pokhara. We walk through the Annapurna foothills and rhododendron forests before reaching the Sanjwani Health Centre to start our community service project. We experience picturesque villages on the way to our high point - the world famous Poon Hill. At 3190m, the outstanding views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri are incredible. Another highlight is our lodge adjacent to Poon Hill. Rather than rise before the sun to make the hike to this famous viewpoint, we sleep soundly in our lodge to awake in the morning to views even more outstanding than those from Poon Hill, without the crowds. Our route really does offer a broad experience of the Annapurnas today, as we pass through small yet prosperous villages, traverse grassy ridges, pass through old growth Rhododendron forests and camp underneath some of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery on earth.

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Melbourne

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Check-in at Melbourne airport for Thai Airways flight to Kathmandu via Bangkok.

Meals:  Nil

Welcome to Nepal! On arrival in Kathmandu (1330 metres) you will be met by your group leader and transferred to the hotel where your pre-trek briefing will be given. Arrangements are made today for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down jacket. After a rest we will walk into the Thamel area of Kathmandu for a taste of the days to come as we amble through the markets and enjoy dinner in one of the good restaurants available to us. Overnight: Kathmandu

Meals:  Nil

Sightseeing this morning will include a visit to the fascinating World Heritage Listed spiritual and cultural Hindu sites of Pashupatinath and Buddhist Boudhanath. Every step of your time in Kathmandu will amaze you, and during your visit you will also have time to explore many parts of the city. 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. Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. Overnight: Kathmandu

Meals:  B

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m). In good weather we are greeted with sights of the entire Annapurna Range. From here we drive for an hour to a pass between two river valleys to the village of Phedi, where we commence our trek. There is no need to rush as this is a short day with plenty of time to reach our overnight stop. 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. Overnight: Eco lodge.

Meals:  B,L,D

After a glorious mountain sunrise we follow the trail through rhododendron forest before continuing through a series of Gurung villages where lifestyles have not changed substantially over the centuries. After lunch we follow a well-marked trail to the prosperous village of Landruk where we camp for the night. Our private eco campsite affords dramatic views of Annapurna South. Overnight: Private eco campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Our destination today is easily seen across the valley, the attractive Gurung village of Ghandruk. We exit the village and slowly descend through rice terraces, crossing a steel bridge that spans 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. Overnight: Private eco campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

The Sanjiwani Public Health Mission is a non for profit organisation located in the Ghandruk Village. It provides vital health services i for a community of approximately 6000 people. Today we will participate in a Community Service Program assisting the organisation and interacting with the local villagers. Overnight: Private eco campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trail meanders uphill through fields and into forest of rhododendron, magnolia and lichen covered fig. We pass by waterfalls that cascade down narrow gullies that provide the perfect home for many small ferns and delicate plants such as exotic orchids bursting with colour. Tadapani is a small village with limited campsites, our overnight accommodation will be in an eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we join the old Tibet-Nepal trade route. The walk this morning offers excellent views of the Dhaulagiri range as the trail zigzags until we reach Ghorepani. This is a sizeable town and you may wish to wander through the bazaar this afternoon. Overnight: Eco lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

From Ghorapani a pre dawn 45 minutes climb brings us to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). The view of the Himalaya 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. We descend to camp for breakfast and during the morning we descend further through small settlements to enter a deep ravine where multiple waterfalls follow our trail. We over night in an eco lodge in the village of Ulleri. From Ulleri we will have an over view of our trek route, as well as views of the Annapurnas at the head of the valley. Overnight: 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 to stay at our private eco campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we transfer to the airport for the spectacular 40 minute flight back to Kathmandu. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Kathmandu

Meals:  B

Time to explore the many fascinating sites in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight: Kathmandu

Meals:  B

After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for the flight back home via Bangkok.

Meals:  B


Learning outcomes for students

A World Expeditions Schools adventure is a unique learning experience. Our journeys are designed to encourage thriving and positive youth development along with leaving the communities and environments where we travel in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to enhance the following life skills that will help you grow as an individual:
• the confidence to lead a group and make decisions
• the value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective
• the ability to face mental and physical challenges
• the ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone'
• to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we trek 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
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the local peoples
• basic outdoor skills obtained on trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals
Importantly our adventures help increase general well-being and build resilience in young men and women to help them deal with adverse situations in life.
CARBON NEUTRAL
World Expeditions Schools absorbs the cost of credits mitigating 100% of the unavoidable carbon emissions. This is our commitment to being part of the solution to climate crises.


Inclusions

  • 12 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 8 dinners including all meals on trek
  • airport transfers
  • flight Kathmandu/Pokhara/ Kathmandu US$266 approx.
  • expert bilingual guide
  • group medical kit
  • good quality accommodation in Kathmandu
  • the 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
  • drinking water on all trek days
  • private transportation
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • porters to carry all personal and group equipment
  • porter's insurance
  • accommodation in a combination of our comfortable eco lodges and private eco campsites
  • Return International flights Melbourne to Kathmandu

  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
  • Bottled water, aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc.
  • Tips
  • Airport and departure taxes
  • Visa
  • Travel Insurance

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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
Programs

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.

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