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Overview

 Highlights


  • 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.
  • Working alongside the local community at Shree Bukha Deurali Secondary School
  • Visiting Jilibrang school, site of previous St Kevin's community project
  • 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 historical and cultural highlights 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.

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.

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Grading:Introductory to Moderate   


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. Our exploration will give us a greater understanding of the history and culture of the Nepali people before we head into the mountains tomorrow. Lunch and dinner today will be at the students expense. 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 wilderness camp

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 Wilderness Camp

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 Jhinu Danda. Overnight Jhinu Danda Wilderness Camp

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. 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 Wilderness Camp

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. . Overnight Ghorapani eco lodge

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. Overnight permanent campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise and have breakfast before we head out on the trail for our trek to the project site at Bukha. Our trek will only take 4 - 5 hours so on arrival we will have time to inspect the site and discuss the work that awaits us. We will set up camp that will be our home for the next 4 nights. The project work will be determined after consultations with the local villages heads and school community. Last year the St Kevin's students completed the flooring work for two new classrooms with the help of a local labour force as well as building and renovating all the desks and chairs for the class. The project work att he school may involve: Mixing the cement and setting in place. Levelling the fresh cement to create level flooring All outside plastering work for the new two classrooms Create new furniture for the classrooms Paint the old furniture (bench/chairs) of high school Proof and paint the new classroom buildings inside/outside Overnight wilderness camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the next 3 days we will be working alongside the local community helping improve the local school, Shree Bukha Daurali, 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. There will be the opportunity in the afternoon to organise some local sporting games with the local students that may include cricket, soccer and volleyball. 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


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

  • 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: 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

  • vaccination or visas
  • items of a personal nature such as personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • travel insurance
  • Fundraising for the project materials and school donation

Grading

Introductory to Moderate


Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.


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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