• Working alongside the community at the Manedanda to improve their community
  • Returning home with an intimate insight into the beautiful culture of Nepal
  • Enjoying a spectacular trek in the Everest Himalaya range and the views of Mount Everest from Thyangboche Monastery
  • Visits to the SOS Schools in Kathmandu
  • Thorough sightseeing itinerary throughout the Kathamndu valley, including: Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple), Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine), the giant Buddhist stupa at Bodhnath, and the Fred Hollows funded Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology
  • Fully supported camping based trek with ample acclimatisation days built including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks

For a life-changing experience for youth in their formative years, there is simply no other destination like Nepal. With ample time in Kathmandu, from our guest house base in Bakatapur and with expert local guides we explore the atmospheric squares and temples found in the Kathmandu Valley. We visit ancient Buddhist and Hindu pagodas, temples and monuments as well as the Fred Hollows Foundation supported Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology. From Kathmandu we take a scenic drive into the Himalayan foothills. It is in Manedanda where we will complete a three day community service project (details of the project work to be confirmed). On completion of the project work, participants will take a fully supported camping based trek into the Everest region to Namche Bazaar, to experience the most stunning mountain scenery on earth. A flight from Lukla returns you to Kathmandu where you visit the SOS School and have an opportunity for some last minute shopping before your flight home to Sydney. This experience will provide you with the opportunity to become an informed, engaged and active global citizen, through your active participation in a service learning project. Join this trip in 2024 and be a part of a great Newington tradition!


Starting Point:

Sydney, 16+ Passengers (twin share)




Depart Syd on your Singapore Airlines flight (via Singapore), to Kathmandu. Arrive approx 2210. The group will be met on arrival and transferred to the Pagoda Guest House in the historic city of Bhaktapur. The guest house is the perfect home away from home and the owners are very familiar with Newington College having hosted many previous groups. Overnight Pagoda Guesthouse.

Meals:  Nil

This morning will explore the UNESCO World Heritage listed town and its winding alleyways and numerous squares and temple grounds. You will witness life as it has occurred for hundreds of years before returning to the hotel in preparation for our briefing and welcome dinner. In the early evening a briefing conducted by your guide. Here arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag, liner, closed cell sleeping mat and down jacket. Overnight: Pagoda Guest House

Meals:  B,D

Today we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu, including Boudhanath boasting the world’s largest Tibetan stupa, and surrounded by approximately 700 mani wheels, visited by faithful worshippers circling its base. Nearby and standing on the Bagmati River is the site of Pashupatinath – where Nepal’s largest Hindu temple is found and where on occasion cremations occur along the ghats (side of the river). Nearby is the Fred Hollows funded Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology where we may witness important research, eye examinations and the manufacturing of intraocular lenses, and meet the staff who make this not for profit organisation run. Accommodation: Pagoda Guest House

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we leave Bhaktapur for the village where our project work is located. We make our way out of the Kathmandu Valley and wind our way into the lush hills that are covered in terraced fields used for the propagation of rice, millet, mustard and other cash crops. It is a scenic drive that will take about five hours to reach Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha District. From here it is a further 20 minutes to reach the road head and then a 10 minute walk to reach the site. The village and students will be expecting our arrival and you will be welcomed to the village. We will first meet with the local foreman who will take us on a tour of the school showing us what work we will be doing and in conjunction with your Guide you will be broken up into small work teams. Areas such as this are often overlooked for projects such as this as they are not on the well trodden tourist trails. During your stay here you will gain an authentic insight into village life in Nepal and in partnership with the local community will contribute to a community identified school development project. Accommodation: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

Some of the work across the next 3 days will involve sanding and preparing the surfaces for painting, paintings the walls, ceilings and any exposed timber work, sweeping, light load carrying or possibly assisting the renders with their work. You will not need any specific skills or experience, just the willingness to participate and the ability to roll your sleeves up and get a little dirty. Working alongside the locals, teachers and students will provide a rare insight into the people of Nepal and the incredible Thami people. We will camp in a peaceful spot nearby the village where the local children will be delighted to pay you an afternoon visit. All meals will continue to be prepared and cooked by the World Expeditions cooks and regular breaks will be taken so as to keep energy levels high. On completion of the project a ceremony will take place, a plaque will be unveiled marking your contribution to this project and a celebratory dinner! Accommodation: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we bid farewell to the village and take a bus ride to Shivalaya the start point of our trek towards the Everest Region. From Shivalaya, the trek to Bhandar takes about 4 and a half hours. The start of your trek is gentle descent to Kenja (1600m) and then a steep ascent for nearly an hour to Bhandar (2250m) where you can enjoy your camp. En route, you can enjoy agricultural farm scenery and pass through Sherpa villages with beautiful mountain views. Overnight: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

From Bhandar we again descend through deep forests crossing a few streams and passing the small settlements of Dokharpa and Baranda winding our way down to the Surma Khola. From here we continue to Likhu Khola and climb the ridge to the small settlement of Kenja. Another steep ascent to Chimbu and continuing further we reach reach Sete. Overnight: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

Today's a day sure to test the groups legs. The uphill climb to Lamjura La (3530m) through forests of pine, magnolia, maple, birch and rhododendrons passes by the villages of Dagchu and Goyem. This pass, the highest point on the trek until we reach Namche Bazaar, is a great challenge though the views along the way are wonderful and the pass itself makes for a great place to take a rest as aircraft heading to Lukla pass overhead. Desend down the pass to Tragdobuk and Junbesi. Spend the afternoon here exploring the village and the way of life of its inhabitants. Overnight: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we cross the stream beyond Junbesi and climb up the forested slope on the far side. After an hour's trek, the mesmerizing views of the Himalaya mountains appears in the distance. The mountains before us include Everest, Lhotse, Nupte, Makalu, Thamseruku, Mera Peak, just to name a few. This is the first view of Everest on this trek, although the lower peaks look closer and higher than the distant 8,000m peaks. We continue along the trail to Salung (2860m) and descend to Dudhkunda Khola (2510m), Ascend to Ringmo (2720m) and cross the Trakshindo La (3070m) and descend to Trakshindo. Overnight: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we start with a descent to the Dudh Kosi (Milk River in English). After crossing the river we will ascend through fields used to grow wheat, barley and maize to a village with a long association with Newington College, the Rai village of Jubing (1680m). This might be an opportune time to see how things have progressed in the village since our last visit in 2018/19. From here we climb further to Khari Khola. We round out the day with a final climb to Bupsa (2360m). Overnight: Wilderness Camping

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we will join the main trail from Lukla to the Everest Region. First we pass through the village of Surke, just beyond the village we will pass directly below the runway far above us in Lukla and continue along the course of the Dudh Kosi. Meeting the main trail in Cheplung. The increase in traffic will be quite noticeable and you will be thankful for the experience of the previous days trekking in a far less visited part of this beautiful area. The broad and well-marked trail meanders around fields of potatoes and buck-wheat and passes through small villages, as we pass rows of tree dahlia to make our way to our first overnight stop at our exclusive fixed camp at Ghat. Accommodation: Private eco-camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we cross and re-cross the thundering glacial river, named "Dudh" (milk) Kosi (river) because of it's colour. Sections of today's walk are through pine forest and cleared areas reveal terraced fields and a variety of crops. We pass small groups of donkeys, yaks and dzopko carrying trading goods and trek - gear along the trail. A dzopko is a yak-cow crossbreed while a yak is a full-blood long haired male, more commonly found at higher altitudes. We pass through a variety of small hamlets as we slowly gain altitude. Spectacular mountain peaks unfold above us and seem to hover above the tree-line as they rise above the deep river valley. Shortly after leaving camp we cross the Kusum Khola, a tributary stream to the Dudh Kosi, and the peak of Kusum Kangru (6369m) can be seen to the East, at the head of the valley. Further along the trail, across the valley to the North-West, Nupla (5885 m) and Kongde Ri (6093 m) rise above the forested ridges. At a turn of the trail, Thamserku (6808 m) rises majestically, seemingly from the river floor. We will see our first Mani walls today. These stone structures are a compilation of many stone tablets, each with the inscription "Om Mani Padme Hum" which translates to "Hail to the jewel in the lotus" and is mantra (chant) venerated by Buddhists and Brahmans alike. Buddhists will walk to the left of these Mani Walls and chortens but you may notice that people of the lowlands who have no knowledge of Buddhism do not follow this ceremony. Overnight private permanent campsite.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today’s trek begins as we enter Sagamartha National Park. This National Park was established to address rising concerns of deforestation and stem the use of fire-wood in the area. The few locals who do have a permit to cut down trees must first gain approval from authorities on the basis the wood is for personal use only. We follow the river course to the confluence of the Dudh Kosi and the Bhote Kosi, cross a high bridge before commencing our ascent to the village of Namche Bazaar, the Sherpa 'capital' of Nepal. It is a challenging climb through pine forests to the vantage point where we get our first look at the formidable Mt Everest. The trail continues and meanders to Namche, a prosperous village nestled in a horse-shoe shaped valley opposite the beautiful peak of Kongde Ri. After lunch you may wish to explore the Tibetan trader's stalls or the Sherpa shops in search of a bargain. Overnight: Eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trek will start with an incline to Syangboche airstrip and along the ridgeline towards Everest View Hotel. This pleasant walk has magnificent views of the surrounding mountains including Everest, Lhotse, Thamserku, Khangtega, Ama Dablam and many more. After enjoying a quick tea and coffee break to the views, we will continue towards Khumjung village to visit Sir Edmund Hillary's famous "Schoolhouse in the Clouds." This is the first school in the Khumbu region, built in 1961 with the help of Sir Edmund Hillary and The Himalayan Trust. The school originally opened with only two classrooms but has since expanded to cater for over 350 students of different ages. After visiting, we descend and follow the trail for approx 25 minutes to our new exclusive campsite at Kyangjuma. Overnight: Private eco-campsite

Meals:  B,L,D

If the weather is clear, the mountain views as we approach Namche Bazaar are outstanding. As we approach the end of our trek, we have time to peruse the Tibetan shops for souvenirs or even wander the Sherpa capital and relax with a coffee. Leaving Namche we descend through the forest towards the Dudh Kosi, and continue our return journey crossing and re-crossing the river. It will seem like a long time since we ascended through the villages on our first days of the trek, as we have witnessed many stunning views on our trek into the highest mountain range in the world. We exit Sagarmatha National Park and reach Monjo for our overnight camp. Overnight: private eco-camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Retracing our steps along the valley, we pass through a variety of settlements and forests before a gentle climb to Lukla. We savour our final mountain sunsets of the trek as we complete this exhilarating journey. Our last evening of the trek is a perfect time to celebrate a successful journey and say thanks to the team, especially the porters who will return to their villages from here. Overnight: eco-lodge

Meals:  B,L,D

We fly to Kathmandu, a thrilling take off followed by a patch work quilt of terraced fields, forest and villages, with the Himalayan chain to the north. On arrival, we transfer to the Pagoda Guest House. The rest of the day is free to relax. Accommodation: Pagoda Guest House

Meals:  B,D

You will visit two schools which Newington College have had a long and fulfilling relationship with. Here you will meet the students and staff and have opportunities to experience what school life in Kathmandu is like, and also play a game of football with the students. A celebratory farewell dinner will be enjoyed tonight. Accommodation: Pagoda Guest House

Meals:  B,D

Our day in Kathmand is at leisure as our flight is not due to depart until late this evening. There will be time for a relaxed wander through the the streets as well as some time for some last minute shopping in the local stores. After an early dinner you will transfer to the airport for your onwards flight. Depart on Singapore Airlines flight at around 2300.

Meals:  B

You will arrive in Sydney today at around 2120. A very warm welcome awaits!

Meals:  Nil

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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

Reduced Inequalities:  To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

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.

Partnerships For The Goals:  Revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

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 citizens to help them deal with adverse situations in life.


  • Return economy flights from Sydney to Kathmandu (including taxes and fuel surcharges)
  • 20 breakfasts, 16 lunches & 19 dinners (safe drinking water on trek)
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, & required vehicle transportation
  • Flights from Lukla to Kathmandu US$200 approx
  • Expert bilingual group leader, sirdar, assistant guides and kitchen staff
  • Extensive group medical kit carried at all times
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu (Bhaktapur) at the Pagoda Guesthouse
  • Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fibre filled jacket, insulated mat and a souvenir World Expeditions Schools kit bag
  • All park entrance fees, trekking permits and sightseeing entrance fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porters insurance
  • Extensive sightseeing program throughout the Kathmandu Valley
  • Airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Tips for trekking crew
  • 15% Paddy Pallin Voucher for pre-trip purchases
  • Trip accompanied by staff from Newington College

  • 3 x lunches in Kathmandu
  • Approx $300 - $400 per student fundraising - not be seen as an out of pocket expense as we encourage this amount to be fundraised through school sanctioned events.
  • Aerated drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, email, laundry, etc
  • Nepal Visa
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory through Newington College (cost TBC)



This trip involves trekking for up to six or seven hours a day at a steady pace. These trips do not spend extensive time at altitudes above 4000m. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health. * Suggested preparation: 1 hour 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 strongly recommended.

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

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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