Overview

 Highlights


  • Participate in a meaningful agriculture regeneration program for Nepalese women
  • Be swept away by breathtaking views of the Dhaulagiri & Annapurna ranges
  • Wander old yak herder trails to Upper Phulbari, above the level of often visited Poon Hill
  • Explore Kathmandu and Pokhara's vibrant streets and ancient sites
  • Full group and trek support with our Sherpa crew
  • Trek through small Nepalese villages

This regenerative service program has the students helping to construct a greenhouse and worm farm to provide the organic fertiliser necessary to create strong cultivation outcomes for the local community. We combine this service program with a stunning full participation trek in the Annapurna region. We team up with local NGO T-HELP to implement our service program and help train local female farmers in the techniques of vermicomposting. We trek through small farming communities and villages, into the location of our service program, gaining an understanding of the local environment and terrain gaining incomparable views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges.

Countries:

Start and Finishing Point:

Kathmandu

Activities:

Grading:Moderate   

Addressing:


After all the planning and preparation the wait if finally over. On arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by your World Expeditions guide and transferred to your hotel in Kathmandu. Here we will have a pre-trek and safety briefing and arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fibrefill jacket. We will also have the opportunity for a Nepali language lesson so you will be able to practise speaking Nepali with the local peoples you encounter on your journey. You will see by the smiles on the local people that a little effort goes a long way! This evening we will head out for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight: Kathmandu Hotel

Meals:  D

This morning we have time to explore Kathmandu’s bustling streets and significant landmarks. We will start by exploring the city’s two most important World Heritage Listed spiritual sites: Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most sacred Hindu temple; and Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and the most sacred Tibetan Buddhist shrine outside of Tibet. This afternoon we will meet with our NGO partner T-HELP who are helping World Expeditions implement the vermicomposting program. Overnight: Kathmandu Hotel

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we take a flight west to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest town (820m) (2460 ft). On arrival 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) (20,979 ft), Hiunchuli (6441m) (19,323 ft) and Annapurna South (7219m) (21,657 ft) can be seen from our immediate viewpoint. 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.

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 at exclusive eco-comfort camp. Walking time: approximately 4 hours

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. This is the last stop before we head into the more uninhabited regions of our trek. Walking time: approximately 4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Leaving the main trekking trail we continue to ascend on a less defined path through old growth forest where we may be fortunate enough to see Himalayan Thar, Hyrax or Ressus and Langur monkeys. Eventually we rise above the tree line and gain stunning views of the Annapurna Himal, our lunch spot will most likely be a yak pasture at Timuje perched high on the hillside with fantastic views of Annapurna South and Himul Chuli. Following our lunch break we ascend steeply to the ridge where spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and it's surrounding peaks unfold before us. This section of the trek is magnificent and we are now well off the main trail. Continuing down the opposite side of the ridge we drop into smaller rhododendron forest and arrive at our remote campsite high on the hillside overlooking the valley. Walking time: approximately 6 - 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We descend steeply from our lodge towards a stream and pass through the village of Chistibung. Today's route takes us through heavily forested terrain. Overnight in our exclusive eco-comfort camp in Swantha. Walking time: approximately 6 -7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

A short walk brings us to Chitre where 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 our lunch stop at Ghorepani. This is a large village which is on the main tourist trail. You may wish to wander through the bazaar following lunch, as there are many Tibetan wares on display, and also a bakery or two. After lunch we continue to Phulbari, the site for our conservation regeneration service program. Our program is in partnership with local Nepalese NGO T-HELP (Trans-Himalayan Environment and Livelihood Program) run by professor, Dr Ananda. Our aim is to build a greenhouse and worm farm for local farmers to access for vermicomposting and bio-pesticide use. Vermicomposting and bio-pesticide reduces the use of chemicals which creates healthier soil, reduces water pollution and biodiversity loss and is better for the health of those ingesting the food grown in the soil. Sustainable farming practices creates sustainable livelihoods for marginalised farmers in the area.

Meals:  B,L,D

The views in the early morning are tremendous, with forested foot hills as a fore ground and some of the world's greatest mountain ranges surrounding us. If you are up early enough, the glow of the rising sun catches Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Annapurna. Our trail takes us through beautiful forests of rhododendrons, fir, pine, cedar and bamboo, there are many small trails through the forest, and we are unlikely to see any other westerners in this section of the trek. Eventually we emerge to open grassland ridges that offer a particularly pleasant trekking experience, before descending to a pretty lunchspot in a narrow valley skirted by multicoloured rhododendron bushes. From here there are three trails, we take the south trail which leads us to our exclusive eco-comfort camp at Les Par (Swarga). Walking time: approximately 6 - 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Trekking along the ridge of Bharmakot Dhanda we gain excellent views of Annapurna South, Machapuchare, Hiunchuli and the Manaslu ranges. Ghibrang is a delightful village, largely untouched by western influence, and our exclusive eco-comfort camp offers yet more stunning views in a peaceful terraced setting amidst this pretty village. Walking time: approximately 4 - 5 hoiurs

Meals:  B,L,D

Have your trekking poles at the ready today as our descent is approx. 1000m. We pass through interesting villages situated on steep rocky hills and terraces. The villages we pass are mixed communities of predominantly Gurung, Brahmin & Chettri. The final descent into Nayapul is 20 minutes on stone stairs. Here we will have a quick lunch break and then board the bus for Pokhara. Once settled in we highly recommend you take a stroll down to the lake at Pokhara, there are many stores selling Tibetan wares which are less expensive than Kathmandu. The main street running along the lake is vibrant and an interesting place to sit and watch the world go by. Overnight: hotel Walking time: approximately 3 - 4 hours

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.

Meals:  B

After breakfast we will transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

Meals:  B


Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

No Poverty:  Economic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality.

Zero Hunger:  The food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication.

Gender Equality:  Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.

Decent Work And Economic Growth:  Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs.

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.

Responsible Production and Consumption:  Responsible Production and Consumption

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

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 regenerative travel 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.


Inclusions

  • Teachers travelling on the journey
  • Meals as per your itinerary
  • All local transport
  • Expert bilingual guide and full Sherpa support team
  • Group medical kit
  • Good quality hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Accommodation on trek in a combination of eco lodges, and our private eco camps
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment
  • Porter's insurance
  • Flights (if required)

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

Grading

Moderate

On a moderate trek physical activity will generally not exceed eight hours in a day, and altitudes generally not exceeding 5,500 metres. On a moderate adventure the physical activity is sustained and travelers should be comfortable with occasional rough terrain. At any stage of a moderate trek you can expect long steep climbs and descents and a wide range of weather conditions. An example of an average day on moderate trek could include several ascents and descents of 500 metres or more, level ground is rare in the mountains. To prepare for a moderate trek you should begin training at least three months before your departure. As a benchmark, an hour of aerobic exercise three times per week would be considered a minimum requirement. The best preparation is bushwalking involving relatively steep ascents and descents. If you can manage a couple of valley floor to ridgeline ascents per bushwalk, albeit with stops along the way, you know you can cope with a moderately graded trek. Speed is not important, stamina, confidence and rhythm are.


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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