- Trip Code: ATH381
- Best Season: Janaury to June, September to December.
- Country Visited: Nepal
- Trip Start: Kathmandu
- Trip Ends: Kathmandu
- Destination: Gorkha/Arupokhari
- Activity: Volunteering/Day Hike
- Group Size: Min. 1 pax pax
- Activity Per Day: Approximately 3-4 hrs volunteering in health post per day and recreational activities such as hiking, visits to the temple and witch-doctor etc.
- Trip Category: Volunteering Program
- Combines philanthropy and adventure in a remote village where not many venture into.
- Scenic road drive
- Guided sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Enough opportunities to witness the traditional lifestyle and culture of the common Nepalese people.
- Welcome Ceremony on day 05 and volunteering activities in the local health post
- Trek from and to Arughat
- Fishing in the Budi Gandaki and other Stull Rivers
- Hike to the neighboring villages, or to the nearby hills to get a great glimpse of the sunrise and the sunset.
- Community support by helping the local people be aware of health conditions.
Our Gorkha Health post Volunteer Program (GHVP) mobilizes medical personnel and health experts to the remote area where the government is unable to provide formal health care. With health infrastructure alack, many people in rural villages are required to travel impossible distances just to receive basic medical attention. Further, superstition and orthodox methods of treatment is persistent in remote villages. Witchdoctors and shamans are revered as all-cures because there is no access to modern medicine.
Our work is particularly focused on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), as well as nutrition and immunizations targeted at women and children and exposure of rural Nepali people to modern medicine. In addition to volunteers, we are seeking supporters and contributors to establish a health post in the Manbu Village, about 6hrs from Arupokhari by road. We plan to construct an advanced facility, fully equipped and staffed, which would serve more than 3,000 locals from thirty different villages.
The program is coordinated by Sambhav Nepal, a Non-Government Organization. The main motive of our company to organize such trip is to help its CSR Company to reach the top level and try our best to minimize the health problems sustained in the community. Through collaborative efforts, the Arupokhari Volunteer for Health post Development Program was conceived.
- Day 01- Arrive at Tribhuvan International airport (1345meters). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 02- Meeting in the Ace official, language tutoring and half day sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
- Day 03- Half-day guided sightseeing tour. Preparations for village departure. Overnight at hotel.
- Day 4- Early morning departure to Ratmaté (a small village of Arupokhari located in Gorkha district) on private 4WD SUV. Same day we will have initial meeting with local. 7 hours drive and 1.5 hours trek. Overnight at local houses or volunteer house.
- Day 5 to 12- Welcome Ceremony on day 05 and volunteering activities in the Arupokhari and Aruchanaute health post. Overnight at local houses or volunteer house.
- Day 13- Farewell Program and a day of reflection and exploration. Overnight at local houses or volunteer house.
- Day 14– One hour trek to Arughat Bazar and drive back to Kathmandu, 7 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 15- Transfer to the airport for your final departure.
The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.
Transportation in the region may not always be reliable because even in 4WD vehicles, stranded trucks and buses, car accidents, heavy rain and landslides may ground all vehicles for hours on end. You must always be prepared to trek to the destination (accompanied by our staff guides) during such unforeseen circumstances. In an event that the 4WD SUV cannot take you to the final destination, there will be no refund of the transportation cost incurred because the above will already be accounted for in advance. If trekking is necessary, you can be assured that the route trails through the most pristine and traditional villages, exposing you to the traditional Nepalese culture and lifestyle up-close. Manaslu and the Ganesh mountain ranges as well as parts of the Annapurna range are visible from the path, and will make the trek well worth it.
The lifestyle and way of the people in these small villages are authentic displays of traditional culture in Nepal, with very little influence of westernization unlike the cities. Because of this, Volunteers should be aware that they may experience a little culture shock on their arrival.
- Villagers speak louder and more aggressively than volunteers may be used to, although this is simply normal conversation.
- Physical disciplining (such as hitting and using the strap) are common and old practice in Government schools, and although the Government is working on phasing this out, it will take some time.
- Some traditional cultural practices involved animal cruelty. Animals are sacrificed in traditional Hindu festivals and in other cultural activities such as visits to the witch doctor.
- Many people in the village smoke cigarettes.
- Hygiene levels are often much lower in the villages, as local people have a much higher capacity for infection. It is helpful for volunteers to be aware of this when interacting with children and accepting food from villagers, so that they may reduce chances of getting sick.