- Trip Code: ATH390
- Best Season: January to June and September to December
- Country Visited: Nepal
- Trip Start: Kathmandu
- Trip Ends: Kathmandu
- Destination: Gorkha & Annapurna
- Trip Route: Kathmandu-Gorkha Village-Pokhara-Nayapul- Ghorepani-Poon Hill-Ghandruk -Nayapul-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Trip Style: Guided Constructive Activities and lodge to lodge trek
- Activity: Volunteering/Day Hike
- Group Size: Minimum 2 to maximum 200 pax
- Activity Per Day: Approximately 3 to 5 hrs of volunteering activities per day in village and 4 to 5 hrs walking per days during the trek.
- Trip Category: Volunteering Program
- Beautiful scenic view while driving to Gorkha village.
- Rebuilding activities in the village.
- Constructive work with the involvement of locals.
- Sunrise and sunset with excellent mountain views from Poon Hill
- Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk village
- Walking through colorful rhododendron forests
- Short and easy trek in Annapurna
On April 25, 2015, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Himalayan nation of Nepal causing large scale destruction. As of now, the number of deaths is about 9,000, the number of the injured is more than 13,000 and about 8 million Nepali people have been affected. It is the deadliest natural disaster in Nepal in more than 81 years.
The scale of destruction is so grand that Nepal alone can’t deal with it and therefore we need the help of foreigners like you. We have designed this voluntourism itinerary in such a way that you at first spend your time in rebuilding activities in the remote villages of Gorkha which lie at the epicenter of the deadly earthquake. And then you trek in Annapurna region, where the effect of the earthquake is less and trekking is possible and safe.
For volunteering, we have chosen Gorkha for deploying the foreign volunteers like you because, first, the epicenter of the devastating earthquake was in this region. Second, it is the remote part of Nepal and close to Tibet, away from city like Kathmandu, so earthquake disaster relief hasn’t reached here as much as it should. The people of Gorkha are helpless, suffering and need your help. And third, most of our trekking guides and porters from local company Ace the Himalaya is from Gorkha region. They have lost their houses but luckily none of them have lost their family members.
So, when you book this trip and come to Nepal, you will be doing a great service to the earthquake-affected people of Gorkha. These people haven’t got enough assistance from the government. They are helpless. It’s people like you who they need in rebuilding their houses and carrying on with their lives. We truly appreciate if you come to help us!
- Day 01- Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 m).Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
- Day 02– Trip orientation at breakfast and same day drive to Gorkha. Overnight at a tented camp.
- Day 3 to 6-The Rebuilding Activities. Overnight at a tented camp.
- Day 7- Drive to Pokhara (900 m).Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
- Day 8- Drive to Nayapul (1,010 m) and Trek to Ulleri (2,070 m) – 4 hours. Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 9- Trek to Ghorepani (2,840 m) – 5 hours .Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 10- Hike Up to Poon Hill (3,210 m) and Trek to Ghandruk (1,940 m) – 8 hours.Overnight at a guesthouse.
- Day 11- Trek to Nayapul and Drive to Pokhara – 5 hours. Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 12- Drive to Kathmandu and Farewell Dinner .Overnight at a hotel.
- Day 13- Transfer to the airport for your final departure
Design of the House
The house will be big enough to accommodate 4 to 6 people, and will have 3 rooms: 1 large common family room, 1 average size room for a couple, 1 store/kitchen. Toilets are outside in villages and most of them are in usable condition.
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.