does 28 Day Nepal Road Trip Involve?
Why Involvement Volunteers International?
PROJECT NAME: 28 DAY NEPAL ROAD TRIP
LOCATION: KATHMANDU, CHITWAN, POKHARA & ANNAPURNA
START DATES: 1ST & 3RD MONDAY, EACH MONTH
ACCOMMODATION: VOLUNTEER HOUSE & GUEST HOUSE
MIN DURATION: 28 DAYS
MIN AGE: 16+
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: N/A
PROJECT COSTS: From US$1695 + APPLICATION FEE
Take part in a rewarding and unforgettable Nepalese experience spanning 4 weeks. You will work alongside local communities in teaching placements, orphanages and community development within various regions of Nepal. Visit fascinating places including Buddhist temples, Royal Chitwan National Park, river rafting down the Trisuli river, village hiking and light mountain climbing up Poon Hill. Take in the clean air and picturesque scenery with breathtaking views. Enjoy guided yoga and meditation classes and tune your body mind and spirit to this unique land. This is an active experience for those seeking real Nepalese culture combined with adventure and volunteering within authentic local communities. See dropdown section further down for full schedule.
Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is an incredible place! The contrast of decaying buildings, smell of incense, street sellers, historic temples and incredible mountain views will invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to learn more about the amazing history and culture. For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined.
- Meet and get to know your fellow volunteers
- Explore some of Nepal’s best sights
- Spend time volunteering on local projects
Food & Accommodation
All accommodation is included during your stay on our program within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Your stay will be comfortable, clean and secure with basic modern amenities.
(First & last week)
Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the large volunteer center has 4 bedrooms which hold up to 12 people maximum, with 3 to 4 people sharing one room. They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security.
Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc. For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost (approx US $150 p/room p/week). This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability.
Kathmandu accommodation includes 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine), 4-6 persons p/room and Wifi in public areas- quality is not the best though. You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan. There is also a T.V, DVD player, computer, Laundry facilities (at an additional fee), Lockable rooms, Hot shower, Private bathrooms, Bed Linen (no towels), Mosquito protection and Fans (no air-con).
(Second & third week)
You’ll stay in a local guest houses and/or tea houses along defined trekking routes. The rooms at the guest houses will generally accommodate 2 to 4 people on sharing basis, single gender. Single rooms are available if booked in advance and at extra cost. Hand washing your clothes will be a necessity.
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once per week. You can chose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.
This is a great all round project, combining both adventure, cutlure and volunteering. It’s a great way to meet new people if travelling solo.
- Arrival airport transfer
- 3 Meals p/day weekdays, 2 meals p/day weekends
- Accommodation (Volunteer Centers – shared dorm style rooms)
- Daily ground transportation (to/from project)
- Training & supervision as required
- Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
- 24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
- Touring & excursions as per itinerary
- Certificate of Completion
- Travel insurance (mandatory)
- Airfares & visa fees
- Additional tours, souvenirs, spending money
- Some daily local transport (depending on program eg. $2 p/day)
- Arrival airport pickup will be via dedicated transfer or tourist bus.
- Local travel to the projects and other sites will be by public transport with help from local staff
- Travel between destinations is via public transport (eg. tourist buses)
- Shared taxis for medium trips
- Walking for short trips!
Week 1 – Kathmandu
Kathmandu Arrive in Kathmandu and relax at the volunteer Centre. Get to know your fellow volunteers. Learn about the Nepalese culture through a series of introductory culture classes which are designed help you to develop your Nepalese language skills and deepen your understanding of the Nepalese way of life complete with details on rituals and customs. Learn about Nepal’s history and the religious influences which have shaped it.
Visit the local shops and markets with our staff, learning as you go what the local culture is and how to become a part of it. As part of your city tour and orientation you will also visit some amazing sites of such as the temple of Bouddhanath: one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Kathmandu whose ancient spherical stupa dominates the skyline and is one of the largest in the world.
Week 2 – Pokhara & Chitwan Adventure
Kathmandu Adventure Take part in a village hike where you can see rural day to day life (at its own relaxed pace) and see the many rice paddies and mountains. Then enjoy adventurous white water rafting on the scenic Trisuli River, a place where you will spend one night and two days. Then to the Royal Chiwan National Park which covers an impressive 360 square miles of land and is home to Bengal tigers and around 543 species of birds. Experience the exotic wildlife of Nepal for two nights and three days. Spend some time sight-seeing in the charming town of Pokhara, the second largest city in Nepal, which is home to three of the largest mountains in the world.
There is a stunning view of the Himalayas from the northern skyline here.
Week 3 – Mountain Trekking in Annapurna region
Head to the Annapurna region for an Adventure Trek up the Poon Hill (3,190m, 10,465 ft.) which is the viewpoint for two of the largest mountains in the world: Annapurna (8,091m, 26,545 ft.) and Dhaulagiri (8,167m, 26,794 ft.). This fulfilling quest will take five days and reward you with views of priceless beauty.
You will receive a relaxing massage on the way back. You can then take part in a Yoga and Meditation session. With ample time set aside especially for some moments of profound quiet which will enable you to reflect upon on the vast and beautiful sights you have encountered and those that are yet to come.
Week 4 Volunteer Placement Kathmandu
Volunteering in Kathmandu at the local school or in an orphanage or earthquake rebuilding efforts. The coordinators who are specially trained will help you throughout the course of your stay in Nepal with us and provide you with reassurance and assistance when you need it. Letting you feelnot only a part of the local culture but that you also gave something back to it. Volunteer Placement include:
- Teaching in Local Schools
- Orphanage programs
- Medical program
- Teaching in Buddhist Monasteries
- Renovation projects
- Organic Farm/Community development
The weekends are always open for your leisure. The local team will assist you in organising additional travel plans with heaps of local knowledge. Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience all its own. Thamel, Kathmandu’s tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, woodcarvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores, offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.
What to Bring
Toiletries, mobile phone, adequate clothing for cold and wet weather, mosquito repellent, prescription medication, basic first aid kit, a torch, photo or video camera and a hat.
Nepal is one of the most beautiful and culturally rich countries in the world. Nepal ﬁrst opened its borders to outsiders in the 1950s. It is home to Mount Everest, the birthplace of Buddha, and an astonishingly beautiful landscape, ranging from the well-known peaks of the Himalaya to the low-lying regions of the Terai.
The Nepali people are as diverse at the geography, with over 70 languages or dialects and scores of traditional festivals celebrated throughout the year.
However, Nepal is also one of the most under-developed countries in the world, with low rates of literacy, high rates of poverty and a persistent gender imbalance. The government is frequently unable to provide adequate education and health facilities throughout the country and both urban and rural areas are forced to live without necessary resources to promote growth and development of their communities.
Nepal is a year round destination, and the cliate can vary between the North and South regions. The best overall times to visit are during spring and autumn (particually for trekking).
December to Febuary is winter, and it can get extremely cold in the mountains (down to sub zero). Summer in this region has a pleasent temperature but still bring some warmer clothing for the evenings.
Summer in southern Nepal can get extremely hot (plus 40°C) in some areas. Winter temperatures in this area can range from 7°C to 23°C.
Kathmandu has a pleasent climate on average. The monsoon rains start from June to September in Nepal.
The majority of Nepalis are either Hindus or Buddhists, but there are many other religions here too like Islam, Christianity, Jainism and Sikhism. You will find many temples and monasteries around Nepal. The right hand is used for important things such as passing money, eating and the giving of gifts.
Nepalese people love their food and much of it has been influenced by Indian and Tibetan cultures. Nepali people have a lot of respect for elders and will call each other didi (“older sister”), bahini (“younger sister”), etc, even if they are not actually related. The family unit is very strong and having a close knit family is important for the local people.
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