Volunteering and Annapurna Sunrise Trek - 13 Days

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Destination: Nepal Trip Cost: $1090 USD
Group size: 1-12 people Max-Altitude: 3,210 m / 10,529 ft
Arrival on: Kathmandu, Nepal Departure from: Kathmandu, Nepal
Meals: Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara, all meals during the trek and volunteering
Accommodation: 2 star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara, homestay and/or teahouses during the trek

Trip Introduction

Participate in our community and travel activities for an opportunity to experience the natural beauty of Nepal and get acquainted with the local communities. The Nepalese are very friendly and accept visitors in no time as their own and create an everlasting bond, making departure a sad experience.

During the trip you will be taking part in the Nepalese education and health systems as well as reconstruction and rehabilitation as per your skill and interest. Volunteering in Orphanages and Elderly Care Centers are also options. The trek, on the other hand, will start from Pokhara after the volunteering activities. We will trek in world’s most popular trekking destinations, the Annapurna region, enjoying the diverse Nepalese landscape and watch amazing views of the sunrise amidst the mighty Himalayas. The 5 day trek starts from Pokhara uphill towards exotic places like Ulleri, Ghorepani and the Poon hill.

You can choose from the following volunteering services as per your interest:

  • Schools (Teaching, Experience Sharing, Taking Extra Classes, Helping Children with their Homework)
  • Orphanages: Teaching, Experience Sharing, Helping children with their studies, facilitating and participating in extra-curricular activities.
  • Health Centers: Assisting doctor or head care provider with daily work, office work (documenting, classifying drugs, etc), experience sharing, carrying out health checkups under guidance for those with enough training.
  • Elderly Care Centers: Elderly Care Centers take care of old, poor and helpless elders providing them with basic facilities of life. Helping staffs in their daily work, talking with old people (providing company), experience sharing and mostly taking part in daily activities.

The April and May earthquake shook the physical infrastructures of Nepal. 500,000 houses were damaged, 14 out of 75 districts are said to be effected, 2.8 Million people were deemed to require Humanitarian Assistance and around 8 Million people were directly or indirectly affected by the disaster. Education and Health facilities are the sectors that require special attention in order to ensure smooth flow of the communal services and development.

Our 13 days volunteering opportunity can be the perfect choice to gain some cross-cultural experience, provide humanitarian assistance, and help in reconstruction.  While volunteering and providing help also relieve your muscles in the relaxing environment of Pokhara and trek hard to the adventures of the Annapurna.

Advantage to the community and volunteers:

An organization, like a school, can greatly benefit from people around the world in sense of providing a platform of cross-cultural experience to the students. Besides brainstorming and knowledge sharing, local schools also earn goodwill for including volunteering activities in their organization.

Health posts or sub-health posts can be a great way for analyzing the health status of the community since most of the health related services are delivered through them.

Taking part in Reconstruction will provide one of the most sought resources to the community, manpower. Besides doing the physicals, volunteers with construction knowledge can be of a great help, although just providing manual labor is more than enough.

Home stay during volunteering, on the other hand, contributes positively to the community both in terms of economy and promotion.

Why volunteer with us?

We are a leading travel and tour company working in the Tourism Sector for more than 23 years. We are also a socially committed organization and are involved in social initiation for keeping the environment clean and internalizing zero waste policy. We are allied with “The International Ecotourism Society” and “Leave No Trace”. We have been actively conducting volunteering and communal services alongside mountaineering and touring activities.

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu [1300 m/4264 ft]
Upon our arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, we will be warmly greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier. After completion of our custom formalities (Visa, etc), we pick up our luggage and look for our representative with Himalayan Glacier Trekking display board at the arrival gate. We will be then escorted to hotels in Kathmandu. After check in, we can either take a rest or hang around in the city or visit Himalayan Glacier's office. In the evening, there will be a welcome dinner hosted by Himalayan Glacier at The Ship Restaurant Bar & Lounge. For dinner, you will be served excellent authentic Nepalese cuisine which will introduce you to the Nepalese food culture.
Included meals:D
Day 02-06: Volunteering Activities
Regarding your interest, we will take you to your volunteering scene where you will spend the coming 5 days working in either a school, a health post or reconstruction as per to your interest. The ‘Social Efforts Coordinator’ from Himalayan Glacier will arrange all activities and establish a working contract between you and the host so that work goes smoothly. We will organize your groups for home stay with locals. If you are planning to volunteer around Kathmandu, accommodation will be arranged either back at the first hotel or near the volunteering spot. A good farewell programme will be organized and Day 6 will be the last day for work. After this, we are finally ready for some adventure together.
Included meals:BLD
Day 07: Departure from volunteering activities, arrive Pokhara [823m/2700ft]

Early morning departure from volunteering will bring us to the city of Lakes, Pokhara. Pokhara is one of the most tourist-friendly places in Nepal where you can take part in wide range of activities. The ever calm Phewa Lake is nearby where you can relax watching the reflection of Mount Fishtail on the waters. A day off on this city will calm us down and prepare us for the next adventure. For now, we will just get lost in the Pokhreli beauty.

Overnight in Pokhara.
Included meals:B
Day 08: Drive to Nayapul [1,010 m/3310ft] and trek to Ulleri [2,070m/6790ft]
After a day off in Pokhara we will drive to Nayapul and from there start our trek to Ulleri. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Included meals:BLD
Day 09: Ulleri to Ghorepani [2750 m/ 9020 ft]: 4 - 5 hrs trek
We make our ascent to the Ghorepani village. The name Ghorepani in Nepali means horse-water owing to its role as an important campsite for traders before it became a trekker's stop. Ghorepani is an interesting place with small shops and stalls for selling local products and craft. The town has two parts: one in a saddle and the other a few hundred feet lower. We stop at the higher part of the Ghorepani village that offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains including Annapurna South and Nilgiri mountains. Since Ghorepani lies quite higher than our previous stop, we begin to feel the chilly weather especially in the evenings. Overnight at Ghorepani.
Included meals:BLD
Day 10: Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani [2700m/8,860 ft]: 6 - 7 hrs
Today will be a special day because we conquer Poon Hill- an icon of Annapurna region. To catch the magnificent splendor of sunrise over the Himalayas, we make an early morning climb along the steep trail to the viewpoint of Poon Hill (3200mtrs). Poon Hill (3,210m/10,529ft) is a great viewpoint from where we will be able to enjoy wonderful panoramic views of the Mustang part and Pokhara valleys including the closest views of more than 20 highest mountains including the close-up views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. The snowy peaks of the high mountains loom above and around us glowing in the morning light. After taking photos and having some coffee or tea or hot chocolate, we return back to Gorepani. Upon breakfast, we head east and climb a nearby ridge. We descend through rhododendron forest, pass by spectacular waterfalls along the way and reach Tadapani for overnight.
Included meals:BLD
Day 11: Tadapani to Ghandruk to Pokhara [1,940m/6,360 ft] : 5-6 hrs trek and 1 hour drive

From Tadapani, we make a steep descent through the dense and dark forest. This part of the trek will be through a thick forest of old rhododendron trees. After trekking some more minutes, we enter the village of Ghandruk, a slope settlement with stone houses mostly inhabited by the Gurung people. After enjoying the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiuchuli mountains, we continue our trek to Nayapul from where we will drive back to Pokhara.Overnight in Pokhara.

Included meals:BL
Day 12: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu: 5-6 hours
We will leave Pokhara in the early morning in a Tourist-class comfortable Vehicle. Upon our arrival in Kathmandu, we will be dropped-off at our hotel. Visiting nearby 'Garden of Dreams' or simply wandering in the streets of Kathmandu are some of the many things which you can do as an option to resting in the hotel. The day ends with a farewell dinner that includes delicious Nepali local cuisines with Himalayan Glacier Representatives. After that you may choose to spend some time in romantic bars and clubs of Thamel or simply get a good night sleep preparing for next day's departure journey back home. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Included meals:BD
Day 13: Farewell To Our Guest
Our journey in Nepal comes to an end today! Himalayan Glacier escorts us to the airport for our flight time. Approximately 3 hours before our scheduled flight, a representative from Himalayan Glacier will escort us to the airport and bid farewell greetings. On our way to home, we will have plenty of time to plan our next adventure in the wonderful country like Nepal.
Included meals:B

Important Note

Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Important Note: Your safety is of paramount concern while traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.

Included in the Cost

  • All airport/hotel transfers
  • 2 Star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara (both on B.B basis). Home stay during volunteering and teahouse during the trek
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All accommodation and meals during the activities (volunteer/trek)
  • Domestic Transportation as per itinerary by local and tourist bus
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), assistant trek leader (4 trekkers: 1 assistant guide) and Sherpa porters to carry luggage (2 trekkers:1 porter) including their salary, insurance, equipment, flight, food and lodging
  • Down jacket, four seasonal sleeping bag, Himalayan Glacier Trekking duffel bag, t-shirt, and trekking map (down jacket and sleeping bag are to be returned after trip completion)
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS )
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • All government and local taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs )
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara(and also in the case of early return from the mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara because of early arrival, late departure, and early return from the mountain(due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.

Accommodations

2 Star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, home stay during the volunteering and tea houses during the trek. (Accommodation services may depend based on volunteering organization or place, and demands some flexibility).

Leader(s) & Staff Arrangements

For Volunteering , we will have a staff to ensure all guidelines with the organization/place where we will work. Home Stays will also be taken care of in advance so that there will be no hassle at the time of staying. You will be briefed clearly about the activities you will be doing and places where you will stay to make your volunteering experience a nice one. Himalayan Glacier will stay in continuous communication with your host before and during you stay with the organization/host.

The Annapurna Trek: The most significant thing that makes traveling with us successful, enjoyable and memorable is the skilled, experienced, courteous and helpful trek leader and the crew members with ability of operating our days in the mountain smoothly. Our trip will be led by the best and most professional leaders. All of Himalayan Glacier's trekking leaders are carefully selected on the basis of their appropriate experience, leadership skills and personal aptitude. With an objective of sustaining local communities Himalayan Glacier only employs Nepalese staffs who have adequate knowledgeable about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of Nepal. Trek leaders of Himalayan Glacier are also trained with following trainings to make them educated on potential medical issues during their trek, biodiversity and environmental issues, and English language etc:

  • Intensive Wilderness First Aid
  • Trekking Guide Training
  • Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
  • English Language
  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Rock climbing, Ice Climbing and Mountaineering (for expedition leaders)
To meet our team, check out the Guide ProfilePage.

Porter Care

Though often overlooked, it is no exaggeration to say the entire trekking and expedition industry in Nepal is built on the basis of hard working local porters. It is their tireless efforts of carrying supplies, equipments and baggage that make journeying to these remote areas possible. So it is very unfortunate that they have endured a history of exploitation and abuse at the hands of the industry. In an effort to combat this, Himalayan Glacier is firmly committed to porter rights. Himalayan Glacier further ensures all our porters should be well treated, well paid, well sheltered, well clothed and should have good footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members. Himalayan Glacier has previously used helicopters at its own expense to rescue porters from dangerous situations. And for the porter's sake, Himalayan Glacier request to all the trekkers to keep their luggage bag weight under 15kgs/33 pounds. Himalayan Glacier supports the work of the International Porter Protection Group(IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.

Environmental Concerns

Nepal is stunningly beautiful, but equally fragile. Future generations have just as much of a right to appreciate it as we do and so the tourism industry has an obligation to protect and preserve it. Himalayan Glacier employs a 'zero impact' policy on the natural environment and the traditional communities that live there. Himalayan Glacier, therefore, enforces number of do's and don'ts. Himalayan Glacier's experienced staffs can advise us on how to minimize our impact on the local environment. To find out more about the clean-up campaigns and environmental awareness events, Himalayan Glacier works with KEEP.

Acclimatization

Volunteering and Annapurna Sunrise Trek is an easy trek for all levels. No precaution for AMS is necessary as maximum altitude attained would be 3200m/10499ft at Poon Hill. Himalayan Glacier advises specially the guest(s) with known heart or lungs or blood diseases to consult their doctor before traveling. Volunteering activities will also not exceed the maximum altitude mentioned above.

Physical Condition & Experience Requirements

Himalayan Glacier's Volunteering and Annapurna Sunrise trek is moderate trek suitable for passionate walkers who have ability to walk at least 6-8 hours a day with a light day pack. Volunteering with require interest and ability to work for 5-6 hours every day but the working hours can be increased or decreased on  mutual consent.

Walking in higher altitude is physically demanding than walking in the lower altitudes; however, if we are in excellent health with average physical fitness and have positive attitude, self confidence and strong determination, we can accomplish this Trek successfully. Exercising and jogging regularly for some weeks prior of the trip is good idea to enhance our strength and stability. Past hiking experience would be an asset but no technical skill is required for this trip. It is vital to consult with our doctor before we decide and set up for the Annapurna Base Camp Trek. Participants with preexisting medical conditions such as heart, lung, and blood disease should inform Himalayan Glacier before booking the trek. If we want to do the same trek in rather relaxed way, Himalayan Glacier has 16-days itinerary for Annapurna Base Camp trek too.

Volunteering, on the other hand is possible with or without prior experience. The only things it demands are high level of interest and commitment to work with flexibility.

Best Time to Travel

Best time for Nepal Volunteer Trek: Autumn (mid Sept to mid Dec) and spring (March to May) are the best seasons for Nepal Volunteer Trek. Winter (Dec, Jan, and Feb) and summer are also favorable.

Equipments & Packing List

You are advised to consider the following equipments as essentials while packing. Please use this list as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.  We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and some gears found here are imported from China and are obviously of better quality. We can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.

The gears in the list below with an asterisk (*) are also served by Himalayan Glacier inclusively in the service. But if we prefer to choose or like to use our own private piece, Himalayan Glacier encourages bringing our own. Further it will be better to remember that at the start of the trek, apart from our day pack, our luggage that will be carried by porters. Since, luggages have weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg.

Head:
  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Light balaclava or warm fleece hat
  • Sunglasses with UV protection
Lower Body:
  • Under Garments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Lightweight cotton long pants
  • Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms
  • Fleece or wool pants (seasonal)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
Feet:
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
Upper Body:
  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
Hands:
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
Accessories:
  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC *
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag *
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
Toiletries:
  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
Personal Hygiene:
  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
Extras/Luxuries:
  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • Walkman
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684

Source:www.himalayanglacier.com