Nepal

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Project Description

Nepal is anything but the average travel destination. This magnificent country lies along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges.

If you love hiking or trekking, then this country is definitely one to put on your bucket list. For a truly perspective altering travel experience, the less-crowded Annapurna Trek is worth the effort. Scattered with suspension bridges and prayer flags, this 2-3 week journey takes you through a multitude of ecosystems as you ascend through the jungles, pines and high desert of Nepal’s enchanting Himalayas. All that trekking will work up an appetite, and there’s not a better place than Nepal to taste the local Dal Bhat and the rich spices accompanying the savory lentils, rice and legendary naan bread.

The picturesque city of Pokhara is a must-see. This Himalayan town is home to the Tal Barahi Temple: a 2-story pagoda that sits on an island in the lake. You won’t be disappointed by this culturally rich and scenically spectacular country. Since many world religions are rooted in this country, it is rich in holy sites and religious festivals.  Roam the old city of Kathmandu and visit the palaces or enjoy a jungle safari. You may be lucky enough to see a sloth-bear, red panda, gharial or wild bengal tiger. Whether you are trekking or tasting the local cuisine, Nepal is an excellent destination for budget conscious travelers.

Nepal is a landlocked country located on south east of Asia. It is the poorest country in South Asia and ranks as the twelfth poorest countries in the world.  Over 40% of Nepalese live on less than $14 per person, per month.

Over 80% of the population in Nepal live in rural areas and depend on farming to survive.  These families have no access to health care, education, clean drinking water and sanitation.   Half the children under the age of 5 have malnutrition and for every 1000 babies born in Nepal, 30 die before their first birthday.

Your volunteer experience will be spent working helping to build an orphanage along with participating in their feeding program.

After the 2015 earthquake that left almost 9000 people dead and many children orphans. Mission Nepal took children living in the streets in and gave them a home.

Until the orphanage is completed these children live in foster homes which is not ideal as families are being split,  but it gets them off the street and away from sex traffickers.  Currently 40 children (ages 3 ½ to 12) are living with various foster partners that are struggling to care for their own children.  Resources are stretched and everyone goes with a little less.

Activities

Light Construction – Hiking  – Walking

Dates: October 15 to 30th 2019

Trip Length: 15 Days and 14 Nights

Difficulty: Moderately Hard

Age appropriateness: 14+

Location: View map

Day #1

Welcome to Kathmandu the capital of Nepal. Upon arrival, you will be picked up by a local transportation company that will take you to your accommodation and introduce you to our partners on the ground.  Our project is located on the outskirts of Kathmandu.

The architecture in this great country is fascinating but be prepared for the rubble and poverty.  The contrasts that hit all your senses in Nepal are fascinating: the sounds, smells, views and overall feeling of being in another world. Kathmandu is situated in a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples and shrines, golden pagodas and interesting villages.

Your home for the next 4 days is simple but clean and comfortable.  Volunteering accommodation is not a 4-star experience!

Day #2 to 6

Your volunteer experience will be spent helping to build an orphanage along with participating in the children’s feeding program.  The walls of the orphanage are partly erected but will need to be completed, along with the windows and roof (this may change)

After the 2015 earthquake that left almost 9000 people dead and many children orphans. Our partners took as many  children off the street as possible and are trying to give them a home and a family. Until the orphanage is completed these children live in foster homes which is not ideal as siblings are being split, but it was the best option to get them off the street and away from sex traffickers and drug dealers. Currently 40 children are living with various foster partners that are struggling to care for their own children.  Resources are stretched and everyone goes with a little less.

Day #7

After your project is complete, you will drive 5 hours by bus to Chitwan.  Chitwan offers one of the finest wildlife experiences in Asia.  Over drinks in the evening enjoy a welcoming cultural show which is known as Tharu stick dance.

Day#8

Today you will be escorted by expert naturalist on various exciting activities including and elephant back safari, canoe ride and jungle walk.

Day #9

After breakfast you drive to Pokhara which is the second largest and the most beautiful city in Nepal. It is about a 5-hour drive from Chitwan. Upon arrival check in to the hotel before we will take you for quick ride around Fewa Lake. In the evening you have free time to explore on your own.

Day #10

For those who enjoying hiking you will be picked up after breakfast and taken to Phedi to begin your trek to Dhampus. Dhampus hill is short but rewarding that will take about 5 hours to trek.  On the hike to Dhampus  you will view amazing mountain ranges and meet and experience the daily lives of the villagers. The trek is suited for guests who wish to experience Nepal Mountain scenery and ethnic culture in a short time.

For our guests who do not have the stamina or desire to trek, wander around the edge of Chitwan Lake and enjoy the rest & relaxation.

Day #11

A free day for those who like to wander and shop, but for guests who love the outdoors here is another chance to walk. After breakfast hike to Sarangkot a beautiful and enjoyable walk in the middle hills of Nepal that lies near Pokhara, the beautiful lake city. The afternoon is at your own leisure to explore the beautiful lake side area or do some souvenir shopping.

Day #12

Our driver will pick you up and transport you to the airport where you will catch a 30 minute flight to  Kathmandu. On reaching Kathmandu check in to the hotel and take some time to explore on your own time.

Day #13

Today we take you on a 45 minute drive from Kathmadu to Bhaktapur, (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where you will spend the night. Bhaktapur is filled with monuments, mostly terracotta with carved wood columns, palaces and temples with elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. The city is dotted with pagodas and religious shrines. The Art Gallery has a fascinating collection of ancient manuscripts, Thangkas, centuries-old stone sculpture, antique paintings that belong to the Hindu and Buddhist traditions of various periods.

After Bhaktapur, you drive to Changu Narayan Temple which is considered to be the oldest temple in the history of Nepal. The ancient Hindu temple is located on top of a hill. The Manahara River flows beside the hill and the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Explore the temple and the surround areas.

You will then drive another 45 minutes to Nagarkot which is at a height of 2300 m above sea level. Nagarkot commands a classic panorama of the Himalayan ranges. You can see many major peaks of the Himalayas, including Mount Everest on a clear day.  The sunset views from here are stunning.

Day #14

An early start this morning as you get to enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise and the beautiful Himalayan Panoramas while you enjoy a hearty breakfast.  Walk through the village as be a part of the local life, as they set up their businesses for the day.

In the afternoon we drive back to Kathmandu and continue the sightseeing to the 2000 years old Swoyambhunath Stupa, (UNESCO World heritage site) also known as the monkey temple. The temple charms with its great dazzling Stupa, while at the same time offers a marvelous view of Kathmandu Valley.

After Patan durbar square visit to Khokana. Khokana is a small Newari Village located just 6 kilometers from Patan. Khokana is a small village in which traditional craftsmanship still plays an important role. Villagers can often be seen spinning, winnowing and crushing mustard seeds.  After exploring Khokana we will walk to Bungmati. This is an approximately a 15 minutes’ walk were you can still see a very traditional life style.

Day #16

After breakfast drive to the famous Kathmandu Durbar Square (UNESCO World Heritage Site) which is one of the major attractions in Katmandu Valley. After Kathmandu Durbar square you visit Pashupatinath Temple. (UNESCO World Heritage Site). Pashupatinath is one of the holiest pilgrimage destinations for all the Hindus of the world. This is one of the oldest temples, situated on the banks of the Holy Bagmati River. In the evening you will be taken to Nepalese cultural dinner with Nepalese dance performances before settling in for the night.

Day #17

Spend your last day in Nepal shopping and walking through the streets getting to know the locals.

Day #18

After breakfast we will transfer you to your hotel for your flight home.

Included:

  • Transportation in and around the country
  • All hotels
  • Accommodation while volunteering
  • All meals while volunteering (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Breakfast while travelling
  • 6 lunches or dinners
  • Volunteering costs
  • Breakfast is included in all accommodation while travelling.

 Additional Costs NOT included

  • Meals (aside from while we are volunteering)
  • International flights
  • Tipping
  • Alcohol
  • Water and snacks
  • Food you wish to buy for the local children (optional)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Souvenirs

Q – How long before we leave should I book?

A – We have spots for maximum 12 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team.

Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving The Hungry?

A – If you would like to keep your costs down we suggest you book your accommodation through us.  Saving The Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels.

Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?

A – Yes, this is not optional!  Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.

 

Q – What deposit do I need to pay?

A – 10% deposit is required to hold your spot.

Q – When is the final payment due?

A – Final payment is required 45 days before you leave.

Q – Will I get my deposit back if I cancel?

A – No sorry deposits are non-refundable.

Q – Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?

A – Nepal makes things easy for foreign travelers. Visas are available on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and at all land border crossings that are open to foreigners, as long as you have passport photos to hand and can pay the visa fee in foreign currency (some crossings insist on payment in US dollars). Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a whole free page for your visa.

QWhat is the Nepal currency and conversion rate?

A – The Nepal currency is the Nepalese rupee (You can exchange Canadian dollars in Nepal at banks and money changers) For 1 Can $ you will get around Nepali Rupees NRs. 70

A – Most places in Nepal take US and Canadian dollars.   If you are paying in US or Canadian, expect to be refunded in the local currency.

Q How much money should I budget on spending a day?

A – $40 Canadian Dollars per day would be a realistic budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)

QHow much do I tip?

Y – Trekking guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10-15% for a job well done.

Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?

A – Lodging while volunteering is clean but very simple and rustic.  Several of the rooms have nothing more than a bunk bed, ceiling fans and a shelf.   When traveling you will be staying in 4- star accommodation

Q – Is Nepal hot?

A –Nepal’s climate is influenced by maritime and continental factors, and has four distinct seasons.  Spring lasts from March to May, and is warm with rain showers, and temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green.

QIs Nepal safe?

A – It is very safe.  Nepal feels safer than most other countries around the globe, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. … The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming.

Like any other developing country, you should still be cautious and travel in groups in the evening.

Q – What tours would you recommend?

A – The tours that we recommend are all built into the cost of the itinerary.  Should you wish to book additional tours we can assist but they will be considered an “add on”

Q – How will I get around?

A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.

Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?

A – We will send you a list of suggested clothing and items to bring 30 days before you depart.

Q – What vaccinations will I need?

A –   Typhoid, rabbis and Hep B and A are highly recommending.  Please contact your local health authority 60 days before you travel to set up an appointment to ask about vaccinations.