Career break Trek & Volunteering in Nepal
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Nepal with its natural resources and diverse culture has a higher potential for tourism but still, some of the places here are uncovered due to less publicity. Some of the less known trails are perfect for a career break tour. We unveil those trails to our travelers for brand new and better experiences. We also try to reveal the actual village life of the unspoiled nature.
For career break trek, we have chosen less traveled trails in the Annapurna region. The trek is a moderate, off-track adventurous. It is also an alternative to more popular treks in the Annapurna Region. You'll view snow-capped mountains from up-close and explore the various ethnicity of the region. Since it’s an underrated trek, the journey will be peaceful and quiet but may find the company of locals. You'll be climbing your way through local villages, terraced farming, and Bamboo & Rhododendron forests. The trek provides you a lot more local lifestyle experience along with the stay in the tea-houses. You can enjoy the amazing sunrise and sunset view with the view of Mt. Annapurna and Dhaulagiri in the background. You'll have the chance to witness the rare species of birds and the beauty of the Rhododendron forest (especially in the spring). After the trek, you’ll visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur and then a village. You’ll experience the village lifestyle and schooling system. You will witness how people make their livelihood in the absence of the basic facilities and find happiness even in hardship. You’ll also visit the community school & confront child education in the remote village of Nepal. This trip creates a team. The traveler takes initiative, local people will be participating in every step and as an organizer, we cooperate and handle the whole program for a positive change through tourism.
It’s an opportunity to three of us, community, travelers and organizer.
Arrival at Kathmandu!
We welcome you at Tribhuwan International Airport. We drive to the Hotel and rest. After the rest, if time favors you explore the local markets and areas around. You meet the trek manager.
Orientation & Kathmandu City Tour
After breakfast, you go on a Kathmandu city tour including to the Heritages site (Swoyambhunath Stupa & Pashupatinpath Temple). You can view the whole Kathmandu valley from the top of Swoyambhunath and witness the crematory center and the Nepali death rituals in Pashupatinath Temple. Our trek guide checks your trekking gear and preps you. We will prepare your trekking permit and other official documents.
Kathmandu to Pokhara
We either take a bus or catch a flight to Pokhara. If you travel through flight, it takes around 30 mins. but if you take a bus, it takes around 6-7 hrs. On the way, you can enjoy the swirling roads of Nepal or you can enjoy the views of the mountains if the weather is clear.
Pokhara-Nayapul & Trek to Ghandruk
It takes about 2 hours from Pokhara in a Private car to Nayapul, where we start off the walk. After frequent rest on the way, we reach Ghandruk. Ghandruk is a cultural village in the lap of nature. We can visit Old Gurung Museum and experience the local Gurung lifestyle. Overnight in Ghandruk.
Trek to Tadapani
Leaving Ghandruk (the land of Gurkha People), we head towards Tadapani. Continue walking along the through rhododendron forests, to Bhaisi Kharka. We see a lot of trekking groups going on their journey like us. After a couple of hours walk, we reach Tadapani. You can view a beautiful sunrise from Tadapani. Overnight in Tadapani.
Trek to Dobato
Beautiful morning with a view of Mt.Annapurna. We head toward Dobato after breakfast. We now travel onto the less traveled trails, seeing few people on the way. The path wound up through a forest of rhododendron, bamboo, and pines. We climb hills and pass through Shrines and convoys of mules carrying produce up and down. We reach to Dobato. Nightlong in Dobato.
Walk to Chhistibang
After breakfast, we set off at a steadier pace along small paths still in the forest and past a couple of isolated farmsteads. The route takes us up and down with a few sections of the newly renovated path. The tea house at Chhistibang is quite new with a pleasant sun terrace. Nightlong in Chhistibang.
Reach Khopra Danda
We go up the hills all the way. We can witness the rare species of birds with the backdrop of spectacular views of Mt. Annapurna and Mt. Dhaulagiri. There are plenty of regular resting spots on these paths – purpose-built walls/seats which many people need at this altitude. Past through the abandoned shelters built for the grazing of sheep and Yaks, we reach the tea house. Overnight stay in Khopra.
Hike to Paudwar
Down the hills almost descended to 2000m we reach different vegetation. You can see the terraced landscape of farming. Paudwar is a lovely old village of tightly packed homes, steps, alleyways and gardens, people picking, threshing, carrying crops, and wood. Nightlong in Paudwar.
Off to Tatopani
We can go to Tatopani via transport facility in a short time or we can take our time dwelling in nature and walk. Tatopani is a very popular Annapurna circuit route, busy with vehicles, and much more commercialized than any of our other stops. We can relax our muscles and joints after a long tiring trek in the hot-spring. Overnight stay in Tatopani.
Drive back to Pokhara
After having breakfast, we leave Tatopani. We use the transport facility to Pokara. It takes about 4-5 hours. On the way, you will be experiencing the winding roads of Nepal and the scenic beauty of Pokhara. After reaching Pokhara, if time favors we visit the local markets alongside Phewa lake. Overnight in Pokhara.
Off to Bhaktapur
After breakfast, we get ready to go to Bhaktapur, an ancient cultural city. We either take a bus or catch a flight to Kathmandu and then drive to Bhaktapur. After we reach, we rest and if time favors we roam around the city. Nightlong in Bhaktapur.
Explore Bhaktapur city & travel to a village
Bhaktapur is a small but culturally renowned city. Bhaktapur has the best-preserved palace courtyards and old city center in Nepal and is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its rich culture, temples, and wood, metal, and stone artworks. After the Bhaktapur visit, we now prepare to visit a village.
Live like Local
In the morning, you have a typical Nepali breakfast. Usually, Nepali people don't eat heavy breakfast. You can witness the typical Nepali lifestyle and their way of doing work. You can also help them in their work and get up close to them. After that, we visit the community school. You can get up close to the students and learn the Nepali schooling system and volunteer them.
Work as volunteer
Today, you will be volunteering at the school. You will be playing games with the students or teaching the teaching technique to the teachers. You will be having fun with the teachers as well as students.
Day with students and hike around Village
Today's day is the same as yesterday. You will be spending time with the students. You will also be hiking around the village with the students and teachers. You will be learning more about the village through students and teachers.
Final day in the village, Farewell
After breakfast, we ask farewell from the host family. The host family provides you with Khatha( Nepali way of Farewell). Unlike other days we go to school a bit early. The students in the school will have planned a farewell program for you. We will be spending time with the students. Students will remember the time spent with you in the heart and bid farewell to you. You travel back to Kathmandu.
Rest day in Kathmandu
Today is the relaxing day in Kathmandu. You can rest or visit the local market for shopping. If you'd like to revisit some places in Kathmandu it is the right time. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner with the trip manager and an analysis of your trip.
Memories of Nepal
We drop you to the Airport or continue the next trip.