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Volunteering/Trekking

Fall in love with Nepal and its people
Get to know the people, working hand in hand with them, as you will experience day-to-day village life. Teach our sisters something awesome and sing along with the children… Help build a house and learn authentic Nepali cooking in a traditional village dwelling.

After 5 days of volunteering we embark on a 9-days trek. This trek is fully supported and guided by experienced and knowledgeable guides, assistant guides and helpers. We teamed up with Mountain Culture Tours.

Journey with us into the magnificent Himalayan mountains where you will be awestruck by the beauty and power. On the way back to Kathmandu we will visit ancient Hindu and Buddhist sites, letting ourselves be enchanted.

19 Days Nepal Trip

Our trip starts in Kathmandu on October 20, 2019 and ends on November 7, 2019.

KATHMANDU VALLEY:

The Kathmandu Valley historically known as Nepal Valley lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists. There are seven World Heritage Sites within the valley.

Historically, the valley and adjoining areas made up a confederation known as the Nepal Mandala. Until the 15th century, Bhaktapur was its capital, when two other capitals, Kathmandu and Lalitpur (Patan), were established. After the annexation of the valley by the Gorkha Kingdom, and subsequent conversion of the Valley as the capital of their empire, the designation of "Nepal" was extended to all the lands they had conquered.

The Kathmandu Valley is the most developed and populated place in Nepal. The majority of offices and headquarters are located in the valley,

making it the economic hub of Nepal. It is popular with tourists for its unique architecture and rich culture that includes the highest number of jatras (street festivals) in Nepal. The valley itself was referred to as "Nepal Proper" by British historians.

In 2015, Kathmandu Valley was hit by the April 2015 Nepal earthquake. The earthquake caused thousands of deaths and destruction of many infrastructures across the Kathmandu Valley, which includes the towns of Lalitpur, Kirtipur, Madhyapur Thimi, Bhaktapur making the total population to roughly five million people and the municipalities across Kathmandu Valley. Kathmandu is also the largest metropolis in the Himalayan hill region.

Why we chose the Mardi Himal trekking route?
Mardi Himal is located to the east of the Annapurna Base camp virtually under the spectacular Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). As you trek along the ridge, it's nearly possible, but imaginable, to look down at Annapurna Base camp itself. Trekking along Mardi Himal, the trek goes through stone built villages past wonderful rhododendron forests blooming in many different colors. The forest path continues until about 3,300 m when the trail takes on a rugged mountain setting with spectacular views of Mardi Himal, Machhapuchhre and Annapurna south. There's a low camp with probably the best views of Machhapuchhre anywhere in Nepal along with accommodation for those all important sunrise and sunset views. Above this at 3580 m is high camp which again offers spectacular views over looking Annapurna Base camp. Further along you can then reach Mardi Himal Base camp itself with views overlooking all of the Annapurna range.

Day 01: October 20th:

Upon arrival at Kathmandu international airport, at the immigration department, there is a kiosk/computer where you need to fill out the form for your visit visa to Nepal. Once you have completed filling up form, there is another counter that you will have to pay $40 (forty dollar) for a month visa. As you exit the international airport’s building, outside our representative from Mountain Culture Tours will be waiting for your welcoming to Nepal and then will transfer to your hotel in Thamel for the next few nights in Kathmandu.

Day 02: October 21st:

Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley places like, (Hindus and Buddhist temple) As Katmandu is the temple of the city. We take you famous sightseeing places like Boudhanath, Soyambhunath and Pashupatinath Temple: Pashupatinath temple is a Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva, located beside the Bagmati River. It is one of the most significant temples for the Hindu devotees around the world and the UNESCO site.

Boudhanath Stupa: One of the biggest Stupas in the world, is located on the East in Kathmandu. It stands with four pairs of eyes in the four prime directions, keeping watch for virtuous behavior and human success.

King Man Deva at the advice of the Goddess Mani Jogging had built this remarkable Stupa. The Stupa resembles the Mahayana philosophy.

Day 03; October 22nd:

After your breakfast at hotel drive to Karki Gaun through the small city and villages. The first part of the driver to Trisuli is black and nice road even though a lot of turning and corner. After three hours of driving, we will arrive in Trisuli bazaar. Trisuli Bazaar is the biggest city in that area of Nuwakot district. Once we pass Trisuli Bazaar, we will be driving through rugged/bumpy roads till Karki for 1 1/2 hours.

Please keep in mind that, route to Karki is rugged/bumpy road so, we will not be able to address if you would like comfortable driving or smooth road. It is hard for us to address your concern if things that are not in our control.

Day 04; October 23rd:

Traveling to Karki Gaun

Day 05; October 24th: Karki Gaun

Day 06; October 25th: Karki Gaun
Day 07; October 26th: Karki Gaun

Day 08; October 27th: Karki Gaun

Day 09; October 28th:

Early morning drive to Pokhara by private mini van, approximately 4 hours of driving to Pokhara, and rest of the day explore Pokhara city. Overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Day 10; October 29th:
Morning after breakfast at your hotel, drive to Dhampus Phedi and trek to Pritam Deurali (2,100m/6,867 ft) hill, 5 hours. The trek ascends all the way up to Dhampus with several stone stairs passing through terraced cultivated fields, settlements, and forests. Dhampus village offers an excellent view of Annapurna range inclusive Mt. Fishtail. An hour of an easy walk through the rhododendron and oak forest you will arrive in Deurali hill station. The hill station offers an outstanding view of Annapurna south and Hiun Chuli to the North, Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the Southeast. Stay overnight in lodge.

Day 11; October 30th:

Deurali hill station to Forest camp trek (2,500m/8,175 ft), 6 hours
From Deurali, early morning, you will have a great views of Mountains and as well as Pokhara City. On the way from Deurali to Forest camp, you will have easy through the Pine Forest trail which is again steep ascend hills. The Forest is covered with the most unique flower with lovely plan and vegetation combined with colorful Rhododendron forest. You will have to pack a lunch today as there aren’t any tea houses or restaurants available on the way to Forest camp in the community-based lodge.

Day 12; October 31st:
Forest Camp to High Camp trek (3,550m/11,609 ft), 6 hours
trek to a low camp where you can see the most amazing and magnificent view of Mt. Fishtail. Between journey of Low camp and the High Camp, there is a place called “Hill station” to view the views of the Annapurna range including Annapurna south, Hinn Chuli, Chhomrong Village, Ghandruk Village, Mt. Fishtail, Annapurna region, flora and fauna. After the view we ascend upwards again to High Camp where you will be staying overnight.

Day 13; November 1st:
Rest Day in High Camp just to acclimate before we explore around the Mardi Base camp.

Day 14; November 2nd:

After breakfast, We will pack your lunch for the day to have lunch in Mardi Base Camp (4,500 m). An almost whole day you will be a hike

around to discover passing through a series of steep, rocky climbing but we will take easy walk through lush green hills and High Mountain. Surely will be enjoying lunch with excellent view of Mardi Himal, Annapurna-I, South Annapurna, Hiunchuli, Ten Peak, Gangapurna and Gandarbhachuli, Mt.Fishtail. Once we fully viewed of Himalayan range, we will return to high camp and stay overnight.

Day 15; November 3rd:

After breakfast, trek down to Siding village(1,700m/5,559 ft), 6 hours. While we are having breakfast at High camp, we will have most beautiful Sunrise if the weather permits. Now you had your breakfast in High Camp, it is time for us again start descending through beautiful red Rhododendron forest. Stay overnight in Siding village.

Day 16; November 4th:

After breakfast at your hotel in Siding village trek to Lumre village trek (about2 hrs), and then drive back to Pokhara. Rest of the day free your own to explore the town of Lake side, Pokhara.

Day 17; November 5th:

Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 18; November 6th:

Rest day in Kathmandu to do shopping to buy gifts for your friends.

Day 19; November 7th:

Departure day from Kathmandu international airport to your home destination. Wish you your wonderful journey home.

Trip costs are $2700.

Included in the cost:

Four nights in a hotel in Kathmandu (includes breakfast at the hotel) two nights at the start of the trip and two nights and the end of the trip.

Two nights in a hotel in Pokhara

9-days trekking with three meals daily

Twin shared teahouse/ lodge accommodations

Full day of sightseeing in Kathmandu with professional tour guide in private vehicle

Pick up and drop off service from the airport to hotel

Government licensed trekking guide (trained in wilderness, first aid and altitude sickness), porters (one porter for two trekkers) includes porter’s food, accommodation, salary, equipment, and accidental insurance, clothing and medicine.

Annapurna National Park trekking permit

TIMS (trekking Information Management System) card for Annapurna trekking

Transportation from Kathmandu to Karki Gaun (village) and then to Pokhara (trekking starts) and back to Kathmandu

Comprehensive pre-departure information and trip dossiers

All necessary paper works, office service charge and all Government taxes

What is not included:

International and domestic airfares

Lunch and dinners and your private transportations during the stay in Kathmandu.

Personal shopping

Hot showers during the trek

Personal trekking equipment

Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, beverages, sweets and battery charging

Gratuities to the guides, porters and drivers

Mountain Culture Tours is based in Mill Valley, California. While bringing together over fifteen years of experience in organizing trekking and tour trips in Nepal, we believe that we have the unique idea of creating full-service, dream trips with the purpose of taking care of all the details every step of the way. Our objective is to give you the best possible service by pairing our knowledge and experience to allow you to relax and enjoy every aspect of the trip. We are committed to providing superior service in trekking, rafting, safari and sightseeing tours throughout Nepal.

Our personal attention to each tour member and their complete satisfaction is the foundation of our success. Our main goal is to introduce you to the diverse world we live in, and partnering with you in benefiting underprivileged children and adults, and serving schools in the remote areas of Nepal.

HEALTH CONCERNS

Visit your doctor before embarking on a trek in the mountains. Make sure you don’t have any lingering illnesses or undiscovered ailments that may hinder your success up high. Most importantly, be prepared to turn around if you’re not feeling well. An annoying headache or minor chest pain could be the symptom of something much worse, and you don’t want to test your body’s ability to self-preserve when you’re miles far

and meters high away from safety. But, despite how fit you may be, there is no guarantee that you won’t fall victim of altitude sickness.

MILD SYMPTOM OF ALTITUDE:

a headache

nausea

dizziness

throwing up

feeling tired

shortness of breath

faster heart rate

not feeling well overall

trouble sleeping

loss of appetite

If you develop mild altitude sickness, you should stop climbing any higher and return to a lower elevation level. These symptoms go away on their own when you move to a lower altitude, and as long as they’re gone you can start the trip again after a couple days of rest.

Severe symptoms include:

more intense versions of the mild symptoms

feeling out of breath, even when you’re resting

coughing that won’t stop

tightness in the chest

congestion in the chest

trouble walking

seeing double

confusion

skin color changing to gray, blue, or paler than normal

This means your altitude symptoms are more advanced. If you notice any of these, get to lower altitude as soon as possible, and seek medical attention. Severe altitude sickness can cause fluid in the lungs and brain, which can be deadly if left untreated.

BOTTOM LINE:

It’s hard to predict exactly how your body will react to high altitudes because everyone is different. Your best defense against altitude sickness is not to climb too high too fast and to be prepared by practicing the tips above.

If you have any existing medical conditions, like heart problems, trouble breathing, or diabetes, you should talk to your doctor before traveling to high altitude. These conditions may lead to additional complications if you get altitude sickness.

6 STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A HIGH ALTITUDE HIKE

1. TAKE YOUR TIME

Don’t rush your way out of a successful trip. Your body will naturally feel slower at high altitude, so go along with it. Nothing can truly prepare your body for the thin mountain air other than actually being there — so when you do get your chance take your time and enjoy the adventure

2. FUEL YOURSELF
It may be difficult to remind yourself, but you’ll need to be prepared to eat and drink well than usual at high altitude. Your muscles are burning energy more quickly, and your body will need more calories and H2O to properly function. This is no environment for diets. Load your pack up with sugar and carbohydrate-loaded snacks like jerky, chocolate, hard candies, and other high-calorie treats. Water will help you to reduce the altitude sickness symptoms.

3. DON’T DRINK ALCOHOL
As we just mentioned it’s very important to hydrate your body. Drinking alcohol will only dehydrate it. I’m sure you can wait till next weekend to open that bottle of red wine.

4. BRING WARM CLOTHES

Usually, the higher you hike, the colder it gets, and this drop in temperature can dramatically affect your physical condition. Weather can change rapidly so always bring some extra layers like pants, gloves, hats, etc.

5. WEAR SUNSCREEN
You are getting closer to the sun each step you take and the atmosphere doesn’t protect you the same way at high altitude. Don’t forget to use high SPF sunblock.

6. HAVE A GOOD TIME
Now that you are ready, just enjoy the next hike that will surely offer you amazing experiences!

Cancellation:

Please keep in mind that if any reason your trekking is uncompleted/or returned earlier than you proposed itinerary, your money will not be refunded once you signed up for the trip.

Important travel Insurance:

-We are not responsible for your personal insurance of any medical, injury, death, belongings lost, stolen, damages or emergency evacuation. It is important that you are fully insured to cover everything you need for your trip.

Keep in mind that many of our trips visit remote areas where the nearest medical facility might be some distance away.-

Once you read all the information about your trip, if it is a right trip for you, please let me know as soon as you can so that I can move forward to make necessary bookings for your trip.

Deposit:

Once you finalize your trip, we require a deposit of $1000.00 per person. You can cancel your trip before 90 days, we will refund 50%. If you cancel your trip within 60 days of your departure, you will not be refunded your deposit. Please read and make sure you understand our policy before you sign the paper.

Thank you and I am looking forward to this great trip.

Sincerely yours,
Jay Tamang

Founder of Mountain Culture Tours and trekking guide

Founder of Nepal Freed serving underprivileged children in Nepal

& Katrin Hintermeier

Founder and visionary of Nepal Empowered

 

 

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