Destination: Nepal - 14 Days
All year round
16 Years Old
Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery
TREKKING THE FOOTHILLS
ENTER THE HIMALAYAS
The focus of the educational element in our Community Development programme varies depending on each school's needs. Some schools just require assistance in fun and interactive games, whereas others require basic needs such as freshly painted classrooms and school meals. UK students will assist in after-school English lessons and help paint, clean, and decorate classrooms - creating brighter futures for children in mountain communities. Additionally, UK volunteers will be actively involved in the national 'One Child, One Light' scheme, with their fundraising providing local children with LED lights that allow them to continue studying after dark.
We believe that sport is crucial in the social and mental development of children. Volunteer fundraising helps provide new sports equipment for schools, so that the children in these mountain communities can really enjoy time outside of the classroom. UK school groups will have the chance to share their passion for sport with the local children and we organise an inclusive sports day for all to enjoy. As well as getting involved in school classics like the Egg and Spoon race, students will take part in a cultural exchange - an amazing way to gain a better understanding of new cultures and traditions.
We partner with each community to help contribute to the village’s agriculture. To date, Travelteer and their volunteers have built 15 greenhouses with drip irrigation and water harvesting projects. These greenhouses drastically improve crop yields by holding in warmth and protecting them from flooding in the wet season. All harvests produced are used within the local communities and the greenhouses create a sustainable method for future growth. As a volunteer you will be getting involved with everyday farming life.
Day 1 – Airport arrival in Kathmandu
Discovering the Souks and Palaces
Volunteers will fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Nepal's vibrant capital of Kathmandu. On arrival in Nepal, the school group will be collected from the airport by Travelteer and driven to the Kathmandu hotel. The hotel is based in the heart of Kathmandu in one of the key tourist areas. Here the students will have the chance to relax before Travelteer staff conduct a full induction and tour briefing in the evening. All participants will be staying in the same hotel, so this is a great place to meet everyone before kicking off the tour!
Day 2 – Discovering Kathmandu
Guided Tour of Kathmandu & Cooking Lessons
An early start the next day will see the students exploring the many cultural wonders of Kathmandu including the Budhnath Stupa (one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world), Monkey Temple and Patan Dubare square. Swayambhu is one of Nepal's oldest religious sites being built around 1,500 years ago! The eyes of Buddha are painted on the structure in 4 directions which represents wisdom and compassion.
Patan Durbar Square is of importance for both Hinduism and Buddhism featuring countless courtyards, sculptures & 55 major temples! The group will also can enjoy a cooking class to make 'Momo' - a delicious delicacy of Nepal.
Day 3 - The Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery
Experience a day in the life of a Monk
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity… Students will drive just outside Kathmandu and visit an incredible monastery. Nestled in the mountains is the Neydo Tashi Choeling Monastery where 200 monks live and study. The group will have the opportunity to participate in their daily practice, eat alongside them, and experience monastic life first-hand in the most peaceful.
Day 4 - Entering Chitwan
Jungle Walk & Cultural Show
On the fourth morning of our Peak 2 Peak Tour, the group will leave Kathmandu and be driven through stunning landscapes to reach the region of Chitwan and their hotel accommodation. The drive is spectacular, passing through mountainous terrain before heading into to the lush greenery of Chitwan.
The region, which in Sanskrit means 'heart of the jungle' is home to incredible biodiversity and amazing landscapes teeming with wildlife.
After an afternoon relaxing by the hotel pool (Chitwan is hot!), the group will be given a guided nature walk on the edge of Chitwan National Park to learn more about the flora and fauna that makes Nepal so special. The walk will be followed by an evening of cultural dance.
Day 5 - Exploring Chitwan
Wildlife Safari with Private Jeep & Guide
Our fifth day is all about discovering the amazing biodiversity Chitwan National Park has to offer! Local experts will collect the group for a jeep safari through the deepest parts of the jungle searching for Asian Elephants, Rhinoceros, and the elusive Bengal Tiger!
Following the safari, the group will jump back into our transport and head to the city of Pokhara. Pokhara is the gateway to the Himalayas and world renowned for beautiful trekking and incredible landscapes. The region is home to the famous Annapurna Circuit - hiking trails that feature mountains towering over 8,000 metres!
Day 6 - Trekking in The Foothills
Mountain Museum & Trek in the Himalayan foothills
After visiting the International Mountain Museum in the morning to learn more about the Pokhara region we will begin our first hike!
Our first trail is the perfect introduction to mountain trekking with an easy trek between Astham and Kade, meandering between hillsides and over open plateau.
Day 7 - The Annapurna Circuit
Trekking Annapurna Circuit & night in Local Teahouses
Day seven of the tour is spent in the Himalayas, with a hike through a section of the world-famous Annapurna Circuit. The experience is truly breath-taking and having the 8,091-metre-high summit of 'Annapurna I' rising above you has to be seen to be believed!
The group will spend the night in the Himalayas at teahouses found along the hiking trail. These are comfortable mountainside hotels that offer delicious local cuisine and comfortable bed after a long day trekking! After completing the trek, the group heads back to our base in Pokhara.
Day 8 - Peace Pagoda & Ziplining
Zip Lining, Boat Trip & Peace Pagoda
For the last day of our tour, we will visit the beautiful sights of Pokhara, surrounded by epic views of the Himalayas. The group will enjoy a boat trip on Pokhara Lake leading to the majestic World Peace Pagoda. Students will then experience the longest and steepest zip-line in the world! The zip-line is in one of the most scenic places on the planet, giving you front row seats to views of the magnificent Annapurna Mountain range, Mount Machhapuchhre (Fish tail), and the Seti River.
Upon completion of the tour, the group will check into the Travelteer house to begin their volunteer experience!
Day 9 - 12 - Volunteering in The Himalayas
For the second week of the school trip, each student will take part in our Community Development programme, volunteering with mountain communities to help develop education, sports and agriculture.
Our Community Development programme provides an amazing insight into mountain life and our school trip experiences have already had a major impact on a number of mountain communities in the Pokhara region. Get involved in Education, Sports, Agriculture, and Infrastructure projects.
Day 13 & 14 – Retuning back to Kathmandu & Flying home
The trip comes to an end after finishing the volunteering in Pokhara. We then make our way through the country back to Kathmandu. We spend the evening in the hotel in Kathmandu and grab some dinner.
The next morning we make our way to the airport and fly home to the UK.