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School workshop Program – 21 days

  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days
  • School workshop Program – 21 days

Volunteer community school workshop.

  • Bidharthi Niketan Higher Secondary School is one of the many schools in the district of Bhaktapur. It is located at the edge of Durbar Square of Bhaktapur – about 7 minutes’ walk from the Main Entrance gate of Bhaktapur and the hotel Khawapa Chhen. The principle of the school is a lady. The school has 30 students on average in all classes from class I to 12. It also has a Nursery class. The resource of the school is limited. The salary of the staffs and teachers are funded by the government grant. Their day to day expenses is met by the nominal tuition fees they charge each student. They have not been able to afford to set up their website. The school does not have a proper library and science lab. They have about 2 dozen donated computers. The principle of the school says the weakest part of the students of the school is in science and math. They used to lag behind in English education but now they have made considerable progress in English education because the school curriculum has emphasized teaching in English from class I. The principle of the school said their Nursery classroom requires painting – they cannot afford paint. The visiting students can participate in the activities of the Nursery class as well as other classes in the teaching and learning experience.

    The students in community work can participate in open painting class that can be organized by the school. The school opens at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. The lunch break is at 1 pm for half an hour. The school can organize a cultural song and dance presentation based on various ethnic cultures in Nepal. Students from your country may present their own program.

    Depending upon what the students want to do the program can be adjusted accordingly. This is simply a guideline of day to day activities.

  • Day 1. Arrive Kathmandu. Bhaktapur (Full Board)

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu (1317m)Tribhuvan International airport our representative will meet you and welcome with flower garland. You will be transferred to Bhaktapur.

    Day 2: In Bhaktapur. (Full Board)

    Introduction with the teachers and students of the school. Get to know about the school, their curriculum, their challenges and aspirations. Conclude the interaction and meeting with the finalization of various work participation of the visiting students. Afternoon, sightseeing tour of various temples, monuments and crafts of the community that are listed in UNESCO heritage sites.

    Day 3: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)
    Community work in the school
    Day 4: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)
    Community work in the school
    Day 5: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)
    Community work in the school
    Day 6: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)
    Community work in the school
    Day 7: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)
    Community work in the school
    Day 8: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)
    Community work in the school
    Day 9: In Bhaktapur (Full Board)

    Today morning we will have a fare well program conducted by the school. Afternoon we will visit Nagarkot view point, and hike to Trilsul dahra to Changu naryan considered an oldest temple in Nepal, and back to Bhaktapur.

    Day 10. Drive to Pokhara (210 km -6 hrs). In Pokhara (BB)

    After breakfast you will take a scenic drive across the valley and river to Pokhara. On arrival at hotel , get refreshed and free time to explore Phewa lake , shops and surroundings.

    Day 11: Drive to Nayapul.(1020m) and Trek to Tirkhedhunga (2080m) - 5 hours gradual uphill walk

    It is one-hour drive from Pokhara to Nayapul (1100m); it is situated along the Modi River. There are excellent views throughout the day of Annapurna South (23,633 ft / 7219m), Hiunchuli (21,133 ft/ 6443m) and Machhapuchare (22,942 ft / 6993 m). Start climbing gradually for a couple of hours. You walk through a small river where there is an opportunity to wash clothes and have a refreshing dip during hot weather. After lunch continue climbing gradually to Tirkhedunga (5000 ft/ 1524m).

    Day 12: Trek to Ghorepani (2840m) - 5 hours steep walk

    After breakfast ascend the steep trail up using numerous steps to Ulleri (6800 ft / 2073m). Continue to climb from Ulleri for lunch at Nayathanti which takes about 2½ hours. After lunch the climb continues through the wet temperate forests of oak and rhododendron until Ghorepani (8300 ft / 2840m) is reached in about 2 hours. Ghorepani is generally a trade route connecting Mustang and Pokhara.

    Day 13: Trek to Tadapani (2595m) - 5 hours easy descent

    From the view point at Poon Hill (3200m) you can have the excellent views of Machapuchre, Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri Himal peaks. The platform is filled by the eager and earlier tourists vying for the perfect spot for their photos. In the spring you get to see rhododendron flowers in full bloom; the whole forest is covered with rhododendron in the trail between Ghorepani and Ghandrung. The red one is called Lali (red) Gurans in Nepali. It is the national flower of Nepal. From Ghorepani you leave the main trail that leads you to Jomsom and Muktinath, instead you now walk to Tadapani which is fairly easy.

    Today you walk through easy trail that is little steep up in the beginning. On this day walking is pleasant as you cross through rhododendron forest. Beautiful view of Annapurna South upfront is visible constantly on the trail. Lunch stop would be at Banthanti. From Banthanti to Tadapani (2595m) it is about 1 hour walk which is relatively easy and pleasant.

    Day 14: Trek to Landruk (1900m) 5/6 hrs

    Landruk is a beautiful Gurung settlement. It offers you the best view of Annapurna range, sunrise and sunset, traditional Gurung culture, and on top of all that, a peace of mind. If you are in Pokhara for a short visit then a trek to Landruk is an ideal place to immerge oneself in the culture and the surrounding environment and being with nature at its best.

    Day 15: Trek to Australian Camp (1900 m) 3 hrs

    The camp is at the center of Dhampus Jungle. There are few comfortable lodges. From Australian Camp provide great Jungle scenery and similar views as Poon hill like Annapurna South, FishtaIl, Mt Dhaulagiri, Tukuche Dhampus Peak,Nilgiri and Himchuli.

    Day 16. Drive to Pokhara. In Pokhara (BB)

    From Australian Camp we will hike to Kade ( 1 hr) . Our bus will be waiting for us and we drive back to Pokhara ( 1 hr). So basically if you start your day around 8 am then we will be back to Pokhara around 10:30 at maximum.We will have half day sightseeing to Davi’s fall, Mahendra cave, Tibetan Refugee camp and Boating at Phewa lake. Leisure time on your own.

    Dinner program at any nice restaurant/p>

    Day 17.In Chitwan

    We will reach Chitwan in the afternoon, right on lunch time. Upon arrival you will be offered refreshment. The manager of the lodge will give a briefing on tomorrow’s activities, the lodge itself & its facilities. After being given your program for the day, your room will then be allocated to you.

      At 1:00 O’clock Lunch is served
      3:00 PM: Elephant-back safari: Guests will ride on elephant to explore the jungle and wildlife the one-horned rhinoceros, several types of deer, monkeys, wild boar, bison, sloth bear, leopard and, if lucky, the Royal Bengal tiger. This exciting ride lasts for 2-3 hours.
      7:00 PM: Slide presentation. One of our jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.
      8:00 PM: Dinner at the central dining hall.
    Day 18. In Chitwan
      5:30 AM: Bird Watching: Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee and proceed for bird watching. Out of 519 species of the birds we have recorded 276 species in our area. Our guides will help you to identify some of the species of these birds.
      8:30 AM: Breakfast at the resort.
      9:30 AM: Elephant briefing/Bathing program: Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to our elephant stables
      1:00 PM: Lunch at the dining hall
      3:30 PM: Nature Walk / Canoeing  (subject to weather conditions & water level in the river): Drive by Jeep to Kasara, entrance of the national park. After an hour of nature walk arrive at Gharial Breeding center  to see the Gharial (Alligator) hatchery project, founded by Frankfurt Zoological Society. After a short briefing about the project, walk to the Rapti river at canoeing put in point. Start canoeing in a traditional dug-out canoe which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles and other aquatic animals on the banks.
      7:00 PM: Tharu Stick dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.
      8:00 PM: BBQ Dinner at the dining hall.
    Day 19: In Kathmandu. (BB)
      You will drive about 175 km along the Tribhuwan and Prithivi highway to Kathmandu.
      5:30 AM: Wake-up call followed by tea or coffee and then proceed for the Village visit. Our naturalist will brief you about the social and cultural aspect of the villagers and their lifestyle.
      8.00 AM: Breakfast at the resort.
      9.30 AM: Departure to your following destination.
      12:00 -1:00 PM Lunch on the way
      You will reach Kathmandu around 4/5 pm depending upon traffic congestion
    Day 20: In Kathmandu. (BB)

    Full day sightseeing. Almost all historical monuments and places of cultural heritage are located in Kathmandu valley.You will be visiting Pashupatinath, Syambhunath(monkey temple),Boudhanath.. During your sightseeing tour you will find it amazing that Gods are actually everywhere wherever you go. And they are worshiped wherever they are.

    We leave for sightseeing in the morning at 9 am after breakfast.

    Pasupatinath is situated on the bank of the Bagmati River; it is a holy place for Hindus. In this scared place the great and fearful god Shiva is revered in his incarnation of the Lord of animals since ages. It has thus attained a mystical importance all of its own. The three-tiered golden roof of the main temple stands sentinel over the various shrines and the throngs of devotees. From here ghats (step on which many Nepali wish to be cremated and carried into the next life) lead down to the water’s edge. In this place you are expected to remain unobtrusive and respectful. You will find interesting to see the pilgrims doing their worship and Sages amidst the cremation and daily life of the local people.

    Boudhanath has become Mecca for Buddhist. The huge structured stupa has a different layout. It is built in the shape of a Mandela (a Buddhist representation of the heavens). The stupa represents the mind of the Buddha. It is believed to have been constructed in the fifth century by King Mandeva. Boudhanath is a special place for worship for Buddhist and no Buddhist alike. Most Buddhist faithful from far flung villages make a long journey mostly on foot to pay homage to Buddha. No doubt it is one of the most celebrated places of pilgrimage. There are many monasteries in the vicinity of Boudanath that offer meditation and retreats to foreign visitors. To get an insight into Buddhist monastic life it is worth visiting some of the monasteries. This place was listed in the UNESCO Heritage Monument in 1979.

    Afternoon – after lunch visit Syambhunath Swambhunath is well known 2000 years old Buddhist stupa (Chaitya), used to be known as monkey temple, is located on the summit of a hill overlooking Kathmandu valley. Beside Boudhanath this is one of the popular Buddhist pilgrimage site. The legend has it that once upon a time Kathmandu valley was a lake and the Goddess Manjushri found a shrine here after she drained the water from the lake. Swambhunath is one of the most important temples and pilgrimage sites for both Hindus and Buddhist alike. Its vantage point provides a panoramic view over the surrounding city and countryside. With its tremendous white stupa shrines, it has truly memorable sights.

    Day 21. Depart Kathmandu

    Upon arrival in Kathmandu (1317m)Tribhuvan International airport our representative will meet you and welcome with flower garland. You will be transferred to Bhaktapur.

    1. Community work in the school involves various activities as teaching, cleaning, joining school function, participating in sports etc. This arrangement is possible during school working days. Normally school remains on holiday during the big festival in October and November as well as during summer breaks in June and July. There are two types of schools: A government-funded school known as a community school, other is a private school. Private schools can be categorized as small, medium and big depending upon their resources. Students from abroad can also visit the ACAP office in Ghandrung to learn about community participation in the forest conservation projects in this specially protected national park.

    2. Foothill of Annapurna is chosen because of its unique natural beauty, interesting and easy walking trail condition, close up view of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, cultural diversity, and interesting Gurung villages from where some of the Gurkhas are recruited in the British Army. Pokhara with its lake provides something different from Kathmandu. Pokhara is the next best place to visit after Kathmandu.

    3. During Community work program following schedule is prepared for meal:
    4. Wake-up call: 06 am
    5. Breakfast time: 07 am to 9 am
    6. At the school: 10 am to 4 pm
    7. Lunch time: 01 pm to 02 pm
    8. Free Time: 04 pm to 05 pm
    9. Dinner at the hotel: 06 pm to 07 pm.

    Above mentioned schedule are guidelines only. It can be changed due to weather and unforeseen circumstances beyond our control.
  • COST-Private Trip: Group Size 16 + Pax - per person US$ 1395

    Cost Includes:

    • All airport transfers
    • Bhaktapur full board package
    • Hotel accommodation on bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and in Pokhara (BB)
    • Chitwan Jungle safari full board package
    • During trek three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and dinner) and accommodation in standard rooms in the lodge / tea house are provided.
    • Porter to carry personal baggage (maximum 10 kg each), a trek guide (Sardar) and trek staffs as required will accompany the members
    • Accident insurance for staffs and porters as per government regulation
    • Ground transportation as outlined in the program are included.
    • National Park Fees (ACAP) and permit (TIMs), Sightseeing entrance fee
    • Professional tour guide in Kathmandu sightseeing
    Cost Excludes:

    • Additional porter if required to carry extra baggage, photographic equipment, and personal equipment.
    • 2x Lunch and 2x Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
    • Accident insurance, emergency evacuation, medical first aid
    • Expenses of personal nature like sleeping bags, bottled water, bottled beverage, laundry and tips.
    • Services that are not specifically mentioned are not included.

    *Government fees and airfares are subject to change without prior notice. Departure: Anytime as per your choice of date.
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