Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Volunteering

Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Volunteering : 4 Weeks

Key Information

  • Duration:28 Days
  • Primary Activity:Trekking & Volunteering
  • Group Size:1-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:As per itinerary
  • Accomodation:Homestay/Lodges
  • Max-Altitude:4130 m.
  • Transportation:Tourist Bus and Jeep
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Thakali

Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Volunteering : 4 Weeks

Combining the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and a Volunteering program is the ultimate way to immerse yourself into this amazing, magical country.

During the orientation program, you will:
– receive language classes every day
– stay in a local homestay
– visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Hindu temple Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swyambhunath (monkey temple) and Patan Square

You can either do your volunteering program before or after your trek to Annapurna – please let us know what you prefer!

Day 01-05: Orientation, Language and Cultural Immersion in Kathmandu
You will be greeted at the airport by one of the TSN staff and taken to your local host family’s home, where you will stay during your orientation and volunteering in Kathmandu. Here you will be welcomed, accommodated in your own room and be provided with all your meals while in their care. With easy bus routes around town and the surrounding countryside, this is the perfect base for your introduction to Nepal.

After arrival, your next 4 days will include the following:
– Introduction to your placement and volunteer responsibility
– Nepali cultural orientation describing the do’s and don’ts’s of Nepal
– Nepali language classes (2 hours per day) plus spare time to study your free Nepali language booklet
– Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s main sites
– Getting to know the rest of the Travel Society Nepal team and volunteers.

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Day 2: Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa 

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: Survival Nepali language and cultural class

1:00 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa

Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most sacred Hindu temples; during the annual Shivaratri festival, thousands of devotees come here for pilgrimage. On the other side of the sacred Bagmati River is a funeral site, where bodies are cremated before the charred remains are swept into the waters that ultimately flow into the Ganges. The Boudhanath Stupa area is home to Nepal’s largest Tibetan community, numbering twelve thousand people. The stupa itself is adorned with colorful prayers flags and built in a sacred geometrical mandala design with nine levels. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice.

Day 2
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Day 03: Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class

1:00 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square.

The Swayambhunath Stupa is situated on the edge of the city on a hilltop and is believed to date back to around 500BC. Legend has it that a sage named Manjushree, who is credited with the creation of Kathmandu, saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the hilltop and blessed it. Swayambhu is an important pilgrimage site as well as a centre of art, architecture, religion, and culture in Mahayana Buddhism. Durbar Square is Kathmandu’s focal point. Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who once ruled the city. Along with these palaces, the square also contains a series of temples, the oldest dating back to the 16th century. The square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, near the entrance

Day 3
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Day 04: Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar Square

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00: Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class

11:30 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the oldest of the three Kathmandu Valley cities and is one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is situated on a plateau across the Bagmati River and is bordered by 4 stupas, one at each corner of its cardinal points, which are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar square is popular for its many ancient palaces, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.

Day 4
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Day 05: Thamel

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class

1:00 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Thamel and shopping for equipment or other necessities

Thamel is located in northern Kathmandu past the government district in Tridevi Marg. It is a haven for tourists visiting the city as it contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater to tourists’ needs. Though some feel it is overcrowded and too commercial, it has been romanticized by its designation as a hippie hangout since the 1970s and retains its alternative atmosphere.

Day 5
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Day 06: Drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara: 5-6 hours drive

At 6:30 am, you will travel to Pokhara by tourist bus along the Trishuli and Marshyadgdi River and through the beautiful countryside of Nepal that offers wonderful mountain sceneries. When you arrive, you will check into your hotel and receive a welcome drink. After settling in, you can go boating on Fewa Lake, visit Tal Barahi Temple and explore the sights of Pokhara including the caves, temples, and lakes. Stay overnight at hotel (B)

Day 6
7

Day 07: Trek to Ghandruk -1940m (6 hours)

After having breakfast, we drive to Naya Pul and start the trek. We will stop at Birethanti, where we will eat lunch, before ascending to Ghandruk. While on the trail, you can start to see clear views of the mountains as we pass along various small villages like Chimrong, Syauli Bazar, and Chane. After crossing the suspension bridge over Khumbu Khola, we reach Ghandruk – a beautiful village mostly inhabited by the Gurung community. You can acquaint yourself with the simple but rich cultural traditions of the Gurung people as you relax, mingle with the locals and enjoy the stunningly close-up towering views of Fishtail, Annapurna South, and Hiunchuli. Stay overnight in Ghandruk (B, L, D)

Day 7
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Day 08: From Ghandruk to Chhomrong -2170m (5 hours)

In the morning, we will ascend for an hour to Ghandrukkot, followed by a steep descent to Kimron Khola. After another steep ascent from Kimron Khola, we have an easy walk of about an hour. Then, another steep climb lies ahead of us as we continue up to Chhomrong. While ascending, you will see clear views of the mighty peak of Annapurna South above the village and views of the Fishtail Mountain (Machhapuchhre) facing across the valley. Chhomrong is a beautiful village located on the lap of the giant Annapurna massive. Stay overnight in Chhomrong (B, L, D)

Day 8
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Day 09: From Chhomrong to Dovan -2580m (6 hours)

We head out of Chhomrong along the Modi Khola leaving behind the foothills and trekking into the wooded slopes of the Himalayas. We cross a suspension bridge, then trek up to Sinuwa Danda. The ascent from Sinuwa becomes somewhat flatter as the trail passes through a thick and dark rhododendron forest up to Khuldighar. Then, we descend down stone steps into deep bamboo and rhododendron forests before reaching Doban. Stay overnight in Dovan (B, L, D)

Day 9
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Day 10: From Deurali to Machhapuchhre Base Camp – 3700m (3 – 4 hours)

Today, we start our trek to Machhapuchhre Base Camp (MBC), starting with a gentle trek through a river bed and then a steep climb along the mountainside. There are avalanche prone areas at some points on the trail so we must be on alert to protect ourselves. The hike to Machhapuchhre Base Camp is somewhat strenuous but the unfolding view of the majestic Machhapuchhre is certainly a rewarding experience. At the top, we can enjoy the views of Mt. Hiunchuli, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna III, Gangapurna and, of course, the Fishtail or Machhapuchhre itself as the sun sets quietly behind. Stay overnight at Machhapuchhre Base Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 10
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Day 11: From Machhapuchhre Base Camp to Annapurna Base Camp – 4,130m (5 – 6 hours)

On the way to Annapurna Base Camp from Machhapuchhre Base Camp, the vegetation disappears. We will see the snow boulders melting and forming small streams. The path widens as we enter the ABC sanctuary. We follow a stream and then climb to a few huts alongside a moraine. There are sensational views of the near-vertical south face of Annapurna towering above the sanctuary. Annapurna Base Camp sanctuary boasts of a dynamic view without anything impeding the 360-degree panorama. As we arrive at this viewpoint, we savor the mesmerizing views of the Machhapuchhre, Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Hiunchuli and other peaks as we watch the sunset. Stay overnight at Annapurna Base Camp. (B, L, D)

Day 11
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Day 12: From Annapurna Base Camp to Jhinu Dada – 2310m (5- 6 hours)

At dawn, we relish the magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from Annapurna Base Camp. After breakfast, we start descending from Annapurna Base Camp back through Machhapuchhre Base Camp, Deurali, and Dovan until we finally reach Bamboo. Heading back down to the valley is much easier than climbing up. We will see waterfalls that drop down from a high point to the rocks below. We further pass through the forests with great views of the Fishtail and Hiunchuli mountains. We head for a steep ascent to the Kuldi Ghar and then to Sinuwa following the stone steps that lead to Lower Chhomrong. Then, we ascend on the thousand stone steps taking us to Upper Chhomrong. From Chhomrong, we descend to Jhinu Danda. Today we will have an opportunity to enjoy the hot springs which is a 15-min walk from Jhinu Danda. Stay overnight in Jhinu Dada. (B, L, D)

Day 12
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Day 13: From Jhinu Dada to Naya Pul to Pokhara (6 hours trek, 1-hour drive)

We trek from Jhinu Danda to New Bridge and then to Kyumi village. After having lunch, we trek to Syauli Bazaar and then down to Birethanti. After an hour’s trek from Birethanti, we will be in Naya Pul. The trek ends at Naya Pul and we drive back to Pokhara. Spend the evening relaxing or exploring this sleepy lakeside village. After dinner by the lake while watching the sunset or celebrate your achievement with a beer in one of the many bars. (B, L)

Day 13
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Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu (6-7 hours)

This is an early morning drive back to Kathmandu. After having breakfast, we head back to Kathmandu. The rest of your time here is free for shopping and sightseeing. (B)

Day 14
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Day 15: Rest day in Kathmandu

This is a free day for you to rest and recover from your trek. Whether you spend it chilling at your homestay or exploring Kathamndu, it’s totally up to you!

Day 15
16 – 27

Day 16 – 27: Volunteering Program

You can take part in one of these Volunteering Programs:

  • Teach English/ sports/ computer skills to school children,
  • Take part in a construction program,
  • Work in our women’s centre
  • Work in our centre for children with difficulties
  • Work in an elderly people’s home
Day 16-27
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Day 28: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel

Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime.

Cost of Annapurna Base Camp Trek and Volunteering: $1,815

What is included?

  • Food and accommodation from the moment of landing at the airport to the final day of your placement
  • In-depth cultural and language training
  • Guided sightseeing to Swoyambhunath (monkey temple), Pashupatinath & Bhaktapur
  • Fully trained host families
  • 24hr availability of TSN Nepal staff for emergencies
  • Transportation (pick up and drop off to/from airport and placement)
  • Support in booking any further travel in Nepal
  • Meal and accommodation (typical Nepali food) with a host family during placement
  • Nights in a tourist hotel in Pokhara
  • Breakfast during stay in Pokhara
  • Trekking costs Annapurna Trek (12 Days)
  • Includes an experienced guide, porters (generally 1 porter for 2 pax), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
  • Farewell dinner
  • Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu
  • Tourist service charge, Vat and Office Service charge

What is not included?

  • Visa fee
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Sundries such as personal items, extra beverages and entertainment (approx. 50 euros/week)
  • Entrance fees to the main cultural and Heritage sites total approximately 40 euro (Entry Fees to Heritage Sites, Museums and Others).
  • Domestic flight costs
  • Flight to Nepal and vice versa
  • Extra meals
  • Personal expenses (ie. gift items, beverage, water bottle)
  • Some entrance fees for the excursions
  • Insurance

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