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Hiking the Himalayan & Alternative trek

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Hiking the Himalayan & Alternative trek

This trip combines philanthropy and adventure in a remote village where not many venture into. SWAN Volunteer Program is primarily designed to bring forth coordinated efforts of all the experts and interested individuals in different areas under one platform and thereon work towards achieving its common goal and mission. It provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to live and work in remote Nepal. In this volunteering program trip, ...See more

This trip combines philanthropy and adventure in a remote village where not many venture into. SWAN Volunteer Program is primarily designed to bring forth coordinated efforts of all the experts and interested individuals in different areas under one platform and thereon work towards achieving its common goal and mission. It provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to live and work in remote Nepal. In this volunteering program trip, an individual gets a chance to make a contribution for the sustainable development of Nepal in Baglung district, especially in Narayansthan Village Development Committee.
The secluded villages in Nepal are deprived of a sufficient number of qualified and educated individuals who could otherwise contribute significantly for the wellbeing of the community. Brain drain and a lack of opportunity for education has left the region bereft of the crucial human capital. Whether in the education, health or other technical sectors, the problem has become rampant. Eco Trip Nepal/Travel-to-nature and SWAN have assessed the need of qualified volunteers to fill that gap.
The itinerary is very flexible and can be modified as required. Teaching in the local school or assisting the teachers or care takers at kindergarten children and helping the blind students in the blind school will give you bliss sense serving above self. You’ll also get enough opportunities to witness the traditional lifestyle and culture of the common Nepalese people. You can indulge in farming methods, using bulls and other beasts of burden, participate local farmers group harvesting during your free time. Besides the fun and mud in the field, you get a sense of how deprived the Nepalese farmers are of the modern technologies. Hike to the neighboring villages, or to the nearby hills to get a great glimpse of the sunrise and the sunset with breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan Giants. Nepal is culturally rich and in the pre-monsoon seasons, there will be multiple festivals held in the village and in the markets. These rituals are very lively, colorful and involve a lot of folk dancing and singing. There will be plenty to do in the village to experience a new way of life in this secluded region

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Trip Highlights

  • Kathmandu sightseeing around UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Pokhara exploration with visit to Annapurna Conservation Area Project Museum
  • Naryansthan VDC exploration along visit to project sites of SWAN
  • Trek while getting insightful Gurung culture and tradition
  • Rewarding views of the Annapurna Himalayan Range and surrounding peaks
  • Spectacular sunrise views from Ghorepani and Poon Hill over the Himalayas
  • Explore scenic lake city of Pokhara
  • Visit various SWAN projects area Blind school, local women farmer groups, health care Centre etc
  • Get involved in fun filled wildlife jungle adventures at Chitwan National Park

Trip Itinerary

Hiking the Himalayan & Alternative trek:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Fly or drive to Pokhara. Sightseeing of Pokhara. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Sighseeing of Pokhara valley. Overnight at hotel

Day 05: Drive to Kusma (Kali Gandaki valley) Trek to Narayansthan village. Overnight at tented camp or home stay.

Day 06:  Explore Narayansthan village. Overnight at tented camp or home stay.

Day 07: Trek o Amalachaur (1550m, 4- 5hours) Overnight at tented camp or home stay.

Day 08: Trek ttto Mulabari (3-4 HOURS – 1850m) Overnight at tented camp or home stay.

Day 09: Trek back to Kusma and drive to Pokhara. Overnigh at hotel.

Day 10: Drive to Chitwan National Park. Overnight at resort.

Day 11 & 12:  Jungle activity. Overnigh at resort.

Day 13:  Fly ori drive back o Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.         

Day 14: Eco Trip Nepal representative will drop to Kathmandu international airport for onward destination.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu 1334m,

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you are met by our airport representative -- look out for your name on a sign in the arrivals area. They bring you to the hotel where your room is already booked. If you're feeling up to it, take some time to explore Kathmandu's medieval Backstreets. Discover buildings dating back to the 16th century. Make your way down to Thamel, the main tourist area in Kathmandu and a great place to dine. Choose one of the many Nepalese or international restaurants -- the food is excellent at places like New Orleans Cafe, Rum Doodle and Beer Garden. Enjoy your evening and take plenty of rest to recover from that Jetlag. The adventure begins tomorrow

Day 02: THE MAGICAL KATHMANDU

Kathmandu Darbar Square - Swayambhunath - Patan
Your local tour leader will meet you at the hotel and introduce you to the cities of Katmandu Valley. We begin our morning visiting Kathmandu’s main sites, including Durbar Square, Taleju Temple and the House of the Living Goddess. Durbar Square (UNESCO Heritage site), one of the old capitals of the Kathmandu valley, is a synthesis of Hindu and Buddhist temples, stupas and statues, and is often the site of festivals, marriages and other ceremonies. Kathmandu’s Durbar (palace) the heart of the capital was where the city’s kings were once crowned and legitimized, and from where they ruled. Next, we climb the many steps to Swayambhunath (UNESCO Heritage site) known by the name ‘the monkey temple’ with its commanding views of Kathmandu (at 1420 m), its whitewashed stupas and its unique synthesis of Buddhism and Hinduism. From here we can see the mighty Himalaya rising above the valley. Journey to nearby Patan (UNESCO Heritage site), the city of arts and architecture founded in AD 250 and known for its fine works in bronze, silver and copper. Many of these treasures can be seen in the new Patan Museum.  Time permits also visit the Tibetan Refugee Camp to watch a demonstration in carpet weaving.

Day 03: THE GATEWAY TO THE ANNAPURNA & DHAULAGIRI HIMAL

Pokhara – Phewa Lake

After breakfast fly to Pokhara, centre of the Western Development Region and traditional trading Centre in the shadow of the Annapurna Massif. During our half an hour flight the view of the mighty Himalayan range, including the Annapurna, Ganesh, Mt. Nilgiri, and Manasulu will be a life time experience. Upon arrival our local representative will transfer us to our hotel. Afternoon we walk along the shores of the Phewa lake allowing us to enjoy the magnificent scenery of the Pokhara valley. Birding at the shore of the lake is equally rewarding or we sit and relax in a cafe with a book. We’ll head for Moondance Cafe or Boomarang restaurant for dinner and drinks in the evening - great spots!

Day 04: DAY HIKE TO WORLD PEACE STUPA (1222m)

Peace Pagoda – Tibetan refugee Camp – Pokhara Mountaineering Museum 

After our leisurely breakfast, we take a traditional rowing boat across the lake, stopping off en-route to see the Bharai temple on a small island, walk across the hills through woods and traditional Gurung village, a pleasant hike to Peace Stupa at an elevation of 1222m, and most scenic short excursion from Pokhara. This day hike will offer us a captivating glimpse of rural life and the magnificent view of Annapurna range and the Pokhara valley itself. On our return journey the trial leads us down to the Tibetan self-help refugee camp through the forest and rice fields other side of the hill. Time permits, we also try to make a shor visit to the Annapurna Conservation natural history museum in Pokhara University campus and Pokhara mountaineering Museum.  

Day 05: TREK TO NARAYANSTHAN (1000 m   - 3 hours) - Alternative Village Trek

Kusma – Kaligandaki Valley - Narayansthan
We'll jump right into our vehicle for the scenic drive to Kusma where we'll set off for a trek. In Kusma, after organizing the gear and loads with the local porters, we trek down to the Kaligandaki river, one of the holy rivers of Nepal, and affords beautiful views of the Annapurna and Dhaulaghiri Mountain Ranges. After crossing the river over the first suspension bridge the trail follows the valley floor to the open meadow close to the river side where hot picnic lunch will be served.  We ascend 400 m to the traditional and beautiful village of Narayanthan where we'll camp for the first night above the Cliff in a beautiful pine forest.  We can see the crew setting up camp for us. We will introduce you to our dining tent and your personal tents. The camping spot is very magical with a dramatic view of the cliff and deep gorge overlooking Kusma Bazaar and surrounded by the rolling hills. . During the autumn & winter month’s one can enjoy observing different species of vultures and eagles, including Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, red headed Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Golden Eagle, Booted Eagle and many more. Enjoy the surrounding nature, have a cup of tea and watch Nepali life go by.

Tented camp or Home stay (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Yes)

Day 06:  EXPLORE NARAYANSTHAN VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT COMMEETTEE

Visit Local Farm House - Blind School – Health Care Centrer
Today we will take time to explore the village, meet the local people and get an insider's perspective on the local culture by drinking tea with a family in their home and exchange and enhance inter-cultural relationships. Visit various SWAN’s projects sites such as Blind school, local School, local women farmer groups, health care Centre etc. During the harvesting time one can join the local farmers harvesting crops in their fields. Evening, we go out for traditional dinner at local farm house (Aama’s Farm House) and join the local gathering for a typical cultural programme.

SWAN (www.swannepal.org) a local charity organisation has been running village development projects for many years in Narayansthan and Baglung district. Projects include national level health projects such as Mother & Child care programme, support to the local health posts, an integrated blind school,  pre-schools for “untouchable” children, and various schools support, micro credit for mother’s groups, goat breeding programmes, supporting local farmers for alternative farming for income generation.

Tented camp or Home stay (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Yes)

Day 07: TREK TO AMALACHAUR (1550m, 4- 5hours)

We trek the most scenic areas of an amazingly scenic country.

The next few days are classic trekking through Nepal's lush, green and diverse 'middle hills' following shimmering rivers and contouring around precipitous ridge lines. The villages we pass through are Hindu and Buddhist, and the architecture traditional mud-brick dwellings, rice paddies, terraced fields and fruit trees. If we're lucky we'll pass through villages celebrating some of the numerous Nepali festivals, very colorful and lively. We are following the routes that involve local communities in all aspects of conservation and development aiming to develop a model eco-trekking route to conserve the natural and cultural heritage. This route is a spectacular and interesting route through some of Nepal's most remote villages. We gently ascend up to  Amalachaur village from where one can get the most spectacular mountain views sweeping from east to west in a vast snowy expanse; Manaslu (8156m) the entire Annapurna massif with such prominent peaks as Annapurna II (7937m), Annapurna III & IV as well as Mt. Macchapuchare (6993m). 

Tented camp or Home stay (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Yes)

Day 08: HIKE TO MULABARI (3-4 HOURS – 1850m)

Bhairavsthan   - Mulabari – Bhakunde

A similar day of trekking to yesterday, today's destination is the even more interesting as we walk along the Bhairavsthan ridge to Mulabari for camp. The trail out of Amalachur runs gently uphill, through open fields and scattered villigages along the ridge to our camping ground. En-route, we will visit a local kindergarten supported by SWAN, a locally famous Bhairavsthan temple perches on the very edge of the gorge. The temple is dedicated to God Bhairab in his bloodthirsty incarnation of Lord Shiva, and twice a week faithful Pilgrims journey here to satisfy her bloodlust. Upon arrival set up camp together with the trekking team for overnight.

Time permits, we also visit Bhakunde village visiting the local Magar Tribe, explore surrounding and the Rhododendron forest, or  simply enjoy the breath-taking  panoramic views of several peaks above 8,000 m of altitude including Mt. Dahulagiri & Mt Annapurna from your camping ground. Rest of the day participate with the kitchen team in preparing dinner. It is likely that the local women visit us to perform their tribal dance at the camp to raise fund for their social projects.

Tented camp or Home stay (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: Yes)

Day 09: RETURN JOURNEY TO POKHARA

NAUDANDA – LAKE SIDE POKHARA
We descend downhill with wonderful views throughout and eventually reach Nayapool where we will end our trek. After saying good bye to our trekking team we jump into awaiting bus for our short, windinding but incredibly scenic return journey to Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist spots in Nepal, due to its situation on the lakes, beneath the Annapurna and Fishtail Mountains. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10: DRIVE TO CHITWON

Chitwon National Park (350m)

It is a beautiful journey on the Pokhara -Kathmandu highway, through Nepal's middle hill & Tarai, to the Royal Chitwon National Park. By making an early start we shall aim to reach our hotel for a late lunch. Enroute, we will make few stops to look for country life, birds like vultures, eagles, Wallcreeper & Braun Dipper in Trisuli River and its rocky walls. This evening we shall paddle down the Rapti River in search of water birds, crocodile or go for Elephant safari looking for Rhinos and Tigers. The Park comprises 1000 sq.km of Sal and riverine jungle and magnificent environment with a great variety of wildlife than any other area of Nepal. Over 480 species of birds have been recorded here and we can expect to see nearly one third of these, as well as many mammals and reptiles. These are likely to include the endangered Great One Horned Rhinoceros, wild boar, sambar, muntjc, spotted and hog deers, rhesus and hanuman monkeys, and possibly marsh muggar and fish eating gharial crocodiles. Tiger, leopard, sloth bears, and gaur (wild bison) are all common and regularly seen by the lucky ones!Overnight at resort.

Day 11-12:  HEART OF THE JUNGLE

Gharial crocodiles Breeding Centre

A full day based at the wildlife lodge we shall explore the jungle and search the grasslands for tigers, rhinos and other animals – on elephant back, and go bird-watching in the forest on foot. The dry Sal forest, Grassland dominates the Park and that hold a wide variety of species birds & mammals. This should be an outstanding day. Overnight at resort.

Day 13:  FLY BACK TO KATHMANDU

Another early morning walk or elephant ride, back to the lodge, where the vehicle is waiting to take us to Bharatpur airport and fly back to Kathmandu. We will enjoy our last day in Magical Kathmandu with plenty of time for shopping in Thamel the main tourist area of Kathmandu. Thamel is a myriad of banners, signs, music shops, bakeries, internet cafes, restaurants, bars, hotels, shops of all imaginable varieties and eccentrically clad backpackers. In the evening will head out for dinner on one of Kathmandu's excellent restaurants and farewell. Over dinner we will reflect our activities and personal insights.

Day 14: FINAL DEPARTURE

Sadly we send you off to the airport for your scheduled international service flight to your return journey back home.

Services

Included

  • Airport transfers
  • 3 night’s comfort hotel in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • 3 night’s comfort hotel in Pokhara with breakfast
  • 4 nights 5 days Project tour/trek in Narayansthan full board basis
  • 3 night's 4 days jungle safari tour on full board basis
  • All meals and accommodation in lodge, during the trek on full board basis
  • Service of trek guide, sherpa and Porter assistants
  • Accident and evacuation insurance for staffs and porters
  • Transportation by private vehicle
  • Entrance fees, necessary permits
  • Local guide and representative throughout the tour
  • Cell phone during tour/trek with free calls to emergency hot line
  • All meals marked as included in the itinerary

Excluded

  • Nepal Visa fee $ 35 (obtained at the airport immigration upon arrival – bring exact USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Emergency evacuation and oxygen cost, and medical-box
  • Alcoholic and bottled beverage, laundry, and tips
  • Expenses due to flight delay, sickness other contingencies
  • Extra night in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any unforeseen reason)
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu & Pokhara (and also in the case of early return from Mountain)
  • Travel and rescue insurance

 

Testimonials

SWAN Project & Hiking the Himalaya on 15 January to 24, 2015

hallo shyam namaste . i´m on the  Airport in bkk and everything is fine. ones more  many thank´s for the warming welcome in Nepal. I will do my best come again. hear you soon.

your Nepali friend Arnold from Austria


Nepal for Family 19 Oct. to 1 Nov. 2013

we had 14 beautiful days and everything was really good organized. Thanks a lot! the most impressiv part was the trekking tour and also the ride on the elephant, in this undiscribeble landscape all the people we met and had a smile on their faces.
We loved to give this smile back to them especial to the pupils who we could meet in the schools in Narayansthan. Good luck!

Heidi Grewing+Celina Wodraschka (Germany)

Die Trekking tour, die schone Nature, helle Atmosphare war das Beste.

Sherpa Team, Alles gut organisiert.

Karin Wiedner+Lukas Wiedner


Hiking the Himalaya 06 Oct. to 21 Oct. 2013

1) Will recommend you to friends

2) Maybe rush White Water Rafting more

3) One drive lunch was enough

4) Great experince + Memories.....

Jonathan Freemann (Australia)


Nepal for Family tour on 13 April to 26 April 2013

Staffs are very nice caring with the children, very good food, quick and very helpful. FANTASIK SERVICE.

The program/Itinerary was very good and full of interesting activities. However, we would recommend to cut the trekking down to 4 days and instead one more additional. Day swimming or Rafting at the river my sons enjoyed the most.

Petra Beford, Paul and Ben Perriere (Germany)

Sehr gute organisation, sehr nette Sherpas, die Rout war mit kindern gut zu bewaltigen, leckers Essen, eine tolle Erfahrung........ Silke Heiland (Germany)


Nepal for family on 24 December 2011 to 05 January 2012

Staffs are very friendly and helpful interesting, informing. it was nice to have Kontact with the people of the school and the village. We enjoied the journey in the most aspects and went home very satisfied

Thank you for everything

Regine+Lucia Cora (Germany)

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What makes this trip different?

Eco Trip Nepal has been working hand to hand with nonprofit social organization SWAN Nepal (Social Welfare Association of Nepal) from its initial years. We provide continuous support to SWAN financially as well as by organizing charity and volunteering tours in the remote village of Baglung district. Organizing your holiday through Eco Trip Nepal will not only provide the chance to explore the natural grandeur of Himalayan country Nepal but also you will be playing a vital role in bringing positive changes in the lives of local community.

Financial support to direct beneficiaries:  In all our programs, we strive to ensure that we only use local operators and try to source all provisions from local businesses, so you can be sure that some part of the money paid to us for arranging your holiday goes to the needy people of Nepal. The money you pay for touring and trekking through Eco Trip Nepal directly benefits the local people through SWAN as we provide them certain percentage of our profits from each and every trip on regular basis. Our guests experience true satisfaction together with enjoyment from Nepal holiday.

Local development through tourism: Eco Trip Nepal along with SWAN has been working together in discovering new routes, making plans into action and constantly working on how it can positively impact on local community development through tourism. In this way we have developed the Eco-tourism Project which focuses to flourish local tourism preservation of nature and cultural heritages.

Community Tourism: We help experience the best of Nepal through the eyes of the local Nepalese community. We enhance community based tourism to help our guests discover local habitats and wildlife; celebrate and respect traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom. In this way community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will promote community based management of these resources.

For more details, visit SWAN Nepal's website www.swannepal.org