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Australian International School of Singapore Nepal Service Journey

Australian International School of Singapore Nepal Service Journey

Trip Highlights

  • Working alongside the community to improve and upgrade the educational facilities
  • Visiting schools in the lower Khumbu region benefiting from the REED and TTQE programs
  • Returning home with an insight into the Nepali culture
  • Enjoying a spectacular trek in the lower Khumbu region
  • Experience local Sherpa villages on the trek with our expert local leader
  • Exploring the cultural delights of Kathmandu
  • Members of the group working closely with each other helping with the delegation process
  • Enjoying 3 hearty meals per day on the trek, prepared by our experienced cooks

Trip Summary

This unique journey, put together specifically for the AIS students, is a wonderful way to hands on help a community in need, whilst enjoying an adventure of a lifetime! Our journey will start well before we arrive in Nepal, with planning and fundraising throughout the year. On arrival in Kathmandu, we have a full trip briefing with our experienced local leader and prepare for our trek and community project. We fly into the remote Lower Khumbu region and spend the next 3 days at our project site at Phaplu Community School. Over the coming months we will consult with the village heads on what work needs to be completed at the school and liaise back with the teachers and students at AIS. We will work with the local community in what will be an extremely rewarding adventure. We then complete a stunning trek, visiting schools currently running REED and AHF scholarship programs, before heading back to Kathmandu. A truly wonderful experience!

Itinerary

After months of planning and preparation the wait is finally over! You will need to check in at Singapore International Airport at least 2 hours prior to your flight. On arrival at Kathmandu airport you will be met by World Youth Adventures and World Expeditions and transferred to your hotel. Your local guide will meet you and we will have a full pre-trek briefing at around 5pm, where arrangements will be made for the distribution of your kit bag, sleeping bag and down/fiberfill jacket. We will then head out and enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Kathmandu Gangjong Hotel

Meals:  D

Following breakfast we will travel to the airport for our short flight to Phaplu. On arrival we will meet our crew and take a short trek to the Phaplu Community school and renew our acquaintance with the teachers and students. Upon arrival in the school we’ll be welcomed warmly by the local community who we will be working alongside for the next 3 days, before settling into our campsite. This afternoon we’ll take a tour of the small village and the project site. We will meet the local team of workers and discuss the project and work to be carried out. The students will be required to split into groups and take on the variety of tasks at hand. Our group will be involved in the labouring tasks of the project, no trade skills are required as such as we have a local skilled team working with us. However, you must be prepared to roll up your sleeve's and muck in to ensure the project is finished on time. The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow concept offering the opportunity to help a remote community in need. This is a unique experience and aids to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse peoples and cultures that live in it. This style of travel not only benefits the local community but also helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, team work, fitness and key life skills. Overnight wilderness camp.

Meals:  B,L,D

Upon arrival in the school we’ll be welcomed warmly by the local community who we will be working alongside for the next 2 days, before settling into our campsite. We will meet the local team of workers and discuss the project and work to be carried out. The students will be required to split into groups and take on the variety of tasks at hand. Our group will be involved in the labouring tasks of the project, no trade skills are required as such as we have a local skilled team working with us. However, you must be prepared to roll up your sleeve's and muck in to ensure the project is finished on time. The project is set up alongside our Travel, Give, Grow concept offering the opportunity to help a remote community in need. This is a unique experience and aids to help foster respect for the natural world as well as the diverse peoples and cultures that live in it. This style of travel not only benefits the local community but also helps develop confidence, resilience, tolerance, problem solving abilities, team work, fitness and key life skills. Over the course of the next two days we will work hard alongside the local community and a local labour force to complete our tasks. Following a hearty breakfast each morning we’ll work for around 2 hrs before stopping for morning tea. We resume work for another 2-3 hrs before stopping for lunch. After a break we complete another 2-3 hrs of work before finishing up for the day. This is a fun part of the day, as we get to play sports and games with the local students from the school before enjoying our evening meal in the mess tent. Overnight wilderness camp

Meals:  B,L,D

We finish any work required at the project before enjoying a hand over ceremony with the local community people. This is a wonderful, rewarding and often sad experience as we leave our new friends. It is also an important process as we hand the running of the completed site back to the Community. All projects must be sustainable for the local community to take ownership for the future. We then trek to Loding and visit the Loding school who AIS have an ongoing relationship with. We trek back to Phaplu and transfer by jeep for two hours through the Solu Khumbu district headquarters in Salleri to the road head at Nele village. After a break to explore the market at Nele there is a gradual ascent for just over an hour, across open meadows, to a magnificent campsite that affords panoramic views south across the foothills. Overnight wilderness camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The trail ascends gradually to a ridge that affords uninterrupted views of the peaks including Ama Dablam, that form the mountain divide between the lower Solu Khumbu and the Makalu Basin. The trail then descends through mixed forest and terraced fields to the tiny school at Moral where the AHF currently have a sponsorship program in place. We take a break from trekking and visit the school before completing a further descent (steep in places) to Rampur village, located just above the Kaku Khola River. Overnight wilderness camp Trek approx 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise at dawn and enjoy a hearty cooked breakfast we continue our trek high above the Kaku Khola affording a bird’s eye view across the villages and settlements of the lower Solu Khumbu. We re-visit the Basa Village School we originally visited in 2014 before continueing to Khali School via Kashtap. We will either camp at the school or continue to one of the outlying villages in the vicinity. Overnight wilderness camp Trek approx 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Our trek to Taksindu via Nunthala (2200m.) will take approximately 7 hours. We start with a gentle ascent to the Dudh Koshi River (Milk River) and for the next 2 hours pass through through agricultural farming land and small Sherpa and Rai settlements. From the Dudh Koshi river, your trail slowly descends all the way to Juving (1680m) a large Rai village and farming land. From there your trail follows a reasonably flat path for 45 minutes and then rises steeply for one and a half hours to the Takshindo La Pass (3100m). From this point, you can see excellent mountain views. On arrival in Taksindu we will visit the Taksindu Monastery. Overnight wilderness camp Trek approx 7 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

We wake to stunning mountain views and enjoy a cooked breakfast from our crew. They may even have some Vegemite on hand for those missing this curious Australian treat. Today is our last day of trekking as we depart from Taksindu (2930m) to Phaplu (2364 m.) The beginning of the trek is a slight descent for nearly one and half hours to Phurtung (2900m.). From here, you will have views of Mount Everest, Thamserku (6623m.), Kantega (6780m.), Kusum Kangaru (6370m.) and Mera Peak (6650m.) We then gently descend to Ringmo Khola (2500m.) and continues through farmlands to Phaplu village and our last night in the mountains before flying back to Kathmandu tomorrow. Overnight wilderness camp Trek approx 5 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we rise early for breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Kathmandu. On arrival we check in, enjoy a debriefing and visit the famous RumDoodle restaurant for a celebration meal and where we can leave our signatures on the wall in permanent marker. Overnight Kathmandu Gangjong Hotel

Meals:  B,D

This morning is at leisure before transferring to the airport for your flight to Singapore.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 10 dinners
  • all local guide, crew and cooks tips
  • trek pre-departure information guide, with all you need to know for your trek
  • hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on a twin share basis
  • internal flight Kathmandu/Paphlu/Kathmandu
  • all internal transport by private bus or jeep where mentioned
  • gear package including kit bag, sleeping bag and liner, insulated sleeping mat and down or fibre-filled jacket on loan on trek
  • all meals while trekking
  • porters to carry all group equipment including porter's insurance
  • group leader, sirdar, guides and kitchen staff who can cater for any dietary requirements
  • community project: services of a qualified local tradespeople to oversee and direct the project and materials necessary to complete the work. (fund raised by the students)
  • emergency medical kit
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits

What's Not Included

  • vaccination or visas
  • items of a personal nature such as personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, etc
  • travel insurance
  • International Airfares ex Singapore

Upcoming Travel Dates

 

AT A GLANCE

Duration:11 Days
Countries:Nepal
Activities:Community Project
Trekking
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG4483