4 Week Annapurna Trek and Community Support

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High­lights

Kathmandu introduction week and a week of volunteering included (this can be extended!)
Challenge yourself, push yourself and encourage your fellow hikers!
Meet and interact with the local people along the way
Trek over suspension bridges, beautiful forests and some of the best scenery in the world
Trek and volunteer! Hike to Annapurna base camp, some of the most incredible scenery in the world! Volunteer after the trek on your chosen project. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples
Groups
50+
For the ultimate volunteering and travel adventure, the Annapurna trek has to be one of the most stunning! At a slightly lower altitude than the Everest base camp, and with many variety in landscapes, this trek is one of the most stunning!

You will spend the first week on an introduction in the capital Kathmandu, before heading to Pokhara to start the Annapurna trek. After your trek you will spend a week volunteering back in Kathmandu at your chosen project!

This is a fantastic program to give back on your travels whilst exploring this amazing place. Below is an idea of what to expect.

First Week: Introduction Week – Kathmandu

Starting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, this week you will learn all about Nepalese culture, the language, dos and don’ts, and lifestyle of the local people. You will also visit temples, go on a hiking tour and even take part in a scavenger hunt race at a local market!

Second and Third Week: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Base Camp Trek starts from trailhead Nayapul, across riverbeds and terraced hillsides, past beautiful rhododendron flowers and oak forests, to picturesque villages of the Gurungs.

We will go on to the deep narrow corridor of Modi River Gorge, see a spectacular mountain amphitheatre formed by the towering peaks of Annapurna South, Fang, Annapurna I and III, Gangapurna, Glacier Dome and Machhapuchhre. The Annapurna Sanctuary Trek allows trekkers to pitch camp at approximately 14,000 ft, in the middle of stunning surroundings!

On return, we descend through the gorge and cross the Deorali Pass from where you can see views over the Kali Gandaki valley.

We have a rest day, usually at Ghorepani, where a short climb up to Poon Hill is worthwhile to get a sweeping view of the entire western Himalaya, including the giant Dhaulagiri. Don’t give this a miss!

Fourth Week: Community Service

After driving back to Kathmandu, you will have a choice of several volunteer projects for your final week. This is a great way to give back to the country and to really experience Nepalese hospitality.

You will have the chance to voluntter at the animal shelter aiding injured dogs. This is a popular project and very rewarding.

*This is a 4 week program which can be extended to spend more time volunteering at the end.

Typical day

Week 1: Introduction in Kathmandu
Day 1: Monday
  • Puja to the gods and goddess and name-giving ceremony
  • Go over the week’s schedule and handing over of documents
  • Introduction game to get to know fellow participants
  • Cultural seminar on social behavioural norms, dos and don’ts in Nepalese culture.
  • Cross-cultural orientation on eating and drinking habits, bathing, clothing, and toilet etiquette in Nepalese culture.
  • Go out to explore your surrounding around the program house
Day 2: Tuesday
  • Nepali language training
  • Talk on general health precautions and safety during the program
  • Cultural as well as historical orientation tour to Swoyambhunath temple.
  • Shopping at the local market
Day 3: Wednesday
  • Yoga and meditation session
  • Nepali language training
  • Lecture on religion and culture
  • A cultural as well as historical orientation tour to the famous Kirtipur (an ancient settlement of indigenous group of Kathmandu)
Day 4: Thursday
  • Nepali language training
  • Nepali cooking session
  • An amazing race for a Scavenger Hunt at the local market and orientation tour to an exclusive area of Kathmandu and tourist downtown.
Day 5: Friday
  • It’s all about hiking today! We will go on a nature trail into the mountains to get a view of Kathmandu valley.
  • Feedback sharing, evaluation
Day 6: Saturday
  • Free time to explore on your own or relax
Day 7: Sunday
  • Free time to explore on your own or relax

Week 2: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
Day 8: Monday
  • Bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara (200 km). 
  • Overnight stay at the volunteer house in Pokhara
Day 9: Tuesday
  • Pokhara to Tikhedhunga (1,577 m)
  • Two-hour drive to Nayapul (1070 m)
  • Trek following Bhurung Khola to reach Tikhedhunga
  • Overnight stay at a lodge
Day 10: Wednesday
  • Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani (2,855 m)
  • Ascend to Ulleri Village through a pleasant
  • Rhododendron forest and arrive at the top of Ghorepani pass
  • Overnight stay at a lodge
Day 11: Thursday
  • Ghorepani to Tadapani (2,680 m)
  • Early wake up and walk up to
  • Poon Hill for one hour to observe the sunrise and a magnificent mountain view
  • Walk back to Ghorepani for breakfast
  • Trek to Tadapani
  • Overnight stay at a lodge
Day 12: Friday
  • Tadapani to Chhomrong (2170 m)
  • An easy way down to Kimron
  • Khola for lunch
  • Ascend again to Chhomrong village which lies at the base of Himchuli at the elevation of 6,441m, which also offers a close view of Annapurna and Machhapuchhre
  • Overnight stay at a lodge
Day 13: Saturday
  • Chhomrong to Himalaya Hotel (2,873 m)
  • Forward to Kuldi Ghar for about 3 hrs and down to the bank of the Modi river viewing thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge
  • Passing by the pasture of Tomo and Panchen Barah, climb up to the hotel
  • Overnight stay at Himalayan Hotel
Day 14: Sunday
  • Himalayan Hotel to Annapurna Base Camp (4133 m)
  • Keeping up on the west bank of Modi, follow a more open valley at the side of
  • Machhapuchhre Base Camp
  • Overnight stay at a lodge

Week 3: Annapurna Base Camp Trek

Day 15: Monday
  • Annapurna Base Camp to Bamboo
  • Descend and follow the same way to a pleasant camp spot at Bamboo
  • Overnight stay at a lodge
Day 16: Tuesday
  • Bamboo to Jhinu
  • Walk up to Chhomrong and further way down to Jhinu
  • Overnight stay at a lodge
Day 17: Wednesday
Jhinu to Pothana (1980 m)
  • Walk downwards to Modi river
  • Ascend to Landrung, a beautiful Gurung village and lunch at Tolka
  • An easy ascent up to Deurali
  • Overnight stay at Pothana
Day 18: Thursday
  • Pothana to Pokhara (820 m)
  • About 3-4 hours easy way down via Dhampus village to Phedi
  • Then one hour drive to Pokhara
  • Overnight stay at the centre in Pokhara
Day 19: Friday
Drive back to Kathmandu by Bus
  • Overnight stay at the Centre
  • Day 20-21: Saturday to Sunday
  • Free days
  • Overnight stay at the volunteer house
Week 4 - Volunteering in Kathmandu

Day 22-26: Monday to Friday.
  • Working with rescued dogs at our Canine Rehabilitation project
  • This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Free-time activities

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is an incredible place! The contrast of decaying buildings, smell of incense, street sellers, historic temples and incredible mountain views will invigorate your senses and keep you inspired to learn more about the amazing history and culture. For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined.

Pokhara, is a must see for truly spectacular scenery, adventure activities and food. Situated approx 5-6 hours by bus from Kathmandu, the bus trip alone is worth the journey. Here you will witness the awe and glory of the Himalayas. Pokhara has a chilled out vibe and great to relax and unwind form the busy pace of Kathmandu. You can enjoy a clear view of snow-capped mountains just 20 KM’s in the distance. Be sure to check out the adventure sports such as paragliding or white water rafting and of course world famous treks in and around the Annapuma Mountain range
Climbing
Hiking
Museum/
Opera
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Sightseeing
Sports
Yoga/
Meditation

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
If volunteering with kids and a police check or working with children check
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

What's Included

Services by Involvement Volunteers IVI
Airport transfers as per the policy – Airport Pickup in Kathmandu – Tribhuvan International Airport
Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities-
Logistical management support in case of emergencies
Authentic Nepali meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan
Accommodation at hotels, tea houses, and at our accommodation facility – Shared accommodation
Local transportation to all venues
Entry fees to all places
Extensive pre departure information
Overland public local transportation
Training & supervision as required
Use of necessary equipment incl program materials
24/7 emergency assistance, volunteer support, local guiding and advice
Touring & excursions as per itinerary
Certificate of Completion 
Airport Pickup at Tribhuvan International Airport
Airport 
Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)

Arrival Time(s)
Sunday 06:00 to 24:00
Accommodation
All accommodation is included during your stay on our program within the schedules/ itineraries provided. Your stay will be comfortable, clean and secure with basic modern amenities.

(First & last week)

Located in the heart of Kathmandu, about 1 hours drive from the airport, the large volunteer center has 4-6 people sharing one room. They have modern bathrooms; a modern kitchen and dining room, mini library, a fully furnished living room; live-in staff on call 24/7; a garden complete with a comfortable covered area and 24/7 security.  

Centrally located, there are several gym’s nearby as well as local supermarkets, ATM’s, mobile phone shops etc.  For couples or those wanting more privacy, there are upgrade accommodation options available for an additional cost.  This must be booked well in advance and is subject to availability. 

Wifi in public areas- quality is not the best though. You may want to purchase a local SIM data plan. There is also a T.V, DVD player, computer, Laundry facilities (at an additional fee), Lockable rooms, Hot shower, Private bathrooms, Bed Linen (no towels), Mosquito protection and Fans (no air-con).

(Second & third week)

You’ll stay in a local guest houses and/or tea houses along defined trekking routes.


Bedroom (Double) Bedroom (Single) Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
Kathmandu accommodation includes 3 Meals p/day weekdays,  2 Meals p/day weekends (mostly vegetarian cuisine). 

During the trek you will be provided with three meals a day. The meals will be Nepalese food served at the tea house, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. There may be some meat and Western dishes available in some tea houses. 
Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Nepal.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Nepal provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Nepal you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Nepal.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Program starts every Monday. Arrivals on Sat/ Sun. If arriving on Sat, an extra night is charged.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
4 - 4 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
4 weeks (min. stay)
$1,770
4 weeks (max. stay)
$1,770
Average fees
$443 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Involvement Volunteers IVI will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Involvement Volunteers IVI during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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4 Week Annapurna Trek and Community Support

Trek and volunteer! Hike to Annapurna base camp, some of the most incredible scenery in the world! Volunteer after the trek on your chosen project.

$443/week

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