Pokhara Volunteering and Trekking 2016 and 2017 - 21 Day Itinerary

Day 1 (10th of every month):

Your arrival in Kathmandu. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city by a Take on Nepal team member.

Day 2:

Your first day will begin with breakfast at your hotel. A Take on Nepal Team Member will provide orientation and information about the following day's trip to Pokhara.

After breakfast you will be guided to the famous Buddhist Swayambunath Temple in Kathmandu. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. The view of Kathmandu valley from the top of the temple is stunning. You will then enjoy a local lunch at a typical Nepali restaurant.

In the evening you will enjoy a traditional welcome Nepali dinner, after which you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and will be briefed on the following day's plans.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 3:

In the morning, you will catch a bus to Pokhara. Once you’ve check into your hotel and had a short rest, you will be taken on a lakeside tour and shown around the city.

[Breakfast included]

Day 4:

Boat Trip Across Lake Fewa.

After breakfast, you will take a boat across Lake Fewa to the magnificent Peace Pagoda (an important Buddhist site). The boat will take you back to Pokhara where you will spend the afternoon at your leisure, shopping or enjoying some rest time.

In the afternoon your guide will introduce you to your host family. Lama, Jyoti and their two children are incredible people. Lama is a former monk, he is the founder and coordinator of the children’s home where you will undertake your volunteer placement. Your time with Lama’s family will be very special and memorable.

Your guide will provide orientation and information about the following day's trek. You will be reminded of everything that is needed for your trek and shown shops to stock up for the trip ahead.

[Breakfast included.]

Day 5:

Pokhara to Naya Pul by road then trek to Thikhedhunga.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 6:

Trek to Ghoropani.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 7:

Poon hill for sunrise then trek to Tadapani.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 8:

Trek to Jhinu.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 9:

An early start followed by a trip to the Hot Springs at Ghandruk. Mornings are the best time as they are at their cleanest and least crowded.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 10:

One hour trek to Cane, followed by a 4WD or bus and back in Pokhara for lunch. Overnight at the hotel in Pokhara.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included]

Day 11:

On this day you will move in with your host family. You will spend time with the children at the children’s home after they arrive back from school.

[Breakfast and Dinner included]

Days 12- 18:

Your volunteer work commences. The duties that you will undertake at the children's home include:

Morning:

  • Serving breakfast to the children (tea and noodles/rice of some sort)
  • Washing the dishes, wiping the tables and sweeping the floors
  • Preparing vegetables for lunch - mainly peeling potatoes
  • Walking children to school
  • During school hours you can either have free time or assist Lama with duties such as decorating and cleaning

Afternoons:

  • Leave to collect the children from school which finishes at 4.00pm
  • On return the children tend to do some clothes washing and change clothes
  • Assist the children with their homework
  • Play with the children
  • Help serve dinner
  • Wash the dishes, wipe the tables and sweep the floor

You will finish your day with the kids at approximately 8pm

During your volunteer placement all breakfasts and dinners will be provided.

Day 19:

After you say your Goodbyes, you will hop on a bus and return to Kathmandu. Your guide will meet you at the bus stop and will accompany you to your hotel.

Day 20:

Your final day in Kathmandu is a free day for you to do as you choose. Many people take the time to shop (our local guide can advise you on the best shops in the area), others enjoy exploring the cultural side of the city.

In the evening, you will enjoy a final traditional Nepali meal with your guide. This is a time to reflect on the incredible journey that you have been on, and to say farewell to your guide.

[Breakfast & farewell dinner included]

Day 21

Final farewells! A guide will travel with you to the airport. We hope that you will have fond memories of your Take on Nepal trip and we look forward to seeing you in Nepal again.

Volunteers who are flying out on this day will be dropped off at the airport by our team members to catch departing flights. Anyone departing after this day will need to pay for their own accommodation from this point onwards, and will be responsible for their own transport to the airport.

[Breakfast included]


Trekking After Volunteering — Visit Everest Basecamp With Us

All of our volunteers are entitled to large discounts off our treks. (Everest Base Camp, the Three Passes, etc.) Contact us for more details.


Volunteer Deviations from the Planned Itinerary

At times, volunteers may have a need or requirement to leave the village, or may decide not to partake in some of the planned activities. For example: you may decide that a break from village life for a few days is needed and travel back to Kathmandu to spend those days in a hotel or guest house. Or, in rare cases, you may find that village life is too stressful or that conditions were not what you expected, and depart early from the volunteer program.

Everyone has different expectations and stress levels, and we fully understand that these sorts of events can happen. We do all we can to help and accommodate volunteers who need to take a break, or even leave early.

However, any extra costs associated with these sorts of deviations from the planned itinerary must be met by the volunteer. For example: if a 4 wheel drive vehicle needs to be hired to take someone back down to Kathmandu, or if one of our guides need to accompany a volunteer -- which would happen if someone wanted to travel back to Kathmandu. Any unplanned for stays in hotels would also have to be paid for by the volunteer.

These occurrences are rare, and the extra costs are only charged to the volunteer when it was their choice or circumstances that led to the deviation from the planned itinerary. Most volunteers stay with the volunteer group for the duration of the trip, but all volunteers should have access to emergency funds just in case.