Special Uni Student Volunteer Programs 2017, 2018 & 2019 - 21 Day Itinerary

Day 1

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. All volunteers in your group, regardless of where they come from or when they arrive, will be housed initially in the same hotel, giving you the opportunity to get to know them from Day 1.

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 trek. You will be reminded of everything that is needed for your time in Batase village and shown shops to stock up for the trip ahead. As Kathmandu is the starting point for all Himalayan trekkers, many shops do exist to cater to Western tastes, though they are quite basic. Any luxuries you cannot do without should be brought with you from home. It's also a good idea to carry a stock of energy bars (or chocolate), as these can be difficult to get hold of once you reach the village. These bars could prove a life-line if you find the local village food difficult to eat.

As well as chocolate bars, we recommend that you purchase toilet paper and any other essential items that you may have forgotten. You will also be able to hire/purchase a sleeping bag from a shop in Kathmandu.

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. The group will then enjoy a local lunch at a typical Nepali restaurant. The time after lunch is allocated for purchasing items for your time in the village.

The group will come together after shopping to enjoy a traditional 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 & evening meal included]

Day 3

Time to hit the road, so put on your walking boots. The day will start early with a 7am breakfast at you hotel, after which a car/mini bus will take you on a one hour drive to Sundarijal on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Your walk to Chisopani will begin in Sundarijal. The trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani takes about six hours. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail enters through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka, with Tamang inhabitants. The route heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2300m.)

This will be a long day, taking in some truly stunning scenery, and should provide you with some great memories. The pace will be slow, so you don't need to be super-fit to enjoy the experience.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 4

You will be woken up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range. We strongly encourage everyone to wake up to this unforgettable experience.

After breakfast, we will commence our downhill walk to Patybanjyang, where you will experience some great views of the Himalayas. After a short stop in Patybanjyang, we will walk uphill towards Batase Village. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, and you will look across a vast valley and see rice fields, villages and people going about their daily lives in rural Nepal. This section of the walk will take you along the ridge of a mountain overlooking the other surrounding mountains. Many travellers have commented on it being a humbling experience. Upon arriving in Batase village at approximately 3pm, you will meet Som's family and enjoy your first meal in the village.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 5 - Day 14

After breakfast every morning you will go to the local school to teach your class. Some volunteers pair up to work in the classroom and others work independently. The teachers are very welcoming and the students are ready to learn.

You will return to the hostel at 1pm for lunch. After lunch you will be given the option of returning to the school to continue teaching the students, or spend the afternoon planning and developing your lessons for the following day of teaching.<,p>

Lunch and evening meals will be provided each day, cooked fresh by our chef.

[All meals included]

Day 15

On your final morning you will enjoy breakfast before commencing an adventurous Mini Bus/4WD journey back down to Kathmandu. You will depart Batase village at approximately 10am and will stop in a small town for a local style lunch at approx 1pm.

The Mini Bus/4WD trip in an incredible experience in itself. You will pass through small villages with spectacular mountain views.

You will arrive in Kathmandu at approx 3pm, where you will dropped off at your hotel and given much needed time to relax and shower!

[Breakfast & lunch included]

Day 16

Today will be spent exploring some of the cultural sights of Kathmandu including the world's largest stupa Boudhanath.

[Breakfast included]

Day 17

Today you will have an early morning breakfast and drive to Chitwan by mini bus or car, 150 kilometres from Kathmandu. The beautiful drive will take you through lush forest and along the banks of the Trisuli river. Upon arrival, you will check into the hotel, after which you will be informed about your upcoming activities. The afternoon will be spent enjoying bird watching and in the evening you will attend a Tharu Cultural show.

[Breakfast & evening meal included]

Day 18

After breakfast, you will be taken on an Elephant Jungle Safari into Chitwan National Park, where you will be exposed to a myriad of animal and bird life while riding an elephant.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 19

You will be transported back to Kathmandu. The journey will take approximately 6 hours, and you will travel along rivers, through villages and rugged countryside until reaching the city.

[Breakfast included]

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 group. This is a time to reflect on the incredible journey that you have been on, and to say farwells to some of the Take on Nepal team members.

[Breakfast & farewell dinner included]

Day 21

Final farewells! A local 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, Annapurna, 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.