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A Better Schoolies: 3 Weeks in Nepal 21 Days - from $3990 AUD

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Overview

Take on Nepal are pleased to offer high school graduates an exciting alternative to Schoolies on the Gold Coast. How about 3 weeks in Nepal, where you’ll experience a life changing and enriching encounter amongst the mightiest mountains in the world. This unique itinerary has something for everyone. Exploring Kathmandu, hiking the Himalayas and crossing mighty rope bridges, volunteering in remote villages with the most awesome people you could meet and a jungle safari in Chitwan. A fully guided, supported and inclusive experience.

Step outside your comfort zone and into a world that comes straight from the pages of a National Geographic magazine.

Highlights

  • Kathmandu
  • Buddhist Temples
  • Himalayan Mountains
  • Volunteering at local school
  • Batase Village
  • Chitwan Jungle Safari
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Introduction & Exploration
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Chisopani
  • Day 4: Chisopani to Batase Village
  • Day 5: Batase Village
  • Day 6: Batase Village – The Volunteer Work Begins
  • 7: Batase Village – Volunteer Work
  • Day 8: Batase Village – Final Day of Volunteering
  • Day 9: Departure from Batase Village
  • Day 10: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Ulleri
  • Day 12: Ulleri to Ghorepani
  • Day 13: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
  • Day 15: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 16: Pokhara- Free day
  • Day 17: Drive to Chitwan
  • Day 18: Jungle Walk & Canoeing
  • Day 19: Jeep Safari
  • Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Final Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Farewell
  • Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)
  • Day 2: Kathmandu Introduction & Exploration
  • Day 3: Kathmandu to Chisopani
  • Day 4: Chisopani to Batase Village
  • Day 5: Batase Village
  • Day 6: Batase Village – The Volunteer Work Begins
  • 7: Batase Village – Volunteer Work
  • Day 8: Batase Village – Final Day of Volunteering
  • Day 9: Departure from Batase Village
  • Day 10: Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 11: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Ulleri
  • Day 12: Ulleri to Ghorepani
  • Day 13: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani
  • Day 15: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara
  • Day 16: Pokhara- Free day
  • Day 17: Drive to Chitwan
  • Day 18: Jungle Walk & Canoeing
  • Day 19: Jeep Safari
  • Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Final Day in Kathmandu
  • Day 21: Farewell

Itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival Day (1400m)

Elevation: 1,400m

Distance: 7km Drive to Thamel.

Arrive in Kathmandu. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city, by our awesome Take on Nepal team.

[Welcome dinner included]

Day 2: Kathmandu Introduction & Exploration

Day 2: Kathmandu Introduction & Exploration

Elevation: 1,400m

Distance: 5 -10km walk.

Begin the day with breakfast at your hotel. A Take on Nepal Team Member will provide orientation and information about the following day’s trek, to Chisopani. You will be reminded of everything that is needed for your time in the village and shown shops to stock up for the trip ahead.

After breakfast you’ll 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 in the evening, to enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner, after which you will have the opportunity to discuss any concerns and will be briefed on the following days plans.

[Breakfast and lunch included]

Day 3: Kathmandu to Chisopani

Day 3: Kathmandu to Chisopani

Elevation: 1,400m – 2100m

Distance: 15km drive 13km walk.

Time to hit the road, so put on your walking boots. The day starts early, with a 7am breakfast at your hotel, after which a car/mini bus will take you on a one hour drive to Sundarijal, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani takes about six hours. 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: Chisopani to Batase Village

Day 4: Chisopani to Batase Village

Elevation: 2,100m – 1,800m

Distance: 8km walk.

Wake up early to enjoy sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range. We strongly encourage everyone to wake up to this unforgettable experience. After breakfast, we commence our downhill walk to Patybanjyang, where you’ll experience some great views of the Himalayas. After a short stop in Patybanjyang, we’ll walk uphill towards Batase Village. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, looking across a vast valley to see rice fields, villages and people going about their daily lives in rural Nepal. 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: Batase Village

Day 5: Batase Village

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: School and Village walks.

The sounds and sights of the village, children chattering, cocks crowing and a sunrise over the Himalayas is what will greet you this morning. Enjoy it with a hot cup of tea, in the shadow of snow topped mountains, followed by a group orientation session with your group leader. After breakfast, you’ll be guided to the village school where you’ll be introduced to the principal, teachers and students. You will return to the volunteer hostel for lunch.

Dinner will be provided at approximately 6:30 pm. The evening is your free time to do with as you choose. Many volunteers have loved spending time with the hostel children, teaching and learning through stories, dance and song around the fire.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 6: Batase Village – The Volunteer Work Begins

Day 6: Batase Village – The Volunteer Work Begins

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: School and Village walks.

After breakfast, you’ll go to the local school where you’ll be connected with the village students. During your time at the school you’ll be sharing knowledge and stories, we encourage you to bring photos from home. It’s a time to have fun with the village students, play some soccer, teach some dance moves and get creative. The students of Batase will embrace this opportunity and will be excited to share their village life with you

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

7: Batase Village – Volunteer Work

7: Batase Village – Volunteer Work

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: School and Village walks.

After breakfast, you’ll go to the local school where you’ll be connected with the village students. During your time at the school you’ll be sharing knowledge and stories, we encourage you to bring photos from home. It’s a time to have fun with the village students, play some soccer, teach some dance moves and get creative. The students of Batase will embrace this opportunity and will be excited to share their village life with you.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 8: Batase Village – Final Day of Volunteering

Day 8: Batase Village – Final Day of Volunteering

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: School and Village walks.

On this, your last day of volunteering, you’ll spend the morning at the village school. You’ll enjoy your last lunch in the village. After lunch, you’ll say your goodbyes to the teachers and the students, before returning to the hostel.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 9: Departure from Batase Village

Day 9: Departure from Batase Village

Elevation: 1,800m – 1,400m

Distance: 7km Walk and 40km drive to Kathmandu

Enjoy your final breakfast in the village, before a 2-3 hour walk down the mountain to catch a bus to Kathmandu. This is an experience in itself.

[Breakfast included]

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara

Day 10: Drive to Pokhara

Elevation: 1,400mm to 1,400m

Distance: 50km, 8 Hour drive

You will depart Kathmandu early in the morning and arrive into Pokhara at approximately 3pm. It’s an interesting drive, with a stop along the way for lunch. Your hotel in Pokhara will be close to the Lakeside.

[Breakfast included]

Day 11: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Ulleri

Day 11: Drive to Naya Pul and Trek to Ulleri

Elevation: 1,540m – 2,100m

Distance: 50km drive and 4km trek.

Today you begin your trek after a 90-minute drive to our starting point, Naya Pul. You will trek to the Gurung village of Ghandruk and if you arrive with time to spare, a visit to the Gurung museum in Ghandruk is a must do.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 12: Ulleri to Ghorepani

Day 12: Ulleri to Ghorepani

Elevation: 2,100m – 2,850m

Distance: 9km

Today you will enjoy incredible views of the Himalayan mountains. You’ll see the infamous Fishtail mountain, Annapurna South and Himchuli. It’s a challenging day, with much uphill walking, but ends with an easy downhill walk into Chhomrong. Chhomrong is located in the foothills of the mighty Annapurna Massive.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 13: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani

Day 13: Sunrise Trek to Poon Hill and Trek to Tadapani

Elevation: 2,850m- 3,210m- 2,706m

Distance: 11km

Your day of trekking begins with a steep downhill walk, until you cross a river spanned by a suspension bridge. You’ll walk uphill and through forest, until you begin a pleasant downhill walk into the village of Bamboo.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 14: Tadapani to Ghandruk

Elevation: 2,706m- 1,950m

Distance: 8km

It will be chilly this morning as we go through the bamboo forest. You’ll exit the deep forest after reaching the Himalaya Hotel. Once existing the forest, you’ll be greeted with spectacular views of a river and the landscape it flows through.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 15: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara

Day 15: Ghandruk to Naya Pul and Drive to Pokhara

Elevation: 1,950m- 1,400m

Distance: 5km Trekking, 60km drive.

Today will be your final day of trekking. After arriving at Naya Pul, a vehicle will pick you up and take you to Pokhara.

[Breakfast & lunch included]

Day 16: Pokhara- Free day

Day 16: Pokhara- Free day

Elevation: 1,400m

Distance: Resting and shopping

Today is a well deserved rest day in Pokhara. There’s plenty of things for you to do in this beautiful lakeside town.

[Breakfast and lunch included]

Day 17: Drive to Chitwan

Day 17: Drive to Chitwan

Elevation: 1,400m –

Distance: 60km drive.

Today, enjoy an early morning breakfast, before driving to Chitwan by mini bus or car. The beautiful drive will take you through lush forest and along the banks of the Trisuli river. Upon arrival, check into the hotel and learn about your upcoming activities. The afternoon will be spent enjoying bird watching, with a Tharu Cultural show in the evening.

[Breakfast & evening meal included]

Day 18: Jungle Walk & Canoeing

Day 18: Jungle Walk & Canoeing

Elevation: 4,15m

Distance: 5km walk.

After breakfast, you’ll be taken on a Jungle walk into Chitwan National Park. This is a fully guided experience led by a knowledgeable host, who will show you a myriad of animal and bird life. A truly special experience.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 19: Jeep Safari

Day 19: Jeep Safari

Elevation: 4,15m

Distance: 20km Drive.

This morning it’s a 4-hour guided jeep safari, which will take you deep into the jungle. During this safari, your guide will point out the incredible wildlife living in its natural habitat. There’s a good chance you will see a rhino and if you’re lucky, you might see a tiger or even a sloth in the wild. A stop at the crocodile breeding centre will allow you to understand what the government is doing to protect the creatures, that were at one stage close to extinction. [Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu

Day 20: Drive back to Kathmandu

The journey back to Kathmandu will begin after breakfast. It will take approximately 8 hours and you’ll travel along rivers, through villages and rugged countryside, until reaching the city.

[Breakfast included]

Day 21: Final Day in Kathmandu

Day 21: Final Day in Kathmandu

Elevation: 1,400m

Distance: City walks and Shopping.

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’ll enjoy a final traditional Nepali meal with your team. This is a time to reflect on the incredible journey that you have been on, and to say farewells to some of the Take on Nepal team members.

[Breakfast & farewell dinner included].

Day 21: Farewell

Day 21: Farewell

Elevation: 4,15m

Distance: 7km Drive to Kathmandu Airport.

Final farewells! Your team will assist you to get to the airport and will look forward to seeing you in Nepal again.

[Breakfast included]

Dates

DatesAvailableCost (AUD)
18 November 2020 - 8 December 2020 Available$3990
1 December 2020 - 21 December 2020 Available$3990

Inclusions

What's Included

  • Your International Airfare from Cairns to Kathmandu
  • All accommodation
  • A professional English speaking guide
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide), porters to carry luggage
  • Meals: All breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinners, all meals in Batase village and on the trek. Full details on meals provided each day are outlined in the detailed itinerary above.
  • Entry into all cultural sites and National Parks
  • All transportation within Nepal
  • All government and local taxes
  • A comprehensive medical kit
  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • All necessary paper work and permits (ACAP, TIMS)
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu and teahouses during the trek
  • All government and local taxes

What's Not Included

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Additional hot drinks
  • Deserts and entrees
  • Hot shower
  • Internet Access
  • Travel insurance and evacuation insurance
  • Phone Calls
  • Charging of your devices
  • Bottled or boiled water
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guides and porters

Checklists

Clothing and Equipment

The mistake many people make, is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking, 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

Clothing

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Equipment and Other

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

FAQ's

Trekking and Volunteering

How do I book or reserve a place on one of your treks?

You can make a booking by clicking this link.

When do your treks depart?

Treks depart each month, throughout the year. Dates vary depending on the arrival date of a particular group. We can accommodate different departure dates in the same month if required.

When trekking, do we have to travel as part of a group?

No. If you are a couple or small group, and you wish to travel alone, we can accommodate you. We try to bring trekkers together into groups as we find it’s a more enjoyable experience for all, but if you wish a more individual trek for yourself or your companions, we’d be happy to arrange this.

About Volunteering

How do I apply to become a volunteer?

You can apply by clicking this link.

How much spending money will I need as a volunteer?

You will have access to ATMs in Kathmandu. We recommend that you carry a minimum of $100 cash with you, make sure this is in $10s and $20s, as you will be paying for your visa at the airport and it safeguards against any issues when you have the correct money.

Some people have asked how much extra money they should take with them. Most of your expenses are covered by the money you have paid, but if you enjoy shopping (and the shopping in Kathmandu is fantastic!), we recommend that you budget around $350 for your stay.

All volunteers should have access to an emergency fund, in the event they decide volunteer life is not for them, or they decide to take a break from village life for a few days. In circumstances such as these, the volunteer would need to cover the costs of transport when departing the village early, and the costs of any extra stays in hotels. For this reason, we recommend that volunteers carry an ATM card so that they can access emergency funds from home if required.

Where will I be staying during my volunteer program?

Your accommodation in Kathmandu and Chitwan will be in a hotel with ensuite facilities. You will share your room with someone of the same sex. In the village you will be housed in hostel type accommodation. You will share your room with a maximum of 3 other people and the facilities are shared. Village accommodation is basic but comfortable, and the rooms are clean.

I want to volunteer with my friends? Can we work and stay together?

We are very happy for you to share the experience with your friends and we will work with you to ensure that you can be accommodated together during your time in Nepal.

I’m only 17, can I still volunteer?

You must be 18 by the date of departure. We do provide the option for a parent/guardian to sign paperwork that grants permission for you to join the program if you are under 18. We would also encourage you to consider inviting an older family member to accompany you on the program to Nepal.

I’m not a university student. Can I still volunteer?

Yes! As long as you are willing to volunteer and improve the lives of the villagers in Nepal, we are more than happy for you to join the program.

I’m ready to go but my parents are worried!

We strongly encourage your parents to contact us, as we welcome parental involvement. We will answer any questions your parents may have through email or telephone contact.

What if I need to cancel?

Once we have accepted your application, we begin to incur costs for you, as we book accommodation, internal travel, reserve your spot in the game park and so on. So your deposit is non-refundable.

Practicalities

What should I wear on my feet while trekking?

Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.

How much money do you recommend I bring with me for my trek?

Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.

What can I expect to happen if the flight in/out of Lukla is cancelled or delayed?

This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.

How much weight can my porter carry?

We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.

Will I have access to the internet and other telecommunications during my trek?

You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.

Can you provide me with more information on your terms and conditions and also information on your cancellation policy?

Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!

Health & Safety

How do I know if I’m physically strong enough for the trek?

If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.

How will I be supported if I have an injury, or if I become sick during the trek?

Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.

How will I adjust to the change in altitude?

At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works!  If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.

I’m a female, is it safe for me to travel alone?

As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.

Trekking In Nepal

What does an average day of trekking in Nepal look like?

You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.

What kind of accommodation is used?

Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.

Where and what will we be eating during our trek?

On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!

What training do my guides have?

All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.

Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.

What precautions do I need to take in relation to drinking water?

You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.

Getting Organised

Do I need insurance or vaccinations?

Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.

Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.

What do you recommend that I take on my trip with me?

The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.

  • Heavy fleece long sleeve top
  • Mid weight long sleeve top
  • Zip-off full leg hiking pants and additional pair of hiking shorts
  • Stretch/lycra type full leg pants
  • Thermal fleece style long pants
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket with hood (Gore-Tex or equivalent) or Down Jacket
  • Thermal long sleeve tops (2)
  • Thermal long johns (1)
  • 2 T-shirts for hiking (polyester or equivalent with good wicking properties –cotton is not recommended)
  • 2 T-shirts for ‘after hiking’ (cotton is okay)
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with waterproof outer shell
  • Lightweight gloves (synthetic or poly-prop)
  • Warm hat / beanie and neck-warmer
  • Underwear (3 – 4 pairs)
  • Additional set of thermal underwear (can double up as pyjamas)
  • 3 – 4 pairs heavy weight woolen hiking socks
  • 2 pairs lightweight / thin comfortable socks
  • 1 pair of sturdy hiking boots with spare laces
  • Joggers or sandals for the end of the day when your trek has finished.

Your packing list should include the following equipment:

  • Light weight head torch (LED)
  • Digital camera
  • Backpack (30 – 40 litres)
  • Sleeping bag inner sheet (optional but nice to have)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle, buy in Kathmandu (1 litre capacity)
  • Trekking poles (optional)
  • Waterproof leucoplast tape or similar for preventing blisters (available at chemists)
  • Small personal towel
  • Personal toiletries (include soap for washing clothes)
  • Wet Wipes (100 plus)
  • First aid kit (Optional)
  • Sweets / chocolate (buy in Kathmandu)
  • Tissues
  • Lip Balm

If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.

What items should I NOT take with me for my trek?

Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.

What about entry fees into national parks and trekking permits, do you organize that?

We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.

What time of year do you recommend I undertake my trek?

All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.

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Will I be able to do this?

Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.

Do I need to have a guide?

You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.

I understand that my guide and porter may be female. Can you give me more information about this?

In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.

As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.

The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.

Can I take my children to Everest Base Camp?

It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.

Do I need to undertake a training program to complete my trek?

This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.

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Testimonials

Highly recommended!!! I left with Take on Nepal three days after my final IB exam and my life completely changed. Please take this opportunity.

Christina Lee, (Koria, Nobember 2018)

Traveled to Nepal with these guys at the end of last year, the guides are absolutely amazing people, really kind and caring and the scenery at batase village is stunning along with the friendly school kids. The guides always tried their best to make sure we understood the customs in each region we visited and made sure that we weren’t uncomfortable at any time during the trip. Would definitely recommend them to any planning on travelling to Nepal as they are a business that gives employment opportunities to the locals first and treats them Humanly and provides a safe and ethical work environment.

Beau Johnson - (Australia, November 2018)

my grand daughter is there with a group of young year 12 students, instead of going to schoolies these great kids went to Nepal to help un a school in one of the villages , to help teach English for 10 ten days , then they well trek to the base camp, good on these young people for helping those less fortunate then them self. Pitty other kids don’t take a leaf of these young people our future leaders.

Graeme Tobin - (Australia, January 2019)

Take on Nepal offers an experience like no other. The journey to Nepal that I shared with my friends and the Take on Nepal team is one that I will remember fondly for the rest of my life. The experience is simply incredible and life-changing and I am super grateful to the friendly staff who have given me this

Finn Meulendijks - (Australia, December 2018)

Absolutely lifechanging to put it in such few words. From the people to the itinerary, Take On Nepal’s “A Better Schoolies” program was a flawless experience, especially straight out of high school, and I definitely cant wait to go back. Would highly recommend this experience to anyone, and it is well deserving of a five star rating!

Indio Myles - (Australia, December 2018)

My daughter went on the ‘A Better Schoolies’ Trip in Nov 18. From a parents perspective it was a fabulous experience, she really came out of her shell, and came back with a greater appreciation of her life. She really benefited, from volunteering in the village. I would highly recommend anyone let there schoolies do this trip, as it truely is a MUCH BETTER SCHOOLIES

Tash Pearson - (Australia, January 2019)

Since the end of high school is basically the beginning of our lives, a group of 7 students and I chose to have an experience that would open our eyes up to the world rather than schoolies in the Gold Coast. I was excited to find an opportunity that I could enjoy as well as learn from. Take on Nepal offers a life changing schoolies alternative that was so much greater than I could have expected it to be. Everyday I learned something new and was most impressed by the beautiful Nepali people, especially the Take on Nepal team who worked so hard to look after us. I loved getting to know them and learning about their culture and experiences. I had never been to a third world country before so I had been worried before the trip about homesickness and receiving a culture shock. However, when being shown around by friendly locals I felt very safe and welcomed. The highlight of the trip was the week in Batase village. This was very peaceful with friendly people and a dog who helped me feel less homesick as I was missing my dogs at home. We visited the Friends of Himalayan Children hostel and volunteered to teach English at the Batase school where we were able to connect with the Nepali children. This was a heartwarming experience. We instantly fell in love with the children and found it extremely hard to say goodbye at the end. I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity of this experience and can’t wait to visit Nepal again.

Breanna Glen - (Australia, November 2019)

Breanna came home with the Take On Nepal brochure and we thought it looked really good. We phoned Susan to enquire and by the time we’d hung up the phone we were convinced it was a great opportunity so we jumped in. After we met Susan and Som we were feeling privileged to have the opportunity to have our precious daughter shown around a beautiful country by a local. Once she left we were relaxed and confident for her safety and well being. The whole experience exceeded our expectations. She has had the time of her life and can’t stop talking about it. It was the perfect thing to do to finish off a huge 12 years of school. Her highlight was Batase Village, the children and the people. I give this 10 stars. It’s a rare find to be shown a country by a local. Som is not just a local. He became a friend and confidant to each young person. As they left as young adults Breanna said he gave them good advice but let them make their own choices and decisions. This was a bonus to the young people who want to enjoy the freedom of a schoolies experience with care and safety. A big thankyou to the Nepali team.They were amazing in every way Breanna reports.

Megan Glen - (Australia, Janaury 2019)

I’ve been to Batase village through take on Nepal. Was an unreal experience straight after school finish, will definitely travel with take on Nepal again to complete the Everest base camp trek. Highly recommend this company for volunteering and Schoolies program.

Daniel Clayton - (Cairns Australia, 2015)

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