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Volunteering in Batase Village and Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp

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Overview

Our Nepal Village Volunteering program is open to people of all ages and interests. You don’t need to have a specific skill set to participate, just a willingness to assist with various jobs around the village. Traditionally, it’s a two-week itinerary with placement in Batase Village, which is located in the Lower Himalayas. While in the village, you’ll assist with various jobs each day, such as helping at the local school, cooking meals for some of the orphans housed in the village and/or assisting the hostel children with homework. You would never be expected to perform any work you felt you were unsuited to, and you could expect a wide variety of tasks to be presented to you, working alongside villagers as they go about their daily lives. Our Nepal Village Volunteering program is tailored to groups and individuals.

The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of the most spectacular treks in the world. By choosing this trek, you will see the Nepalese people going about their daily lives, as you walk through small villages, forests and glaciers. This 11-day trek will place you up close with the Annapurna Himalayan Mountain Range. It’s one of the most popular treks in Nepal and suits all tastes, leaving participants in awe of the natural beauty and people that you encounter, along the way. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek tour price includes most meals (as detailed in the itinerary), accommodation, domestic transport, welcome and farewell dinners.

Highlights

  • Trekking to Annapurna Base Camp
  • Buddhist villages
  • Himalayan Mountains peaks
  • Visiting local school
  • Priti Village
  • Nepal village life
  • community Work
  • Farming culture
  • Meeting locals
  • Real Nepal Adventure
  • DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL DAY
  • DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO CHISOPANI
  • DAY 3: CHISOPANI TO BATASE VILLAGE
  • DAY 4: BATASE VILLAGE – YOUR NEW BASE
  • DAY 5: BATASE VILLAGE – THE REAL WORK BEGINS
  • DAYS 6 and 7: BATASE VILLAGE - EAT, SLEEP AND REPEAT
  • DAY 8: BATASE VILLAGE – FINAL DAY OF VOLUNTEERING
  • DAY 9: BATASE VILLAGE – DEPARTURE
  • DAY 10: DRIVE TO POKHARA
  • DAY 11: NAYA PUL TO GHANDRUK
  • DAY 12: GHANDRUK TO CHHOMRONG
  • DAY 13: CHHOMRONG TO BAMBOO
  • DAY 14: BAMBOO TO DEURALI
  • DAY 15: DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
  • DAY 16: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO
  • DAY 17: BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA (1750M)
  • DAY 18 : TREK TO NAYA PUL THEN DRIVE TO POKHARA
  • DAY 19: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
  • DAY 20: FINAL DAY IN KATHMANDU
  • DAY 21: FAREWELL
  • DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL DAY
  • DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO CHISOPANI
  • DAY 3: CHISOPANI TO BATASE VILLAGE
  • DAY 4: BATASE VILLAGE – YOUR NEW BASE
  • DAY 5: BATASE VILLAGE – THE REAL WORK BEGINS
  • DAYS 6 and 7: BATASE VILLAGE - EAT, SLEEP AND REPEAT
  • DAY 8: BATASE VILLAGE – FINAL DAY OF VOLUNTEERING
  • DAY 9: BATASE VILLAGE – DEPARTURE
  • DAY 10: DRIVE TO POKHARA
  • DAY 11: NAYA PUL TO GHANDRUK
  • DAY 12: GHANDRUK TO CHHOMRONG
  • DAY 13: CHHOMRONG TO BAMBOO
  • DAY 14: BAMBOO TO DEURALI
  • DAY 15: DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP
  • DAY 16: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO
  • DAY 17: BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA (1750M)
  • DAY 18 : TREK TO NAYA PUL THEN DRIVE TO POKHARA
  • DAY 19: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU
  • DAY 20: FINAL DAY IN KATHMANDU
  • DAY 21: FAREWELL

Itinerary

DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL DAY

DAY 1: KATHMANDU ARRIVAL DAY

Elevation: 1,400m

Distance: 0-5 km

Your arrival in Kathmandu. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in the city, by a friendly 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 each other from day one.

DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO CHISOPANI

DAY 2: KATHMANDU TO CHISOPANI

Elevation: 2,100m

Distance: 13 km

Time to hit the road, so put on your walking boots. The day starts 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]

NB: For those less fit or able, transport will be provided, but where possible, volunteers should walk to the village.

DAY 3: CHISOPANI TO BATASE VILLAGE

DAY 3: CHISOPANI TO BATASE VILLAGE

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: 7km

Wake 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, looking across a vast valley to 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]

Accommodation: Typically, you’ll stay in our purpose built volunteer home in the village, where you would prepare and eat your meals. The only transportation within the village and surrounding area is your own feet, so a pair of comfortable walking boots is a requirement. Though many of the villagers go barefoot, we don’t expect that from our volunteers.

DAY 4: BATASE VILLAGE – YOUR NEW BASE

DAY 4: BATASE VILLAGE – YOUR NEW BASE

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: 7km

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 will be guided to the village school where you will be introduced to the principal, teachers and students. You will return to the hostel for lunch.

When the children return from school, we encourage you to assist them with their chores (collecting firewood, cutting grass, preparing dinner, etc.), or you have the option of playing and teaching some new games with the younger children and assisting with homework.

Dinner will be provided at approximately 6:30pm. 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 5: BATASE VILLAGE – THE REAL WORK BEGINS

DAY 5: BATASE VILLAGE – THE REAL WORK BEGINS

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: 0-5km

After breakfast, you’ll go to the local school and be provided with orientation about your placement in the classroom. The local students have encountered Western volunteers before, and always find the experience enjoyable. You will return to the hostel at 1pm for lunch, after which you’ll be given the option of returning to the school to continue teaching the students, or carrying out light duties within the village, such as farm work, painting or dinner preparations.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAYS 6 and 7: BATASE VILLAGE - EAT, SLEEP AND REPEAT

DAYS 6 and 7: BATASE VILLAGE - EAT, SLEEP AND REPEAT

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: 0-5km

On these days your work at the school and in the village will continue as outlined in Day 6. During the week, you’ll be given choices of activities to participate in. Though the first day teaching in the school and working with the villagers can be a little daunting, you’ll find that you quickly get used to the experience.

[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: 0-5km

On this, your last day of volunteer work, you will spend the morning teaching classes. You will enjoy your last lunch in the village, with the school teachers. After lunch, you’ll say your goodbyes to the teachers and the students, before returning to the hostel to pack and prepare for your departure the following morning.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 9: BATASE VILLAGE – DEPARTURE

DAY 9: BATASE VILLAGE – DEPARTURE

Elevation: 1,800m

Distance: 7km

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. Your last night will be spent at your hotel in Kathmandu. You will enjoy a final farewell dinner with a Take on Nepal team member that evening ,to mark the end of your volunteering time with us.

[Breakfast included]

DAY 10: DRIVE TO POKHARA

DAY 10: DRIVE TO POKHARA

Elevation: 8,20m

Distance: 205km

You will depart Kathmandu early in the morning and arrive in 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: NAYA PUL TO GHANDRUK

DAY 11: NAYA PUL TO GHANDRUK

Elevation: 1,940m

Distance: 9km

You will 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 recommended.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 12: GHANDRUK TO CHHOMRONG

DAY 12: GHANDRUK TO CHHOMRONG

Elevation: 2,140m

Distance: 11km

Today you will enjoy incredible views of the Himalayan mountains. You will 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: CHHOMRONG TO BAMBOO

DAY 13: CHHOMRONG TO BAMBOO

Elevation: 2,170m

Distance: 9km

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

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 14: BAMBOO TO DEURALI

DAY 14: BAMBOO TO DEURALI

Elevation: 3,2000m

Distance: 8km

It will be chilly this morning as we go through bamboo forest. You will exit the deep forest after reaching the Himalaya Hotel. Once exiting the forest you will enjoy spectacular views of a river and the landscape it flows through. You will then begin an uphill walk to Deurali.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 15: DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

DAY 15: DEURALI TO ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP

Elevation: 3,700m

Distance: 7km

It will be a challenging trek today, but it will be balanced by the spectacular views you’ll enjoy along the way. Once you leave the vegetation and enter the Annapurna Sanctuary, you’ll feel very ‘small’ with the mighty Annapurna South towering over you. The Annapurna Sanctuary provides you with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 16: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO

DAY 16: ANNAPURNA BASE CAMP TO BAMBOO

Elevation: 2,170m

Distance: 9km

Today you will be walking on familiar territory back to Bamboo, it’s not a difficult day as it’s mostly downhill. You will be in awe of the mountains during your walk today.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 17: BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA (1750M)

DAY 17: BAMBOO TO JHINU DANDA (1750M)

Elevation: 1,750m

Distance: 9km

There will be quite a bit of uphill walking this morning, which will be balanced out by a nice downhill descent into Chhomrong Khola. You will have hot springs (a 15-minute walk from Jhinu Danda) to look forward to at the end of the day.

[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]

DAY 18 : TREK TO NAYA PUL THEN DRIVE TO POKHARA

DAY 18 : TREK TO NAYA PUL THEN DRIVE TO POKHARA

Elevation: 8,20m

Distance: 6km walk and 65km 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 19: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

DAY 19: DRIVE FROM POKHARA TO KATHMANDU

Elevation: 1.400m

Distance: 205km Tourist Bus

You will catch the early morning tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu, stopping for lunch on the way.

 

[Breakfast included]

DAY 20: FINAL DAY IN KATHMANDU

DAY 20: FINAL DAY IN KATHMANDU

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 included]

DAY 21: FAREWELL

DAY 21: FAREWELL

Final farewells! A local guide will assist you to get 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. NB: 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]

Dates

DatesAvailableCost (AUD)
14 January 2020 - 5 February 2020 Available$2320

Inclusions

What's Included

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Hotel and airport transfers
  • Domestic transport (Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu)
  • An experienced English-speaking trek leader (trekking guide)
  • Porters to carry luggage
  • Trekking permits and TIMS card
  • All accommodation
  • All government and local taxes
  • Most meals (see detailed itinerary)
  • A comprehensive medical kit

What's Not Included

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Nepalese visa fee
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu
  • International airfare to and from 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
  • Bar Bills
  • 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 you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The below list outlines the standard clothing we recommend you take for trekking 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.

Clothing

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

Equipment and Other

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

About Take on Nepal

Who is the Take on Nepal team leader?

Our leader is Nepali born and raised and now an Australian citizen, Som Tamang. Som spent many years working as a guide in Nepal and has much experience guiding groups to the Everest and Annapurna Regions of Nepal. Som has all the local knowledge required to ensure you get to know the “Real Nepal”.

Som is passionate about providing help and support for the people of Nepal and believes that real change can happen through the skills of volunteers. Som is friendly, happy and has strong leadership skills.

Som is the founder and president of the charity “Friends of Himalayan Children” and has been awarded a Pride of Australia Medal for the outstanding charity work that he has undertaken in Nepal and in Australia. The team leader and guides are all qualified in First Aid.

When do I pay for my trip?

Payment of a nonrefundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your place. The easiest way is through PayPal or directly into our back account. Final payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure.

I have special dietary requirements, can you cater for that?

Not a problem! Please inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure and we will ensure that you are provided with suitable food options. During your time in the village, you will be eating as the villagers do, which is mainly vegetarian. Meat is a luxury the majority of Nepali people only enjoy on a rare occasion.

What if there is an emergency?

You will always be in the company of someone who is trained in first aid. In the case of serious health concerns, you will be transported back to Kathmandu, where you will be treated in a Western Hospital. During your time in the village, there is the option of 4WD or helicopter back to Kathmandu in the case of an emergency. All medical costs incurred should be covered by your health insurance. When booking your travel insurance it is important to enquire about the extent of your coverage, ensure that travel from remote areas is covered. We also encourage you to seek advice from your doctor prior to departure about the vaccinations required for visiting Nepal.

About Nepal

Is it safe to travel in Nepal?

The short answer is yes. Nepal is safer than most countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growth in visitors, from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy and are very welcoming.

Will I need a visa?

Yes. You can obtain your visa prior to departure through the General Consulate of Nepal. Please visit their website to download the details and relevant form Nepal Australian Consulute

Alternatively, you can obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You will be applying for a tourist visa. If you choose this option, we advise you should have 4 passport sized photos ready and AUD or US dollars in cash to pay for the visa. The cost for a 30-day visa is between $30 and $50. There is an EFTPOS facility at the airport, but this is unreliable and we recommend you have cash ready to avoid any issues that could arise. The process at the airport is straightforward and easy. Please download the visa application form, fill it in and take it with you in your hand luggage, this will save you some time at the airport.

Please see attached a scanned copy of the visa application form, this form gives you an idea of the information they require upon arrival. We recommend that when you disembark from the airplane that you don’t dilly dally, head straight for the visa applications, fill it out and get in line! Sometimes there can be quite a line up (I’ve been caught out a few times!) but that may not be the case as you are travelling in the off season.

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. 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 will the weather be like?

Nepal has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers; temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies and is the most popular season for trekking. Temperatures are not too warm, with daily maximum about 25°C and cool nights with minimum of 10°C. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the autumn and the winter season. In winter, from December to February, it is cold at night with temperatures sometimes below zero. However, the maximum temperatures can still reach up to 20°C. Then the mountains are covered with snow.

Will I need to speak the local language?

You do not need to learn Nepali. Prior to departure, we will provide you with a document of key words and phrases in Nepali, in order for you to be prepared. On your first day in the village, you will be given a lesson in Basic Nepali. We are encouraging the village children to learn English, as this is the key to better opportunities for them in the future. The children are keen to learn and to practice their English with you.

Will I be able to phone home?

You will have access to the internet and telephones in Kathmandu and in Chitwan. We encourage you to open a Skype account, to reduce the costs of calling from Nepal to Australia.

In the village your team leader will have a reliable phone connection, you will be provided with his number prior to departure, to leave with family members who may wish to contact you during your time in the village. We encourage volunteers to distance themselves from internet and technology, as this allows for a more authentic village experience.

How do I book my flight?

You will need to book your own flight and travel insurance. You’ll be met at the airport and transported from there to your accommodation in Kathmandu.

What should I bring?

Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent a comprehensive Preparation Pack, this will outline all that is required to be fully prepared for your exciting experience. It will include a list of items that we encourage you to take with you to Nepal.

Will I have clean drinking water?

The water in Kathmandu and Chitwan is unsafe to drink, we will provide you with free bottled water. In the village, the water is clean and safe to drink but it will be treated to ensure your protection against any water borne issues.

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.

Essentials

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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My name is Isabella Markoska, I’m 21 years old, graduated with a double degree in Arts/IR last year from ANU in 2018 and now I’m doing my honours in IR at ANU. I love travelling, meeting new people and experiencing new cultures, but last year I was so caught up in doing well in my last year of uni that I almost forgot what these experiences felt like. I have worked at the National library of Australia for 4 years and in 2017 I went on exchange to Milan for 7 months. When I came back, I saw an info session event on Facebook about volunteering in Nepal and the opportunity to build a 21st century library aimed to stop human trafficking in a beautiful village in the Himalayas called Batase. Because I work in a library, I was super intrigued about how this would actually work, so I went to the info session. I was so captivated and inspired by Christina’s story of having visited Batase for an end of school take on Nepal trip and her passion for human rights and equality that I signed up straight away. Going to Batase, building the library, seeing smiles that could light up a thousand universes, and successfully completing an Everest Base Camp trek right after new year’s re-awakened something in me that I almost forgot I had- life. After being consumed by university work, I realised this was exactly the sort of thing I needed to completely reset myself and put things into perspective; I felt reborn. After spending a month with the most beautiful, giving, positive, selfless people on the planet, the Nepalese, and being welcomed into the take on Nepal family, I felt a peace within myself I hadn’t felt in a long time. Nepal and all the experiences it gave me has changed my life forever, I remembered how good it feels to give, to share, and to most importantly be. I need to keep Nepal a constant in my life, and I’d absolutely love to go back with a group of students from ANU in January 2020 to create new memories, share in new experience, and keep gained perspective and understanding about the beauty of the world we live in and how we can live with it.

Isabella Markoska

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