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Nepal: Community Volunteer Project

12th Nov 2022 - 19th Nov 2022

8 days/Nepal /Project Trip

Overview

Join us as we spend 5 days working on a community project in the Kathmandu Valley.

Your week well be spent giving back to the community as you muck in with a host of tasks. Typical tasks include painting, gardening, refurbishment, basic building, digging foundations, bricklaying and many other tasks – whatever the greatest need is to the community at the time! Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and dig in?

There is also an option to extend your stay for five days of stunning trekking in the Kathmandu valley for an additional cost. See the itinerary for full details.

You don’t need any building experience to take part — just enthusiasm, a willingness to work hard and the desire to make a difference!

The specific project will be identified nearer to the time of the trip depending on the needs and requirements of the community however we anticipate that you will be working at a community project just outside of Kathmandu.

No experience is required as full supervision and co-ordination will be provided; you just need a willingness to get involved and make a difference.
If time permits, you may be able to spend time visiting other places of interest, sights and local community initiatives in the area.

You will be working alongside the local people and you will be under the direction of an project manager and skilled local craftsmen. You will also be accompanied by a first aid trained Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

You will stay in a hotel in Kathmandu on a twin or triple share basis and during the project you will stay in a hotel nearby.

Meals and drinking water are included throughout the trip as specified on the itinerary. While in Kathmandu you will eat at local restaurants and at your hotel.

During the project your meals will be cooked by your camp cook and will be served in a mess tent at camp. Tables, chairs, plates, mugs and cutlery are all provided. Lunch will either be at the camp or at the project site. There will be plenty of food however menus while at the project may be repeated.

Nepali food is similar to Indian with some Chinese influences. Rice, bread and dal (lentils) are the staple and vegetables, eggs, soup, noodles and some meat dishes form part of many meals. Vegetarians are well catered for.

Please inform us in advance if you have any specific dietary requirements or preferences.

November is one of the best times to visit Nepal and generally offers dry days with clear skies. Daytime temperatures averaging at 16°C during the day with highs of up to 23°C. Nights are cooler and temperatures can drop to between 0°C to -5°C at night. The sun sets just after 5pm.

Please note: the conditions above are historically accurate but climate change can lead to uncharacteristic conditions which are out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and safety of the group.

An ideal candidate for the trip would be someone who is willing to make an effort, enjoys being out of their comfort zone and is interested in different cultures.  The minimum age is 18, although 16-17 year olds may register if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

To make the most of your experience it is advised that you have a good basic level of fitness. The work can be physically demanding however you can do as much or as little as you are able, and you will never be asked to take part in activities you are not comfortable doing. There will be a variety of tasks to get involved with so everyone’s different skills and abilities have a place on this project.

We require a medical form to be completed by everyone upon registering, and any pre-existing conditions, medications used and other medical issues must be specified. All your medical details are treated in the strictest confidence.

The information will be securely screened by a qualified medical professional, and details provided to your tour manager and local guides so our staff are adequately informed and prepared to support you during the trip. By completing this booking form you are giving consent for us to contact you confidentially with any follow up questions regarding your health.

If you declare any medical conditions you may be asked to provide more information, or we may request to contact your GP. We must be informed if any conditions or medication change, or if new conditions develop. If necessary confirmation of fitness to travel from your GP or specialist may be required.

In the event that your medical issues represent a concern for your safety and wellbeing, or the safety and wellbeing of others in the group, you may be recommended not to take part. If this happens your deposit will be refunded. Please note that we will never unreasonably deny participation on a trip nor contravene the Equality Act 2010.

Essentials

E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport + copy
Travel Insurance documents
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£ Sterling)
ATM + credit card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor 2 round pins (Euro)
Sunglasses (preferably polarized)
Camera + spare batteries
Mobile phone + charger

Clothing & Footwear

Sturdy boots*
Trainers/casual footwear for evenings/sightseeing
Old/sports clothes suitable for project
2x strong pair of gloves for project
Dust mask/goggles
Socks
Underwear
Warmfleece
Waterproof jacket
Warm jacket for evenings
Casual cloths for evenings/sightseeing
Sun hat
Warm hat
Buff
Scarf/pashmina (for temples)

Hygiene

Shampoo + conditioner*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Shower gel/ shave kit / loofah*
Wet wipes*
Toilet paper* (1-2 rolls)
Sun cream (high SPF)*
Hand sanitizer
Hairbrush/comb
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy sacks* (for used toilet paper)

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Plasters
Blister plasters (e.g. Compeed)
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration salts (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Scissors/tweezers
Zinc oxide tape 
Spare glasses/contact lenses

Optional

Video camera + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Portable power bank/power pack
Notebook/diary
Books/playing cards

Luggage

Suitcase/rucksack for luggage
Daypack (25-30 litres)
Combination Padlocks

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2 litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak) plus 1-litre bottle OR
3x 1-litre standard water bottles
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)

Sleeping

Ear plugs (essential)
Pyjamas

Optional trek extension

Full details will be provided

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and does not account for your personal taste or preference. It should be used as a guideline only. If you have any questions or queries regarding this list which are not answered in the sections above please contact info@different-travel.com.

*Please ensure you pack your boots in your hand baggage in the unlikely event your luggage is delayed or goes missing.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options. Consider shopping at Little Footprint Gifts.

 

Itinerary

Days 1-2 (Saturday 12 November – Sunday 13 November 2022): London to Kathmandu

Depart London Heathrow on an indirect overnight flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will transfer to your hotel to freshen up and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure before a welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening.
Meals: Dinner

Days 3-7 (Monday 14 November – Friday 18 November 2022): Kathmandu

The next five days will be spent on the project, co-ordinated and supervised by the English-speaking project leader. If time permits there may be the opportunity to spend time with the people or visit local community initiatives nearby. Typical tasks include painting, gardening, refurbishment, basic building, digging foundations, bricklaying and many other tasks depending on the need in the community at the time. After finishing our work on Friday, we say our goodbyes with a celebratory farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8 (Saturday 19 – Sunday 20 November 2022): Kathmandu to London

Today we transfer to the airport for the indirect flight home. Depending on flight schedules you may arrive in London Heathrow the next day.
Meals: Breakfast

 

Optional trek extension

Day 8 (Saturday 19 November 2022): Kathmandu – Sundarijal
Drive to Sundarijal from the hotel (approx. 20km / 1 hour drive) to the starting point of our trek. We will ascend up toward to Shivapuri National Park on an approx. 1.5 hour ascent. From here we will continue onwards on relatively flat terrain to Mulkhara where we stop for lunch. After lunch we continue for a further three hours before arriving in Chipling (2160m) where we spend the night in a teahouse.
4-5 hours trekking.
Overnight: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Maximum altitude: 2160m

Day 9 (Sunday 20 November 2022): Sundarijal – Mangengoth
After breakfast we start our trek to Kutumsang village (2470m). Along the way we pass small villages and beautiful forests on undulating terrain as we ascend, slowly gaining altitude. After our lunch break we continue ascending to Mangengoth (3420m) passing through more lush forest scenery along the way.
7-8 hours trekking.
Overnight: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Maximum altitude: 3420m

Day 10 (Monday 21 November 2022): Mangengoth – Thadepati
After breakfast we start our trek to Thadepati (3690m), gradually climbing through rhododendron forest for approx. 3 hours. Along the way we will be treated to stunning scenery of the Himalayan mountain range, including views of many high peaks such as Jugal, Dorje Lhakpa and Gaurishankar peaks (weather permitting!), along with views of the vibrant green hill landscape. When we arrive in Thadepati we will settle into the teahouse and have lunch. After lunch we will relax for the rest of the afternoon. This evening you have the option to walk to Thadepati view point (approx. 1-2 hours) at the top ridge of a nearby hill at sunset, which is the best time to view these majestic peaks. Alternatively, if the group desires, it may be possible to do this trek at sunrise the next day.
5-6 hours trekking.
Overnight: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Maximum altitude: 3690m

Day 11 (Tuesday 22 November 2022): Thadepati – Melamchi Gaon
After breakfast we will descend to Melamchi Gaon (2530m) which takes approx. 3 hours down stone steps. We arrive in this beautiful village and check into our teahouse before having lunch. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the village and visit a number of ancient Buddhist religious site. If time permits we may be able to visit the community school too.
5-6 hours trekking.
Overnight: Teahouse
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Maximum altitude: 2530m

Day 12 (Wednesday 23 November 2022): Melamchi Gaon – Kathmandu
After breakfast, we depart Melamchi Gaon (2530m) and drive back to Kathmandu (90km). En-route we will take an off-road drive to Melamchi Pul bazaar, home to a large market. We will stop for lunch here before continuing the drive to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathamndu, we will check into our hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Overnight: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Maximum altitude: 2530m

Day 13 (Thursday 24 – Friday 25 November 2022): Kathmandu – London
Today we transfer to the airport for the indirect flight home. Depending on flight schedules you may arrive in London Heathrow the next day.
Meals: Breakfast

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £330 and then one of either…

Self-funded: £1750 trip costs balance
or
Sponsorship: £2500 fundraising
or
Flexi: £1750 trip costs balance and £1750 sponsorship for a charity of your choice

SELF-FUNDED

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are welcome to fundraise separately for any charity of your choice but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

SPONSORSHIP

This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.

FLEXI

This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

Optional extension

Why not extend your stay and join our five-night Himalayan trek for just £600? View the itinerary for full details.

What's included

  • Return flights from London (including baggage)
  • Current airport taxes and fuel supplements
  • Local transfers and transport in Nepal
  • All accommodation
  • Meals
  • English-speaking guides and support crew
  • Project co-ordination and material

Optional extension includes:
– Teahouse accommodation on nights 1-4
– Hotel accomodation in Kathmandu on night 5.
– All meals from breakfast on day 1 to breakfast on day 6.
– Transfers and transport.
– Local English-speaking guides, porters and support staff

What's not included

  • Nepal visa (current cost US$30)
  • Optional single room supplement (£175 during project)
  • Transport to/from UK airport
  • Bottled mineral water
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, showers, souvenirs, etc.)
  • Vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (approx. £15-20 per person)

Optional extension excludes:
– Showers, snacks, souvenirs etc.
– Meals after breakfast on day 6.
– Tips (approx. £25-30 per person)
– Bottled mineral water
– Optional single room supplement (£30 – hotels only;
single rooms are not guaranteed at the teahouses).

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