At Adventure Aid Nepal, we offer sustainable low-impact volunteering to support the poorest communities, particularly schools and children that have received very little outside help since the earthquake of 2015. We provide safe, responsible and affordable volunteering, working alongside the Juniper Trust who is rebuilding schools in some of the most deprived areas of Nepal.
In 2019 our focus will be in the remote villages of Rawa Dolu, Vidhyadatri & Bamti, their schools each have around 50 students still using temporary shelters for their education, three years on from the earthquake in April 2015. AAN hopes to help raise £3000 from each of two groups to deliver new uniforms and equipment for all the children at all three schools. Rebuilding work will start soon and is due to be completed just in time for our groups to help with the finishing touches in November.
Oct 12th: Arrive at Kathmandu.
Transfers are included from the airport, irrespective of arrival date. We stay at the Hotel Marshyangdi in the popular Thamel district of Kathmandu which is bustling with cafes, shops and restaurants. You should plan to be at the hotel for the briefing at 6.00 pm where you will meet your guide and a few of the support staff who will travel with the group the next day. You will pick up your free AAN Kit-bag, AAN T-Shirt, Sleeping Bag and your Duvet Jacket (for Pikey Peak). We will also run through the list of equipment needed for the trek as you will have an hour or so for last minute shopping and to change money (see spending money requirements and tipping guidelines) if you have to. The group dinner will be in a in a restaurant close to the hotel.
Oct 13th Drive to Shivalaya - Lodge
A 6.00 am breakfast for a 7.00 am start for the 9-hour drive to Shivalaya. Transport will be in the form of a private bus, be prepared for some spectacular views as we drive from the valley floor up and into the mountains. Accommodation will be a local lodge/guesthouse.
Oct 14th: Trek to Bhandar via Deurali -Lodge
It’s time to start the trek and our introduction involves walking mainly uphill for the first morning to a beautiful lunch spot by the river at the hill top village at Deurali (2800m) but we can expect a fantastic panoramic view from the top!. After a long relaxing lunch we descend on a steep trail for an hour to the relatively large village of Bhandar (2190m), where we stay in one of the many lodges.
Oct 15th: Trek to Vidhyadatri Village School - Camp
The trekking crew will go ahead to set up a tented camp in Vidhyadatri Village before the group arrives. We start the day by leaving Bhandar. Crossing over the valley trekking for around 3- 4 hours. We will arrive by lunch time and getting to work straight away after a warm welcome. Accommodation will be a tented camp for the duration of the volunteering work. A cook team will be on site to make sure we don’t hungry!
Oct 16th: Volunteering Vidhyadatri School - Camp
The volunteers will put to work. Jobs include painting/ decorating, furniture building and what ever we think can be done to help or provide a safer working environment for the children to learn in. Don’t be alarmed if the villagers come to watch as we work, they have never seen help from the outside world before – they will help too!
Oct 17th: Volunteering Vidhyadatri School - Camp
Another day of jobs for the volunteers. Some of the group will continue with the tasks whist others will engage with the children or go into one of the village houses to help prepare lunch for their group, the teachers and members of school committee.
Oct 18th: Volunteering Vidhyadatri School - Camp
We continue with the programme, splitting into small groups to work on different tasks. In the evening the support staff will again prepare a traditional Nepali meal which we will have around a campfire.
Oct 19th Volunteering Vidhyadatri School - Camp
On the final full day of volunteering we spend the morning finishing off the painting before being taken to a small farm patch to help with the rice harvesting which will be supervised by a local farmer. We will join the farmers for a traditional workers lunch whilst we are helping
Oct 20th: We say our farewells, trek to Kinja Village - Lodge
This will be the morning at Vidhyadatri School and all of the children will be at the school to say their goodbyes. We can make final touches to the classrooms and hand out the uniforms and equipment provided by the groups fundraising. For the ones who have yet to help with the cooking, they will help the villagers prepare a special farewell lunch. We say our goodbyes to the children and start the 4 hour trek to the picturesque village of Kinja (1630m). We can bathe in the rock pools in the river before dinner.
Oct 21st: A rest day in Kinja Village - Lodge
We have a full day at Kinja Village, in the morning we will visit the school, which was one of the first schools to be rebuilt by the Juniper Trust after the earthquake in 2016. We will tell the children about our homes, our own western lifestyle and the effects of pollution, both in our world and theirs. After lunch we will visit the new 4 year hydro project at Kinja which will have a big influence on the lives of the villagers – they are already getting their electricity from a smaller hydro project close by.
Oct 22nd : Trek to Sete - Lodge
We say our goodbyes to everyone in Kinja and start the three-hour uphill walk in the late afternoon sun to our lodge in Sete Village (2575m), our first stop on our way to Pikey Peak.
Oct 23rd: Trek to Pikey Peak Base - Lodge
There is more uphill from the start but not as steeply as the previous day and the trail is through lush jungle to begin with and later, as we climb in altitude, alpine forests of Spruce and Juniper. We take a break for lunch at Goyam, a small and almost deserted ridge-top village where you can see closed and dilapidated lodges, a reminder of the more prosperous days when this was a popular trail to Everest before the airport was built in Lukla. In the afternoon, we break away from the main trail to the Lamjura Pass and walk up to a remote shepherd settlement known as Jasebhanjynag. We and stay in a basic lodge before our early morning walk up to the summit of Pikey Peak.
Oct 24th: Ascent of Pikey Peak for Everest Sunrise, trek to Junbesi - Lodge
A super early start at 0430 am for the two hour walk up to the summit of Pikey Peak. It’s dark and cold when we set off and we will use our head torches for the first hour as we follow the winding trail to the top. The summit is marked by hundreds of prayer flags and we regroup to wait for the spectacular sunrise on Mountain Everest. As the sun climbs higher, the view opens up to reveal some of the highest mountains on earth, Kanchenjunga and Makalu included. After hugs and photos, we retrace our footsteps back to the lodge for breakfast after which we descend to the Lamjura Pass (3530m) and continue down on a long descent to the village of Junbesi (2680m). We are rewarded by a very nice lodge at the end of a great day.
Oct 25th: Visit the Thupten Chholing Monastery, drive to Phaplu - Lodge
The Thupten Chholing Monastery is one of the best and biggest of the Everest region. We can either spend the day relaxing at the monastery, taking in the atmosphere and reflecting on our trip, or make the two hour trek up to upper Junbesi to see where the monks live. There are shops to buy souvenirs and an ambiance in the village that has hardly changed since the first Everest trekkers came almost 50 years ago. In the afternoon we drive to Phaplu (2400m), a busy town with a small airport and bazaar. This is the road-head and sadly the end of the trek. We stay in a comfortable lodge.
Oct 26th: Drive to Kathmandu - Hotel
The drive back to Kathmandu will take approximately 10 hours but the road has recently been re-surfaced to supply the airport. We break the journey at Salleri bazaar and again for a final view of Mount Everest as the road crosses a pass at Pattalle. We reach Kathmandu in the early evening and check into our hotel before heading into town for dinner.
Oct 27th: Sightseeing day in Kathmandu - Hotel
The last day gives you chance to see more of Kathmandu itself. We will visit a number of sites including the Monkey Temple, the Bodnath Stupa and Durbar Square before a final group dinner and drinks before we say our goodbyes.
Oct 28th: Transfers to the Airport, if leaving Kathmandu
Trip services finish after breakfast, transfers to the airport are included.
NEED TO KNOW
When do I have to pay
We ask for a non-refundable £150 admin fee when you book, 50% of your tour price is due 10 weeks before departure, the balance 4 weeks before.
Flights and Transfers
You will need to book your own flight to arrive by the arrival day of the itinerary, ideally in the morning or early afternoon to allow time for any last-minute shopping before leaving Kathmandu. You can spend extra time in Nepal if you want to. We will pick you up from the airport and take you back regardless of your arrival and departure date.
Passport & Visas
Check you have at least 6 months validity on your passport (at the completion of your trip). You will need a 30-day Visa for Nepal, its available on arrival in Kathmandu Airport – bring $40 cash and a passport photograph.
Check with your doctor to see which vaccinations you need before you go.
Travel Insurance is mandatory, we have organised a tailor-made policy with Campbell Irvine that will cover you for trekking in Nepal and your – click on the link for further information.
In Kathmandu, we use good quality hotels in the central Thamel district, plenty to do, shops, restaurants, cafes and bars – a lively place, great fun. On the trip and whilst volunteering, we will either camp in two-person tents or stay in basic but comfortable lodges.
Healthy and Plentiful, mainly vegetarian – the food is great! We can cater for special dietary requirements if we know in advance.
There is very little opportunity to spend money in the villages we stay whilst volunteering and on the trek. AAN will endeavour to provide everything you will need from the trip cost (beer and drinks, other than water, in hotels and lodges are not included). However, we do recommend that you change $130 (£100) in Kathmandu for spending money and tips. In Kathmandu there are many shops and you are likely to want to buy some souvenirs to take back with you. Most take cards and there are cash point facilities available.
You support crew will work hard to make sure you have a safe and enjoyable time and you will want to give them a tip after the trek. When you arrive, we will collect £30 (4,500 rupees) from everyone and this will be split and given to the staff and porters at the end of the trek before we drive back to Kathmandu.
What do you have to carry?
A small rucksack, with water, snacks (provided), spare layer of clothing, sun screen and anything you might require during the day.
What is carried for you?
We will give you an AAN Kit bag on arrival in Nepal – this will be carried by a porter for you during your trek, there is a 15kg weight limit including your sleeping bag which you will also collect in Kathmandu.
Four-wheel drive land cruisers to take us to the start point of the trek and private bus back to Kathmandu at the end.
Phones & Internet
No Wi-Fi is available other then in Kathmandu. Local 3G Sims for your phone can be purchased at reasonable prices on arrival.
This is a beautiful part of the world, we plan to take nothing but memories, leave nothing but hope is our moto. We will carry all our rubbish back to the roadhead.
We have set up a fundraising page through Just Giving for each group to raise money for the schools you will be visiting. Different ways to raise money can be found on the website.
Nothing is for free, even work sometimes! There are costs and we have tried to balance value and quality to make sure you have an affordable trip of a lifetime.
Support & Back Up
Abhishek and Sam will be with you as well as local guides, cooks, staff and porters to carry your AAN kit bag the whole way! The AAN team and its volunteers have decades of experience operating trips in Nepal, you are in good hands if something weren’t to go according to plan. A satellite phone will also be carried in case of emergencies (not available for personal use).
Kinja Village, the base for the volunteering, is in a beautiful setting at the confluence of the Likhu Khola and Kinja Khola (river). The altitude is around 1600m. The highest we sleep on the 4-day trek is at Pikey Base Lodge at 3600m with the walk to Pikey Peak Summit the next day at reaching 4065m, descending to Junbesi the same day which is at 2700m.
November is a great month to be in Nepal – it is usually warm and dry with blue Skies. Whilst volunteering in the villages, the temperatures will be around 20C-25C during the day and pleasantly cool in the evenings. For the night at Pikey Peak base, you can expect a frost and a cold start to the day but warming up nicely when the sun comes out.
Whilst volunteering you will need comfortable clothes suitable to wear around children…. You will be painting so bring some old clothes (and shoes) that you don’t mind getting dirty.
AAN will provide a Kit Bag, Sleeping bag and Cotton liner.
For the trekking days:
- A 25 Litre rucksack
- Comfortable trekking boots for rocky trails
- Clothing for both hot and cold weather, shorts and long trousers
- Warm Jacket and trousers for Pikey Peak – it will be cold first thing in the morning
- Sunhat, Sunglasses, Sun Cream, Lip balm
- Headtorch and spare batteries
- 2 x 1.5 litre water bottle