Annapurna Trek 13 Days with 3 Days volunteering is for those who want to get seamlessly involved in a social cause while at vacation in the Himalaya. Nepal is still recovering from the massive damage of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit the mountainous country on April 25, 2018. The earthquake left 9,000 people dead and over 13,000 injured.
Many volunteering organizations are involved in earthquake recovery issues. So, in this volunteering trek, we will instead focus on an orphanage instead. We have chosen ‘First Ray of Hope’ orphanage in Dhapasi, Kathmandu which Adventure Club Trek supports as a part of our corporate social responsibility. Many schools have been severely damaged and have still not completely recovered. Adventure Club Trek has also been donating manual labor and financial help in school rebuilding in villages.
If you arrive for the trek during the rebuilding process, you can become a part of it as well. As for the orphanage volunteering, we are always looking for people who can make a good impact and teach the children something new. And, we believe a few days of interactive session with our trekkers will be an interesting event for the children. We will volunteer at the orphanage from Day 3 to Day 6. We leave for Pokhara on Day 7 and start the trek the following day from Nayapul.
We trek through the famous rhododendron forest trail in the Annapurna region. Our trail is quite literally covered with colorful flower pets in the bloom season, spring and autumn. Views of Mt. Machhapuchhre ( 6,993 m), Annapurna I ( 8091m), Annapurna range and Dhaulagiri range among others add to the magic of this trek.The major highlight of the trek is the sunrise view from Poon Hill (3,200m). Watching the Sun rise over some of the most stunning and highest mountains in the Himalaya is spiritually uplifting experience. Adventure Club Trek offers other short treks in the Annapurna region-Ghorepani poon Hill Trek-9 Days and Annapurna Circuit Short Trek-14 Days.
Upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), you will be welcomed by a representative from Adventure Club Trek. After sorting out your custom formalities (visa and so on), you will be then transferred to your respective hotel in Adventure Club Trek’s private vehicle and give you some time to freshen up. After this, you will attend an orientation about your trek led by the trekking leader over a welcome dinner. Overnight at hotel.
After breakfast, a meeting will be held to discuss all the details of Annapurna trek including the 3 days Volunteer program. You will also be introduced to the head of the volunteering programs and your guide for the trip. If you have any confusion regarding the trip this is the right time to clear it out. Later, we continue with our planned program for the day, sightseeing around Kathmandu. Explore some UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Pashupatinath, Boudhanath and Swayambhunath among others.
Overnight in a hotel at Kathmandu.
We wake up, have our breakfast and visit the First Ray of Hope Orphanage in Dhapasi, Kathmandu. Volunteering program head will guide you throughout the day. We will conduct teaching/sharing sessions with the children where you can interact with them and share stories. You will become a part of multiple learning programs for the children in the three days. Exchange of language and culture will be the major theme of these three days. Overnight in Kathmandu
We drive to Pokhara in a tourist bus which will take around 7 hours. It is somewhat a pleasant drive along the winding, hilly road with green hills in the back drop. We take Prithivi Highway alongside the Trishuli River. We check-in into our hotels , freshen up, relax and stroll around the streets of Pokhara.
Overnight at a hotel in Pokhara.
After breakfast, we board a private vehicle which takes us to Nayapul. It is an hour-long drive with views of Machhapuchhre. We start walking from Nayapul. we take the trail that leads to Birethanti, a village just 15 minutes away from Nayapul. We walk past the village and follow the north bank of Burundi Khola to arrive at Hille. It is quite an easy path as the ascent is gradual. A short work from Hille will take us to Tikhedhunga. Overnight in a teahouse at Tikhedhunga.
The trek from Tikhedhunga to Ghorepani will test your tolerance level. It is not that difficult of a trek, however, the starting ascent can be quite a challenge, especially climbing the 32,00 steep stone stairs which lead to Ulleri, a quaint Magar village.
Stunning views of Annapurna South(7,219m) and Hiunchuli(6,441m) await us beyond the stairs.
Continue on the trail as it gradually climbs up through rhododendron and oak forest to arrive at Banthanti. We then pass by Nangethan Village to finally arrive at Ghorepani. This village provides breathtaking views of Annapurna South, Machhapuchhre, Tuckuche, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri among others.
Overnight in a teahouse at Ghorepani.
Wake up at dawn as we aim to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas from Poon Hill. It takes around 45 minutes to reach the top which provides panoramic views of some of world’s highest mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. After spending some time amidst the mountains we trek back to Ghorepani for breakfast. We then descend through the rhododendron forest trail to Ghandruk, a breathtakingly scenic Gurung Village against the backdrop of Ghandruk Himal and Mt. Machhapuchhre.
Overnight in a homestay facility at Ghandruk.
We leave the picturesque village of Ghandruk behind us, also gradually bidding goodbye to the close up views of Mt. Machhapuchhre We take a private vehicle from Nayapul to Pokhara.
We take the same Prithvi highway alongside the Trishuli River and trace our way back to Kathmandu. The pleasant drive ends in Kathmandu. Join in the fun later in the evening as the company organizes a farewell dinner for you. Overnight in Kathmandu.
Farewell! Your 13-day-long Annapurna Trek with 3 Days Volunteering comes to an end today. A representative from Adventure Club Trek will drop you off at the airport according to your flight’s timing.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.
The quoted costs are per person but don't include International flights if you are a single person and want to be in a group you can join our fixed departure schedule if the schedule dates are not suitable for you, please contact us, and we will be happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals/group don't want to join our other group, we can comply with your wishes and requirements. We are ground operators Himalayan destinations and can arrange your trip to suit your dates and choices.