The beautiful village of Archaldi will be your home for five days where you will carry out your volunteer work while the remaining days of the trip will be spent sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara and trekking in the Annapurna region.
Archaldiis a remote village and the people here have been living a traditional lifestyle. Due to lack of education and modernity, the people are not aware about good social practices, health, sanitation, etc. But lately, people have started to realize that they need to come together and work for the common good of the society. So you coming from a modern and affluent society can definitely help them in understanding ways to make their life better and actively participate in things which need to be done during you stay. You will spend five days in the village volunteering and enjoy the rest of the holiday trekking and sightseeing.
A Mountain Kick representative will receive you as you land into Kathmandu and take you to your hotel.
We will take you on a guided tour to three iconic monuments in Kathmandu which are included in the Unesco’s World Heritage List. Our first stop will be the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the biggest and holiest shrines in the world of Hindu god Shiva.
We visit another World Heritage Site of Boudhanath Stupa, one of the largest Buddhist stupas in the country. It is believed that the Stupa is a tomb of an incarnation of Lord Buddha.
We then drive to Bhaktapur to visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The square is a former royal courtyard where there are several ancient temples and monuments to visit. The place is rich in culture and preserves the traditional way of living.
We drive to the village of Archaldi in western Nepal in a private vehicle and it takes about six hours to get there. We stop at the beautiful town Bandipur on our way there for lunch. At Archaldi, the local community will organize a formal program to welcome us.
In the morning, we will walk around the village and meet the locals. The people are very friendly and are always excited to see tourists. In the day, we visit the local site where the villagers gather and discuss about the issues in the society. The people are very eager to learn and understand social practices in foreign countries.
These will days will focus on the volunteer program you came here for. You will spend the day doing community work while you can travel around the village at mornings and evenings. Several locals will definitely invite you into their homes for tea or lunch or dinner.
This will be the last day of the community program. And as is the culture in Nepal, the the village community will organize a farewell program for us which will be more like celebration than formal event.
We leave Archaldi village behind and head towards the Annapurna region. It takes six hours in a private vehicle to reach Nayapool where the trekking circuit around Mount Annapurna begins. We will walk six miles alongside forests and streams from here to Tikhedhunga to begin our own trek.
Steps have been laid all the way up to Ghorepani. Walking up the steps for five to six hours will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. The forests and hills provide a very good distraction from your fatigue.
Poon Hill lies in Ghorepani so you might want to trek to its summit as it is a great vantage point for viewing the Himalayas. People say the western part of the Himalayas look more beautiful than the eastern ranges and nowhere is this true than from Poon Hill at 10,535 feet above the sea level. After the summit, we trek towards Tadhapani. The Himalayas will accompany you throughout the way to Tadhapani as we pass through forests and streams. It takes five hours to get here but the clear view of the majestic mountains from Tadhapani makes the tough trek worth the effort.
It’s three hours downhill to the beautiful village of Ghandruk. Ghandruk is perfect to mix with the local people, who are very friendly, and get a sense of the culture. There is a monastery, a temple and even a museum here to keep you busy throughout the day. The view of the Annapurna Range is another prime attraction. Oh and yes, you have to try the local food here. It is something to die for. Two hours further downhill from Ghandruk will take us to Syauli Bazaar where we will rest for the day.
We drive back to Pokhara and go see some tourist attractions before leaving. There are lakes, rivers and caves to see in Pokhara while there are also temples, pagodas and museums. The happening lakeside area in the city is the perfect place if you wish to go for an end-of-trek party and drink away your pain.
We will leave for Kathmandu in the morning passing through beautiful hill towns and villages. There is a complementary farewell dinner in the evening to officially end your trip.
We will drop you to the airport. Return home amusing yourself with memories of beautiful Himalayas and the Himalayan villages.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 50.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
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Note: The lists have been prepared by our guides based on experience and are meant as suggestion for an average trekker. Each trekker will have his/her own preferences and necessities and we recommend carrying everything that you think you might need. You will find several options for each equipment and we advise to select the best match for your particular trip. You can purchase almost everything on the lists in Kathmandu and we are happy to help you choose.
We never force our customers to follow our set itinerary.You can customize your itinerary exactly the way you want. Please share with us your ideas.
As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.READ MORE ABOUT CSR