Nepal Voluntourism Trip (7D6N)

 

Depart Singapore:

18 December 2015 (Friday) /

25 December 2015 (Friday)

 

Depart Kathmandu:

24 December 2015 (Thursday) /

31 December 2015 (Thursday)

 

Trip Type:

Volunteer

Nepal, a tiny mountain nation, wedged between the high wall of the Himalaya and the steamy jungles of the Indian plains, is a land of snow peaks and Sherpas, yaks and yetis, monasteries and mantras. Every year, thrones of travelers are drawn to its mystical allure and Nepal offers an astonishingly diverse array of attractions and landscapes.

On 25 April 2015, a major earthquake occurred in Nepal, killing more than 9,000 people and injured more than 23,000. A second major earthquake on 12 May 2015 worsened the situation. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened. Schools were destroyed and children have no proper environment to study.

Together with Operation Rejoice, 10,000 Miles is bringing you to volunteer your time and effort to the schools that Operation Rejoice is assisting to rebuild. Spend your time with the lovely children of the Himalayas and you are guaranteed to gain more than what you give. Join us in this rewarding journey and spread your love.

 

Itinerary 

18/25 Dec (Day 1): Arrival in Kathmandu [1,400m]

  • ThamelOn your arrival at Kathmandu Airport, you will be met by our representative who will take you to the hotel for a short briefing of the trip.
  • Check into hotel and refresh yourself. The rest of the day is free and easy for you to soak in the bustling atmosphere at Thamel.

Meals provided: Dinner

Accommodation: Gaju Suite Hotel or similar, Kathmandu

 

19/26 Dec (Day 2): Kathmandu – Drive to Sindhupalchowk VDC (Melamchi) [829m]

  • Melamchi SurroundingDrive to school in Sindhupalchowk district. Your vehicle will drop you at main road and you will walk to the school for 7km.
  • Walkabout to familiarise with environment
  • Volunteer program
    • Ice-breaking with students. e.g. play games

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, Melamchi

 

20/27 Dec (Day 3): Volunteer Program (School A for Group A, School B for Group B)

  • Panchakanya SchoolVolunteer program (activities are tentative and will be firmed up after discussing with all volunteers)
    • Group 1: Art & Craft lesson
      • Animal mask (paper plates, colour pencil, glue, color paper)
      • Use ang-pow to do lantern, fish (ang pow, stapler)
    • Group 2: Painting – Nepal & Singapore flag or World Map (paint, brush)
    • Group 3: Health check for villagers (tentative) – depends on availability of doctors
    • Group 4: Music lesson (teach them Singapore song while students teach us Nepali song)
    • Group 5: Cultural exchange lesson (teach them about Singapore while students teach us about Nepal)
    • Group 6: Setup library

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, Melamchi

 

21/28 Dec (Day 4): Volunteer Program (School A for Group A, School B for Group B)

  • Volunteer program (activities are tentative and will be firmed up after discussing with all volunteers)
    • Group 1: Painting – Nepal & Singapore flag or World Map
    • Group 2: Health check for villagers (tentative) – depends on availability of doctors
    • Group 3: drawing and painting with the children
    • Group 4: Games and activities
    • Cultural night – food exchange (Cooking?)

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping, Melamchi

 

22/29 Dec (Day 5): Volunteer Program – Drive back to Kathmandu

  • Volunteer program (activities are tentative and will be firmed up after discussing with all volunteers)
    • Morning exercise with students (The Great Singapore workout)
    • Farewell ceremony
  • Drive back to Kathmandu. F&E for the rest of the day.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Gaju Suite Hotel or similar, Kathmandu

 

23/30 Dec (Day 6): Kathmandu Full Day Sightseeing

  • Patan Durbar Square after earthquakeAfter breakfast, proceed for the one-day sightseeing of Kathmandu.
  • Visit Bouddhanath – biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world. This area has become the focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.
  • Thereafter, visit Pashupatinath Temple, the oldest Hindu temple in Kathmandu and UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most significant Hindu temples of Shiva in the world and also has a cremation site for the Hindus.
  • Lastly, visit Patan Durbar Square - the city of fine arts and one of the oldest know Buddhist City. Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Gaju Suite Hotel or similar, Kathmandu

 

24/31 Dec (Day 7): Departure

  • Free time till your flight time and transfer to the airport to board the flight back home, bringing back nice memories of Nepal that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

 

Optional Trip to Pokhara (Refer to Package Exclusions for cost)

Day 1: Kathmandu – Fly to Pokhara – Pokhara City Tour

  • Peace PagodaAfter breakfast, pick up from your hotel and transfer to Kathmandu airport. Depart directly to Pokhara via flight from Kathmandu domestic airport. ** luggage max weight: 20kg 
  • Pokhara valley sightseeing: Davi’s Fall, Tibetan Refugee Camp, Gupteswar Cave (the longest cave in South Asia).
  • Visit also Peace Pagoda. Balanced on a narrow ridge high above Phewa Tal, the brilliant-white World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organisation.
  • Free and easy for the rest of the day to enjoy peaceful Pokhara.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Peninsula Hotel or similar, Pokhara

 

Day 2: Pokhara – Sarangkot – Begnas Tal

  • Sarangkot SunriseEarly morning, drive to Sarangkot to see the beautiful sunrise.
  • Sarangkot offers the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna range consisting of mighty peaks such as the Annapurnas, Himalchuli, Machhapuchhre (Fishtail) and Lamjung Himal.
  • Thereafter, take a boating session on Begnas Tal (lake). Surrounded by pristine Nature, with gurgling mountain springs forming natural boundaries on either side, the Begnas Lake Resort spans a whole hillside of unspoilt forestland. To the North and the North-East are the great Himalayan snowy peaks, below which lie terraced paddy fields and the tranquil Begnas Lake, lending a perfect picture frame for the window of every guestroom.
  • Begnas DalBack to Pokhara town to enjoy the rest of the peaceful day.

Meals provided: Breakfast

Accommodation: Peninsula Hotel or similar, Pokhara

 

 

Day 3: Pokhara – Fly to Kathmandu

  • Optional (before flight back to Kathmandu): 1 hour paragliding session or take a flight by Ultralight Mountain Flight
  • Depart for Kathmandu via domestic flight (30 minutes flight).
  • Free and easy in Kathmandu.

Meals provided: Breakfast

 

Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.

 

Tour Price

Twin-Sharing (Price Per Pax)

SGD999.00

Single Pax

SGD1,299.00

(Price is for minimum 10 pax to depart. For solo traveller or other group size, contact us for pricing.)

** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.

Package Inclusions

  • 3 nights’ accommodation based on twin/double sharing room with daily breakfast at 3-star hotels in Kathmandu
  • 3 nights’ full board during volunteer program at Melamchi (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Sightseeing in Kathmandu (guide, entrance fee and transport) on day 6
  • Private transportation in private air-conditioned car/van/coach
  • Airport transfers by private air-conditioned car/van/coach

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Kathmandu – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Nepal Tourist Visa fee on arrival (if applicable) (USD 25 for up to 15 days + 1 passport-sized photo)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (e.g. mineral water, boiled water, drinks, liquors, laundry, shopping, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tipping or gratuities for driver/guide/porters
  • Optional tours
    • Pokhara: SGD 599 per pax (based on 2 pax travelling together)
    • White Water Rafting: USD 30 per pax for 3 hours of rafting
    • Zipline: USD 68 per pax for 90 secs zipline
    • Paragliding: USD 98 per pax for ½ hour flight; USD 138 per pax for 1 hour flight

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.

 

Flight cost and information as at 18 Aug 2015. Subject to availability and change.

 

18/25 December 2015

Singapore (SIN) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 602) 0640hrs – 0740hrs

 

18/25 December 2015

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Kathmandu (KTM):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 170) 0955hrs – 1230hrs

 

 

24/31 December 2015

Kathmamdu (KTM) to Kuala Lumpur (KUL):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 171) 1320hrs – 2020hrs

 

24/31 December 2015

Kuala Lumpur (KUL) to Singapore (SIN):

Malaysia Airlines (MH 609) 2310hrs – 0005hrs (+1 day)

 

Estimated price of return air tickets (inclusive of airport taxes and 30kg baggage, excluding miscellaneous): SGD494

 

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