Overview

Charity trip in Nepal 

Experience and learn about relevant, meaningful and hands-on projects developed by our charity in Nepal, Moving Mountains. Aside from the project you will be volunteering your time in the schools we support with children who benefit directly from our work in Nepal. We'll finish the trip off with some white-water rafting and a jungle safari in Chitwan National Park.

We believe that this hugely successful adult version of our Himalayacamp will provide you with a real awareness and appreciation for life outside your normal environment; you will see and experience life in rural Nepal, trek through some of the stunning valleys of the Himalaya's and return home with a great insight into how we believe developmental aid should work in developing countries.

Group Logistics

This is a charity holiday aimed at individuals, and small groups of people who want to interact with rural communities in Nepal by trekking in to the Solu-Khumbu region of the Himalaya's where the team will get involved in the villages that are being supported and developed by Moving Mountains.

There are two costs involved; a) your own land based trip costs and b) the specific project costs that the team will need to raise for the project to be practically viable.

After the success of previous tailor made expeditions to this region we have decided to open the doors which we hope will encourage people to take a chance and challenge themselves to an experience which is out of most peoples comfort zone. It will also help Moving Mountains to maintain it's charitable work in the mountains.

Dates

Itinerary

BROAD ITINERARY

The core dates cover a two week period, which starts with your arrival in Kathmandu. We then take an internal flight to Lukla and trek for two days to the villages that Moving Mountains have been developing in the Khumbu region of the Himalaya. The next part of the first week is spent implementing the project and volunteering in the schools which are supported through Moving Mountains before heading back towards Lukla at the start of the second week and on to Kathmandu for a 3 day/2 night Chitwan jungle safari.

INSURANCE

All of our International Development Projects have been identified, researched, assessed, priced and approved by our charity Moving Mountains. The next stage of the process is project implementation and for this we need people to help us firstly raise the funds to cover the costs of project development and then assist with implementation on the ground, which is what all our International Development trips aim to achieve.

DETAILED ITINERARY
DayElevationTravel TimeInfo
1Arrive in Kathmandu, where you will be met by a team from Adventure Alternative Nepal and Moving Mountains Nepal. Overnight and meeting the staff, briefing, trip preparation and R&R to recover from the flight.
2Morning flight to Lukla and start trek to Bupsa/Bumburi, staying at Karila Pass
3Continue trek to Bupsa/Bumburi (depending on the pace of the team we can spend this night at Bupsa, have a look round our projects the following morning before continuing our journey to Bumburi village on day 4)
4-7Moving Mountains project work & volunteering in Bumburi
8Trek back to Karila Pass from Bumburi
9Continue on to Lukla
10Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the early morning, allowing time to explore Kathmandu in search of some of the mystical culture and history that the city is steeped in. Vists to Durbar Square and Swayambunath – the ‘Monkey Temple’ will be high on the agenda
11A 3 hour drive to the starting point of the river rafting on the Trisuli River. After an estimated 3 hours rafting we'll continue on to Chitwan National Park.
12Full day in Chitwan for elephant back safari, canoe trip for bird watching and crocodile spotting, elephant washing at watering hole, cultural tour and visit to the elephant breeding centre as well as an evening of R&R to enjoy the sunset over the National Park!
13Flight back to Kathmandu from Chitwan for final night.
14Depart Kathmandu

Cost

Friends of MM trip to Nepal cost £1,150.00

INCLUDES
  • Adventure Alternative UK organisation of your trip
  • Adventure Alternative Nepal staffing and ground logistics
  • Medical back-up from Interhealth
  • All internal transport (including return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla and flight back to Kathmandu from Chitwan) and airport transfers
  • English speaking Guides for trek to and from the villages we support
  • Porters (1 per member, carries about 15kgs)
  • Staff food, accommodation, insurance & equipment
  • In Kathmandu, accommodation in either the AA guest house or tourist hotel (depending on size of team)
  • Tea House/Lodge accommodation in the mountains and on safari
  • All meals in-country, and hot drinks (e.g tea, coffee, juices - not bottled water)
  • All National Park fees and permits
  • All activities in the itinerary
  • All payments and donations made to host communities and individuals from the trip fee
EXCLUDES
  • Moving Mountains fundraising target; minimum of £500 per person. This is paid directly to our charity so you can set up online fundraising pages and claim gift aid.
  • International air-fare
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Tourist Visa
  • Personal costs (email, bottled water, phone laundry, souvenirs, tips etc)
  • Staff Tips
INSURANCE

We advise you to take out your insurance as soon as possible to cover potential events that might cause you to cancel your trip.

LOCAL PROVIDERS

Adventure Alternative Nepal is the main local provider; it has all the staff, and the equipment and guesthouse to manage your stay and also all our school trips, treks and expeditions. We have spent many years providing the investment and training to get AA Nepal to the point it is at now, and we are very proud of it! We don't outsource and we keep an eye on all the agreements and contracts to make sure that nobody is exploited or taken advantage of.

Adventure Alternative has an enviable amount of resources, including our own transport, guesthouses and a huge network of support across the country, from teachers to Doctors to local authorities and Everest summiteers! We do not outsource our responsibities so you can be sure of the safety and integrity of what we offer and do.

Prior to your trip and when you return you have full back-up and support from the UK office with Chris Little and Andy MacDonald, who have both been organising our Nepal trips for over ten years. Both will know all the projects and area's that you could be working at and will be able to provide you with a genuine insight in to life in the area's you will be visiting.

We also work with Interhealth, which provides a complete medical service for overseas travellers including medical back-up during your trip on an emergency line which is 24/7. Plus we are part of the Know Before You Go Campaign and recommend you register with the Locate programme run by the Foreign Office.

Fitness

You do not need to be super-fit for this charity holiday as it is focussed more on social interaction and team work than physical exertion. Having said that, you will enjoy the trip all the more if you are in good physical shape having exercised regularly and eaten nutritiously over at least the 6 months leading up to the trip, there is a good bit of trekking in the Himalaya's involved, particularly the days getting to and from the villages that we work with.

You do need to be in good health. Any pre-existing medical or dental conditions should be fully appraised by a doctor and their nature fully disclosed to your insurer and to ourselves.

EXPERIENCE NEEDED

For this trip you don't need to be experienced in foreign travel or experienced in building techniques or working with children or in schools. The programme is designed so that you are the one getting the experience, while at the same time allowing you to interact with our professional staff who can show you their job. We are not expecting you to be experts in any specific or even related fields, but we will expect you to come back with a great deal of knowledge at the end of it.

The most important characteristics you need are openness, willingness to learn and take part, enthusiasm, initiative and a sense of curiosity. Your experience simply as a person from another culture will give you an enormous amount to share with local people who perhaps have less opportunities than you. The trip is very emotional, and you will meet people whose lives will be like a different world, but your interaction with them will help in ways you can't measure.

If you do have specific skills which could be useful please do inform us, you may find that we can build a specific role for you within the trip that will enhance your time in Nepal and prove beneficial to the charity and the children that you are working with. For example, health workers would be able to set up health awareness talks with the local families and school children or an electrician may be able to pass on his skills and tricks of the trade to rural communities who have little or no experience of our western ways.

ADVENTURE ALTERNATIVE SUPPORT

We provide a complete raft of support for you and the team. It's quite hard to put into words just how big our network is in Nepal. We have many staff and many people who all work indirectly for the charity, from schools and authorities to committees and business people. We provide all the transport, staff, all the equipment and all the necessary support systems for you.

Meanwhile in the UK we have a full office of staff planning your trip, monitoring your time in Nepal, chatting daily with the staff and on hand at any time for advice or emergencies. All of us have been working in Nepal for many years and our links with the likes of the Foreign Office, the British Embassy, the local police and authorities are all good and strong.

Kit List

  • Rucksack or duffle bag
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping Bag (3 season)
  • Clothing should be conservative and comfortable
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket
  • Good walking boots (for project work & trekking) & trainers
  • Sandals
  • Sunhat
  • Sun glasses with good UV protection
  • Sun cream - with a high UVA protection
  • Wash kit and travel towel
  • Camera - plus charger unit
  • Head torch
  • Money belt - to conceal cash, passports, etc
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Water bottles
  • Insect repellent
  • Small padlocks with security code
  • Country guide book
  • Local language phrasebook
  • Notebook, stationery, pens

Why Us

  • We are driven by good intentions and not just good practise; our trips work with professional bodies that work full time in the field of international development.
  • This trip actively benefits the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi, providing income and business, as well as promoting the programmes we run with Moving Mountains.
  • We do not contract out our trips, we employ full time staff, offering job security and good benefits.
  • We are passionate about responsible tourism and our company has promoted sustainable development since 1995, and it is still growing!
  • We work with Moving Mountains which provides relevant long term programmes and projects that benefit the host communities.
  • We have progressive ideas about the structural determinants of poverty and the implementation of 'clever aid' to create sustainable benefits.
  • We don't take people's jobs, we use these trips to invest in people.
  • We fulfil the criteria of Fair Trade Volunteering.
  • Our projects and programmes determine the trip, not the other way around.
  • We believe in what we do, and we have the experience to carry it out.

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Key Information
  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Numbers 12