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Overview

The Buddha Odyssey in partnership with the REACH for Nepal Foundation (RFN) organises various Community Rebuild Trips to Nepal each year. These trips are open to any groups, clubs, school and university in Australia.

The trip has some time in Kathmandu, then follows one of the best trekking trails in the world - The Annapurna Trekking Trail. This then leads to your Community Project where you contribute to rebuild of predefined project you will undertake. There is plenty of time to mingle with school students and local people to pass on some skills, and experience the Nepalese culture, traditions, social structure and ways of life.

The Buddha Odyssey has been leading trips to Nepal of this nature alongside RFN for two years now. Some of the travellers have described the trip as a life changing experience for them.

Trip Highlights

  •  3 Day Community Project
  •  Unique insight into Nepal village life, working alongside the community
  •  Sightseeing in Kathmandu
  •  Trek with stunning views of Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges
  •  Mountain flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Core Details

Cost AUD 2,690 per person twin share
Fundraising Travellers are asked to raise AU $500* to support the RFN Project
Departure Dates TBA
Trip Duration 14 Days
Group size Minimum 6; Maximum 12 people
Grade Easy
Activities Community project & Trekking

*RFN is currently working to obtain deductible gift recipient (DGR) status, and will advise participants of the outcome as soon as possible.

Inclusions

  •  All breakfasts, lunch and dinner while camping and trekking only
  •  Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  •  Domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara
  •  Accommodation throughout the tour
  •  Expert bilingual guide
  •  Group medical kit
  •  Private transportation
  •  All park entrance fees and trekking permits (passport photos may be required)
  •  Porters and porters’ insurance
  •  Farewell dinner with cultural dance

Exclusions

  •  International airfares
  •  Single supplement AU $350 extra
  •  Lunch and dinner when in Pokhara and Kathmandu
  •  Beverages when trekking in the mountains
  •  Personal equipment and clothing
  •  Protective gloves for working on the building site
  •  Fees to heritage sites in Kathmandu
  •  Travel insurance andNepal visa fees (US $25 for 15 days)
  •  All expenses of a personal nature
  •  Tips to porter/guides

Suitability

Community Project

  •  A positive attitude is more important than your level of strength or physical ability,
  •  There is no pressure during the project but you should be prepared for four to six hours of physical labour each day while working on the school building activity

Trekking

  •  The trekking grade is easy – suitable for beginners with a reasonable level of health and fitness.
  •  There is a maximum of four hours walking, or approximately 5 km, each day.
  •  This trip does not spend time at altitudes above 2,500m so there is no risk of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

Itinerary (Sample)

Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu

On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport by our representative. After you settle into the hotel, there will be a group briefing with the tour leader in the late afternoon. They will discuss the trip details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. The evening is free, but the tour leader will usually organise an optional dinner at one of Kathmandu’s fine Nepali restaurants.

Day 2: Kathmandu

Today you will explore Kathmandu on an organised sightseeing tour. You will visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world. You will also see Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. In the evening, you will take a stroll to Basantapur Durbar Square, the traditional heart of the town.

Day 3: Drive to Pokhara

Today you will get up early in the morning and take a bus ride to Pokhara.

Day 4: Rest / Stupa Walk

Rest day / Optional walk to Pokhara Peace Stupa

Days 5 - 9: Trekking

You will trek the Annapurna Ranges in a slow pace, and get to Community Project site by day 9

Days 10-12: Community Project

Community Project & get to pokhara end of Day 12

Day 13: Fly to Kathmandu

After breakfast, you will depart for Kathmandu, where you will have your last opportunity to do some shopping on the streets of Thamel – Kathmandu’s commercial neighbourhood. Dinner is organised for you tonight, with cultural dancing and time to reflect on your trip.

Day 14: Depart Kathmandu

Your trip officially comes to an end after breakfast today. Your tour leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements.

 

Reach for Nepal Foundation

The Reach for Nepal Foundation was established after the devastating earthquakes in the region in April 2015. With the support of local communities and the people of Canberra, we are now able to provide practical and financial assistance to rural Nepalese communities affected by the earthquake.

We use our strong cultural ties and detailed knowledge of Nepal to identify and support projects that contribute to rebuilding schools and villages.

The funds that you contribute will directly assist us to fund our various projects. Find more information about the projects at www.reachfornepal.org

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