NEPAL VOLUNTOURISM

Experience the unique opportunity to take part in voluntourism with WWTrek sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project (HOP). We can customize an adventure of a lifetime that will simultaneously benefit local communities.

Plan a stand-alone voluntourism trip or add a project onto a WWTrek adventure. Trek to Everest Base Camp and stop at the Namche Dental Clinic on your way to resupply the clinic, which is the only dental clinic in the Khumbu Valley. Or you can make a detour to a secondary school in a small village to install a solar-powered computer center, a PA system, or an industrial water filter.

HOP Projects in Nepal

Nepal is the birthplace of Human Outreach Project. In 2004, Dean summited Mt. Everest along with his good friend and climbing partner Ang Pasang. A few months later, Pasang was killed tragically in an avalanche. Dean committed to doing whatever he could to support Pasang’s three children.

HOP continues to provide support and educational funds for Ang Pasang’s Children. Other ongoing projects in Nepal include supporting the Himalayan Rescue Association, trekking supplies to Namche Dental Clinic, and supporting Juving Secondary School.

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TREK TIPS: HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Check out this itinerary for inspiration and then call us! We will work with you to create your perfect trip.

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal (4,600')

  • Guests will purchase their visa, advance through customs, and be transferred to the hotel by a WWTrek representative
  • Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Kathmandu Cultural Tour

  • Morning orientation and briefing
  • Kathmandu Cultural Tour of parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Valley, including:
    • Swayambhunath (“Monkey Temple”)
    • Bagmati River
  • Return to hotel for gear check
  • Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Fly to Phaplu - Trek to Thakshindu

  • Fly to Phaplu and trek to Thakshindu
  • Prepare for solar project
  • Goal Zero product shipped via plane to Lukla
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek to Khari Khola

  • Trek to Khari Khola
  • Prepare for solar project
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Distribute Solar in Khari Khola

  • Distribute solar in Khari Khola
  • Overnight: Tea House
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek to Surke

  • Trek to Surke to distribute solar
  • Prepare to trek the next day
  • Overnight: Tea House
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek to Phakding or Monjo (9,428')

  • Trek!
  • Overnight: Tea House
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,500')

  • Trek by Duh Kozi River and up Namche Hill
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Trek to Khunde

  • Trek to Khunde
  • Install solar in Khunde
  • Trek back to Namche
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Trek to Deboche - Visit Tengboche Monastery

  • Trek to Tengboche (12,738′)
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery for call to prayer
  • Trek to Deboche
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (13,993')

  • Trek to Pangboche
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 12: Trek to Pheriche (13,993')

  • Trek to Pheriche (13,993′)
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 13: Acclimatization day

  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche

  • Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (16,203′)
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 15: Summit Kala Patthar (18,300')

  • Trek from Gorak Shep to Summit of Kala Patthar (18,300′)
  • Return to Gorak Shep
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 16: Everest Base Camp (17,688')

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 17: Rest Day

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 18: Trek to Lobuche High Camp

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tents
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 19: Summit Lobuche (20,020')

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tents
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 20: Pheriche - Lukla - Kathmandu

Day 21: Kathmandu Cultural Tour/ Sightseeing

  • Half-day cultural tour/shopping/sightseeing
  • Farewell dinner at the Hyatt
  • Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 21: Departure Day

  • Depart Kathmandu for international flights home
  • Meals Included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT:

  • Spring: March through May
  • Fall: September through November

This prime trekking weather is due in part because Nepal experiences two main seasons: wet and dry. You might end up drenched during the monsoonal period from June through September.

ARRIVALS & DEPARTURES:

This trip begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will fly into and out of Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

RECOMMENDED FLIGHTS:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

CUSTOMS, VISA, AND IMMIGRATION:

You will need a Nepal Entry Visa. Upon clearing customs in Nepal, you will be required to purchase a 30-day entry visa. The visa costs $40, so make sure to bring cash with you. It helps to have exact change. In addition, remember to bring two passport photos for the visa. Waiting to try and have these taken in the Kathmandu airport will not only cause you undue delays, but it also tends to be exceedingly expensive.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new North Face tents. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

TRANSPORTATION:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.

MEALS:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

HEALTH & SAFETY:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

ADD-ON ADVENTURES:

CURRENCY EXCHANGE:

You can easily exchange money in Kathmandu after you arrive. We will allot time for guests to do so. Local currency is best on the trek. Spending varies depending on the person, but we always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals, sodas, snacks, or souvenirs.

TIME ZONE:

Nepal Standard Time (NPT), UTC +5:45

MONEY:

The official currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee Introduced in 1932, the Rupee is abbreviated Rs. Check online for current conversion rates.