Community (Social) Trek

Community (Social) Trek takes you to the remote villages which are not   often visited by tourists therefore providing a unique opportunity for   cross-culture communication. For every dollar spent in the village,   Mountain Delights donates an equal amount to the local community fund.  This community fund is managed by the community to provide community   resources as they see fit e.g. Education facilities, health   requirements, roads, improved water, etc. Therefore Nepal Social trek offer a sustainable economic future for the village and its community and provides you with a unique opportunity to be their guest.

Nepal Community/Social trek is combining: cultural  city tours, Chitwan national park, kantipur home  stay, Bandipure,   Annapurna (Ghorepani-Ponhill) trek,  less touristic area Jyamrung trek,  Maradi Himal trek.

Day 1 : Arrival in Kathmandu/ check in at hotel
It’s a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. And as your plane hits the tarmac, our waiting support team will meet and greet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Welcome drinks will be served; after you’ve refreshed, you will be taken to an exclusive Nepali restaurant for a delicious Nepalese cuisine welcome dinner, this will also include a scintillating cultural dance performed by the local belles. Over night at your hotel, this is your first night in historical Kathmandu.

Day 2 : City tour visit Buddhist and Hindus temples. This also include an orientation
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence in the Valley. Patan and Bhaktapur, its two major neighboring cities bear immense historical, cultural and religious significance. There will be a half day guided tour to the famous and biggest Hindu shrine of Pashupatinath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal Boudhanath, the 15th century palace of 55 windows and Swoyambhunath. At eventide, your senior trek leader will brief you about your trip. Overnight at your hotel

Day 03: Drive to Chitwan National Park
After breakfast we drive southwest to Chitwan. The  ride follows the meteoric Trisuli river. On the way we enjoy the beautiful landscape and the magnificent view. We arrive in the afternoon to Chitwan National Park, where we stay at our hotel. We visit a Tharu village and here we get a unique insight into this proud people's peaceful existence. After that  go to river bank for sunset view and In the evening enjoy a nice meal together while we experience traditional Tharu stick dance, which is still a part of Tharu culture.

Day 04: Chitwan National Park
After breakfast we head off on a relaxing canoe trip, where we will experience the area's natural beauty and rich birdlife, and with a little luck crocodiles and turtles. Our canoe ends by elephant breeding center. And we take small nature walk and back to the resort.After lunch we take a fantastic trip in the jungle on elephant back it’s called elephant jungle safari. From the top of the elephant we get the opportunity to get close to some of jungle animals, as they are not afraid of elephants. If we are lucky, we see the rare one-horned rhinos that live here, dear's tigers and   many more of forest wild animals.

After an eventful day with wonderful experiences we return to our hotel where we enjoyed a delicious meal.

Day 05: From Chitwan National Park to Kantipur
We get up early and enjoy a cup of coffee  or tea before we go on a bird watching in the park. We experience the amazing birdlife, as Chitwan National Park also holds. After an exciting tour we get breakfast at the hotel before driving to Kantipur, where we will spend the next days. On the trip from the national park to Kantipur we are led through the lowlands typically cultivated land. Along the way we see farmers working in the fields, we pass through small villages and crossing the two major rivers Rapti and Reu and many småvandløb before we reach Kantipur.

On arrival at the village, we are welcomed by the village development project’s  chairman Siddhi Lal Gayak,Social worker Navaraj  and villagers. At Siddhi Lal Gayak we are invited to welcome lunch, after lunch held an information meeting about the coming days in Kantipur.

We meet our host families and stay in their homes, and then it is possible to relax and look around before we enjoy dinner, Belukako Khana, along with host families. After dinner, we have some time with our host families before we go to bed. There is no power in Kantipur, so today's rhythm follows the sun in the sky.

Day 06: Village tour and school visits in Kantipur
We get up early with our host families and start the day by lighting a fire in the fireplace, make tea and cook something light to eat. We get a cup of tea before we start the morning's work, cleaning the house and yard, feeding and mucking out the animals, retrieval of today's drinking water. These are some of the daily chores, all in Kantipur perform every morning.

After the day's first tasks is the time to Bihanako Khaja(Breakfast) , as are tea and even a small light breakfast. Afterwards there is time to be washed before we meet at the city's "hall". From here we travel with one of the villagers around the village and look at daglivlivet, visit the blacksmith, the village seamstress etc and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that is in the village. Everywhere in the village we meet with smiles and curious glances.

We look past the city school where Siddhi Lal Gayak tell about the school project . We visit one of two brand new waterworks, funded by Grundfos and attend the opening of the cooperative store 'Hamro Pasal' with local crafts. 'Hamro Pasal' means directly translated, 'Our Store'. Along with the village, we participate in, we open the official store and get served Deusoko Khaja, a light afternoon snack.

The rest of the afternoon it is possible to relax, helping on the farm or take a walk in the village, before we enjoy the last evening meal with our host families.

Day 07: First day
Today again wake up early by the sound of the village coming to life and the cock that crows. We enjoy a cup of tea and a light breakfast before we start the day's work. Top of the morning we enjoy again a cup of Nepali tea and a light meal before we go into the field and perform other daily duties. We follow the traditional division of labor in the village so that women participate in the work to prepare lunch while the men are in the field or in the jungle.

In the afternoon we enjoy an afternoon snack, called Deusoko Khaja. After which we have a few more hours of work ahead of us before the day is over.

Late in the afternoon we return to our host families, where women tradition involved in the effort to make dinner, while the men play cards or relax.

We enjoyed the evening meal with the family and talk about the day's work and experiences. We have time to their families before darkness falls and we go to bed.

Day 08: Workday
Again today we have an exciting day ahead of us, along with the family. We share to finish everything about today's tasks. Despite the language barrier, we come close to each other, laugh and joke together while we're doing today's work.

We enjoy meals in each other's company and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Here on the second day experiencing brands we seriously calm slowly descends upon us, and that we are present in the moment.

Day 09: Workshops and tour
After morning tasks we meet at the village hall.  have an exciting day ahead of you, where you have the opportunity to participate in various "shops" - where you get a further insight into the village's daily work. For example activities such as:

    Music education at local instrument
    Sew work
    Wicker
    Candles production
    Smithy
    Wood work
    Daub of a house
    Collection and knowledge of herbs and medicine

Late in the afternoon you have the opportunity to relax, take a walk in the area or just enjoy the warmth, light and calm.

We meet in the evening with the villagers to the farewell party. We sing, play music, dance. We enjoy the traditional side dishes and taste locally brewed Nepali rice wine, called raksi.

Day 10: Kantipure to Pokhara(900m) 6 hrs drive.
Time for goodbye with Kantipur village.We start the day with some tea before we pack and get ready to say goodbye to the village and our host families. Around 9 am we have our Bihanako Khaja, our last breakfast in the village.

We all meet at the school to say goodbye to the residents and ends a great meeting with a side of Nepal, as only few cropped to get a glimpse in. We continue our onward journey to Pokhara. In Pokahara we stay at the hotel.

 Day 11: Pokhara- Phedi (40 min drive) and walk to Deurali (2100m) 4.30 hrs.
Trek between rice fields and views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail. After enjoying breakfast, drive to Phedi from where our trek starts. Our trip starts with the start up of  the landscaped walking trails. We pass through the beautifully landscaped terraced rice fields, small villages and forests. On arrival at Dhampus enjoy lunch with a beautiful and breathtaking views of Annapurna and Mt. Fishtail, where sunlight reflecting off the snow-capped peaks. After lunch the tour continues gradually up to Deurali, where we stay overnight in

 
Day 12: Deurali to Forest camp( 2500m) 6 Hrs of walk
Breathtaking landscapes and rhododendron forest.We leave Deurali and head out to Forest Camp. The way we enjoy the fresh mountain air and tranquility prevails. We pass a long stretch of relatively flat terrain, "Nepali flat" through the pine forest. The forest is filled with beautiful rhododendron bushes, and if we are lucky we see monkeys along the way. We enjoy our picnic as there are tea houses or restaurants on our way. We arrive at the Forest Camp, where we spend the night in the teahouse. (2100 m -> 2500 m and 6 hours walking)

Day 13: Forest Camp-High Camp(3550m) 4hrs of walk.
 View of snowy mountain peaks. The ride today takes us through the Low Camp to High Camp, along the way we stop at a vantage point from which we can consider some of the highest peaks. Today's route takes us up to the Low Camp, situated in 2970 meters altitude. Here we enjoy our lunch, and offers a stunning view to the beautiful peaks, Annapurna South, Himchuli. Mt. Fishtail. Below us lies the valleys, where we can see villages like Ghandruk and Chhomrong. The area is one of the least visited trekking areas, and the area is known for beautiful flora and fauna. Incredibly fascinating views, beautiful villages, as well as Gurung and Thakali minorities. We walk up to 3550 meters, where we stay overnight in teahouse.

Day 14: day for incase or rest day.

Day 15: High Camp-Sidding(1700m) 6hrs of walk
Breathtaking sunrise and forest hiking. Start up your day with the most precious Sunrise view and have your breakfast at High camp and head decend towards Sidding . Walking back straight decend to the same fine forest you can again see the beautiful red Rhododendron forest. You will get your lunch at Low camp which is at the way back to  Sidding is a simple traditional local village.

Day 16: Sidding –Lwong(1460m) 6 hrs of walk
Breakfast at sidding walk towards Lwong which is gradual up and some where flat too. On your way to Lwong you reach a place called Ghalel, you can have your lunch at there. Ghalel is the a small traditional villages with some small restaurants and homestay. After lunch again start up walking towards Lwong. Lwong is also a traditional old village. There is  tea garden and ACAP office with some homestay for you to stay overnight.

Day 17: Lwong – Khoramukh (1530m) 1 hrs walk and Pokhara, 2 hrs drive.
Early morning walk to tea garden to see the panaromic view of green tea garden and also the view of mountains. After that come back to Lwong for the breakfast and walk down to Khoramukh and take driveto pokhara. Rest of the day free and easy. Pokhara is a beautiful valley town, with panoramic views of Annurpurna, Machapuchare, and Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. The town of Pokhara is considerably less hectic than Kathmandu and is the starting point of your trek. Explore beautiful Phewa Lake, known for its tranquility and picture perfect postcards; or visit Devi Falls, a minor waterfall International mountain museum or or just free and easy. Overnight in Hotel in Pokhara

Day 18 : Fly to Kathmandu  (900m) 25min scnic flight.
 You take an amazing, scenic flights, sitting in the left hand site is more privilege as big Himalayan range is in right hand side. rest of the day is at leisure
 
Day 19: Sight seeing and fair trade work shop visit.
we take you hald day tour to Bhadgaon  known as Bhaktapur, stood the capital of Nepal Valley once during the olden days. And today it is a treasure home of medieval arts and architectures. According to a legend this city was founded in 889 A.D. by late King Anand Deb who belonged to the famous Lichhabi dynasty. The whole city takes the relevant shape of a 'Khat-Kon' or David's Star. Bhaktapur signifies the "City of Devotees", with the sole majority of Hindus. The urban sector covers an area of 4 square miles. Pottery plus weaving form its traditional industries. They make the best yogurt of the kingdom; so it is known as 'juju dhou' or 'king curd.' Nowadays numerous cottage factories produce masks and wooden handicrafts as well. Bhaktapur is 13 kilometers direct east of Kathmandu,you can take lunch in bhaktipure and drive to Kathmandu, to short viist our women  project where we have training and fair-trade work shop.rest si free and easy.Ovenight at hotel.

Days 20: Yourholiday concludes today. It’s your departure for home.
Our escorts will be on standby to reach you to the airport for your connecting flight home. AtMountain Delights knowing you has been a pleasure all of these days & it has been an honor to serve you. You counted on us & we didn’t let you down. We are doubly sure you have enjoyed your vacation with us. We do sincerely hope the relationship developed between us will grow to our mutual benefits in the years ahead. We do wish you a safe & happy Bon Voyage home!!!

Cost Includes

2.  Guide &Porter.
3.  All food (Break fast, Lunch& Dinner.)
4.  Accommodation. (Lodge & home stay)
5.  Hot drinks. (Tea&  coffee ) 3 times a days.
6.  Land transportation (Private)
7.  TIMS (Trekking information Management System)
8.  Annapurna conservation entry Permit.
9.  All food, drinks, Lodge, salary, Insurance, Medical, Equipments, all transport etc for guide and
     porter.
10.  Three star level   hotel with breakfast in  Pokhara..
11.  Down Jacket, down sleeping bag and duffel bag.
12.  Air ticket (Kathmandu-Pokhara)
13.  All taxes.

Cost Excludes

1. Any bar bills (alcoholic drinks, mineral water, and cold drinks), cigarettes, client’s personal
    insurance, any kind of unforeseen expenses etc.
2. Lunch and Dinner in  Pokhara.
3. Tips for Guide and Porter( Tips is not compulsory but expected)

General

1.   Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek).
2.   Duffel bag or Rucksack and suitcase ((Optional/duffel bag we can provide one if you need it
      but is to be returned after the trek.
3.   Daypack.
4.   Down Jacket only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, Feruary, November and
      December (Optional/we can  provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek).

Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes

1.   Sun hat.
2.   Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears .
3.   Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
4.   Headlamp.
5.   Some people like ear-muffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket
      should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people (optional).
6.   A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for
      cold season (optional).

Hand

1.    Golves( not  too warm  and not light ).

Core Body

1.   T-shirts
2.   Shirts
3.   Fleece jacket or pullover.
4.   Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional).
5.   Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
6.   women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton.

Lower Body – Legs- Feet

1.    nylon hiking shorts - Quick drying type, not cotton.
2.    Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
3.    Lightweight long underwear - capilene or other synthetic.
4.    soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
5.    Trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts..
6.    Cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
7.    All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture
       resistant plastic bags.
9.    pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season. 10.2 pair light
       weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail.
11.  light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots.
12.  pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
13.  pair sandals (Optional).

Medicines and First Aid Kits

(Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well).

1.   Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
2.   Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
3.   Immodium or Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
4.   Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness.      
      Pleasediscuss with us before starting to take this medicine.
5.   1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids,
      some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive
      medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.

Miscellaneous :

1.   Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
2.   Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in KTM just in case if you need to
      change the date of your).
3.   Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
4.   Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your
      neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from
      having to stop and look for it.
5.   Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses
      its' effectiveness over time.
6.   Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
7.   Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
8.   Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid
      hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
9.   2 bandanas.

Optional

1.   1 pair adjustable trekking poles. Although these are listed as optional, these can be of great
      assistance to people who may think of themselves and generally clumsy or with bad knees,
      ankles, etc, especially when going downhill (Optional).
2.   Favorite snack foods.
3.   Paperback books, cards, mp3 player (there are a couple of stops where you could recharge.
      Avoid players with moving hardware as it may not function. Remember,
      keep these items light weight .
4.   Binoculars .
5.   1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok,
      but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use .
6.   Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator.
7.   A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman, some swear by them to avoid
      that chilly late night trip.

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