Nepal - International Award Silver
International Award – Silver
This five day trip is designed for students to develop skills such as communication, navigation, self reliable, team building and a better understanding of other key curriculum topics. It helps to develop independence and a sense of personal responsibility. Students will get the experience of backpacking along the Himalayan range and learn about sustainable trekking as well as self-reliant camping in the Mountain.
Students will have already been given maps of the area they will be trekking in, and have determined their route. They will complete the expedition by their own self-sufficient means, carrying all of their own equipment in order to successfully complete the Expedition phase of their Award. When not trekking, students will have time to work on personal aims.
- Trek alongside stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range
- Meet and interact with people from local community villages
- Hike through dense, beautiful forest
- Visit one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Nepal – Namobuddha
Nepal – International Award Silver
Day to day - Sample itinerary
Arrive at Kathmandu airport and drive to the hotel. After check-in, there will be a safety and orientation briefing on your expedition followed by dinner and rest and relaxation at the hotel. Students will have the opportunity to look over their preparation work that they have completed for the expedition and make plans for any obstacles they may face during the expedition if they have not already done so.
Drive to Nargakot - Hike to Dhulikhel
An hours drive takes you to Nargakot and the starting point of the trek. start your trek through the jungle on a wide beaten dirt track before descending into a valley and stopping for a lunch break near the small town of Nala. After lunch, climb up to the town of Mane Bhanjyang and descend down to Rabi Opi village. Meet and interact with genuine local people along the way, which adds another dimension to your Himalayan experience. Hike for a further 1 hour which will bring you to Dhulikhel town, where you will set up camp for the night and prepare your evening meal.
Trek to Balthali via Namobuddha
Today will see the group hike towards to Namobuddha – one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhism followers. After having lunch at Namobudhha, hike down to Sankhu village and continue to hike further down to Roshi river and climb up to Balthali village – an outstanding place of isolation and relaxation surrounded by Nepali countryside. It is in a campsite next to the village that you will set up your tents and prepare dinner before settling down for the night.
Trek to Panauti / drive to Kathmandu
After a final campsite breakfast breakfast in Balthali, start hiking towards the expeditions’ final destination – the small town of Panauti. Taking approximately 3 hours the group will pass Nepane, Salmitar and Sunthan village. Reaching the end of your incredible trek, the group will be driven to Kathmandu. Check-in to your hotel and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation before dinner.
Depending on flight times, the group will have some free time for shopping in the vibrant Thamel area before transferring to the airport for your departure flight.