Annapurna Basecamp Trek & Volunteering in Nepal-Four Weeks

Your trekking and volunteering tour will commence in Kathmandu with a short, fascinating orientation about the culture, history, religion, habits and behaviors of the Nepalese people.

During this time you will also be taken to visit the popular Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the Buddhist Bouddhanath Stupa, the World Heritage site Swayambhunath, and other highlights of the Kathmandu Valley.

Next the real adventure begins – your trek through valleys and high passes to Annapurna Base Camp in the stunning Himalayas.

Volunteer Society Treks Nepal has designed this itinerary to include the best opportunities for sightseeing, trekking, and volunteering so that our guests can make the most of their time in Nepal. Volunteering placements range from teaching to construction, medical aid to relief supplies distribution, and can be arranged according to your skills and wants.

  • Price:1170 USD
  • Duration:28 Days
  • Primary Activity:
  • Group Size:2-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Moderate
  • Meals:As per itinerary
  • Accomodation:3 Star in Kathmandu on BB plan, Best Available during trekking
  • Trip Code:
  • Max-Altitude:4130m m.
  • Transportation:Tourist bus & jeep
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:

Days 1 – 5: Orientation, Language and Cultural Immersion in Kathmandu.

Visit Pashupatinath Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Swayambhunath Stupa, Durbar Square, Patan, and Thamel.

Day 06: Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 07: Pokhara to Ulleri (1685m) trekking

Day 08: Ulleri to Ghorepani (1855m) trekking

Day 09: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2680m) trekking

Day 10: Tadapani via Chhomrong to Sinuwa trekking

Day 11: Sinuwa to Deurali Hotel (3000) trekking

Day 12: Deurali to ABC (4130) trekking

Day 13: ABC to and back Sinuwa trekking

Day 14: Sinuwa to Kyumi trekking

Day 15: Kyumi to Nayapool via Pokhara

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu 

Day 17: Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 18: Onward to begin volunteering program  

Volunteer in various locations around the Kathmandu Valley or around Nepal, in diverse roles and positions. See our Volunteering pages for more information.

Days 1 – 5: Orientation, Language and Cultural Immersion in Kathmandu.

You will be picked up at the airport by one of our VSN staff and driven to your Kathmandu host family or a hotel. Here you will be welcomed into the family, given your own room and provided with all your meals while in Kathmandu. This will be your home during your orientation and volunteering in Nepal.

For the first 4 days you will take part in the following:

  • Introduction about your placement and volunteer responsibility
  • Nepali cultural orientation outlining the do’s and don’t’s of Nepal
  • Nepali language classes (2 hours per day) and spend time studying your free Nepali language booklet
  • Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s main sites and places of convenience
  • Get to know the rest of the VSN team and volunteers

 Day 2: Kathmandu

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali language and Cultural Class
1:00 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa.

Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most sacred Hindu temples. During the annual Shivaratri pilgrimage, thousands of Siva Devotees come here to pay homage. On the other side of the sacred Bagmati River is a funeral site, where bodies are taken to be cremated before the charred remains are swept into the waters that ultimately flow into the Gangas. The Buddhist Boudhanath Stupa is painted in pastel colours and adorned with colourful prayers flags. The Stupa is built in a mandala design (the diagram of the Buddhist cosmos) with nine levels. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 insets of prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice. Boudhanath is also home to Nepal’s largest Tibetan community of twelve thousand people.

Day 3: Kathmandu

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali language and Cultural Class
1:00 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square.

The Swayambhunath Stupa is situated 4km outside the city on a hilltop and is believed to date back to around 500BC. Legend has it that a sage named Manjushree, who is credited with the creation of Kathmandu, saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the hill top and blessed it. Swayambhu is an important pilgrimage site as well as a centre of art, architecture, religion and culture of Mahayana Buddhism. Durbar Square is Kathmandu’s focal point. Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who once ruled the city. Along with these palaces, the square also contains a series of temples, the oldest dating back to the 16th century. The square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, near the entrance of the palaces.

Day 4: Patan
8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali language and Cultural Class
11:30 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar square

Patan is the oldest of all the three cities of Kathmandu valley. It is the best known for its artistic heritage. The city is situated on a plateau across the Basmati River, and is also called Lalitpur. The city is surrounded by 4 stupas as the 4 corners of Patan, one at each of its cardinal points. These stupas are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka. The former royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. Patan is filled with elegant architectural treasures including Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings and many visitors come here to see the monuments.

Day 5: Thamel

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
10:00 – 12:30 Survival Nepali language and Cultural Class
1:00 – 17:30 Sightseeing trip to Thamel and shopping for equipment and/or other necessities

Thamel is located in Kathmandu. It is a haven for tourists visiting the city because it contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater specifically to western tourists. It is located in the northern region of Kathmandu past the government district on Tridevi marg. Although some consider it to be overcrowded it has been used by westerners since the 1970’s when hippies in the region discovered it. Thamel is an easy walk from anywhere in central Kathmandu, though the roads can be quite busy during the day, and traffic can be quite heavy.

Day 06: Kathmandu to Pokhara
Drive to Pokhara, 200km 6 hours bus drive & prepare for trekking.

Day 07: Pokhara to Ulleri (1685m)
Drive from Pokhara about 45 km via Naudanda, Kanre, and Lumle villages up to Nayapool. From there the trail descends steeply to Birethanthi and follows the east bank of Bhurungdi Khola, Tikhedunga and finally reaches Ulleri.

Day 08: Ulleri to Ghorepani (1855m)
The trail ascends to small villages through rhododendron forest arriving at the top of Ghorepani for an overnight stay.

Day 09: Ghorepani to Tadapani (2680m) 
Early in the morning trek to Poonhill from where many people witness an unforgettable sunrise over the mountains. From Poonhill you can view over 30 white-capped peaks: the whole Annapurna range. Then, walk through the forest filled with flowers (in the spring) overnight stay at Tadapani.

Day 10: Tadapani via Chhomrong to Sinuwa
Tadapani offers good views of the upper Modi Valley. The route starts the long ascent high above the west bank of Modi Khola. From Sinuwa you will see very nice views of Mt. Machhapuchere.

Day 11: Sinuwa to Deurali Hotel (3000)
The trail continues to Khuldi Ghar for about one hour fifteen minutes and from there goes down very steeply and then levels out, running through thickets of bamboo at the bottom of the gorge, keeping always on the west side of the river. The pasture of Tomoe is passed by, and then the very neck of the gorge at Panchen Barah, where there is a small trail and a shrine. Overnight stay in Deurali.

Day 12: Deurali to ABC (4130)
From Deurali the trail continues into the sanctuary, it crosses two wide avalanche tracks on a narrow trail that huddles up against the cliff. The trail then descends to meet the Modi Khola and follows the river to Bagar. From bagar climb across more avalanche paths cross a moraine and a stream, then climb towards an area known as Machhapuchhere Base Camp (MBC) at the elevation 3700m. After 2 hours journey, we finally reach to our destination ABC and stay here overnight to see the sunset and sunrise.

Day 13: ABC and back Sinuwa 
We see morning sunrise and have breakfast at base camp. We’ll reach the Himalayas for lunch and finally come back to Sinuwa with the same trail and stay overnight.

Day 14: Sinuwa to Kyumi 
We follow same trail up to Chhomrong and the trail goes to descend Jhinu. We’ll see hot springs and take our lunch there. After lunch we start up toward a beautiful rift valley and finally reach Kyumi to stay overnight.

Day 15: Kyumi to Nayapool via Pokhara
The trail goes up and down through Ghandruk. It is one of the more developed villages and most people are Gurung, an ethnic group closely resembling the Magars in many aspects but with their own distinct language and shamanistic practices. After this place, we reach Nayapool and take our lunch there. After a rest there you will be driven back to Pokhara and stay overnight there.

Day 16: Pokhara to Kathmandu by bus

Day 17: Rest day in Kathmandu

Day 18: Onward for Volunteering Program
This morning you will be settled into your volunteering program. With VSN staff and local managers at the projects you will discuss your duties/roles in the program and what you can contribute during your stay.

Feature Price: $ 1170 USD

Annapurna Basecamp Trek and Volunteering -USD 1170

Cost Includes 

  • Food and accommodation
  • Annapurna conservation area entry permit fee
  • All applicable government taxes
  • Kathmandu Valley Sightseeing with English speaking tour guide
  • English Speaking trekking tour guide and porter
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Trekking permits or national park entrance permits
  • Insurance for Nepali trekking staff

Cost Excludes

  • Airfares domestic / international
  • Visa Fee US $ 30.00
  • Airport tax domestic / international
  • Drinks e.g. alcohol, coke, juice and mineral water
  • Personal travel and medical insurance
  • Tips for guide / porter
  • Any room/ food before and after program

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