Tour and Volunteering Program-Three Weeks

In this program, Volunteer Society Treks Nepal gives you an opportunity to explore three different regions of Nepal: from the cultural and historical hub of Kathmandu, to the breathtaking scenery of Pokhara and the Annapurna Range, to the fertile forest of Chitwan National Park in the Terai region. This remarkable trip showcases the best that Nepal has to offer.

Furthermore, your trip will be enriched by short stints of volunteering work in local communities in the Kathmandu Valley and other parts of Nepal. Volunteer Society Treks Nepal encourages you to connect with the people around you, and give something back.

Explore Nepal with our fabulous 9-day Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara Tour which combines natural, cultural, and wildlife experiences. Stroll in the medieval streets of Kathmandu full of architectural wonders, make a boat ride in a Himalayan lake or a canoe trip in the dense sub-tropical jungle, or learn to follow the wild-lives in their natural habitat – we’ve combined everything that you are wishing to squeeze into your short Nepal tour. We start the tour from Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. Then we drive to Chitwan Jungle to discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly becoming extinct from this planet. From Chitwan, we continue our journey to the fantastic Lake City of Pokhara. The trip encompasses some of the most spectacular natural, cultural, and wildlife splendors of Nepal as well as provides an opportunity to mingle with local people and experience their ethnic lifestyles.

The 9-Day Kathmandu, Chitwan & Pokhara Tour has been designed for those visiting Nepal seeking a combination of cultural, natural, and community immersion during their trip.

  • Price:895 EURO
  • Duration:21 Days
  • Primary Activity:
  • Group Size:2-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Normal
  • Meals:As per itinerary
  • Accomodation:3 Star in Kathmandu on BB plan
  • Trip Code:
  • Max-Altitude:1400m m.
  • Transportation:Car & Tourist bus
  • 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 6-13: Volunteering in an orphanage or school

Day 14: Rest day, prepare for journey to Chitwan and Pokhara

Day 15: Drive to Chitwan

Day 16: Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle Safari

Day 17:  Drive to Pokhara & Pokhara Sightseeing

Day 18:  Explore Pokhara 

Day 19:  Drive to Kathmandu

Day 20: Free day to shop and relax in Kathmandu

Day 21:  Fly Home: Farewell Friend

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 06-13: Volunteering in a school or in an orphanage.

Day 14: Preparation for Chitwan and Pokhara Tour

Day 15: Drive to Chitwan

Today we take an early morning breakfast and drive for 5 hours to Chitwan, 150 kilometers from Kathmandu. All the way we descend down the winding road on the banks of the Trishuli River. After checking in to the hotel and getting refreshed you will be briefed about the nature programs by our nature guide. Then we’ll head out for activities: there will be a guided village walk and a walk on the banks of the Rapti River to watch the charming sunset views in the sub-tropical jungle. In the evening, eat dinner and watch a cultural program by ethnic tribal people with their stick dance and tribal drums. Overnight at Chitwan. Included meals: (B, L, D)

Day 16: Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle Safari The Chitwan National Park has been declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Today you will discover why the National Park holds an important place in preserving the wild lives that are rapidly becoming extinct from this planet. You’re almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpecker, and deer in their natural habitat.  The Park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, gangetic dolphin, 500 species of birds, butterflies, as well as the near extinct Gharials crocodiles. You can do a number of activities here – an elephant safari, a nature walk, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip. Overnight at Chitwan. Included meals: (B, L, D)

Day 17: Drive to Pokhara 

Early morning after the breakfast, you will have time to enjoy the activities. After that, we will drive back from Chitwan to Pokhara Stay overnight at hotel in Pokhara.

Today after enjoying bird watching or jungle safari in the morning, we drive to Pokhara – about 140 kilometers from Chitwan and a 5-6 hour’s drive. The drive is very much similar to that we had while coming to Chitwan from Kathmandu. Pokhara, also nicknamed the Lake City, is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The town offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhare, the five peaks of Annapurna and other impressive mountains. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking in the Annapurna Region. After arriving Pokhara, we’ll make a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces, old bazaars, and landmarks. In the evening, explore the surrounding lakeside areas. Overnight at Pokhara. (B)

Day 18: Explore Pokhara

We spend a full day to explore Pokhara. First we’ll drive to the Sarangkot Hill to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we’ll have a full day sightseeing around Pokhara. Enjoy walking along the bank of Phewa Lake, take a boat around or across the lake and take an hour’s walk to the World Peace Pagoda. We’ll also make a short visit to the Gupteshwar Gufa Cave (also called Shiva Gufa).  Some of the other places that we can visit today include the Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall and the mountain museum etc.  Overnight at Pokhara. (B)

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Now it’s time to relax, trade emails with travel companions and organize photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and celebrate dinner together with Volunteer Society Nepal staff. Overnight at Kathmandu. (B, D)

Day 20: Free Day and enjoy shopping

Day 21: Fly Home: Farewell Friend

You are saying good bye to the mountains as your journey in Nepal comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you’ll be back in the Himalayas again soon. Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Volunteer Society Nepal will transfer you to the airport. On your way home you’ll have plenty of time to plan your next adventure in the wonderful country of Nepal. (B)

Feature Price: 895 EURO

Trip cost per person: Euro 895
The Package cost includes :
  • Airport pick up and drop off by private vehicle
  • Accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast
  • Highly experienced guide and porters
  • Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
  • All necessary paper works and national park entry permits
  • All additional government tax
The Package cost excludes:
  • Nepal visa fee
  • International air fare
  • Travelers insurance
  • All kind of drinks (alcohol, hot and cold drinks)
  • Personal expenses (shopping, laundry, phone bills)
  • Tips to guide
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. personal illness, strike etc.

Note: This itinerary may change to meet the needs of the volunteers and field conditions. A confirmed and revised itinerary will be set during the orientation. According to the availability of your time the volunteering period can be shortened and extended.

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