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TRIP INFORMATION FOR AMBASSADORS

2019 Trip Itinerary

Mon 24th June: Arrival 9:10 am on flight AI 213

Make your way outside the terminal and then look across the roadway, you will see our GVI staff there to meet you. Look out for the GVI sign. We’ll take you to the Hotel where we will stay for the first night.  We’ll have lunch and do a short tour in the afternoon. We'll share some Health and Safety information as well as an introduction to GVI.  

Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya

    

Tues 25th June: Travel to Pokhara

Late morning, we’ll take a 25 minute flight to Pokhara.  If it’s a clear day you will have some amazing mountain views. Once you arrive and settle in, we’ll have some welcome activities including Health and Safety information and our GVI Welcome Presentation.  We’ll take a walking tour of the Lakeside area to help you get acquainted with the local area.

Accommodation: Hotel Crown

 

Wed 26th June: Orientation and Cultural Activities

Today we will do some further orientation  including a Nepali language lesson. We will also take a short boat ride to see Barahi Temple which is a well known part of Hindu culture in Pokhara. You will have the chance to sample a range of Nepali food for lunch such as momos and pakodas. 

 

Thursday 27th June: Cultural Activities and trek preparation

Today you will have a follow up Nepali language lesson and learn a little more about Nepali life.  You will also visit a monastery so you can get acquainted with Buddhist culture.  In the afternoon we'll have a briefing in readiness for the trek.  This is an important part of our preparation. There will be time to get organised and pack in readiness for your trekking adventure.  

 

Fri 28th June: Trek Day 1

Transfer to Nayapul.  Trek to Ghandruk 

Accomodation: basic teahouse

 

Sat 29th June: Trek Day 2

Look east. That’s Landruk, the next village on the route.  Look down. That’s the Modi Kola River 600 metres below. Now head around the corner and we’ll find Tolkha our base for the night.

Accommodation: basic teahouse

 

Sun 30th June: Trek Day 3

Hyenjakot (1530m) You may see the amazing pink and purple of Rhododendron, a symbol of Nepal, as you head from Dhampus to Hyenjakot. 

Accommodation: basic teahouse.

 

Mon 1st  July  Trek Day 4

After a short trek we will head back to Pokhara.  There will be some great views on the way.  We'll arrive in Pokhara around lunch time.   In the late afternoon we will have a briefing in preparation for project work the following day.

Accomodation: Hotel Crown

 

Tues 2nd  July to Friday 5th July

This week it will be all hands on deck.  We will be working to renovate a local Government School so be prepared to patch, paint, hammer and saw as we work to ensure the students of the school have access to a clean, safe and inviting environments which every student deserves. 

Accommodation: Hotel Crown

 

Sat 6th July and Sunday 7th July: cultural weekend

Over the weekend you will have the opportunity to experience a range of cultural activities these include visiting such places as the World Peace Pagoda, The Tibetan Refugee Camp, longest suspension bridge in Pokhara, local temples and monasteries.

 We'll also attend the Sister Hood of Survivors programme at SASANE.  Here  you will have a cooking lesson where you will learn to make traditional momos, be served a traditional Nepali meal and also learn about the issues of Human trafficking.

Accommodation: Hotel Crown

 

Please note we will have a range of other activities planned such as

The Mountain museum, a Nepali dance lesson.  The timing of these will be flexible depending on weather conditions. 

 

Mon 8th July-Thurs 11th July Project:

You will continue your project work in the first part of the week.  

 

On our final day we'll have a celebration to mark the end of a job well done. 

Accommodation: Hotel Crown

 

Fri 12th July:

Today we will make an early start and travel to Kathmandu by bus.  There is some amazing scenery along the way. 

Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya

 

Sat 13th July: 

Today you'll enjoy a trip to Bhaktapur. It's a fascinating city and it's like stepping back in time.  You will see some of the rebuilding work following the earthquake as well as the Royal Palace, Potters’ Corner and Bhaktapur Durbar Square.  It's a real insight into both Nepal's past and present.

Accommodation: Hotel Holy Himalaya

 

Sun 14th July:  Departure  flight AI 216 3:35  

(leave for airport 12 noon)

Your final day in Kathmandu and we'll continue exploring sites such as the  Garden of Dreams and a final

walk in Thamel.

 

As with all our tours we will have guide so you will be able to ask lots of questions.

We'll have a final dinner together and then head to the airport for our final farewell.

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2019 BI-K Nepal Packing List

The following list is based on team experience in Nepal. Items that are optional are marked as such. All other items should be considered essential. Mid-June is the start of the monsoon season so it is very likely to rain in the evening and possibly during some days. It will be hot and humid.

 

Project days will require two sets of clothes – one for the project and one for after we return and clean up for dinner and the rest of the evening. Laundry services are available and are inexpensive ($1 per kilo of clothes) but require at least 24 hours to complete (more if it rains–they air dry clothes). It is best to have at least 2 or three days’ worth of project clothes for that reason
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  • 1 large backpack or suitcase to get everything to and from Nepal. There will be several times when we move from one place to another, through airports, on buses, etc. You should be able to carry all of your stuff yourself.

  • 1 daypack or backpack, ~25liters. This will be used nearly every day for hauling personal items to and from projects as well as during the trek. It should have a wide waist strap for the trek.1 pair of strong hiking boots shoes (well broken in) for the trek.

  • 2 one-liter water bottles for daily use. It is possible to buy these relatively inexpensively in Pokhara. At least one is handy to have for traveling to Nepal.

  • 1 sleeping sheet for the tea houses along the trek.

  • 1 Light waterproof and windproof jacket with a hood.

  • 1 pair of sports shoes or sneakers for daily use.

  • 1 pair of sandals for time off

  •  (Optional) 1 pair of flip flops/thongs/crocs for showers

  • 2 to 3 pairs of light weight pants. Hiking type pants work well, especially if they have zip - off legs.

  • 2 pairs of shorts.

  • Your BI-K sweatshirt

  • 4 T-shirts – NOT tank tops. Synthetic are better than cotton.

  • 1 Long - sleeved (cotton or polypropylene) shirt for evenings (mosquito protection)

  • 4 pairs of socks suitable for trekking

  • 4 pairs of light socks for your sneakers

  • Underwear – 6 days’ worth. Quick drying travel type are best.

  • Headscarf / bandana / baseball cap for walking or working in the sun.

  • Towel - a quick-drying travel towel is best. This will be needed for the trek.

  • Sunglasses make sure they offer 100% UV protection.

  • Hat, wide-brimmed. The sun gets very hot during the day when working outdoors or on trek.

  • If your daypack doesn’t have a rain cover, water proof liners or plastic bags to protect things inside your pack.

  • Flashlight & batteries. A headlamp is really useful. Extra batteries (one set) should be sufficient.

  • Any prescribed medication you need during your trip. Make sure it bears your name, why you need it, and dosage.

  • Insect repellent. Natrapel is a good natural product. However, if you are particularly attractive to bugs we recommend something with DEET. Treating clothes with permethrin is advised.

  • Toilet Kit including:
    shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, a bar of soap, hair brush, hand sanitizer, and face wipes. Many of these things can be purchased in Pokhara.

  • Sun screen – 50+-enough for three weeks.

  • Water purifying tablets if you have a favorite type. (Optional)

  • Handsanitizer – A small bottle will work and can be refilled by BI-K/GVI when needed.

  • Wipes for when a shower is not available (Optional)

  • Electrical adaptor to convert both socket style an d voltage if necessary (Type C)

  • Disposable poncho (optional)

  • Kleenex/tissues, travel size.

  • Inexpensive watch.

  • Travel pillow (inflatable, can also be used on the trek) (Optional)

  • Snack bars/snacks for hiking (Optional)

  • Deck of cards / Uno cards / small games (Optional)

  • Personal money, ~$200 for snacks, souvenirs, etc.

  • For project days:  Old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, covered in paint etc. 2-3 sets of work clothes are recommended.

  • Closed toe shoes (sneakers or hiking boots are good)

 
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PO Box 10851
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

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