Darkha School Rebuilding Project – 14 Days

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Overview

Help Rebuild a school in remote village of Darkha in the way you can. A volunteer trek in Nepal.

The Shree Chandra Devi Lower secondary School is located in Darkha village, in the Ganesh Himal region of Northern Nepal. This small subsistence farming village as well as the nearby villages of Majgaun,  Chapchet Danda and Birchet send their children to this school, from grades 1 to 5. A total of 65 students attend. Earthbound Expeditions guide, Gopal Tamang, visited the village late in May – early June and returned to report that the earthquakes damaged most of the school buildings and a full rebuild is required. The day following your arrival in Darkha, your group will set to work, and over the course of the following 8 days, under the instruction of the local project manager and your guide, you will help to build a considerable section of the school. Expect to work between 6-8 hours a day with lunch and snack breaks in between. Your group will work alongside members of the community and the vibe will be positive, productive and collaborative. Because of the scale of the project your group will start where the last group left off and it’s possible that you won’t be applying the finishing touches. But you can keep up to date with the progress via the Earthbound Expeditions website blog, Facebook  and twitter  posts. The next group will carry on the further work of the Project and complete. By end of 2016 we have to finish this project. Part of the trek money we charged will also be used to fund the  project.

You see great view of the Genesh Himal mountains on the way to Darkha and back, participate on hard work with community and then rest and see lakes and mountains in Pokhara and bathe with elephant in Chitwan National park before you go back home with great accomplishment of helping to rise Nepal and kids going back to the school and you enjoy your holiday here.

School Name: Shree Chandra Devi Lower Secondary School
School Address: Darkha – 6 , Dhading, Nepal
Total Building: 2 [All Damaged]
Total Room: 5 Rooms [All Damaged]
Total Toilets: 2 [All Damaged]
Total Library: 1
Total Student: 65
Total Teacher: 5

Project Manager: Mr. Gopal Tamang
We are also now building 3 class room building in Kuri, at Shree Lakche Kunda primary school for 42 students. These school building projects will go until Dec. 2016, so you can come and get your hands dirty and participate on the happiness of the kids and contribute while touring around Nepal. Please contact us for more details on the volunteering opportunities.

Brief ItineraryView full

  • Day 1 : Arrival Day
  • Day 2 : Kathmandu Exploration Day
  • Day 3 : Kathmandu - Meyghang 2300 m
  • Day 4 : Meyghang - Darkha
  • Day 5 : 4 days volunteering in the School Building Project - Darkha
  • Day 6 : Darkha - Pokhara via Dhading Bensi - 7 hrs drive, stay in Pokhara
  • Day 7 : Pokhara Exploration Day
  • Day 8 : Pokhara - Chitwan
  • Day 9 : Chitwan Exploration Day
  • Day 10 : Chitwan - Kathmandu
  • Day 11 : Departure Day
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Arrival Day

You will be welcomed on your arrival by our representative at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Later, you will be transferred to your hotel. Check in to hotel, freshen up and have some relaxing time before we meet for the trip briefing in the evening. You will be informed with the time for the briefing on your arrival at hotel.

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Kathmandu Exploration Day

After breakfast in the morning we go for the Kathmandu sightseeing tour. We are going to do the UNESCO CULTURAL HERITAGE TOUR today which includes: Swoyambhunath - The oldest Buddhist Stupa in Kathmandu Valley, a beautiful abode for lots of monkeys thus also known as Monkey Temple, is also a perfect vantage point to see Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath- A holy pilgrimage for Hindus and Hindu Crematorium, watch as the Hindu dead bodies are cremated in the most unique way in the world; we come across men with ash rubbed body, matted locks and dreaded look which is typical look of a Hindu Holy Men known as Sadhus. Boudhanath- the biggest Buddhist temple in the world; a site for Tibetan Buddhism where we can visit monasteries, watch the Holy Monks busy in their chanting ritual going around the temple. Patan Durbar Square- A Medieval Royal Palace area which is also known as the city of fine arts, we can see the finest example of metal and stone carving back to 14th century and also the amazing Nepali Architecture. Stay in hotel.

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Kathmandu - Meyghang 2300 m

Drive for about seven hours after breakfast to go to Meyghang. Enjoy the scenic but a little bumpy drive. You can experience the beautiful village life in Nepal while you are drive out of Kahtmandu. Meyghang is a wonderful village of nice and welcoming ethnic Tamang people. Observe the life style of this humble mountain tribe; enjoy a majestic view of mountains; take a walk in the surrounding farm; feel a nice breeze from the nearby forest. over night stay and enjoy the tented camp.

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Meyghang - Darkha

It\'s a great hiking day today through village, farm land, and forest. An about six hours walk takes you to Darkha, the project site. Along the walking trail, you will experience a nice mountain life and culture. Once in Darkha, you will have your project manager brief you about the tasks that you will be involved in the school building project. Over night stay on tented camp.

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4 days volunteering in the School Building Project - Darkha

These four days of your stay and contribution is going to give something great to the local community here. Your involvement in building the school, along with local people, will encourage and educate local people about the importance of education. Moreover, they will be so humbled to see your kind heart and support to make their kids\' future better. Four days of community volunteering in school building project, getting familiar with local people, immersing into local culture, exploring the village will bring the the satisfaction and happiness that you will cherish for your life. You are being part of the positive social transformation. Thank you.

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Darkha - Pokhara via Dhading Bensi - 7 hrs drive, stay in Pokhara

Drive about seven hours from Darkha to Pokhara via Dhading Besi. Pokhara is an incredibly beautiful city of lakes and you will be awestruck with the beauty this city bears. Majestic view of Annapurna range, green mountains around, stay by a beautiful lakeside, all make your stay in Pokhara memorable. Stay in hotel

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Pokhara Exploration Day

Early morning wake up to drive to Sarangkot, a beautiful hill in Pokhara famous for Sunrise, for 35 minutes. A stunning Close-up look of the Annapurna range, and an incredible sunrise from there makes a perfect start of the day. After Sunrise, come back to hotel for breakfast. After breakfast, go to hike up to World Peace Stupa crossing the lake on a row boat. This is a nice hiking in Pokhara which takes about one hour to reach the top. It’s a beautiful viewpoint and a Buddhist Pilgrimage as well. Spend some time there on the top and enjoy the magnificence of the view. Hike down and take a boat across the lake; come bake to town. Pokhara is very famous for adventure too. You can choose to do some adventure activities like Paragliding, ultralight flight and Zip flyer as well with an extra cost if you wish to. Otherwise, simply enjoy exploring the beautiful lake town. Stay in hotel

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Pokhara - Chitwan

Enjoy your breakfast and drive from Pokhara to Chitwan National Park today. It takes about 5 hours to reach this beautiful National Park to the down south of Nepal. Chitwan national park was once the hunting ground of British and Nepalese aristocrats. Today, the animals - elephant, rhinoceros, tiger, leopard and deer - are protected, not shot. The greatest thrill here is to scout for wildlife on the back of an elephant. This national park is enlisted in the UNESCO’s Natural Heritage Site. Stay in Hotel near National park.

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Chitwan Exploration Day

Full day in Chitwan National Park for exciting activities like: jungle walk, elephant riding, village visit, canoeing, visit to elephant breeding center, bird-watching etc. A nature guide will lead us through all the activities giving us more insights about the wildlife, flora and fauna in the national park. View of wild and aquatic life like rhinoceros, deer, bear, crocodile, and different birds can make our day there. In the evening we can enjoy the Tharu cultural show. Tharus are aboriginal people of the area who have their own language, culture and tradition.

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Chitwan - Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus. It takes around five hours to drive back to Kahtmandu. Or fly back 20 mins at an extra cost. Take some leisurely time to explore around or take a rest. We go for a Nepali cultural dinner in the evening and we talk about your experience. Stay in hotel

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Departure Day

We transfer you to airport for final departure at your schedule.

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Includes

  • The option of home stay also there, the volunteering can combine with tour of Nepal as well. 
  • In the given price 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners (including boiled drinking water on trekking days and all meals on trek
  • Airport transfers if arriving on day 1 or if you booked pre-tour accommodation 
  • 15kgs luggage allowance on Trek  *Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu 
  • Accommodation on trek in a combination of our comfortable home stay lodges, or private eco campsites if you choose camping options with off the ground camp beds, mattresses and pillows as well as wilderness camps
  • all park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • All cook, guide and porter for the trek Insurance and transport
  • All tents, pans, pots and meals in the expeditions
  • City sightseeing, airport pick up and drop service
  • Nepali cultural show and Dinner at the end of the trip.

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Laundry, postage, personal clothing medical expenses, personal travels insurance
All items of a personal nature, mineral water, beers and other extra snacks and drinks, Mountain, Road rescue or any other emergency evacuation charges, Kathmandu city monument entry fee
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