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13 NIGHTS IN NEPAL NEPAL 13 NIGHT ITINERARY

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CHINA

NEPAL POON HILL

SEE THE WORLD Y! DIFFERENTL

POKHARA KATHMANDU

INDIA

We believe in the power of extraordinary experiences. They allow us to see ourselves, others and the world differently, and develop our confidence, independence and resilience.

13 NIGHT EXPEDITION NEPAL SAMPLE ONLY Trek beneath Himalayan giants, go white water rafting and work with children in a local school. With you and your team in charge of the budget and planning, this once-in-a-lifetime experience proves just how much you’re capable of. It could change the way you see yourself and the world, forever.

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DAY 1

Touch down in Kathmandu and jump straight into expedition life. Decide on some ground rules, allocate team roles, and change your money into Nepalese rupees – you’re all responsible for the budget now.

ARRIVE IN KATHMANDU

Your first day in Nepal’s crazy capital isn’t something you’ll forget in a hurry. A sensory overload of sounds and smells, Kathmandu is amazing

Sleep: Hotel

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DAY 2 KATHMANDU TO POKHARA Sleep: Hotel Travel: Bus 8-10hrs to Pokhara

but full-on. Discover the street stalls and taste your first momos (Nepalese dumplings) as you explore the trafficjammed alleyways of Thamel district – a backpacker hotspot. Meet the ground team and start discussing plans for your expedition. It’s a good idea to pick up a few simple phrases in Nepalese – they’ll be invaluable later on. IN THESE FIRST FEW DAYS, YOU’LL TAKE PART IN A RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL WORKSHOP THAT HELPS YOU TO TRAVEL AND INTERACT IN AN ETHICAL WAY. APPLY WHAT YOU LEARN AND YOU’LL DEVELOP A RESPONSIBLE MINDSET THAT YOU CAN CARRY THROUGH LIFE.

Set off on the long bus journey to Pokhara, and watch everyday life pass by the window. Bus travel is a great way to glimpse Nepal’s colourful towns, forest-clad mountains and rushing rivers. When you arrive in Pokhara, find some accommodation for your team and refuel with an authentic Nepalese meal. If there’s time, visit the World Peace Pagoda for insane views of the Annapurna mountains. You could also visit the excellent Mountain Museum to find out more about the epic wilderness you’re about the explore.

THE DEADLIEST MOUNTAIN THE ANNAPURNA SANCTUARY IS A VAST BASIN, SURROUNDED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S HIGHEST MOUNTAINS. ANNAPURNA (8,091M) IS THE TALLEST PEAK, AND WAS THE FIRST 8,000-METRE MOUNTAIN EVER CLIMBED. IT’S ALSO THE DEADLIEST, CLAIMING ONE LIFE FOR EVERY TWO SUCCESSFUL SUMMITS.

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DAYS 3-7 POON HILL TREK Sleep: Camping & teahouse Travel: Bus 1hr to start point trek: 5 days

Boots on, backpack loaded, time to go. You’re about to trek to the legendary Poon Hill summit in the Annapurna Sanctuary. Trekking in a mountain wilderness isn’t easy – but you’ve trained for this, you’re ready.

trekking past shrines, teahouses, and glistening lakes. Trekking at altitude is tough, so support each other and try to keep morale up. At night, you’ll camp beneath the brightest stars you’ve ever seen.

Your team just got bigger. Meet your local guides and cooks. They’re insanely experienced, so ask them questions, listen to their stories, and learn everything you can from these mountain masters.

You’ll have enough budget for one night in a teahouse, so do this before the final summit push. When you get to the top, the views are out of this world – when the sunrise touches the snow-capped peaks of those Himalayan giants, it looks like molten lava.

Take on the role of team leader and navigate through lush foothills and rhododendron forests. You’ll be

DAYS 8-11 COMMUNITY-LED PROJECT IN POKHARA Sleep: Camping or classroom travel: Bus 30mins/1hr to Pokhara

The next few days bring a whole new set of challenges, as you’ll be helping out at a local school in Pokhara. If the school is on holiday you’ll work with children and families in the community. Either way, you’ll experience a side to Nepal that most tourists never see.

rewarding, and you’ll be coping with cultural differences and a language barrier. Draw on your training, stay open to possibilities, and you’ll gain a valuable insight into a different way of life. These are the stories that will stay with you long after you return home.

Working to the locals’ agenda, you’ll need to be flexible and open-minded. What’s the best use of your skills? What do the children really need? Plan ahead. Think about games and activities you could do, and get ready to learn from the locals and share their culture. You’ll cook and eat together, becoming a temporary member of the community. Daily life here is tough yet

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DAY 12 POKHARA TO KATHMANDU Sleep: Hotel Travel: Bus 8-10hrs to Kathmandu

Back in Pokhara, take stock of everything you’ve just achieved. Trekking to 3,210m and watching the sun rise over Himalayan peaks is going to take some beating. You have two options for today: travel directly back to Kathmandu to maximise your time in the capital, or stop off for a white water rafting adventure on the Trusili River – one of the best places in the world for rafting. You can do this as a day trip, or with an overnight stay at a river camp.

paddle hard and work as a team as you tackle six sets of grade three rapids. Take a breather in the calmer stretches, dip your hand in the warm river water, and gaze up at the sheersided gorge.

If you decide to go rafting, make sure you book in advance and plan your time carefully. You’ll need to RAFTING IS THE ULTIMATE ADRENALINE FIX AND

THE RIVER WILD

A REAL TEST OF TEAMWORK. AS YOU RIDE THE TRUSILI RIVER YOU’LL EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF WHITE WATER AND THE RAW BEAUTY OF MOTHER NATURE. FACE YOUR FEARS, AND ENJOY THE RUSH.

DAY 13 R&R IN KATHMANDU Sleep: Hotel

DAY 14 TRAVEL HOME FROM KATHMANDU

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When you arrive back in Kathmandu, notice how much you’ve changed since you were last here – you’ll feel so much more confident than you did a fortnight ago. Get together as a team, find some accommodation and give yourselves a well-earned rest. You’ve got one last day to explore more of Kathmandu and immerse yourself in Nepalese culture. Book a guide and visit the city’s famous sites, like the royal palace and the Boudhanath stupa. Next, head to the buzzing market of Asan Tole, which sells everything from dried fish to yak tails.

After the best two weeks of your life, it’s time to return home. Cram everything into your backpack and set off for the airport. Check in, sit back and reflect. You’ve just experienced something incredible. From trekking beneath Himalayan giants to helping at a school in

Arrange a rickshaw ride to the Swayambhunath ‘monkey temple,’ or visit the ancient city of Bhaktapur and Nepal’s most important Hindu temple, Pashupatinath. You could also escape the city on foot and explore the surrounding area. Decide what you want to do as a team, and make the most of your final day.

Pokhara, these experiences will shape your outlook on life from now on. Prepare to return home forever changed. It doesn’t stop there. Share your story with challengers from around the globe. Find us @weareworldchallenge

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL. We base our responsible travel initiatives upon the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We’re driven to create positive contributions in the world, but also humble enough to know the types of community initiatives our young travellers should and shouldn’t be involved with. We carefully select all community engagements to be appropriate for young people and after more than 30 years of overseas student travel we’ve established strong and long standing relationships

with our overseas community partners that are evaluated each year to ensure we’re truly serving both people and planet. This holistic approach means our young travellers work towards a community initiative while also coming home with greater humility and sense of place in their world. Below are a list of the UN Sustainable Development Goals we’re positively contributing towards.

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