Duration : 19 Days
Group Size : 15 Plus pax
Community work at the school in Bhaktapur
Community work in the school provides informal learning and social development environment for the participating students as well as the students of the school. It would strengthen communities by improving their knowledge, skills and confidence. The social development of the students and participating students makes important contribution towards promoting lifelong learning. It serves to encourage social inclusion and play important role to make an active citizen.
Students in the government schools are from disadvantage community, thus their participation with the students from developed countries gives them opportunity to exposure to learn and experience. It would work vice a versa.
Bidharthi Niketan Higher Secondary School is one of the many schools in the district of Bhaktapur. It is located at the edge of Durbar Square of Bhaktapur – about 7 minutes walk from the Main Entrance Gate of Bhaktapur and the hotel Khawapa Chhen. The principle of the school is a leady. The school has 30 students in average in all classes from class I to 12. It also has a Nursery class. The resource of the school is limited. The salary of the staffs and teachers are funded by the government grant. Their day to day expenses are met by the nominal tuition fees they charge each student. They have not been able to afford to set up their website. The school does not have proper library and science lab. They have about 2 dozen donated computers. The principle of the school says the weakest part of the students of the school is in science and math. They used to lag behind in English education but now they have made considerable progress in English education because the school curriculum has emphasized teaching in English from class I. The principle of the school said their Nursery class room requires painting – they cannot afford paint. The visiting students can participate in the activities of Nursery class as well as other classes in teaching and learning experience.
The students in community work can participate in open painting class that can be organized by the school. The school opens at 10 am and ends at 4 pm. The lunch break is at 1 pm for half an hour. The school can organize a cultural song and dance presentation based on various ethnic cultures in Nepal. Students from UK may present their own program.
Depending upon what the students from UK want to do the program can be adjusted accordingly. This is simply a guideline of day to day activities.
About the Trek and Pokhara
Travel to Pokhara. It is your first stop before you head to the mountain. Pokhara is a small city situated by a lake. The lakes and the activities around it give entirely different flip on the level of your enjoyment. Enjoy the peaceful environment of the lake in the boat in Phewa Lake where you could see the shadow of Fish Tail peak. Fish Tail known in Nepali as Machhapuchere is a beautiful peak as impressive as the famous Matterhorn in Switzerland. Stay overnight in Pokhara.
Next day you travel up the winding road to the mountain that has crispy cool air. After a short drive to the ridge of Chandrakot you descend to Modi Khola (river). Stop at Nayapul and start your journey on foot in the foot hill of Annapurna. As soon as you begin your journey you are in the middle of the mountain villages with the view of the Himalayas very close at time. It is simply great to see the wonderful panoramic view of the mountain and the snow caped Himalayan range. The close up view of the Annapurna range is incredibly beautiful especially from the ridge on the way to Tadapani. You got to be there to believe it!
The walking trail follows from one village to other. The trails are quite wide and easy for your legs – age is not a barrier. If you enjoy walking it is simply nice walking through the trails used by local people for their daily routine work. It is easy for the kids as well. The trek staffs accompany you to ensure you are comfortable and good. The magnetic attraction of the mountain is enigmatic.
At the end of the trek you descend to Phedi and drive onward to Kathmandu,
About the Trek to Ghorepani
Ghorepani (2530m) is the favourite destination of Annapurna foothill trek. It used to be the main pass through which traders with mules from Mustang and Tibet used to pass through to reach Pokhara in the early days. Early morning sunrise over Dhaulagiri and Annapurna from Pun-hill is very famous. The panoramic view of Annapurna range on the way to Ghandrung village is unforgettable. The other highlight of the trek is Ghandrung itself. This is a large Gurung village from where many Gurkhas are recruited as solders in the British and Indian army. The village is situated above Modi Khola (river) at the elevation of 1951 meter. It is one of the best-known villages in the foothill of Annapurna. The village has an office of Annapurna Conservation. The panoramic view of Annapurna dominates the entire skyline almost throughout the trek. Lodge and teahouse along the trail make this trip affordable and easily accessible.
The trail from Birenthati gradually climbs to Tirkhedhunga. After an overnight at Tirkhedhunga you climb the steep trail to Ulleri. Continue to ascend the trail through thick oak and rhododendron forests till you reach Ghorepani. Camp is further on the ridge. Next day climb slightly up the ridge and then descend steeply on a narrow trail through rhododendron forest to Banthati and another up and down hill walk to Tadapani. Then descend gradually to Ghandrung. The trail from Ghandrung makes steep descend to Modi Khola (river) and gradually descend to Birenthati, the beginning point f the trek.
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