Arrive in Kathmandu anytime. Then dinner and drinks to meet the group in one of Kathmandu’s local favourite haunts.
Spend the day with our local guide, exploring the best of what ancient Kathmandu has to offer. Keep hold of your iPhone when we climb the 350 steps of the famous Monkey Temple, one of Nepal’s most holy spots, offering epic views of the city, and a few primates to keep you on your toes! On to the Dubur square, a UNESCO world heritage site no less, which has been around for over 1000 years. Then wander the back streets of the Thamel district, trying local delicacies before a group dinner overlooking the streets.
Back to our backpacking routes. We leave our cute hotel early in the morning and head on the local bus through the Himalayas to Pokhara, home to Nepal’s best trekking areas. Located on the side of the atmospheric Fewa Tal Lake, we’ll arrive in time for our charity project briefing from our partner community, a delicious dinner and an early night ready for the hard work tomorrow.
Time to get your hands dirty. Our partner project, in the foothills of the Himalayas, is still recovering from the horrific 2015 earthquake, killing in excess of 8,000 people and rendering 10s of thousands homeless. We’re still in talks with the community as to how best allocate our funds to their needs, regardless of what they decide, it’ll be hot, sweaty and hugely worthwhile.
Another full day at our partner project, painting, manuel labour, and a few coke breaks to keep the sunstroke at bay!
A final early start to make sure we get all our allocated work complete in time for the opening ceremony. The local community will have been working on our project for weeks by the time we get there, we will help furnish and finalise, then an intimate religious blessing ceremony and the work is complete. Time to prepare your mind for the travel stuff, we’re off to Pokhara tonight to celebrate.
We have the full day to explore Pokhara today. An optional early morning on the lake beckons, rowing across the mirror-reflection, snow capped mountains as a backdrop, monkeys calling you from the forest. Or perhaps you want to parasail off the mountain? You’ll wish all Saturdays were like this.
After the scenic morning, for the brave among us, time to test those hiking legs with an optional 1 hour (steep!) climb to the World Peace Temple for views of the lake. The views make the climb all the more worthwhile, earning these experiences make them taste even sweeter.
You can’t visit Nepal without hiking in the Himalayas. After breakfast, we’ll check your gear, and then make our way to the mountains for 3 days of clean air and mountain views. Hope you’ve been doing your squats, there’s a lot of hills in these mountains!
We’ll be sleeping in the famous Nepalese tea houses, snuggled up by the fire, swapping travel tales. A perfect end to Day 1 of our hike.
Waking up in the mountains just feels right. After breakfast it’s all about the Himalayas. Today, we’ll be making our way to ‘Austalia Camp’. Expect 4 hours of hiking with a delicious lunch break on the way, full of Nepalese momos. If weather is nice (keep your fingers crossed!), we will have nice the Himalayas staring right back at us. Another tea house for a warm dinner, some tea and even time for a local beer.
Aaaaaand you did it. One last morning in the mountains, hot coffee will soon warm those chilly hands. Soak up the views for our hike back down to the transport. It’s a lot easier hiking this way.
Before long you’ll be back in Pokhara, with a hot shower, a touch of WiFi and ready for an afternoon off and a group dinner on the lake.
Pokahra, you’ve been amazing, but the road is calling us. Our private bus will pick us up right from the hotel bright and early and help us traverse half of the Nepali countryside, into the thick of the impressive Chitwan National Park.
After a spot of lunch, we’ll enter the park, keeping our eyes peeled for the Bengal tiger. The park is home to Rhinos, Boars, Elephants and many more species. There might even be time for a little cultural dance with dinner.
Boat trip with a few crocodiles dotted around us? The Rapri River offers us exactly that, just keep your hands to yourselves! We’ll also check out the elephant breeding centre and venture into the jungle for one last walk before a snack and the drive back to Kathmandu.
Say it ain’t so! Alas, it is. You guys are outta here. You can squeeze a lot into 2 weeks on a GiveBack GiveAway adventure. Go and rest, recuperate and we’ll see you on the next one!
An adventure like no other. Crossing the Himalayas, hoping into the ancient Kingdom of Tiber, and checking out Everest Base Camp en route. Now that’s travel!
Kathmandu to Syabrubesi (137km, 7 hrs)
Our driver will pick you up in your hotel during 9:00-9:30 am. Then we will drive towards China-Tibet border. While driving near Mt.Himalaya, you can see the deep gorges, and snow-capped mountains on the way. We will also drive across the LuangTang National Park, so keep your camera charged.
Stay overnight in village guest house in Syabrubesi
Syabrubesi to Kyirong (40km, 4-5hrs)
After breakfast, we will drive the last 15km to the border to enter China, where we’ll meet our Chinese guide on the other side. It’s then a short 1 hour to Kyirong (2800m altitude), completely surrounded by Himalayan peaks and dense forests. In the afternoon, we’ll take a stroll to visit Paba Temple, a Gelugpa temple built by Tibetan King Songtsan Gambo to honour his proposal to his futue wife, the Nepali princess Bhrikuti. The Nepali style temple with delicate murals is only within minutes’ walk from your hotel.
Kyirong to EBC to Tingri (480km, 11 hrs)
It’s an early start, we’ve got serious ground to cover today! First up, we’ll pass through Peikutso lake and grassland. Then we continue to drive to the world-famous Everest Base Camp, and pay our respects at the world highest Monastery, the Rongbuk Monastery. On the way, you can view the splendid panoramic Himalaya Mountain Range at Gyawula Pass (5200m). After visiting Everest Base Camp, we will drive to Tingri.
Tingri to Shigatse (280km, 7 hrs)
Today, we will drive from Tingri to Shigatse. On the way, you will visit the 5000m (higher than Mont Blanc!) G318 National Highway milestone in Lhatse. After your arrival in Shigatse in the early afternoon, we’ll check out the seat of Panchan Lama – Tashilunpo Monastery, one of the most important monasteries in all of the Tibetan kingdom.
Shigatse to Lhasa via Gyantse (375km)
Today, we will drive to Lhasa via Gyantse. On the way you’ll see countless local Tibetan farmer villages. After arriving in Gyantse, we can visit the old Heritage towns of Gyantse old street and the ancient Perklor Monastery along with the Kumbum stupa. You can also see the epic Manak Dam and Yamdrok Lakes along with the huge Korola Glacier on the way to Lhasa.
Let’s explore Lhasa, one of the most spirtual city in the world. First, we’ll bring you to the Potala Palace (the winter palace of the Dalai Lama). It was put to use since the 7th Century by the 33rd great king of Tibet. The most valuable collections of Potala Palace are the gilded burial stupas of former Dalai Lamas and meditation Cave of the 33rd great king of Tibet.
Then after lunch, tourists head to Jokhang temple which was founded by the 33rd great king of Tibet in the 7th century. Inside you can see the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni at the age of twelve. Outside, you can see pilgrims prostrating in front of Jokhang Temple. Around the temple is Barkhor street, where you can do kora (a religious circle of a building or mountain) with pilgrims and locals, and explore the old market.
We can taste Tibetan tea with locals in the tea house. Be sure to try the Yak’s milk (yuuuuck!)
In the morning, you are going to visit Drepung Monastery which is one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet, founded in 1416 by Jamyang choge, one of the Tsongkhapa’s main disciples.
In the Afternoon, Tourists will visit Sera Monastery which is another one of the “great three” Gelug monasteries of Tibet. The hot attraction is the Monks debating in the courtyard of SeraMonastery. In addition, you will see colorful rock painting of Buddha and see the three sand Mandalas in Sera Monastery. After that, you will visit Tibetan religious text printing house.
In the evening, you will enjoy the Farewell dinner well-prepared by our local team.
And that’s it .What a ride! We’ll help you with your transfers to the airport, but we’d recommend taking the ‘highest train journey’ in the world to Chengdu, right through Tibet and the Himalayas. Good luck!
The earthquake in Nepal in 2015 decimated the country, over 8,000 dead, 22,000 injured and countless homeless. Help us work with our partner community to regenerate a small local community.
In conjunction with our local partners on the group in rural Nepal, we’ll be lending a hand with the reconstruction of their damaged infrastructure, as always with a focus on education.
All accommodation in comfortable hotels usually with wifi, air-con and hot water as a minimum.
All breakfast included on tour.
Your whole 3 day trek is included, which means all meals each day, your guides, and each night accommodation in local tea houses.
All group in country transportation.
100% of your donation goes directly to the project.
Two experienced guides that will be there for you 24/7.