School Trips - True Nepalese Immersion
World Youth Adventures
World Youth Adventures (WYA) specialises in custom school group adventures & youth adventure travel experiences to some of the world’s most captivating destinations.
Our experience in organising secondary school group adventures spans two decades. We are passionate about immersing young people in environments that offer unique experiences and which are bound to have profound, life-changing effects.
But WYA takes this a step further by involving students in a ‘hands-on’ project that will help an underprivileged community leaving a positive and permanent benefit for the peoples of that community. Students will experience the joy of giving without the expectation of reward or reciprocation when they give their time and physical effort to those less fortunate.
Our adventures also teach students the important values of teamwork, building self-confidence, cultural understanding and an interest in natural environments. They will experience the world beyond computers and shopping malls to where the power of an adventure experience is enjoyed in all of its components.
WYA tailors adventure itineraries to the requirements of individual schools. We operate with high-quality services and support at an extremely reasonable price. We will provide you with a fully inclusive package, without the use of local payments, ensuring that there are little to no out-of-pocket expenses once travelling.
Why should you consider World Youth Adventures for School Trips and Educational Visits?
*Stunning views of the Annapurna & Dhaulagiri ranges
*Ascend through Gurung Villages
*Experience Sherpa Culture
*Fully supported camping based trek including 3 hearty meals per day prepared by our cooks
*Himalayan Mountain flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
*Wildlife Safari at Chitwan
* Sightseeing in Kathmandu ‑ Pashupatinath (a major Hindu shrine) and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
* Community project work in Tolka
* Creating global citizens
* Leadership development
* Cultural exchange
* Religious education
* Journey based learning
*first-hand experience in making a sustainable grass-roots contribution to an underprivileged community; investing their time and physical effort,
* Satisfaction of reaching fundraising goals and raising money for a worthy Community Project,
an appreciation and tolerance of other cultures and a broader mind,
*The confidence to lead a group and make decisions,
*The skills of managing a project, setting and meeting objectives,
*The value of working together as a cohesive team to achieve a common objective,
*The ability to face mental and physical challenges,
*The ability to adapt to new environments outside of their 'comfort zone', to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment,
*Build strong friendships and bonds with their peers and also the people of their host community,
*Basic bush skills obtained on a 3-4 day trek such as personal hygiene, pitching a tent, helping to prepare meals – if applicable.
*A certificate for completing the Community Project as well as before and after photos,
*A plaque will be erected at the site if the Community Projects, naming their school and year the project was completed
*We’re confident that we can beat any quoted land price as well as provide the best value services on any student adventure that we operate.
*We will only provide services that do not compromise on the quality or safety of
*We will ensure you do not pay for unnecessary services that your expedition does not need.
*By making our trips affordable you can present a more achievable opportunity to your students allowing for a better sign up rate for your school adventure.
*Our three decades of tailoring successful student expeditions adds another dimension to the overall student experience.
*As a division of one of the world’s first adventure travel companies, we’re unmatched in our ability to draw on expertise both in the field and in the planning stages.
*Our primary focus is on providing a satisfying field experience where students can really learn.
DAY 1 Depart the UK
You will meet at your closest regional airport (London / Manchester / Scotland etc) for your group flight to Kathmandu and the beginning of your amazing adventure in Nepal!
DAY 2 Arrive Kathmandu - Fly Pokhara
Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be greeted by a friendly representative from World Expeditions before catching a connecting flight to the Annapurna region, to the laid-back lakeside city of Pokhara. Here you will have a meeting with your Tour Leader who will answer any questions that you might have about the trek, the itinerary or Nepal in general. We will distribute the kit ready for tomorrow’s trek, before heading out to a local restaurant to sample some delicious Nepali food.
DAY 4 Trek to Tolka
This morning we will gently ascend from our campsite through the oak forests for about an hour
and a half following the trail. As we get higher we can see the excellent view of the dramatic peak of Machhapuchhre ahead of us; definitely worth a photograph or two! Continuing on for another hour we will reach a pass with views of the Mardi Khola far below and the panoramic views of Annapurna South and Hiun Chuli to the north as well as Pokhara and Phewa Lake to the southeast. We will descend and find ourselves passing through small Gurung Villages as we make our way to the village of Tolka where our campsite for the night is. We will stop en-route for a picnic lunch surrounded by picturesque forests and mountain backdrops. Once we have settled into our camp we will have a meeting to discuss our community project and have a visit of the village.
(Trek 4 hours)
DAY 5 Tolka - Community project
Following the inaugral visit from Shapwick School to Tolka in 2015, we shall be returning to Tolka to continue our project here. For the next two and a half days we shall be working on a community project to benefit the junior school in Tolka. These communities receive little funding from the government and are often in bad condition. The classrooms where the children currently study are in need of some repair and painting to make them more suitable for learning. We will therefore divide into teams with our local helpers/guides and work together to improve the classrooms. We will have paints, brushes, and basic repair tools and will be instructed before each task how to use them. Thisis a great opportunity to to do something worthwhile for a local community whilst also developing painting/construction and team skills. We will stay at the camp during our time here and eat three hearty meals each day cooked by our team.
DAY 6 Tolka - Community project
We will continue working on the project at the school.
DAY 7 Tolka Community project
We will work hard this morning to finish the project and hopefully finish around mid afternoon for a small celebration with the school and perhaps some games and a language exchange with the local students. We will eat dinner tonight at the camp for our final night in Tolka.
DAY 8 Trek to Landruk
After saying farewell to the new friends we have made at Tolka we will break camp and start our
short trek to the beautiful village of Landruk. Today if the group wishes, we can continue for a short hike around Landruk and perhaps explore further up the valley towards Himal Pani for lunch before returning to Landruk.
DAY 9 Trek to Ghandruk
From Landruk the trail descends steeply all the way to the Modi Khola river. All around us are
picturesque views as we trek through terraced fields and forests (with a few ups and downs to cross tributaries) before a gradual ascent to the village of Ghandruk. We have ample time to explore this ancient village that will provide a further insight into the lifestyles of villagers who have traditionally provided the backbone of the famous Gurkha regiments. We will set up camp and rest before exploring some of the town before dinner.
(Trek approx 5 hours)
DAY 10 Trek to Birethanti and Return to Pokhara
After enjoying some even more spectacular views of Annapurna South we will head down the
rugged Modi Khola valley along a secluded village trail that is rarely followed by other trekking
groups. After lunch taken at the scenic village of Dansing we will complete a short, steep descent to the village of Birethanti. Our vehicle will be waiting to take us to our campsite in Pokhara. In the evening we can go for a walk down to the lake and can either pick up any last minute gifts or ride down some quiet roads to some local waterfalls and visit a nearby Tibetan refugee camp and admire some of the handicrafts they have for sale.
(Trek 3-4 hours)
DAY 11 Pokhara to Chitwan
This morning we will transfer our of the rugged Annapurna region to the lowland area of Nepal to the settlement of Chitwan. On arrival we will be briefed on the planned activities during our stay on the edge of one of the country’s most interesting and diverse national parks. We will enjoy some lunch at the lodge before commencing our activity program. Our accommodation is in 2-bed hutswith a private bathrooms, with solar heated hot water available in the afternoons. The Tharu people who live here are an ethnic group indigenous to the Terai, the southern foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal and India.
DAY 12 Chitwan
For our time here in the wonderful national park of Chitwan, we will spend our two days enjoying a variety of exciting activities, mostly geared around appreciating the natural beauty and wild animals that live in the forests, hills and swamps of the region. We will enjoy jungle walks, elephant rides, canoe trips and bird-watching excursions, as well as lectures on elephants, villages and other fauna. This national park has tigers, leopards, rhinos, many deer, boar, bear, peacocks, an extraordinary number of bird species. A cultural show about the Tharu community is also organized at night.
DAY 13 Chitwan
We will continue today enjoying the national park and walking/driving around the forest in pursuit of it’s wild and exotic inhabitants! Keep your eyes peeled and your camera ready...!
DAY 14 Kathmandu
We will drive back today to the capital of Kathmandu, arriving in the afternoon we will have a brief walk around the city if we wish before checking in at the hotel. We will enjoy a celebratory dinner this evening after our amazing adventure to both the mountains and southern forests of this special country, and discuss what were our favourite memories.
DAY 15 Depart Kathmandu.
Our adventure in Nepal will come to an end today, as we are transferred back to the airport for our return journey back to the UK.
What size groups do you cater for?
Custom made group sizes to meet your requirements in line with student to guide ratios and permits in some cases. Please call / email to discuss your group requirements
Is there first aid on site?
*The safety of our travellers is our number one priority. *Our commitment to providing a proper duty of care guides everything we do. *World Youth Adventures has an unblemished record in the operation of school & youth adventures. *We will only operate tours in accordance with strict operational standards that have built our reputation as leaders in the student travel industry. *Every tour is underpinned by an industry leading risk assessment plan that exceeds the benchmark standard in Australia, New Zealand, the UK as well as the USA and Canada. * All of our guides are first aid trained (In Nepal all the guides are Wilderness first trained)
Do you offer access for visitors with disabilities?
Not Suitable – This trip is not suitable for people with limited mobility.
Do you cater for visitors with Special Educational Needs (SEN)?
Please call/email the office to discuss the specifics.
Nepal is known for its beautiful and dramatic scenery. Avid walkers and non‑walkers alike are
drawn to its mountains and foothills to view the Himalaya and the world’s highest peaks. Many
also discover the beauty of the forests and the enjoyment of time spent as a self‑contained
an expedition, far from the rush of the modern world and in the delightful company of the trek crew as they tend to our needs and ensure that we are comfortable and able to enjoy the trek to the fullest. They are physically strong, sharp‑witted and have an incredibly positive attitude towards a life that we would consider extremely tough. There is something about a trek in the Himalaya that draws you back time and time again. For keen walkers, it is a paradise and even avowed non‑walkers find that one foot just seems to follow the other, drawn by the appeal of what lies beyond. Nepal’s population of around 20 million people is a blend of Hindu, Buddhism and animist religion. Nepal is a mosaic of cultures, ethnic groups and languages. It is remarkable
that in a country of this size there are over 30 different ethnic groups, with at least as many
languages. One million people live in the Kathmandu Valley, but at least ninety percent of the
population live in the rural areas of the lower and middle hills of the Himalayan Range. Nepal
is predominantly a simple rural society and a trek in the foothills of the Himalaya is a strong
cultural experience as we spend time with our crew and meet local village people.
Situated in the Rapti Valley, the Chitwan National Park is approximately 180 kms by road
southwest of Kathmandu. The region in which the park is situated is known as the Terai, a flat
and highly cultivated plain which constitutes the entire southern quarter of the country.
Hot in the summer and mild and cool in winter, this long flat plain produces most of the
country’s food. Early this century the Terai was a rarely visited jungle expanse with very few
inhabitants, the only visitors being members of the Nepalese upper class on hunting trips.
During the 1950’s, malaria was brought under control and the population began to expand
rapidly and the jungle was slowly cleared by logging and by farmers in search of new fields.
Conservationists soon realised that if action was not taken it wouldn’t be long before all the
animals of the Terai would be extinct. Thus in 1962 King Mahendra designated Chitwan a
rhinoceros preserve and in 1973, it became the first national park in Nepal.Today there are only about a thousand one‑horned rhinos left in the world and over 300 of
these are found in the Chitwan National Park; of the less than 2000 tigers remaining in the
sub‑continent, over 40 live in Chitwan. There are many other animals as well, such as the gharial
fish‑eating crocodile, sloth bear, leopard, gaur, sambar, chital, hog deer wild boar, monkeys,
elephants and wild peacocks. Much of the wildlife is solitary and nocturnal. You will need to be
quiet at all times on safari and wear subdued colours if you are to get the best out of your stay.
For a more in depth study of all the animals in the park you should read “The Heart of
the Jungle” by K.K. Gurung.
Remember that although there are many animals to be seen, Chitwan is not a zoo, nor is it like
the vast open plains of Africa. It is a jungle, and you must go out and find the animals. Bear in
mind that it is possible that you may not see much at all particularly if you visit around threshing
time which is for two weeks in January when the grass is cut. Outside this period, if you rise
early in the morning and go on a jungle walk with the park guides, you are very likely to spot
wildlife. It should also be noted that there are over 400 species of bird living in the park and if
you are interested in bird watching there will be plenty of opportunities to do so if you ask the
guides. Make sure that if you wish to do any different activity, you inform either
your group leader or the lodge manager.
In accordance with our Responsible Travel commitment we do not include elephant rides as
part of any itinerary across the entire World Expeditions Group. In recent years there has been
much research into the impact of tourism activities on elephants’ well‑being and although it is
possible to have mutually positive encounters with elephants there are also many instances
where the incorrect management of the experience results in a negative impact for the
elephants. Because of this World Expeditions recommends that you avoid riding on the back of
elephants unless you have done your research and are confident that the experience is putting
the elephant first and the overall operation is acting in the elephants best interest.
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