March 2016 Chhulemu Volunteer Service Trek Itinerary

Mountain Village Development Foundation
Himalayan Development Foundation
Sherpa Mountain Adventures

March 22: Fly from U.S.A

March 24: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft) Most international flights arrive in Kathmandu by afternoon on day one. Our guides will meet you outside Customs at the airport and will answer questions and brief you about the immediate arrangements. The trip leader will hold a short briefing in the hotel regarding trek arrangement and general orientation.

March 25: Fly to Phaplu (2461m/8075ft) and Trek to Taksindu (2931m/9617ft) Transfer from Hotel to Kathmandu Domestic Airport early in the morning where your guide will fly with you to Phaplu. It is a spectacular flight over the Kathmandu Valley and Himalayan range when the weather is clear. Upon arrival in Phaplu, you will meet with the rest of our staff and we will began our beautiful trek arriving at Taksindu in the evening for overnight stay at Taksindu Resort.

March 26: Chhulemu, Karma’s Village (2500m/8200ft) After walking about an hour, we will arrive in Chhulemu where HDF has been recently focusing on rebuilding homes. We will visit the school there and observe their classes. There will be opportunities to learn about local life, cultures and traditions first hand.

March 26-March 31 Home Rebuilding We will form work groups assisting HDF’s local engineer, carpenters, masons, SMA guides and homeowners rebuilding and repairing earthquake damaged homes.

April 1: Trek to Phaplu We will trek back to Phaplu airport and stay overnight in a teahouse. Evening will be goodbye to SMA staff.

April 2: Phaplu to Kathmandu Weather permitting we will fly to Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. Here you will have the evening to relax, send your laundry, shopping, and dining.

April 3: Sightseeing in Kathmandu We will arrange sightseeing around the largest Buddhist Stupa, Baudhanath, and the Monkey Temple at Shaymbunat. Many monkeys inhabit this area and are entertaining to observe. A beautiful view of the city of Kathmandu awaits you at the top.

April 4: Departure flight from Kathmandu Transfer to International airport for departure

April 5: Arrive back in U.S.A

Cost is $1800 per trekker. This covers all costs in country, including transfers, transportation in Kathmandu, hotel, in-country airfare, guides, porters, all meals. Not included are expenses for required trip health insurance, personal items, gratuities, or donations to HDF.