Here's a chance to see the real Nepal
April 2012 - when the Rhododendrons are in flower (hillsides of them!)

  Not just a sight-seeing trek, but spending time with villagers.
Read to and talk with the children to improve their English.

N.B.  If you might be interested in joining this trip, please email now
so that your wishes can be taken into account in the further planning

The trip will be organised for Rotarians and others who wish to volunteer their assistance to our
Rotary-registered project.  There'll be opportunities to assist the villagers, but there'll also be
plenty of time for sight-seeing.  The proposed route is similar to what we did in
September 2009 with our children and grand-children.  Highlights include:

  • Sight-seeing in Kathmandu - Durbar Squares (Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur), Swyambhunath, Pashupatinath, Bhoudinath Stupa
  • Visiting Rotary projects in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Flying from Pokhara to Jomsom in the Kali Gandarki valley then driving to Muktinath, close to the Tibetan border
  • Returning down the Kali Gandaki valley - a mighty river that joins the Ganges in India
  • Climbing 1,000 m. to Paudwar village (you'll need to be reasonable fit to do this)
  • Spending time with villagers, learning about our project, giving villagers an opportunity to practice their English
  • For those with the energy, a climb to Khopra Ridge (4,000m) for superb views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas
      (the banner photo above was taken from Khopra Ridge)
    (for the less energetic a climb to Bhal Kharka will still give great views, from the Kali Gandaki river up to the peak of Dhaulagiri.
  • A special night of cultural food and dancing back in Kathmandu before returning home.

    We won't be loading the cost of the trip, but a primary objective is to interest people in supporting our project.
    You may have expertise to offer, though our real need is money.
    Maybe the trip will inspire you to donate to the cause, or perhaps to take on a fund-raising role.
    What you make of it is up to you.

This is not a trip for the faint-hearted.  You should look at the photos (especially Paudwar access and accommodation and, if you're contemplating the extra climb, Khopra Ridge) to be sure your ready for it.

We've not yet calculated a budget, but we expect total cost ex Melbourne to be in the range $3,500-$4,000.

An advantage of going as Rotary volunteers (whether you're a Rotarian or not) is the
potential for tax-deductibility of travel expenses and excellent Rotary insurance cover.
  These are of course subject to conditions including a reasonable amount of volunteer work, a medical check
(which you should have anyway) and a Victorian Government "Working with Children" Check.

Finally, for Rotarians, there's an option of a stop-over in Bangkok on the way home to attend
the Rotary International Convention (May 7-9)

N.B. Convention registration fees increase as from 1.12.11 and again from 1.3.12, so Rotarians - contact us now!

Possible Itinerary

Neither dates nor itinerary are yet firm, but the attached time-table is indicative.  If you'd like to join us there's still time to put in your suggestions.  For instance, we figure two weeks would be an absolute minimum but three would be better.  Would you be able to take the extra time?  Please send in your vote!

The itinerary opposite includes a number of days in Paudwar village, but this could change if teacher training is taking place elsewhere.  In fact the whole schedule could change depending upon the timing of the teacher training.

We envisage a maximum of 15 in the group, but the trip may not go ahead with less than ten - so if you're interested, please email

There's no commitment by doing so, but you'll be helping our planning.

Sat 14/4/12 Tullamarine - Singapore or Bangkok
Sun 15/4/12 Singapore/Bangkok - Kathmandu
Mon 16/4/12 Sight-seeing, Kathmandu
Tue 17/4/12 Visit Rotary projects, Kathmandu
Wed 18/4/12 Fly Kathmandu - Pokhara; visit RC Pokhara Annapurna
Thu 19/4/12 Visit Rotary projects, Pokhara
Fri 20/4/12 Fly to Jomsom, visit Muktinath (4WD)
Sat 21/4/12 Trek Jomsom to Kalopani
Sun 22/4/12 Trek Kalopani to Tatopani
Mon 23/4/12 Tatopani to Paudwar (strenuous climb)
Tue 24/4/12 Paudwar village
Wed 25/4/12 Paudwar
Thu 26/4/12 Paudwar - Khopra Ridge (for those who choose)
Fri 27/4/12 Khopra Ridge - Paudwar
Sat 28/4/12 Paudwar
Sun 29/4/12 Paudwar
Mon 30/4/12 Paudwar
Tue 1/5/12 Paudwar
Wed 2/5/12 Paudwar - Pokhara
Thu 3/5/12 Pokhara - Kathmandu
Fri 4/5/12 Kathmandu
Sat 5/5/12 Fly Kathmandu - Melbourne
Rotary Convention option:
Sat 5/5/12 Fly Kathmandu - Bangkok
Sun 6/5/12 Rotary International Convention
Mon 7/5/12 Rotary International Convention
Tue 8/5/12 Rotary International Convention
Wed 9/5/12 Rotary International Convention
Thu 10/5/12 Fly Bangkok - Melbourne