Get an amazing feel for the magic and beauty of Nepal on this two week adventure! This colourful expedition will take you out of your comfort zone as you join us on a trek through the mighty Himalayas. Hiking in this part of the world and experiencing the majesty of these mountains is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Combine that with a whitewater rafting experience, feasting on ‘momos’ (delicious Nepalese dumplings) and contributing to a community service project in a small local village, and you’ve got the most unique and exciting Schoolies trip imaginable!
- Hike the highest mountain range in the world
- Get the heart pumping while white water rafting
- Stay in a homestay and have a real cultural immersion
- Explore buzzing Kathmandu
- Make a lasting impact and help with community service projects
- Camp along the mighty Trusuli river.
- Watch the sunrise over the mountains from 3200m high!
- Try some of the world’s most tasty foods
- Australian Schoolies Reimagined program leaders
- International Schoolies Reimagined leaders and multi-lingual guides in Nepal
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner each day while in Nepal
- Private transportation
- All activities, and associated entry fees, listed in the itinerary
- 24-hour support from Infuse Travel during the journey
- Medical, security and evacuation assistance from International SOS
- Pre-departure online meeting
Day By Day
Day 1 - Arrive into Kathmandu
Goodbye Australia and hello Nepal! Arrive into Kathmandu International Airport and meet up with your Aussie Schoolies Reimagined Leaders. From the airport you’ll be transported to our base hotel in Kathmandu. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, grab some momos and get to know your Schoolies Reimagined tribe during a day of orientation.
Overnight: Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 2 - White Water Rafting
The perfect way to cure that jet lag is to get the heart pumping! Today we'll go on a road trip to Trisuli River where you'll start your white water rafting. On your rafting journey you’ll pass through Snell’s Nose, Monkey, and Teen Devi rapid,, then head to the shore for an overnight at a picturesque river resort.
Here you'll laugh the night away with your new crew around the campfire. Nothing bonds a group better than braving the rapids together!
Overnight: River Camp, Trisuli River
Day 3 - White Water Rafting then Journey to Pokhara
Wake up for a hot breakfast with the sunrise and get ready for some more rafting action. You’ll head back onto the river today for your next run through rapids including Monsoon, Upset, and Coffee Pot. Run the river to lower elevations and head to shore at the take-out point. After lunch you'll dry off and pack up for a road trip to Pokhara, Nepal’s second largest city! The drive passes through some incredible scenery, so sit back and enjoy the countryside of Nepal pass by. This evening, enjoy a walk through the streets of Pokhara and then have your trek orientation over dinner.
Overnight: Hote, Pokhara
Day 4 - Trek begins!
Time to lace up those hiking boots and hit the mountains. Head to Nayapul, the starting point for the trek. Today you'll get your first glimpse of the Himalayas! Soak up the amazing scenery, colourful flowers and unique animals while you trek to your first night destination of Ghorepani. Overnight in a beautiful local Tea House where you can order from a range of delicious foods for dinner.
Overnight: Tea House, Ghorepani
Day 5 - Trekking: Ghorepani - Poon Hill - Tadapani
Today, you’ll wake up for an early climb to the summit of Poon Hill (3200m). Here, we’ll watch the sunrise across a magnificent Himalayan panorama and sit in awe of the highest mountain range in the entire world! Continue trekking through impressive river gorges with the chance to see Langur monkeys in the trees. Your final destination today is Tadapani.
Overnight: Tea House, Tadapani
Day 6 - Trekking: Tadapani - Nayapul - Pokhara
YOU DID IT! Time to head back to civilisation. Today after breakfast you will trek back to Nayapul then kick the boots off and put your feet up as we drive back to Pokhara. This afternoon you will have a nice warm shower, relax and eat whatever your heart desires as we prepare for the next stage of the trip.
Overnight: Hotel, Pokhara
Day 7 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
After breakfast say goodbyes to beautiful Pokhara and hop on the bus for the ride back to Kathmandu. Arrive in Kathmandu and spend the evening exploring the colourful markets, restaurants and shops of Kathmandu with your schoolies tribe.
Overnight: Hotel, Kathmandu
Day 8 - Explore Kathmandu and Monkey Temple
Today, after a well-deserved sleep-in, head out to explore some of Kathmandu’s most exciting landmarks and attractions. Check out Durbar Square and the Asan bazaar. Here you’ll get a guided tour of the local market and learn how to make sense of the seeming chaos of people, bicycles and motorbikes. Sample Nepali spices and herbs and do some souvenir shopping.
Break for lunch outside the market and then head to the beautiful stupa of Swayambunath, otherwise known at Monkey Temple! Keep you eyes peeled for the monkeys that play in the surrounding forest and bathe in the fountains of the temple. Watch as the sun sets over the Himalayan peaks outside the valley. Tonight you get the opportunity to stay with your friends in a local homestay, a highlight of the trip!
Days 9 to 13 - Service Projects
Today we'll make our way outside Kathmandu Valley to your community project, where you'll be based for the next few days. During your time in the village, you’ll stay with a local Nepali family and get started on your your community service projects. The projects will be defined closer to the program start date, as that will allow us to better assess the needs of the village, but could include supporting building, education or environmental service projects.
During the days, work together on your service projects and in the evenings spend time soaking in the beautiful culture of Nepal and playing games with the local kids. Learn Nepali cooking with your homestay family, explore the village and live the traditional life!
On your last day in the village, celebrate your time with a farewell party. Put on traditional Nepali dress and be prepared for singing and dancing - a favourite Nepali pastime.
Overnight: Village Homestay
Day 14 - Return to Kathmandu and Departure
This morning, say a teary goodbye to your homestay family and hop on the bus for the ride back to Kathmandu. After a group photograph and some Namastes with Team Nepal, it will be time to board your flight home. We promise you’ll be saying ‘That was the best thing I could have ever done in my life!' as you fly back home.
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
- We know Nepal has the highest mountain in the world, but did you it actually also has 8 out of the top 10!
- The Nepal flag is the only national flag that is not quadrilateral in shape. It is made of two triangles. The triangles are said to represent Hinduism and Buddhism. They also represent the Himalayan Mountains.
- The abominable snowman, also known as the yeti, is a legendary creature that is believed to frequent the high valleys of Nepal.
- Namaste = Hello/ Greetings
- Dhanyabād = Thank you
- Maaph garnuhos = Excuse me/ Sorry
- Pheri bhetaunla = Good Bye
Good to Know
- Cows are sacred in Nepal and treated with great respect.
- Haggling, or bartering is completely normal and expected in Nepal. Get ready to negotiate for that market purchase!
Students fall in love with the colourful and kind Nepali culture, and tell us that spending time within the magical Himalayas is an unforgettable experience that they will remember for life! It's great for people that love nature too!
Accommodation on this program will be quite varied, ranging from hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, staying in tents at a beautiful river camp during the rafting portion of the program, tea houses while trekking (tea houses are rustic hotels with simple beds and shared bathrooms), and homestays living with local village families during the service portion of the trip.
The risks when trekking are the same as those present during any strenuous physical activity – mainly dehydration. These risks are mitigated by paying close attention to how you’re feeling and being sure to eat and drink regularly. Additionally, the trekking on this program does reach quite high elevations where some people have been known to experience minor elevation sickness. The signs of this are quite clear and your program leaders will be well-versed in what to do should a student show signs of being affected by the elevation. The solution is simple – backtrack to lower elevation. The elevation reached on this program is not extremely high and cases of elevation sickness are quite rare, and we ensure we hike at the right speed to reduce the risk of sickness.
Laundry can be washed by hand at any time. It is best to pack without the expectation of doing laundry - so enough socks and undies to last the distance!
It depends on how much shopping you would like to do! We recommend $100-$200 depending on the number of souvenirs and snacks you would like on top of what is already provided.
Yes. Schoolies travellers are allowed to bring phones on their Schoolies Reimagined program, but we do recommend trying to switch off for a few weeks and be present in Nepal as much as possible!
Australia’s power voltage is close enough to Nepal’s that you don’t need a converter, but you will need an adapter. Nepal uses 3 different types of sockets – type C, D and M. It is probably best to bring an adapter that has multiple attachments for different socket types.
December is the beginning of winter in Nepal, so you should expect it to be quite cold. In Kathmandu, the average highs are around 15 degrees Celcius and lows around 8, although it can go below zero. Pokhara is warmer with highs in the low 20s. You should be prepared for cold weather on the trek (we will provide a packing list!) Rain is not common in December, but is possible.
Once you book your trip, we'll provide a packing list to ensure you take the right gear with you. Generally however, on trips like this where the temperature can vary widely, layers are your friend! A warm, winter puffy jacket that can pack down quite small is a great idea, as well as a rain jacket, a fleece sweater, quick-drying hiking pants and shirts, and some thermal underwear.
Internet access will not be frequent on this program, but SIM cards with 3G can be purchased quite cheaply from the airport. Phone service can be spotty in the mountains. Safe arrival emails will be sent out to parents and guardians when you settle in country, and we will provide the opportunity to at least once to visit an Internet Cafe if desired.
Your trip leader is there to help you have a fun, safe and awesome trip! Each trip is staffed by a combination of Australian and Nepali leaders, and in most cases each team will include a nationally licensed guide, and leaders of both sexes. We never have less than one staff member for every five students.
You will be with other Australian students between the ages of 17 – 19. You may find yourself in a smaller, cosier setting or part of a big high-energy crew depending on the trip you choose. Whatever the case, you will make new friends for life.
We will eat a wide variety of Nepali and ethnic food, as well as the occasional Western meal. Nepali food has some incredible flavours, and this trip will awaken your tastes you didn’t even know existed! Delicious dhal curries, succulent momo dumplings, warm and spicy chai teas – you’re in for a treat! Almost all dietary concerns can be accommodated, but please alert us of any relevant restrictions beforehand just to make sure. Vegetarians welcome!
All the water you drink on this trip will be either bottled, boiled, or treated. Bringing a reusable water bottle is mandatory. Bottled water is safe and readily available in the cities and towns of Nepal, and when trekking, water that is either boiled or treated with purification tablets is absolutely safe. The Himalayan mountain water is clear and delicious!
There are great hospitals with an international standard of care in both Pokhara and Kathmandu. The urgency of the need for medical care would determine means of evacuation to hospital – we can arrange both on-ground transport to these hospitals, or air evacuation in case of emergency.
Safety is a top priority, and all of our programs have staff certified with First Aid and CPR training. Many of our guides are also qualified Wilderness First Responders, EMTs, Wilderness EMTs, or lifeguards.
You do need a visa to enter Nepal, but Australian citizens can purchase it on arrival into the airport in Kathmandu. A single-entry visa can be for 15, 30 or 90 days. At Tribhuvan International Airport, the fee is payable in major currencies. Please be sure to have enough cash with you to purchase the appropriate visa.
You must have a valid visa in your passport to leave Nepal. If your visa has expired, you’ll need to extend it at the Department of Immigration before you depart. If you overstay your visa, you can be detained or refused permission to leave until a fine is paid. The amount of the fine is based on the number of days you overstayed your visa.
Our program staff will greet you when you arrive in Nepal. However, we will provide a suggested flight schedule so students can choose to fly together - and get to know each other on the flight over!
The travel time depends upon where in Australia you are flying from and the length of the layover between your flights. No airlines fly directly from Australia to Nepal so you will need to connect through another country with a major airport that flies to Nepal. It is common to connect through Bangkok – using this as an example, the flight from Melbourne to Bangkok is 9 hours 38 minutes, and the flight from Bangkok to Kathmandu is 3 hours 15 minutes.
No, the 14 day trip length only takes into account time in-country.
This program operates in Kathmandu, along the Trishuli River, in Pokhara, in the Annapurna Conservation Area and Kavrepalanchowk district.
Please consult with a travel doctor or your family physician for immunization and other medical recommendations, based on the area(s) where you will be travelling and on your own medical history. In addition to consulting with a medical professional, please visit the following websites for country specific information around immunizations and traveller’s health. Please let us know if you have specific questions.
Flights, passport fees, immunisations, travel insurance, personal gifts and snacks are not included. All other costs (accommodation, meals, in-country transportation, and activities) are included in the program price. See above 'inclusions and exclusions.'
Schoolies Reimagined works with local community leaders and organisations to identify and prioritise the needs of each community. This program will focus on various education and infrastructure initiatives such a building a new classroom at a school, helping deliver clean water to the village and more!
- Passport and visa for entry into Nepal
- Meals when traveling to/from Nepal
- Immunizations (if required)
- Travel insurance (can be provided through QBE at additional cost)
- Personal expenses such as snacks, souvenirs, internet, phone calls