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Volunteering Program for Reconstructing

On the 25th April 2015 at 11:56 am (NPT) an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal. Its epicenter was Barpak in the Gorkha district with the hypocentre approximately 15km in depth.

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Overview

On the 25th April 2015 at 11:56 am (NPT) an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit Nepal. Its epicenter was Barpak in the Gorkha district with the hypocentre approximately 15km in depth. This devastating earthquake resulted in the death of 9,000 people, a further 13,000 people were injured and a total of 8 million people have been affected by this disaster. This is the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake.

The reconstruction of Nepal cannot be achieved by the Nepalese people and government alone, we need your help. We at Apex the Asia holidays have designed a voluntourism itinerary which operates in the Gorkha district. This trip includes some days working with local Nepalese on reconstruction work and then some short trekking days. The trek will be the Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek. The program is associated with an NGO - Community Organization for Sustainable Development Nepal, we donate the NGO for providing training in schools, villages, health post.

Booking this trip is the perfect way to help the victims of the Gorkha Earthquake 2015. The people from these villages cannot get sufficient assistance from the government, NGOs or INGOs. We heartily welcome you on this trip and truly appreciate your support. 

Lets support NEPAL!!

  • Start From: Kathmandu
  • Finish At: Kathmandu
  • Countries: Nepal
  • Destination: Kathmandu, Gorkha and Kathmandu
  • Max. Altitude:1345m
  • Physical rating:
  • Trip Code: ATAH-VT1
  • Group size: Minimum 4
  • Activities : Helping to the local workers, and short trekking

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 01
    Arrive at Tribhuwan International Airport.

    Our airport representative will welcome you at the Tribhuwan international airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 02
    Drive to Village

    After breakfast travel to the village where the people are starving for the help. We drive through Dhading Besi, headquarter of Dhading district. It is an about 6hrs drive from Kathmandu. The road up to Dhadhing is well pitched but from the Dhading Besi, we have to drive on the dirt road, and late afternoon we reach Arughat Bazaar nearly the village.


    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 03
    Day 03,04 and 05: Working Days

    From today we start reconstruction works of local houses, there we are helping the other local peoples with passing the stuff, carrying the cement, sands, tins, and also we are enforcing to use the local material such as woods, stone, bamboos. These houses are eco-friendly and also can be repaired by themselves is needed. It is not necessary to do the listed work when you in the field, you can do those essential works that you see during the time.


    Overnight at Tented Camp
  • Day 06
    Drive to Pokhara via Gorkha Bazar 7hrs.

    Today we will have breakfast at camp and travel with the 4WD jeep to Pokhara after three hours drive you will reach Gorkha Bazaar, a historical Bazaar of Nepal. And continue to drive to Pokhara, a lake city that is not affected by the earthquake.


    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 07
    Drive to Naypul and Trek to Ghandruk. 5 Hrs.

    In the morning we will have our breakfast and travel to Nayapul and trek to Ghandruk via paddy field, all the way to Ghadruk the trail is uphill.


    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 08
    Trek to Tadapani. 5 Hrs.

    Today we will walk through the forestry and gradual uphill. The scenario of the trail is outstanding, which takes about five hours to get Tadapani.


    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 09
    Trek to Ghorepani. 5 Hrs.

    First down to stream and hike up to Banthati, the main trail passes through the forest of rhododendron, which takes about five hours to get Ghorepani.


    Overnight at a guesthouse
  • Day 10
    Hike up to Poon Hill and trek back to Pokhara. 5 Hrs.

    Early morning get up and hike up to Poon Hill to catch the outstanding sunrise view over the Himalaya, after spending the little time and back to the guesthouse, have a breakfast and trek down to Nayapul about 7hrs. Once get to Nayapul take a private car and drive back to Pokhara about 1.5hrs.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 11
    Drive back to Kathmandu. 6 Hrs

    Today we are almost in the conclusion of the trip, we drive back to Kathmandu by Prithvi Highway where you can see the splendid view of Green Hilly, Paddy Field with following the river. After arriving in Kathmandu we will transfer to a Nepali cultural Restaurant for farewell dinner.


    Overnight at a hotel
  • Day 12
    Final Departure to Tribhuwan International Airport.

    Finally, our volunteering trip is in conclusion and leaving Kathmandu


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Trip Includes

  • Airport Pick Up and Drop off in private tourist vehicle
  • 4WD Jeep from and to Kathmandu
  • Four Nights Hotels in Cities (Kathmandu and Pokhara) Twin sharing in BB plan
  • Four nights tented camp in Village (B.L.D) 
  • Three Nights Twin sharing rooms in Guest House during the trek (B.L.D)
  • English speaking local guide of Apex the Asia Holidays 
  • USD 350 per person donation for buying construction equipment
  • The required number of the porters/ staffs.
  • Food, Salary, Equipment, insurance for all trekking staffs.
  • Trekking Permits and Entrance fees.
  • All government taxes 
  • Farewell dinner

Trip Exclude

  • International airfare
  • Travellers insurance - mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person.
  • Nepal entry visa- you can get your visa upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara. 
  • All drinks including bottled/ boiled water along the trekking route.
  • Personal trekking gears/equipment. 
  • Tips for trekking staffs (Tipping is expected)
  • Other expenses that are not listed on Price Include Section.

Altitude Sickness Info

Acute Mountain Sickness may happen when the travellers rapidly up to the height of 3000m. Our itineraries are designed with rest days. Once when you arrived in high altitude, your acclimatization line will rise your body to start adjust. The commonly happened in altitude are shortness of breath, light headache, whereas the mountain sickness is quite different which involves the severe headache, vomiting etc.

The trained and expert guides will everyday advise you about your health conditions, requirements and altitude sickness while you are trekking, hiking and climbing. That’s why you should not be worry about the sickness. Also we would like to recommend you to meet your doctor, advisor before you start your travel.

Given some information helps you to get rid from the Acute Mountain Sickness.

There are three stages of altitude sickness and symptoms.


Normal AMS Symptoms
The given altitude symptoms may every trekkers will have experience but no worries these are common.

  1. Need more sleep than normal sleep time.
  2. Occasional loss of hunger.
  3. Vivid, wild dreams especially at around 2500-3800 meters in altitude.
  4. Periodic breathing.
  5. Runny nose.
  6. Increasing urination while moving to/at higher altitudes (a good sign
  7. Dizziness.

Minor AMS Symptoms
The trekkers when they entry on high Himalayan Valleys get mild AMS that your having symptoms. The symptoms to be altitude sickness at least you have given one indication.

  1. Hard to breath
  2. Dizziness
  3. Dry raspy cough
  4. Runny nose
  5. Loss of hunger
  6. Weakness
  7. Nausea
  8. Mild headache

What to do when Minor Symptoms does not stop?

  1. If the symptoms developing while walking, then stop and take relax, drink water. Drink frequently.
  2. If symptoms do not stop and developing continuously then stop take rest and drink water and take Diamox of 125 -250mg. Drink more water.
  3. If symptoms growing in the evening, take 125-250mg Diamox and drink plenty of fluids again.
  4. If symptoms partially go away but are still annoying it is safe to take another 250mg Diamox 6-8 hours later.
  5. If the symptoms continue getting worse then you have to descending for a few hours which is more merits than staying at the same altitude.

Serious AMS Symptoms
The given conditions are quite danger so descend immediately

  1. Severe headache.
  2. Persistent vomiting and dizziness.
  3. Ataxia (loss of co-ordination, an inability to walk in a straight line, making the sufferer look drunk)
  4. Losing consciousness (inability to stay awake or understand instructions.
  5. Hallucinations.
  6. Liquid sounds in the lungs.
  7. Very persistent, sometimes watery, cough.
  8. Difficulty breathing.
  9. Rapid breathing or feeling breathless at rest.
  10. Coughing clear fluid, pink phlegm or blood (a very bad sign).
  11. Severe lethargy/fatigue.
  12. Marked blueness of face and lips.
  13. High resting heartbeat (over 130 beats per minute)
  14. Mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

Dangerous cases of AMS

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE)


The brain swelling with the fluid is HACE. It involves disorientation, lethargy and nausea. Before attacking the HACE, patient will have the symptoms of fever, ataxia, photophobia, and rapid heartbeat. Unconsciousness and coma from HACE can be lead to death within 12-20hrs from the onsets of symptoms. In the initial phase of ataxia begin treatment with medication, oxygen and dexamethasone.

Normally, 4 to 8mg of dexamethasone is given as a first dose, then 4mg every six hours, Diamox every 12 hours and 2-4 liters /minute oxygen. The patient must have to be descended.

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE)
The condition, that buildup the fluid in the air sacs of lungs is HAPE. HAPE symptoms start progressively within 2-4 days in high altitude. Shortness of breath at rest, cough, weakness and chest tightness and at least two of; fast heart beat rate, wheezing heard in lungs, bluish appearance of the skin are the symptoms of HAPE. Descent to the lower altitude is needed if patient does not get better with oxygen. The Gamow Bag may be use to the lower altitude if a person is in the backcountry unable to descend immediately because of weather.

Prevention of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

  1. Plenty of acclimatization above 3500 meters.
  2. Do not take sleeping pill, no alcohol and smoking
  3. Drink more water (Boiled, mineral/ clean or treated) or any fluids – at least 4 litters per day.
  4. Climb up high altitude and sleep at low altitude
  5. Never do trek/ travel without guide and porters
  6. Follow the advice from your guide, hotel, local, and guidebook.
  7. Must have to decent if mild symptoms rapidly getting worse.

First Aid Kit
First aid kit is a basic list of common medicines.

  1. Bandage for sprains
  2. Plasters/Band-Aids
  3. Iodine or water filter (optional)
  4. Moleskin/Second skin - for blisters
  5. Antiseptic ointment for cuts
  6. Anti-bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)
  7. Aspirin/Paracetamol - general painkiller
  8. Oral rehydration salts
  9. Broad-spectrum antibiotic (Norfloxacin or ciprofloxin)
  10. Anti-diarrhoea medication (antibiotic)
  11. Diarrhoea stopper (Imodium - optional)
  12. Antibiotic for Guardia or similar microbe or bacteria
  13. Diamox 250/500mg (for altitude sickness)
  14. Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution)
  15. Gel hand cleaner.

Equipment List

This is a section where you get the general idea equipment that you need in Poon Hill Ghorepani Trek. The important and serious part of equipment selection depends on the trekking season, trekking days, and maximum altitude.

Trekkers personal goods such as money purse, cameras, cell phones and the cosmetic items that you need in day time, while you are hiking. Porter carries others your heavy equipment.
Initial

  1. Day Pack
  2. Duffel Bag
  3. Down jacket and sleeping bag
  4. Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
  5. Baseball cap can protect your ear and neck from the sunlights.
  6. Warm wool or synthetic hat that cover your ears
  7. Balaclava - lightweight, thinner variety
  8. UV protection glacier glasses with side shields and a hard-sided storage case. In high altitude automatically the atmosphere is thinner than low altitude so, the sunlights are quite strong in mountain, which affect our eyes. For those people who are wearing the prescription glasses, please requesting you to speaks with your doctor about the prescription glacier glasses.
  9. Headlamp: Headlamp is a one of the basic for you during the trek because treks are in mountain where not plenty of electricity is. Make sure to bring extra lithium batteries.

Hand

  1. A pair of liner synthetic/ woolen gloves for the mild days.
  2. A pair of heavy woolen gloves for morning and evening time.
  3. A pair shell gloves or mitts Gore-Tex is preferred for keeping hands dry.

Core Body

  1. Two cotton t-shirts.
  2. A synthetic t-shirt.
  3. Two long sleeve polyesters, light colored shirts for sunny days. V-neck zipper provides additional venting options which are good for changing temperatures.
  4. A soft shell jacket, water resistant, with insulation, underarm ventilation zippers. Full front zipper is preferable for ventilation.
  5. A medium to heavy weight expedition down parka w/hood.
  6. For women two synthetic sports bras, no cotton!

Lower Body – Legs

  1. Three pairs nylon-hiking shorts, not cotton!
  2. Underwear, stay away from cotton
  3. Two pair lightweight long underwear
  4. A pair soft shell pants - synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferabl
  5. Two pair trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees.
  6. A pair hard shell pants. Waterproof / breathable, Gore-Tex or equivalent is best
  7. A pair cotton pants
  8. Especially for the women a full length skirt.

Feet

  1. At least four pair of liner socks, synthetic.
  2. Three pair heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks
  3. A pair light weight socks, a good option for the lower / warmer parts of the trail and also on lodges at the time of dinner.
  4. A pair light to medium weight water proof hiking/trekking boots. Make sure the size and should have to be avoidable for blister.
  5. A pair light trekking shoes or sneakers to wear in and about camps or lodge
  6. Sandals are optional for the trek.

Medicine and First Aid

  1. Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
  2. Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
  3. Pepto bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
  4. Diamox (commonly prescribed as Acetazolamide) 125 or 250mg tablets for altitude sickness

 

Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics.

Miscellaneous, but Important

  1. Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
  2. Airline ticket(s)
  3. Visa (if required and acquired in advance)
  4. Immunization record
  5. Durable wallet / pouch for travel documents, money and passport
  6. Two water bottles one liter wide-mouth Nalgene and one insulator
  7. Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks.
  8. Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its effectiveness over time
  9. Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc

Optional

  1. A pair of adjustable trekking poles, this is great for downhill trek, and even it is listed in optional.
  2. Favorite snack foods, two pounds for maximum limits.
  3. Books and other devices for relax during the trek and rest time.
  4. For your records, camera, a DSLR, Go-Pro Cameras.
  5. Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
  6. A urination bottle for men and a pee funnel for woman, as you might want to void that chilly late night trip
  7. A small stainless steel thermos

The above list guides for you to buy the goods. There are so many options for you, they different brand and version, so it would be better to buy as per your experience. Most of the things are easily available in Kathmandu as well in cheap price.

Please Note:
The tight fighting clothing such as made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals. So if you find these items comfortable please kindly wear top of them.

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Trip Highlights

-Outstanding view while driving to Gorkha. -Reconstructing activities in the village. -Set out the Poon Hill and excellent view of sunrise -Explore Gurung culture in Ghandruk village -Trail in between rhododendron forest.

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Reconstruting Program in Gorkha Home Rebuild program through the volunteer
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I have never thought of myself as a hiker or a trekker, but somehow, the idea of trekking through the Himalayas and venturing through Nepals and the worlds highest mountain seems exhilarating and almost out of reach. I did the trek to Mount Everest Base Camp in October 2013, and it was and still is one of the best experience in my life. We had Gyanu as our guide for the entire trip and not only has he been patient with a beginner trekker like myself, he explained and shared with us his cult Linda Nguyen
Victoria Australia
Trip Name: Trip Name: Everest Base Camp Trek (Nepal)

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