Gorkha Health Post Volunteer Program - 14 Days

Gorkha Health Post Volunteer Program (GHVP) is run by medical personnel and health experts in the remote areas of Gorkha, where the government of Nepal is unable to provide formal and quality medical care to the people. These health experts come from different parts of the world, including Australia. Many people of the remote parts of Gorkha have to travel far off for basic medical attention. Further, superstition and orthodox methods of treatments are still common in the remote areas of Gorkha, so people still refer to witch doctors and shamans, instead of going to hospitals. You may be amazed to see people practicing this kind of treatment, even in the 21st century. It seems that they are accustomed to this kind of treatment, but it does not mean that they are unaware of health posts and hospitals because they also believe in medical doctors very much.

Every year, Ace Holidays gives importance on the continual developments of Gorkha, particularly in clean water, organized sanitation, hygiene (WASH), nutrition, and immunizations, which will boost the health of the people. In addition to this, it also seeks supporters and contributors to establish a health post in Manbu Village. Manbu is also a model village of Gorkha, which has a total population of 1,325, and which has recently started to use improved toilets.

You will take 6 hrs from Arupokhari to reach Mangbu by road. Arupokhari is located on a foothill and offers a stunning view of Ganesh and Manaslu Mountains, including some of the parts of Annapurna Ranges. Ace Holidays also plans to construct an advanced fully equipped and staffed hospital, which will serve more than 4,000, residing in 30 different villages, in the future. This planning of Ace Holidays comes under its Corporate Social Responsibility because Ace Holidays wants to develop the community and environment, in which it operates its trek For example, Ace Holidays operates Manaslu Trek in this region

Day 1

Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (1345 meters). Stay Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2

Preparations for Village Departure. Stay Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3

Early Morning Departure to Ratmaté in a private 4WD SUV. Same Day we will have Initial Meeting with the Locals. Stay Overnight at Local house or Volunteer House.

Day 4 to 11

Welcome Ceremony on Day 05 and Volunteering Activities in Arupokhari and Aruchanaute Health Posts. Stay Overnight at Local House or Volunteer House.

Day 12

Farewell Program and an Exploration Day. Stay Overnight at Local house or Volunteer House.

Day 13

Trek to Arughat Bazar and Drive to Kathmandu. Stay Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14

Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Beauty of Arupokhari and Neighbouring Villages.
  • Hiking.
  • Fishing.
  • Volunteering in Health Post From 1p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Day 1 Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays’ receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal, who will transfer you to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays. Before the program, there is a meeting, wherein you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non – liability disclaimer in this meeting. Please also ask any questions in the meeting, if you have any doubts. Ace Holidays also gives you gifts, such as a Duffel Bag and a Cap. Stay overnight in a hotel in Kathmandu.

    Note:If you arrive late in the evening, you will be briefed about the program by your guide at the hotel lobby.

  • Day 2 Preparations for village departure.

    You can make the necessary preparations and organize the materials you need for the village. You can check all the items and make sure you have everything you need. You’ll have guides with you who can answer your queries. Stay Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.(Breakfast included)

  • Day 3 Early morning departure to Ratmaté and trek to Bhairabi Primary School

    Same day we will have initial meeting with the locals. For transportation to and from the village, there will be 4WD/SUV vehicle. The remote Arupokhari village is NOT connected by tarred multi-laned roads. There are single lane dirt tracks which run along the side of large hills, which are very bumpy and prone to landslides, especially during the monsoon season (June – September). We assure you that all our drivers are very experienced in driving on these roads. We will make all necessary arrangements to ensure that you reach your destination safely.

    You spend some time in Arughat Bazaar socializing with the locals. We start a walk till Arupokhari and Ratmate village (1.5 hours). On the way, you will be enchanted by the scenic beauty of Arughat and neighboring hills. Our team, as well as, the local people will accompany you to the village. After reaching our destination, you will have a cup of tea, you will be introduced to the community member, and you will interact with them. If you have any queries regarding the volunteering program or the village, please feel free to ask your guide. Stay Overnight at a local house or volunteer house. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)

  • Day 4 to 11 Welcome Ceremony on day 05 and volunteering activities in a healthpost.

    Day 5th would be your first day for volunteering, a small welcome ceremony program will be held by the local health post. The locals will offer you garlands (mala) with TIKA (red powder) which is a traditional way to welcome the new people. After this you will be introduced to the local community and staffs in the health post.

    Volunteering activities for healthpost include:

    Breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

    Recreational activities such as hiking, local fishing, visit to the temple and witchdoctor, mountain biking until lunch time.

    Walk to health post in Arupokhari or Arughat (Name of the health posts are Arupokhari Health Post and Aruchanaute Health Post)

    Volunteering in Health Post from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Dinner at 7:00 p.m.

    In the Gorkha Health Post Volunteer Program, you will be working in the Health Post for 3-4 hours a day after lunch, usually from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. It is common, however that villagers will come to visit the Volunteers after the Clinic has closed if there are any medical problems out of hours.

    The main activities will include administering drugs, conducting general check-ups, diagnosing the patients and spreading awareness in a community. An individual volunteer’s responsibilities, of course, will depend on their medical background, qualifications and experience.

    In the evening, you can visit temples, shaman, blacksmith, do some traditional farming, and go hiking to nearby hillocks. You can occasionally visit the Arupokhari market. During this period, you can also arrange a rest day to venture deeper into neighboring villages up north along the banks of the Budi Gandaki River, i.e. the trekking route of Manaslu. Stay overnight at a local house, or volunteer house.(Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner Included)

    NOTE: When staying in volunteer house in Bhairabi, you will have to walk anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour twice a day to reach the health post, however this walk offers the stunning views of the surrounding villages, the opposite hills, the distant Himalayan peaks, and the below valleys.

    We can arrange the stay in a local family’s home (near by the health post) in a bedroom shared with other volunteers. Rooms in local houses are clean, warm and dry, with simple beds. Linen and quilts will be provided. In the family compound there will be a local squat toilet, and you may have to take a shower outside. We recommend you take a sleeping bag for extra comfort and warmth.

  • Day 12 Farewell Program, and a day of reflection and exploration

    We have a farewell program organized by our team and the locals. You will spend the remainder day reflecting on the volunteering experience and you also spend time with the children and staffs of the health post, the local teachers, the locals. Stay overnight at a local house or volunteer house. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

  • Day 13Trek to Arughat Bazar and drive back to Kathmandu.

    Today you trek to Arughat Bazar and drive to Kathmandu on 4WD SUV. Stay Overnight at a hotel.

  • Day 14Transfer to the airport for your final departure

    The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Tribhuwan International Airport for departure.(Breakfast Included)

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it will not be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure Days

  • Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.
Accommodation and Food
  • In Kathmandu, your accommodation is in a standard hotel on bed and breakfast. According to your day to day itinerary, your accommodation is in a volunteer house or in a volunteer house. Meals include pasta, fried rice, pancakes, muesli, and other types of food. A cook can prepare special meals upon your request. The staple Nepali food is Dal Bhat (dal (lentils), bhat (rice), and tarkari (curried vegetables)), which is nutritious and easy to prepare. Tea is served in the morning and in the afternoon, either black or with cow or buffalo milk; popcorn, wheat, millet or corn breads are popular local snacks.
Equipments
  • The following gives you a general idea of the personal items you need for the Arupokhari Schools Volunteer Program. The personal items, though, are optional and of choice.
  • In a supported tour, heavy items are carried by a vehicle and/or porters. Personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is advisable to pack items in two separate bags.
  • We will supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag which you can use in the trip. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trip. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them after Arupokhari Volunteer program.
  • List of Recommended Equipment for the Volunteer Program:
  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Down Jacket (Optional/we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
  • Hiking pants
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Full-sleeve shirt
  • Jumper or pile jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Sandals
  • Woolen socks
  • Sun hat
  • Sun block for lips
  • Sun lotion
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Long thermal underwear
  • Water bottle
  • Sewing kit
  • Medical and first aid kit
  • Flash light
  • Batteries and bulbs
  • Swiss army knife
  • Personal towel
  • Personal toiletries and medication which should be labelled
  • You are more than welcome to bring books, stationery, clothes and so on which can be distributed to the schools and the Dharapani Community Library in Arupokhari.
  • This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores around Kathmandu in much cheaper price.
    Note: Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can be offensive to women. Please wear this only as a base layer.
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Ace Holidays states the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 8% is available for booking of two or more than two persons. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of free trip to one person. You can also customize trip, according to your requirements. We do not have fixed departure date for Volunteering Trip. This trip can only be organized for minimum of 1 people upon your request.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal

  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Adult PP
  • Status
  • 6 Sept, 2014
  • Sep 19, 2019
  • USD 400
  • guaranteed
  • 20 Sept, 2014
  • Oct 3, 2019
  • USD 400
  • guaranteed

Guaranteed:

This date is available and open for bookings. This trip is guaranteed to depart. Go for it!

Limited:

There are a very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking is recommended.

Closed:

This date is currently unavailable. Please contact Ace Holidays if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their volunteers trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this volunteer as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. Ace Holidays will also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick up service/ Airport drop off service/Hotel pick up service/ hotel drop off service by a private vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu (breakfast included).
  • Local Ace Holidays licensed English speaking guide for the volunteer tour in village.
  • Local homes stay or volunteer haouse stay in the Arupokhari village (The Volunteer House sleeps five volunteers in one room, and includes a connecting kitchen above two school classrooms).
  • Food provided by our local chef in the small kitchen at volunteer house in Bhairabi school (The variety of food available are rice, pasta, fried rice, pancakes, muesli, eggs, hot tea and coffee etc.)
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage from Arughat - village - Arughat (We assign one porter for every two guests).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
  • Transfer from Kathmandu - Arughat - Kathmandu on private 4WD SUV.
  • All our government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
  • Official expenses.
Cost Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner cost you roughly US $ 10 to US $ 15 per day in Kathmandu.
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page).
  • International airfare and airport departure tax (See Track Nepal Flights Page).
  • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $ 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 and US $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 passport size photos).
  • Tips for trek guides and porters.
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Cost Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Scenic Beauty of Arupokhari and Neighbouring Villages.
  • Hiking.
  • Fishing.
  • Volunteering in Health Post From 1p.m. to 4 p.m.

How fit do I need to be for this tour? Is this trip for me?

This trip is suitable for average people who are moderately fit. Some physical fitness programs, such as running, swimming, hiking are recommended before you head off for this trip, as you have to walk for couple of hours at times in the village to reach from one school to another.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes. The airport representative of Ace Holidays will be there at the airport. S/he will be displaying the sign-board of Ace Holidays Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.

What is the main Volunteering Activities?

You will be holding English conversation workshops with small groups of children after school finishes from 3pm -5pm approximately (depending on school). English is the second language in Nepal. While children are taught grammar and technical details of English, they have a limited opportunity to practice speaking and responding, in the village. This will make a large difference to the children needs when they have to travel outside the village for education or work later on in life. It is also a great way for you to engage and to know the community.

What are the names of health post for this program?

Ace Holidays assigns the volunteer to Arupokhari Health Post or Aruchanaute Health Post (or even both depending on number of volunteer in a group

What is the main Volunteering Activities for Gorkha Healthpost Volunteer trip?

In the health volunteering program, Volunteers will be working in the Health Post for 3-4 hours a day after lunch, usually from 1pm until 4pm. It is common however that villagers will come to visit the Volunteer after the Clinic has closed if there are any medical problems out of hours. The main activities will include administering drugs, conducting general check-ups, diagnosing the patients and spreading awareness in community. An individual volunteer's responsibilities, of course, will depend on their medical background, qualifications and experience. Volunteering activities for healthpost • Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. • Recreational activities such as hiking, local fishing, visits to the temple and witchdoctor, mountain biking until lunch time. • Lunch. • Walk to health post in Arupokhari or Arughat • Volunteering in Health Post from 1pm-4pm. • Dinner at 7:00 pm.

What is the Mission of The Gorkha Healthpost Volunteer Program (GHVP) ?

This volunteer program aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for health development within the region number 3 in Gorkha district, northern Nepal

Is there any Important Cultural Tips and Consideration for this trip?

To greet in a traditional Nepali manner, you have to place your palms together in a prayer style and say "namaste". When talking to someone elder to you, you must address the man person as "dai" and "didi" to elder woman. Raising your voice or shouting is also not acceptable, especially in public.

Dress conservatively to keep shoulders and knees covered in a temple. It is not acceptable to wear revealing and tight clothes like lycra, low-necks, tank tops and so on. This applies particularly to women. Public nudity, even while bathing, is punishable by law. When swimming in the river, it is suggested that women wear a one-piece swim suit. Men must wear trunks; speedos are acceptable. Always remove your shoes before entering a Nepali home or a temple.

The cow is a sacred animal in Nepal and injuring or killing them is an offence. You will find cow and ox roaming freely all over the place, even in the street. Always use your right hand when you have to accept a thing. Likewise, use your right hand to offer food and other items. Do not use your left hand. Of eating, a tourist once noted: If you don't hold your hand over your plate, it doesn't matter how many times you tell people you're full - they will just keep heaping food on your plate. It is normal to drink from a glass or a container without touching the vessel. If you are not comfortable doing this, you may pour the water into a cup. Kissing, hugging, snuggling, and other forms of public displays are not acceptable. Swearing, discussing, or insinuating about sex in public are also strictly prohibited. It is normal for boys and men to walk arm in arm. More often than not, these are signs of friendship and should not be subjected to sexual profiling. It is impolite to step over someone's outstretched legs or to touch (or point at) someone with your foot. Do not expect to find toilet paper in private houses, esp. in remote areas. Always be prepared with your own stock.

Be prepared for lots of questions. Just walking in the streets you may be asked: "What's your name? Where are you from?, How old are you? Where are you going?" - perhaps questions you may consider personal. Do not consider it rude or an invasion of privacy. It's usually genuine curiosity, friendliness or a desire to practice their English. Respond with patience and in a cheerful manner. Concepts of privacy in some countries can be very different to your home country. Giving alms is not advisable because it will encourage begging, particularly among children.

What is the language preference?

The main language is Nepali. English is the official second language of Nepal, but despite this, young students in the village speak broken English, and the older generations will not speak at all. It is for this reason that we recommend you learn some basic Nepali phrases before arriving in the village. It will help you communicate and get to know the villagers, as well as explain basic rules in your workshops.

Where is Arupokhari located?

Perched on a chain of hills, Arupokhari is a cluster of 9 villages (Village Development Committees) and lies about 6 hours from the Gorkha Bazaar. The nearest market from Arupokhari is Arughat, along the banks of the Budi Gandaki River.

What accommodation options do I have?

There are two different types of accommodation available for this program. Traditional Home-stay/ Volunteer House You can stay either in a family home or in the Volunteer house at Bhairabi Primary School. Rooms in local homes are clean, warm and dry, with simple beds. Linen and quilts will be provided. In the village, there will be a local squat toilet, and you may shower outside the home. The Volunteer House accommodates five volunteers in one room. There is no attached kitchen. The Volunteer House is warm and dry with comfortable beds. We recommend you to take a sleeping bag for extra comfort and warmth. If the number of volunteers exceeds the capacity of the Volunteer House, we will use a combination of Home-Stays and the Volunteer House in order to accommodate all volunteers. We are planning on building another Volunteer House in Arupokhari, near the current standing house, although this may take some time. Camping We provide the best possible camping service complete with comfortable two-person tents with mattresses. A kitchen, dining, shower, toilet tents, chairs with tables are also provided. Refer to the equipment list for items you will need to bring. We provide toilet paper and other essential toiletries. You will also get a small bucket of hot water each morning in your tent for a quick scrub up. Camping is more expensive option of the two as the equipment must be transported to the village.

What are the available modes of transportations?

All transportation inside Kathmandu will be in a private vehicle (a car or a minibus),

Important: Transportation in the region may not always be reliable because 4WD may be stranded due to heavy rain and landslides or due to accident on the highway. So, you must always be prepared to trek to the destination (accompanied by our staff guides) when the unforeseen circumstance blocks your highway. In an event 4WD SUV cannot take you to the final destination, there will be no refund of the transportation cost. If trekking is necessary, you can be assured that the trekking trail passes through pristine and traditional villages, familarizing you with the traditional Nepalese culture and lifestyle from a close range. Manaslu and the Ganesh Mountain, as well as, parts of the Annapurna Ranges are visible from the trekking trail. In the village, there is no public transportation

What will the daily meals be comprised of?

Meals will depend on the type of accommodation that you have selected. If you choose the Home-Stay or Volunteer House, and if you stay less than one month, a local chef will be provided. Our chef can provide a wider variety of foods. He can prepare special meals at your request. You can request to eat at any point of the day. Our guide, a local family member or teacher will assist you in buying food from the market in Arughat (1.5 hours walk from Arupokhari),and prepare meals. The staple Nepali food is Dal Bhat (dal (lentils), bhat (rice), and tarkari (curried vegetables)), which is nutritious and easy to prepare. Beef is not eaten in Nepal for a religious reason because the Hindus worship a cow. Tea is served in the morning and in the afternoon, either black or milk; popcorn, wheat, millet or corn breads are popular local snacks. If you choose the camping option, you will be provided a camping cook,

Important: It is common in Nepalese culture to offer food to the guests, however, volunteers are advised not to accept any food from the local villagers at any time. Most of the time, food is not prepared properly, or it contains contaminated water, so volunteers might get sick. If you are visiting somebody’s house, or attending a local festival, we recommend you to take a guide to communicate this issue. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know and we’ll do our best to arrange them..

I am a Vegeterain, is that a Problem ?

No problem at all because we can serve the vegetarian meals. We always recommend our volunteers to eat vegetarian meals to avoid the food poisoning.

What is the best season for this trip?

The best season for this Tour is anytime between January to June and September to December.

What is the weather and the temperature like in Gorkha?

It depends on the season you’re travelling. During winter (December to February), it is colder at night and relatively warmer during the day, with the temperature ranging from 4°C at night to 22°C. Between March and May, the weather stays perfect as the temperature averages 25°C during the day. From September to December, following the monsoon, the temperature gets cooler and allows for a great time to travel. The average temperature during this season is 20°C. The vehicles and the hotels during the trip will be air-conditioned making your travel very comfortable.

Do your guides have Tour guide certificates from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center?

Yes, they have all received a 45-day training from the Hotel Management and Tourism Center in Nepal. The guides have also received high altitude first aid training from KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project). Please check our Guides Proflies and Training Certificates.

Do we book our own international flights to and from Nepal?

Yes, you need to book your own International flights. We are a local agent and it would cost you significantly higher to book through us. Please find more information in the International Flight page.

What are the toilet facilities like in the village?

Toilet facilities will depend on your accommodation choice. Most village families in Nepal don't have a flushing toilet and a sewage system is non-existent. All toilets within the home-stay are squat toilets made of either a ceramic basin on the ground or few planks precariously positioned over a hole in the ground. There usually is a tap and bucket next to the toilet, which is used for flushing. You will need to take your own stock of sufficient toilet paper with you as it is not available for purchase in the village market. Should you choose the volunteer house or camping option, there are western style toilets next to the Volunteer House in Bhairabi Primary School and next to the camping ground in Dharapani Secondary School. If the camping option is selection and no nearby toilet facilities are available, we will provide a tented toilet. The location of the toilet tent will be changed everyday to ensure hygiene.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

Only very recently has the village started receiving electricity, which means you are now be able to charge your electronic devices. Please, Remember to bring your adapters!

Is there any communication/Internet while we are in village?

Only recently has the village started receiving electricity, which means you are now be able to charge your electronic devices and contact your dear ones through the telecom media. Previously, you’d have to go to the market every time to charge your devices. There is no internet in the village or surrounding towns, and the only wireless method possible (CDMA technology – wireless internet via phone carrier) does not yield a high speed connection. Please inform us if you would like to book a wireless CDMA SIM card and a USB modem in advance. There is reception however, for local phone carriers. Buying a local SIM card for use in a local handset is another good option for international communication.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. You don't need much money. We estimate USD 1 USD 5 a day will be enough. The imported brands of alcohol can be purchased only in Arughat market (1 hour downhill from the village), while locally brewed drinks can be easily found in the village.

Do I have to take a guide?

It is compulsory to take at least one Guide with your group in this program, which is included in the price. Guides are very necessary to ensure effective communication, and they act as translators between volunteers and the local villagers. These guides help you to organize recreational activities and escort you as they have a good knowledge of the area that you are visiting. In case of emergency, Guides provide you first aid necessities and implement safety measures.

Do I need to tip my guide and driver? How much would that be?

It depends on your spending habits. You don't need much money. We estimate USD 1 USD 5 a day will be enough. The imported brands of alcohol can be purchased only in Arughat market (1 hour downhill from the village), while locally brewed drinks can be easily found in the village.

What are the bathing and laundry facilities like in the village?

In the village, there are no private facilities for bathing. There are spring water creeks, rivers and communal water source available for bathing and washing. It is ok to use soap in the water streams when bathing. Bathing can be done at any time, but it is strongly recommended that you wear attire that is not very revealing, even if it is in a secluded area. Nudity is taken very seriously and is totally unacceptable. You are free to use the shower facility at the newly constructed toilet at Bhairabi and Dharapani Schools. Washing facilities are the same as for bathing, but more ideally, you can do your laundry nearby rivers and brooks. Usually, there is a clothesline on the host family.

What recreational activities I can get involved in?

Many of these activities are seasonal. Rafting, swimming, fishing, and mountain biking cannot be undertaken during Monsoon Season (July to August). They are freely available during There are many day hikes in the area lasting from four to six hours, returning to accommodation for dinner. Mountain Biking is possible on the trails in the area, however this must be booked in advance. If you are lucky enough to stay during festival time, you may walk up to the Arupokhari temple with the other villagers at the top of the hill and witness the festivities, including traditional dancing, music, rituals and animal sacrifices. This is a fabulous insight into real life Nepalese culture, one of the highlights of the Arupokhari Volunteer Program. You can visit the local witch doctor which can be organized by our field staff during your stay. This is also a fabulous display of traditional culture and a unique part of the program. Whitewater Rafting can be organized on the Budi Gandki River near Arughat, for a minimum two days with an overnight stays in a tented camp. Food, water, and camping equipment will be provided. Swimming and local fishing in the river are possible from March – October. Outside of this season the weather is too cold.

Is alcohol consumption permitted in the village?

Consumption of alcohol should be in a very moderate amount. As a guest in the village, you will be expected by the community (and especially by the host family, if accommodation is at a local house stay) to maintain decorum at all times. The imported brands of alcohol can be purchased only in Arughat market (~ 1 hour from the village), while locally brewed drinks can be easily found in the village. Alcohol is an integral part of the Nepalese culture, primarily in the myriad Hindu festivals. While cultural immersion is an important aspect of the volunteer experience, we strongly suggest you to keep alcohol consumption at a minimal level. Our guides will help you to determine the right place, time and limit for these occasions. Consumption of all kinds of controlled-substances, drugs and contraband, including marijuana and hashish, is strictly prohibited. Violation of any policies governing the purchase or consumption of controlled substances will be neither tolerated nor ignored; and will result in the individual's immediate termination from the volunteering program.

Can I obtain the visa for Nepal upon on arrival at the airport?

Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).

Are Ace Holidays' staffs insured?

Yes. They are, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately Flight tickets Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

What immunizations will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

Before Booking a Trip

  • Nepal Travel Guide

    Nepal Travel Guide includes what you have to do in Nepal and how you can do in Nepal. The Northern…

  • Travel Insurance

    You are recommended to insure before travelling with Ace Holidays because you may suffer from Altitude Mountain Sickness in trek.…

  • Your International Flights

    Nepal is a Himalayan and landlocked country, you can reach its heartland both by air and by road. At present,…

  • Terms and Conditions

    Please read the terms and conditions before booking any trip with Ace Holidays. Booking and Payment Methods for your Trips…

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