Trip Facts

  • Duration

    8 Days
  • Region

    Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking
  • Group Size

    2-44
  • Best Season to Travel

    Any Season

Kathmandu Valley Cultural Trekking

This route allows international school students a rich cultural immersion and a way to better understand how Nepalese people live on a daily basis.  This trip offers opportunities for students to experience agricultural fields, livestock farming, and beautiful snow-capped mountain views.  Also, this trip allows students to spend one day at Moonlight School.  While there, students will teach lessons, participate in classroom games, and experience authentic cultural interactions with Moonlight School students.

This proposed route includes 5 days of trekking and 4 nights.  On two of the nights, students will sleep in tents and will cook their own food in the camp.  In our experience, this route is a good fit for young students eager to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and cultural richness of Nepal.  We are confident this trip will allow your students to have lifelong memories.

Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 2
Visit Moonlight School
Day 3
Trek to Chisapani
Day 4
Trek to Jhule
Day 5
Trek to Nagarkot
Day 6
Trek to Kashi Bhangyang
Day 7
Trek to Dhulikhel and drive back to Kathmandu
Day 8
Fly back to home
Note:
If these programs do not meet your student needs, we can customize the trip to your specific personal, academic, and cultural requirements, and amend the program throughout the duration of your stay.
Day 1
Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, you will be welcomed at the airport by our representative and transferred to your hotel by private vehicle. After settling into the deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, you will have a welcome drink, followed by a briefing with your tour leader. The leader will discuss trip details and co-ordinate any last-minute arrangements. Enjoy your overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 2
Visit Moonlight School

After having breakfast, you will spend time with Moonlight School where you can do a one day service project including teaching a lesson, running classroom games & experiencing cultural interactions. You can also participate in service work and a construction project like painting classrooms, constructing a pathway, wall or toilet/building block or planting and supporting an organic garden. Students and teachers will enjoy a lunch with the Moonlight children and teachers as well. Stay overnight at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu

Day 3
Trek to Chisapani

After breakfast, we will drive to Sundarijal (1350 m) which takes about an hour. After reaching Sundarijal, we start hiking to Chisapani (2300m). The trail gradually inclines into the pine and oak forest of Shivapuripuri National Park. This is a good spot for bird watching, and some other wild animals may be seen during the hike. From Chisapani, we will see panoramic views of the Himalayas and the valley as we pass through the resident area of the Sherpa and Tamang ethnic groups. Students can experience the tranquility of nature and peacefulness of rural Nepal as they interact with villagers. We will have lunch and the whole afternoon free for resting, studying and playing. We stay overnight in a tea house with very good views of the majestic Himalayan range and valley.
After dinner, our guide will teach students about theculture, history, of lifestyle the Nepalese people.

Day 4
Trek to Jhule

In the morning,we will see breathtaking snowcapped mountain views to the North. From Chisapani the trek to Jhulefollows the road and turns through the jungle and arrives at Jhule ((1750 m). The trek ends in the valley of Patibhyanjyamg. Today we make camp here. It takes approximately 3.5 hours to get to Jhule and we will have a lunch at a hotel. After lunch, we will explore the village and immerse ourselves in the cultureto gain a better understand how Nepalese people live on a daily basis.Students will also experience agricultural fields and livestock farming. Tonight,we will sleep in tents.

Day 5
Trek to Nagarkot

After breakfast, the trail leads to Nagarkot (2156 m). We will walk through the village and see traditional farming methods, life style, typical Nepalese houses, and beautiful mountain landscapes. The majority of the farmers in this area still practice traditional methods of farming, such as using livestock for ploughing, using livestock waste as fertilizer, and employing traditional labor methods. Because modern farming negatively impacts the environment and human health, traditional farming systemsare still employed in this region of Nepal. Students will be challenged to consider the environmental impacts of modernization.
After reaching Nagarkot, we will enjoy the sunset view and its magnificent panoramic views of the vast Himalayan range, including the 8,848 meter peak of the top of the world - Mt. Everest. The Nagarkot sunrise and sunset views over the mountains are some of the best Nepal has to offer. We will stay overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot.

Day 6
Trek to Kashi Bhangyang

We will get up early for the great sunrise view. Today, we will walk along the hillside and then follow the downhill trail. You will trek through jungle for approximately 45 minutes and there are possibilities to see animals such as monkeys, deer, jackals,porcupines, rabbitsand different species of birds.
After this,we will enjoy the expansive view of the valley and terraces down below.There will be opportunities to interact with local people from different cultural, linguistic, religious, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds. We believethese cultural exchange opportunities provide excellent opportunities for students to develop greater understanding of the people of Nepal while considering important global issues.
This route will also give students an opportunity to learn the agricultural practices carried out by local people for generations. For students who have spent the majority of their lives in the city, this is often a transformational part of the trip, as they ponder the differences between urban and rural life, affluence versus poverty, and what it means to be a true global citizen.
Tonight, we will sleep in tents.

Day 7
Trek to Dhulikhel and drive back to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we will trek about 2.5 hours and then drive to Bhaktpur, an impressiveancient city of Nepal. This important area, also known as an ‘open museum’, is home to some of the best preserved historical monuments in Nepal including palaces, courtyards, temples, pagodas, and monuments. Intricate craftwork and detailedarchitecture allows students to understand details of Hinduism. This destination is UNESCO World Heritage Site, and contains a rich concentration of culture and traditionsfrom the Newars of Bhaktapur. Students may experience festivals, music, and dances while enjoying the many historical masterpieces this site has to offer.
Bhaktapur is also famous for its marvelous crafts including pottery, woven cloth, thanka and masks. This destination is popular for its mask dances that reflect the lives of different Gods and deities. The name Bhaktapur literally translates to “City of Devotees”, thus one can expect to find a multitude of religious places, monuments and events in Bhaktapur. The important site is renowned as the City of Gods.
After our visit to Bhaktapur, we will drive 1 hour to Thamel in Kathmandu. We will spend much of the afternoon relaxing and enjoying Thamel before staying overnight at a deluxe hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 8
Fly back to home

The Moonlight Nepal Trekking and Adventure team will take you to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, if your flight is in the evening, you can spend time with the Moonlight Kids again or do sightseen/shopping in city during the day and we will drop you at the airport in the evening 3 hours prior to your departure time.

Note:
If these programs do not meet your student needs, we can customize the trip to your specific personal, academic, and cultural requirements, and amend the program throughout the duration of your stay.
  • Beautiful snow-capped mountain views and landscapes
  • Rich cultural immersion and a way to better understand how Nepalese people live on a daily basis
  • Interactions with local people from different linguistic, religious, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds
  • Opportunities for students to experience agricultural fields and livestock farming
  • Authentic cultural interactions with Moonlight School students, such as teaching lessons and participating in classroom games
As we are a non-profit organization, and because we wish our program to be affordable to as many students as possible, the trip cost will vary depending on the season you travel, group size and duration of your journey. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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