Nepal White Water Youth Expedition Join Adventures

Ivanhoe Grammer

Rivers, Mountains, Jungles and Culture Discovery

Day 1 - Arrival Day

The group will be met by our Leadership Team and transferred by private vehicle to our accommodation for the team to freshen up after the international flight. You will be meet with refreshments, a safety briefing and a walking orientation tour of Thamel in Kathmandu. If the group arrives on an early flight we will take the opportunity to visit a temple in the afternoon that also gives a panoramic view of the Kathmandu valley. In the evening we will enjoy a team dinner and briefings on the rest of the expeditions.

Accommodation: Hotel Dream Nepal, Kathmandu (Twin Share)

Day 2 - Kathmandu

Following a leisurely sleep in we will regroup in the hotel’s breakfast room where we will enjoy an extensive breakfast section before heading out to explore Nepal. Today we will introduce you to the Seven Women Organisation, we will have an opportunity to here their story of success, view their documentary, join them for a local cooking class and yummy lunch, as well as participate in a local language class. A fabulous opportunity for students to ask questions on culture and to learn local customs to help them to act respectful towards locals throughout our journey.

Seven Women Organisation

Young Australian social entrepreneur Stephanie Woollard began Seven Women at only 22, after meeting seven disabled women operating out of a tin shed in Kathmandu struggling to make a living and enduring harsh discrimination. With her last $200, she paid for trainers to up skill the women to produce products for sale locally and abroad - and so Seven Women was born.

Since 2006, Seven Women has built a team of fantastic people, that have been working to set Seven Women Australia up as a fundraising arm and sales channel for our ever growing operation in Nepal. Seven Women Nepal's focus is on empowering marginalized Nepalese women through equipping them with the skills and the know how to thrive. Eleven years after her first encounter with the seven women that started it all, over 5,000 women have been educated, trained and employed transforming their lives and their communities.

Lower Seti River

Day 3 to 5 - Lower Seti River

With an early morning start we begin our 5 hour drive to the Lower Seti River. On arrival we enjoy a local lunch at the put in before fitting out our kayaks and heading down to the river.

The Lower Seti River rises on the south east slopes of Machhapuchhre and passing through two beautiful and contrasting scenic areas this unique river has a thermal inflow making it one of Nepals warmest rivers. The river starts very gently with simple river current and small waves of class I-II gradually increasing in intensity to class III on the final day. It is an excellent learning environment or playground for warming up on Nepals rivers. As a teaching river it is suitable for skill progressions from the very beginner to intermediate kayakers.

Lower Seti
Lower Seti

At the take out of the Lower Seti we have only a short 45 min drive to our luxury accommodation in Chitwan where we will enjoy hot showers, superb meals and beautiful views over local farm land.

Accommodation: Sapana Village Lodge, Chitwan
Day 6 - Chitwan National Park by Jeep Safari

Chitwan National Park is in the subtropical Inner Terai lowlands of south-central Nepal and just a short 45 min driver from the end of the lower Seti River. The first national park in Nepal, it was established in 1973 and granted the status of a World Heritage Site in 1984. It covers an area of 932 km² and the districts of Nawalparasi, Parsa, Chitwan and Makwanpur.

Chitwan National Parrk is home to 68 species of mammals, 544 species of birds, 56 species of herpetofauna and 126 species of fish. The park is especially renowned for its protection of One Horned Rhinoceros, Royal Bengal Tiger and Gharial Crocodile.

We offer exceptional experiences in Chitwan National Park by Jeep Safari as Join Adventures does not support the use of elephants for tourism

Day 7 - Sunset over the Himalaya's

Today we travel to Pokhara to enjoy views of the Himalayas. From our accommodation we have uninterrupted panoramic views of the Himalayan Annapurna Range. Tented accommodation will be provided for students with several shared rooms available for school staff to enjoy. A perfect location for students to take some space and enjoy the view in some solo time, or get the volley ball or soccer ball out for some fun before settling in for sunset over the Himalayas. Our beautiful accommodation hosts a spectacular garden and local restaurant. Students may wish to journey to the local village and small shops with a school staff member.

Learn to eat the local way

Day 8 - Explore Pokhara

Today we wake up for sunrise over the Himalayas, enjoy a morning yoga session with a private Yoga Instructor before heading to breakfast with that amazing view!

Buddhist Stuper above Pokhara

Walking down the hill (A proximately 2 hours down hill walking from 1500m to 800m altitude) we enjoy views over Lake Phewa, across to the Buddhist Stuper and all of Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara we take a moment to enjoy tea from a local shop before catching a bus to the mountain museum. On arrival back to Pokhara we enjoy a team lunch before familiarising the team with the Lakeside area. (One street) We will set boundaries and give safety briefing before letting the students explore the local shops in groups of 4. School staff will be able to enjoy a complementary massage at Jiva Café and some of the best Smoothies in Nepal! One of our leadership staff will remain on call at an easy to find location while students are on free time in Pokhara. We ask that a teacher is also available on call at this time and therefore we will stager the complimentary massages.

Tonight we have two options. If the outdoor movie garden is showing a suitable film we will head there for a pizza and movie night with pre dinner snacks as the sunsets over Phewa Lake. If there is no suitable films we will return to accommodation to once again have the opportunity to watch the sunset over the Himalayas. Tonight we will return to our accommodation by private bus/car

Day 9 to 12 - Kaligandaki River

One of the famous rafting and kayaking rivers of Nepal due to the spectacularly beautiful deep gorges. Kaligandaki is one of Nepals holy rivers and the section we paddle remains largely unspoiled. Over 60 Km Kaligandaki offers approximately grade II to III rapids another two four rapids ranging from III+ to IV depending on water levels. All rapids can be portaged with students easily walking along the banks and our guides running the kayaks down the river to save students carrying. We recommend that these four rapids are portaged by school group unless students are regularly paddling class IV.

Beach Camps

Day one often treats us to views of the snow-capped Himalayas and as we paddle deeper into the gorges of Kaligandaki we are immersed in authentic villages, temples, waterfalls, lush green valleys, amazing wildlife and gorgeous sandy beaches.

On day 12 we will reach our take out before lunch, pack the bus and enjoy a final goodbye lunch with our local crew before boarding the bus with our Leadership Team and returning to Kathmandu. (Leadership Team Includes our Nepali Trip Leader)

Day 13 - Departure Day, Kathmandu

Enjoying our last breakfast together we will do any last minute shopping as time permits before our Leadership Team accompanies the team to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure back to Australia.

Community

Join Adventures Community Fund create opportunities for our team and local communities. $100 from every participant on every expedition is added to our community fund to support the goals, dreams and families of our local paddling community. To learn more about our community programs visit www.joinadventures.com/community

Additional Safety

  • Satellite Phone
  • Accompanied by Nepali Trip Leader for full expedition. Allowing fast and accurate communication in both English and Nepali in the event of an Emergency
  • All Expedition crew speak both English and Nepali.
  • Expedition designed by Laura Oakley, Australian Outdoor Educator with more than 16 years in the outdoor industry and 7 years of commercial river guiding in raft and kayak. Laura will also volunteer her time to attend this program with the group.
  • Dedicated team on call 24 hours a day in Nepal to assist the group with any needs.
  • Private Transport
  • High instructor to participant ratios: 1 Kayak Instructor per every 2 Kayak participants & minimum of 1 Safety Kayaker for every Raft.
  • International name brand ISO certified rafting & kayaking equipment including full personal outfitting from essential paddles, helmets & life jackets to cags, dry bags, pelican boxes (Wetsuits can be hired at an additional charge)
  • Extensive First Aid Kit
  • All Nepali Guides are internationally qualified in rafting, safety kayaking, swift water rescue and wilderness first aid.

Cost $2500 USD

Including

  • Equiptment hire (Kayaks, Raft, Paddles & personal safety equiptment)
  • All Meals
  • All Transport
  • All Accommodation
  • Additional Activities; Cooking & Language Classes, Jeep Safari, Yoga, Entry to museums and other venues.
  • Gear boats to carry all equiptment
  • Guitar and madle (local drum) for playing on the river.

Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance. Participants must have travel Insurance that covers all activities on the expedition.
  • Personal items, snacks and shopping

For more information or to make a booking email joinadventures@outlook.com

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