University Charity Trek Challenge and Community Project
Add extra meaning to your university holiday by taking part in our charity challenge trek and community project in Nepal. Raise money to support the work of the ADM Nepal Charitable Trust as you travel to Nepal, explore Kathmandu, trek through the Himalayas to Annapurna Base Camp, try your hand at white-water rafting and live with a local family whilst volunteering on a worthwhile community project. With such a variety of exciting activities crammed into a 4-week period, you will come away with many great memories, the satisfaction of completing a spectacular 10-day trek and the knowledge that all of your hard work and fundraising efforts have contributed to the important work of a small charitable trust.
Oyster Worldwide is offering students the fantastic opportunity to raise money for the ADM Nepal Charitable Trust (registered charity no. 1168417) by participating in a fundraising charity trek challenge and community project in the beautiful Himalayan region of Nepal.
You will begin your 30-day charity adventure in Nepal with a traditional welcome and project introduction, before heading out into the historic city of Kathmandu on a guided tour of the fascinating world heritage sites that this city has to offer.
The following day you will be transferred to Pokhara, a beautiful lakeside town in the heart of the Annapurna Range, from where you will begin your 10 day trek through the Himalayan foothills and up to the iconic Annapurna Base Camp. This trek is one of the most popular in the region – there are few other treks that combine so many different landscapes in such a short period of time. During the course of the trek, you will walk alongside terraced rice paddies, lush rhododendron forests and high altitude landscapes, visit remote mountain villages and temples, and stay in small trekking lodges, all against the backdrop of the spectacular Annapurna Range. Check out our full itinerary for a breakdown of the route and more details.
On your return to Pokhara, you will have a free day to relax, recover and explore. You could hire a boat for an afternoon on the lake, walk along the lakeside up to the Peace Pagoda, browse the many small tourist shops or even take the chance to view the spectacular mountain landscape from the air whilst paragliding over the area.
The next day, embark on another adventure as you begin a two day rafting trip, before driving back to Kathmandu to enjoy a final day of leisure and find out more about your community project. The following morning, you’ll be on the road early, heading out to your host families to join your respective community projects in the villages.
You will spend the next 11 days volunteering on your community project – the exact nature of this work will be determined once you arrive, but it is likely to include physical tasks as well as organising various extra curricula activities for school children aged 10-16. Whilst volunteering, you will be staying with local host families and sharing their meals with them, giving you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in Nepali culture and experience the warmth of Nepali hospitality.
If you choose, you will have the option to spend the final three days of the community project on a yoga retreat, before being transferred back to Kathmandu for your last two days of leisure in the city. If you’re a real adrenaline junkie, there’s even the opportunity to try a bungy jump before you return home!
About the ADM Nepal Charitable Trust
The ADM Nepal Charitable Trust supports disadvantaged children and young adults in Nepal through sponsorship and grants, and by assisting local organisations to provide food, medical care and education, helping young people to improve their quality of life, and go on to secure good employment in the future.
The Trust supports a number of projects in Nepal. The money raised on this charity challenge will be donated to the Children’s Aid Centre (CAC), a Nepali based charity run by retired teachers. This money will be spent on funding school places for children, sponsoring teachers to remain in education, medical care, school uniform and school building projects, such as new classrooms and toilet blocks.
The price includes a £500 donation to this incredible charity per person. However, there is no upper limit on donations and we encourage participants to raise additional money for this excellent cause through sponsorship for the trek, or any other means.
Accommodation and food
Whilst in Kathmandu and Pokhara you will stay in simple, but comfortable, hotels. Whilst trekking, you will stay in the best available lodges each night, and whilst volunteering on the community project you will enjoy comfortable accommodation with a local host family. During the rafting trip, you will be camping by the riverside.
When staying in Kathmandu and Pokhara, your breakfast is included but you will need to budget for your own lunch and dinner. In our experience, trekkers enjoy the flexibility of being able to choose their meals, therefore we exclude meals from the cost of the trek so that you can eat according to your budget and preferred taste. A budget of £13 per day should be ample. When staying with your host family, you will be sharing all meals with them, so all food is included for this section of the challenge. Meals are also provided during the white water rafting.
Why choose Oyster for your charity challenge?
We are experts on Nepal, having been involved in sending students there since 2001. We have been working with our partner in Kathmandu, Basant, since the beginning. Over the years, Basant has hosted many university RAG challenges from universities such as Oxford, Leeds and Durham. We know what is important to students when it comes to RAG trips overseas and we can work with you to make this challenge unique.
You can be sure that we work with the best people in Nepal. Our team is ISO Certified (9001:2015) and was involved in formulating the policy around Sustainable Tourism and Responsible Travel. In reality, this means that the guides and porters we work with are all paid above the industry norm and are provided with medical and accidental insurance. Having our own staff work on all of our treks means that we can also maintain a high quality and highly trained staff.
How does the pricing work?
We keep our costs low and pass on this saving to you, the participant. Our price includes a £500 per person donation to the charity. Anything you raise above and beyond the cost of the challenge will be paid directly to ADM Charitable Trust.
- Challenge yourself as you trek through spectacular Himalayan scenery and complete part of one of the best long-distance treks in the world – the Annapurna Circuit.
- Experience full immersion into Nepali culture whilst staying with a local family and be welcomed into the community as you give up your time to volunteer on a worthwhile project.
- Make new, international friendships, and strengthen bonds with your university team-mates, as you face, and overcome, challenges together.
- Explore the beautiful world heritage sites and bustling streets of historic Kathmandu.
- Enjoy relaxing in beautiful lakeside Pokhara, and experience the thrills of white water rafting.
Whyshould I do this?
The ADM Nepal Charitable Trust is a small charity with a hugely important and worthwhile cause which really needs all the support it can get. By taking part in our charity trek challenge and community project, not only will you be able to create incredible memories and experience life in a very different country, but you will also be able to give extra meaning to your time in Nepal by helping some of the most disadvantaged children here get a better start in life. With such a variety of brilliant activities and experiences crammed into a 4-week period, this challenge certainly helps you to make the most of your time in Nepal, and with charity fundraising and volunteering underpinning it all, it really is an excellent way to spend part of your summer holiday.
As with all of Oyster’s trips, you can be confident of safe, well-organised travel and a great personal service from Jon, the Destination Manager for Nepal. He will be happy to chat through your group’s needs to make sure that you have the best experience possible. Our prices are extremely competitive due to the fact that we have direct and longstanding links with are trekking partners, enabling us to keep prices down without compromising on quality.
Your return flights between London and Kathmandu are included in the cost of the challenge. We are an ATOL bonded company so you will get the highest level of financial protection available.
You will be met at Kathmandu airport by our representative, Basant, and transferred to the hotel in the city centre where you will spend your first couple of nights.
All of your transport within the country is included, and you will be transferred as a group from one location to the next.
Basant has been our representative since 2001 and has over a decade of experience in dealing with our trekkers, volunteers and host families. He is based in Kathmandu and runs all of the orientation and briefing sessions before handing you over to one of the experienced guides who will be leading your trek. Later he will introduce you to your host families and community projects, and be on hand to answer any questions or queries that you might have throughout the duration of your stay.
What is provided
- First class support from our UK office throughout the preparation for your trip and whilst you are away
- Access to your personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the programme and manage your booking
- Return flights between London and Kathmandu
- Airport transfers and all necessary transport during your trip
- Hotel stays in Kathmandu (7 nights) and Pokhara (2 nights) on twin sharing bed and breakfast basis
- Accommodation in good quality lodges en-route during trek
- Host family accommodation and all meals whilst you volunteer on the community project
- 1 half-day guided sightseeing tour of the world heritage sites in Kathmandu, including transport and entrance fees
- 10-day trek with a well-respected trekking organisation with experienced guides and full insurance
- 2 day river rafting tour (including a night camping on the river bank and all meals)
- Porters during the trek (weight max. 15kg per person)
- National park fees
- £500 per person donation to The ADM Nepal Charitable Trust
- Support from Basant, our local representative, who will meet you at the airport and offer help and support when you need it during your time in Nepal
- Oyster Trekking kit bag for each person
- Personalised Oyster Worldwide t-shirt
- Oyster luggage tag
- Financial protection through ATOL
What do I need
- Any home country travel costs
- Travel insurance (this must be appropriate for a trekking holiday, and cover paragliding and bungy jumping if you intend to do these activities – optional)
- All meals during the trek (budget approx. £13 per day); lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Personal expenses (laundry, bar bills, etc.)
- Nepal Visa fee (approx US$40 for up to 30 days)
- Gratuities for staff
- Optional extra cost of paragliding: £125 per person
- Optional extra cost of bungy jumping: £125 per person
- Optional extra cost of 3 day yoga retreat: £179 per person