Pristine Nepal Treks & Expedition has been coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal since its established. Many of our clients ask for volunteering. They would like to help needy people of Nepal while they travel to Nepal. Whenever they search for helping people as a volunteer they always find NGOs and INGOs who charge big money for it. So we thought of why this cannot be free. They will help. They will contribute to needy people. Since we started to coordinate for free volunteering in Nepal. We built up a homepage for free volunteering https://free-volunteering-nepal.org/ and of course, many people started to come here.
Volunteers pay for their food and accommodation only. We have fixed that as well. This is very cheap. They pay USD 10 per day per person in Kathmandu directly to the host family. The host family provides at least two times Nepali food, accommodation, wifi in a day. And volunteers pay Nepali Rupee 800 (USD 8) per day per person directly to the host family on the mountain. The host family provides at least two times of food and accommodation in a day.
You are requested to respect Nepali culture and custom. You have to enter the host family house before 9:00 in the evening.
On the other hand, most of the volunteers come with us for free volunteering and the most important thing is they do some trekking or tour because they are in Nepal and Nepal is most attractive and appealing nature for the traveler. And it is not sure they will get a chance to come to Nepal only for traveling. So now, we decided to provide free volunteering + package tour. We will provide this free volunteering only them who buy at least a package tour from us.
We have a very short and sweet and cheap package trip for those volunteers. You may choose any of them. At the moment we have four different packages:
free volunteering + Rafting in Trishuli River
free volunteering + Kathmandu heritage tour
free volunteering + Chitwan Jungle Safari
free volunteering + Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek
This package is designed only for volunteer.
Ghorepani Poon Hill Trek is the most popular short trek into the Annapurna Region also known as Annapurna Sunrise Trekking, or Annapurna Panorama Trekking. Situated at an altitude of 3210m this area is famous for fascinating traditional villages, ethnic communities & rhododendron forests. Poonhill offers you the magnificent 360-degree panorama views of huge Himalayas including Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, III, and IV, Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak, Dhampus peak, Lamjung Himal, Gangapurna, and Manaslu ranges among few others.
This Ghorepani Poonhill trek requires only a moderate level of fitness to complete; the max elevation is 3,210 meters (the risk of altitude sickness is minimum)
What is the best time for Poonhill Trek?
Due to its location at a lower altitude, this is a perfect place for trekking throughout the year. However, autumn ( September to November ) is considered to be the best time as this is a peak season for trekking in Nepal. But you have to be well-prepared during this period as the trekking trails are busy with lots of visitors.
March to May (Spring Season) is also considered to be the best time as the days are warm & sunny. The vegetation is in full bloom at this time of year. It offers a beautiful view of the Rhododendron forest. You will fall in love with blooming Rhododendron. There is no rain during this time and the skies will be clear. June to September is a monsoon season & during this time the snow-capped mountains are stunning in the mornings after a night of rain. During this time not many other trekkers visit this area so you do not have to worry about accommodation. The trails are open during the winter season (December to February ) too however warm clothing is a must as temperatures will drop to freezing in the mornings and evenings.
Our Social Activities
We are coordinating for free volunteering in Nepal as well. And we are supporting to needy people of Nepal through our trekking agency. We are helping some students with their school expenses back on the mountain. You may check those of our social activities on the free volunteering page.
Early morning you will wait for the bus in Kathmandu bus park & head to Nayapul via Pokhara. You will change to public jeep from Nayapul & drive to Tikhedhunga. Rest & overnight stay at the lodge.
Early morning after your breakfast, you will trek to Ghorepani ( 2,750 m ) with a climb on series of stone steps (3200 steps)for an hour or more to reach Ulleri village, a moderate size Magar village with typical traditional Nepalese style slated roofs built of mud/stones. From here walk leads to a slow climb into pristine and cool rhododendron forest area to reach Ghorepani village, located on a high ridge within beautiful rhododendron trees. This village populated by Poon people of Magar tribe, famous and popular spot for Poon Hill view top which is an hour hike with a climb.
Rest & overnight stay in the hotel.
Early before the sunrise, you will hike to the top at Poon Hill ( 3,210 m ) to catch the striking sunrise over a range of Himalayan peaks of world 7th highest Dhaulagiri-10th highest Annapurna with a range of peaks includes world 8th highest Manaslu with towering Machhapuchare peak “Fish Tail”. After an enjoyable and exciting time with eye-catching views from Poon Hill, you will come back to Ghorepani for breakfast & trek to Ghandruk. Ghandruk is one of the biggest villages of Gurung people. Ghorepani to Ghandruk (1939m, 6-7 hours walking) and then overnight stay in at the lodge.
After your breakfast, catching tremendous mountain panorama, our final walk leads downhill to the road head at Phedi for the drive back to picturesque Pokhara. You will arrive Pokhara within 2.5-3 hours & explore the beautiful Pokhara all day.
Rest & overnight stay in a hotel.
After your breakfast, you will drive back to Kathmandu. Day rest & in the evening you can enjoy the nightlife of Thamel. Overnight stay in a hotel.