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My experience with We Volunteer Nepal – Sam & Bess
My adventure in Nepal with my best friend started with a car ride from Kathmandu airport into the suburbs of the bustling city. Bhagawan and Santosh greeted us warmly, and we began our journey to the volunteer home. We spent two nights in Kathmandu before heading to Pokhara for the 5 day trek to Poon Hill. Our time at the volunteer house was great – the families were hospitable, the rooms were comfortable and the food was sensational. We were served traditional dhal bhaat, along with some amazing spicy side dishes.
Our time in Kathmandu was a cultural whirlwind of exciting experiences. We visited Patan and learnt about its history from a knowledgeable guide, explored the streets of Thamel and made many friends along the way. Bhagawan and Santosh transported us all around the city, recommending places to visit and shops to buy our hiking gear. Our Pokhara trekking itinerary had also been planned for us, and everything had been organised perfectly – our trekking guide, accommodation and food while on the trek, and transport to and from the trekking location.
Our journey in Pokhara was incredible, from the spectacular views offered by the bus ride to the phenomenal trekking experience. When we arrived in Pokhara we were picked up by Saroj, our trekking guide, who warmly introduced himself and gave us details about the hike. The next 5 days were filled with the most breathtaking views I had ever seen. Although the days were quite long and tiring, especially when we had to hike steeply uphill for a few hours, it was all well worth it. The days were spent hiking at our own pace, stopping off at small villages for some tea or freshly cooked lunch. The nights were spent in cosy tea-houses run by local families, who were all extremely welcoming, and happy to have us! Reaching the top of Poon Hill felt like such a huge accomplishment, and was such a stunning sight. Both the ascent and descent were equally as beautiful and joyful. We met many trekkers along the way, some with similar journeys, and some very different. Trekking was such a fulfilling and enriching experience – I definitely recommend to any traveller who is fit and able.
Throughout our journey in Pokhara, Bhagawan kept in regular contact with us to make sure everything was running smoothly, which was very comforting. When it was time to head back to Kathmandu, Bhagawan organised our bus tickets and was waiting at the bus stop to pick us up. Our adventure ended with another spectacular day in the vibrant Kathmandu, exploring the streets, sampling Nepali delicacies, meeting the locals, and saying our goodbyes to the wonderful people who housed us and kept us safe during our trip. Thank you to you all!

Posted: April 1, 2015