hi guys my names Kurt, I'm from Perth Australia, this i probably going to be a long post/questions, so sorry in advance.
so I'm planning to go to Nepal starting in December of 2016 (i will be traveling alone), i want to start my trip with 6 weeks of volunteering at an orphanage, for this part of my trip i am basically organized and know what i need and how it will work, but after this leg i want to do the trek to base camp, and some other sight seeing. The way i was thinking of working it was booking a hotel from mid January to mid to late February, in Kathmandu. probably somewhere cheap but decent, from Kathmandu i have heard i will be able to meet with and find a good guide and porter, although im not sure how exactly to find them? I am hoping to spend the first week, if not less, doing this, then doing the trek, leaving some of my extra belongings, which i dont require on the trek, in my hotel (if there is a cheaper or easier way of holding my extra stuff while i do the trek that someone knows of please do advise me of this).
After i complete the trek i have allowed an extra week and a bit in Nepal, firstly in case there are delays in organizing, getting to, during, or getting back from the trek. Secondly, with this time i am hoping to do a little more sight seeing, recovering, and things along those lines, I'm interested in seeing the more cultural, religious and beautiful sides of Nepal, any suggestions would be amazing :) i was just planning on staying at the same hotel which i left my baggage at during the trek (I have not decided on a specific hotel, but am thinking somewhere in Kathmandu)
Basically i was just wondering what peoples thoughts or suggested changes are, to this plan, I've been doing constant research the last few days and have been interested in doing this for years. i am running on a relatively tight schedule when I'm there (if you can call 11 weeks tight, but i cant go over that due to university commitments), and have a relatively small but healthy budget (after things like the volunteering, trek, hotel and flights) but dont really have a problem going over the budget to make the holiday a once in a lifetime trip.
thanks in advance to anyone who can help :)