Experience Nepal

North South East and West - Nepal

Only $650 per week!

Experience Nepal in four weeks with the Nepalese culture, people and adventure!

During the four-week program, you will get to experience Kathmandu, Annapurna and Chitwan districts through varied and action-packed activities. Scheduled for the month are days of sightseeing, cultural and language lessons, five days of hard trekking, white-water rafting, five days of community work in one of our projects and much, much more!

Culture
Learning
Leisure
Community Engagement
Physical Demand






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Program Description

As part of this unique Nepalese experience, you will work with local communities on teaching projects. You will visit really interesting places, such as the Swoyambhunath Buddhist temple and the vast Royal Chitwan National Park.

Enjoy a rafting adventure down the Trisuli River, a village hike in rural Kathmandu, a rewarding 5 day trek up Poon Hill from which you will see some of the most breathtaking mountain ranges in the world, body and mind sessions with Yoga and Meditation, not to mention visits to the local markets and some great cultural introduction sessions.

What is included in the program

  • Airport transfers as per the policy – Airport Pickup in Kathmandu – Tribhuvan International Airport
  • Presence of a dedicated program coordinator throughout your travel, at the projects and facilities- Logistical management support in case of emergencies
  • Authentic Nepali meals and European (breakfast, lunch, dinner) for the duration of the entire program as per the meal plan
  • Accommodation at hotels, tea houses, and at our accommodation facility – Shared accommodation
  • Local transportation to all venues
  • Entry fees to all places
  • Extensive pre-departure information
  • Overland public local transportation

What is excluded in the program

  • Personal expenses such as table drinks, room service items, laundry, telephone calls, tips, portage at hotels or airport, bottles of water during your road travel etc.
  • Any additional expenses caused by or liability for the disturbance in the program due to circumstances, weather conditions, sickness, natural disasters, riots etc.
  • Liability for or insurance against injury, loss of life, accidents or loss of goods.
  • Our program does not cover any liability and does not insure participants. Participants must have appropriate insurance before joining the program.
  • Any camera fee where applicable.
  • Any service not specified above.

Few things to consider when you are with us!

  • Returning to the accommodation after your personal trips before 22.00 every day
  • You will not be allowed to hire any vehicle on your own
  • Consumption of alcohol inside the accommodation is strictly prohibited
  • Respect and adhere to our code of conduct
  • Our staff is there to support you, guide you and make your trip memorable. We kindly request you to follow their instructions at all times
  • You will not be allowed to bring outsiders inside our centers/guest houses or hotels

Aims & Objectives

The aim of this program is to bring you closer to authentic Nepal. Through different projects and activities, you will get to truly immerse yourself in the culture, customs and lifestyle.

Schedule

Week 1

Day 1: Monday

Rituals, sign the documents, do's and don'ts and an assignment

Day 2: Tuesday

Language, cross culture introduction, tour to Swoyambhunath followed by a movie night

Day 3: Wednesday

Yoga and meditation session, a cooking class & Scavanger Hunt

Day 4: Thursday

Presentation of Scavanger hunt, Kritipur Tour followed by a Cultural Night

Day 5: Friday

Hiking

Day 6: Saturday

Free time for you to relax.

Day 7: Sunday

Free time for you to relax.

Week 2

Day 8: Monday

Drive to Charaudi and start White water rafting

Day 9: Tuesday

Continue rafting, drive to Chitwan

Day 10: Wednesday

Jungle activities

Day 11: Thursday

Jungle activities

Day 12: Friday

Drive to Pokhara – visit lake side and get necessary items for trekking.

Day 13: Saturday

Free time for you to relax.

Day 14: Sunday

Drive to Nayapul and trek for 3 to 4 hours to Tirkhedhunga.

Week 3

Day 15: Monday

Trek to Ghodepani for 6 to 7 hours (steps uphill)

Day 16: Tuesday

Get up early in the morning to see the sun rise at Poon Hill and trek to Tadapani for 5 hours

Day 17: Wednesday

Trek about 6 hours to Tolka via Ghandruk – Landruk

Day 18: Thursday

Trek about 5 to 6 hours to Phedi and drive to Pokhara enjoy the massage

Day 19: Friday

Drive back to Kathmandu by tourist bus for about 8 hours

Day 20: Saturday

Free time for you to relax.

Day 21: Sunday

Free time for you to relax.

Week 4

Day 22-26: Monday to Friday

Community Work in Kathmandu

You will get the chance to give back to Nepal by helping out in some of our projects. Your options to choose from:

  • Teaching in Local Schools
  • Renovation projects
  • Organic Farm/Community Development

Day 27: Saturday

Transfer to Tribhuvan Int'l airport

   Note:   This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

   Note:   Weekly program lineup may be changed depending on various conditions on ground.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age: 18

Maximum age: 65

Minimum English level: Basic

CRB required: On Signup

Passport copy required: On Signup

Resume copy required: No

Required qualification: None

Additional Requirements

Due to the nature of the program, a decent level of fitness is required.

Additional Equipment

We recommend following equipment and items to pack for your trekking trip.

For head

  • Sun Hat / baseball cap
  • Fleece/Wool hat (to cover ears) for winter
  • Sunglasses & reading glasses
  • Scarf to cover face (dust/wind)

For lower Body

  • Under garments
  • Hiking shorts – 1
  • Lightweight walking pants – 1
  • Light weight thermal leggings – winter
  • Fleece or tracksuit pants

For Feet

  • Thin cotton inner socks
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Sandals
  • Walking poles

For Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight thermal tops – winter
  • Fleece long shelve tops
  • Down vest/jacket – winter
  • Poncho rain cover

For Hands

  • Lightweight fleece gloves – winter
  • Playing card
  • Trail map & guide book

For Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Pillow slip/case

Medical Kit

  • See your Doctor for complete medical kit Including Dimox – for high elevation

Accessories

  • Headlamp & spare batteries
  • Dry packs
  • Open neck water bottles
  • Watch with light & alarm
  • Pack cover
  • Day pack
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries & Personal Hygiene
  • 1x quick dry towel & face cloth
  • Shampoo & Conditioner                  
  • Toothbrush & paste (biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose wipes (face & body)
  • Deodorant
  • Face & Body moisturizer
  • Nail clippers/file
  • Small comb/brush
  • Clothes washing soap (biodegradable)
  • Toilet paper (you can buy more on trek)
  • Anti-Bacterial wipes (4x packs)
  • Hand sanitizer (small bottle)
  • Sun block face/body high UV protection
  • Lip block with UV protection
  • Feminine hygiene products

Extra Items

  • Camera & extra batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Reading books
  • Journal & pen                          
  • Energy/protein bars
  • Walkman & Steripen

***Make sure to pack no heavier than 15kg after fully packed.***

Location

A route that takes you from Kathmandu to Chitwan and then into beautiful Pokhara and then further to Poon Hill and back to Kathmandu.

About the Accommodation

Along the route you will have overnight stays in hotels/tea houses. More information can be found inside the schedule.

Food Arrangements

Mostly Nepalese style dishes (vegetarian and chicken) will be served during the trip.

Facilities

Along the route – but not at all times – there are ATMs and small local stores. Please make sure you have enough money with you before starting the trip.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

You’ll be on a busy schedule.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal

Population: 28.98 million

Capital: Kathmandu

Language: Nepali

Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)

Time zone: UTC +5:45

Country Information

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12' east longitude and between 26 22' and 30 27' north latitude, Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Climate

Weather conditions in Nepal vary from region to region. Summer and late spring temperatures range from about 28C in the hill region of the country to more than 40C in the Terai. In the winter, the average maximum and minimum temperatures in the Terai range from a brisk 7C to mild 23C. The central valleys experience a minimum temperature often falling below the freezing point and a chilly 12C maximum. Much colder temperatures prevail at higher elevations. The Kathmandu Valley has a mild climate, ranging from 19 to 27C in the summer and 2 to 20C in the winter. In the winter, it only snows in the high elevations, around 9,000 feet. In the highest elevations, it snows year-round. The monsoon can last from mid-June to mid-August although the majority of the rain arrives in July.

Winter: From December to February, the mornings and evenings will be cold; in the daytime, you will be fine with a sweater or thin jacket.

Spring: From March to May is the best time to be in Nepal as it is neither hot nor cold. However, it does get quite windy.

Summer: June to August. Hot, humid and monsoon season.

Fall: Very pleasant and mild weather. It gets a bit windy but you will be fine with a sweater or a jacket.

Culture

Nepal's many ethnic groups are as varied as its land with their own languages and cultures. A wide variety of ethnic groups occupy the mid-hills. In the Kathmandu Valley the major population that we find is Newars, whose culture and artistry have earned them an international reputation. The Sherpas are known as tough mountain climbers. Brahmins and Chhetris are scattered over the hills and valleys, and Tamangs are found in the districts around the Kathmandu Valley. The Rais, Limbu, Gurung, Magars of the mid-hills have earned fame as Gurkha soldiers. Lowland ethnic groups such as Maithili, Bhojpuri, and Tharu enhance the colorful mosaic. The population of Nepal is about 28.98 million.

Transportation

Local Bus

One of the cheapest ways to get around Nepal. However, you get what you pay for! They are often crowded (and not just with people, sometimes even goats!). Most buses don’t depart until they get filled up, so it is not a good idea for those who have a tight schedule.

Tourist Bus

These are slightly more expensive than local buses but also more comfortable. Greenline buses offer routers between Kathmandu, Chitwan, Lumbini and Pokhara. It is recommended to book in advance to make sure you get a seat.

Taxis

Taxis are either private taxis as in any other cities or “10 Rupee” taxis, which are public. This means they don’t leave a place until they are full. The name, “10 Rupee taxis” does not mean they cost 10 Rupee! Do feel free to bargain

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