Discover Nepal offers an incredible opportunity to experience the richness of this country's culture, history and scenery across three amazing locations. Starting in the temple-dotted capital of Kathmandu, you'll also spend time in Pokhara and Chitwan National Park. All in the shadow of those breathtaking Himalaya mountains.

Every day is packed with awesomeness, but some of our highlights are:

City tour of crazy Kathmandu
See the Himalayas with your own two eyes!
Get off the beaten track and meet authentic Nepali Communities
Relax in the stunning lakeside town of Pokhara
Explore the jungles of Chitwan National Park
Embrace a beautiful culture
Connect with a community at our projects, or trek through the stunning Annapurna mountain range
 Dig in - eat your Daal Bhat like the locals (with your hands)
 Meet the children of Shining Stars who we support

Nepal Children

TOUR COST

With 12 (15 trekking) persons per group MAX! The exact cost of this tour is US $1997. This goes towards covering everything from in-country transport and accommodation to project fees and tour related activities (we really do cram it in!). Please note that your international flights are not included.

To secure your spot you pay a deposit of US $250 (you can then pay the rest in weekly instalments or 90 days before the tour).

**Please note there is a US $200 supplement for the trekking option

Dhaulagiri Backdrop

FAST FACTS

Locations: Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan National Park
Tour Length: 14 days
Tour Cost: $1997 (volunteering) $2197 (trekking)
Start Date: The tour will start in Kathmandu on Thursday
Finish Date: The tour will end in Kathmandu on Wednesday, 14 days after your start date
Arrival Airport: Kathmandu (Tribhuvan) International Airport (KTM)
Departure Airport: Kathmandu International Airport (KTM)
Group Size: Maximum of 12 pax for volunteering and 15 pax for trekking
Minimum age: 18 
Going Solo?: Over 70% of those on our tours start off as solo travellers
Available dates: Click here for dates

AVAILABLE DATES


7 March 2019
9 trekking spots left
4 volunteering spots left

4 April 2019
9 trekking spots left
5 volunteering spots left

2 May 2019
13 trekking spots left
10 volunteering spots left

6 June 2019
14 trekking spots left
10 volunteering spots left

5 September 2019
14 trekking spots left
12 volunteering spots left

3 October 2019
7 trekking spots left
1 volunteering spots left

7 November 2019
14 trekking spots left
9 volunteering spots left

5 December 2019
13 trekking spots left
11 volunteering spots left

2 January 2020
15 trekking spots left
12 volunteering spots left

6 February 2020
15 trekking spots left
12 volunteering spots left

5 March 2020
14 trekking spots left
12 volunteering spots left

2 April 2020
15 trekking spots left
11 volunteering spots left

7 May 2020
15 trekking spots left
12 volunteering spots left

4 June 2020
14 trekking spots left
11 volunteering spots left

3 September 2020
12 trekking spots left
5 volunteering spots left


Mountains Nepal

WHAT'S INCLUDED

- All accommodation
- All in-country transport
- 24/7 support from our experienced local guides
- All tour activities included in the itinerary
- Heaps of meals!
- Project donation
- Full pre-departure support from our ace travel coordinators
- A flashy Travel Hack packed full of helpful advice

Nepal Tooth Cleaning

ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS

Whilst in Kathmandu, Pokhara City and Chitwan you will be staying in comfortable guest houses with hot showers, western bathrooms and air-conditioning. Rooms will be twin to quad shared.

Volunteering option: 

For those doing the volunteering option you will be staying in a traditional homestay living with one of the families in the village. Rooms will be twin sharing with single beds and Nepali style mattresses. Traditional washing facilities and bathrooms will be available. No aircon, hot water or WIFI. It is a very authentic but magical experience. 

Trekking option:

For those doing the trekking option the housing will be more basic and you will be staying at Tea Houses. You will be sharing a room that will have single beds with hard mattresses and pillows. It is essential you bring a sleeping bag along with you. All housing will have a communal outside toilet. 

Internet:

WiFi is available in Kathmandu, Pokhara city, Chitwan and in some teahouses during the trekking. There is no WIFI during your volunteering in the village.

Laundry:

You can use the local laundry services that are quick, cheap and good in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Nepal

Itinerary

DAY 1 (THURSDAY): ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU 

Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel. As today is arrival day, our team will be busy working between the guesthouse and the airport. This means once you've been picked up and you're checked into the guesthouse, the remainder of the day is free for you to do as you please; catch up on your sleep, check in on Facebook or get out and explore the local area.

In the evening, there will be a very informal get-together for those who are already here. This is a great way to break the ice, over a cold beer and chat about just how insanely excited you are to be in Nepal!

DAY 2 (FRIDAY): PATAN CITY TOUR 

After breakfast, we'll have a group orientation. This will be a chance for our team to run through the itinerary with you and answer any of your burning questions. We'll take you through the day to day stuff, explain more about the group split on day 4, give you a few hints and tips on culture, customs and traditions and make sure that you're set to get the most from your time with us.

There will also be a quick briefing especially for the trekkers today. One of the key points of this briefing is to make sure you have everything you need. If you're missing anything that's deemed important, there'll be time to find it and buy it locally.

After we have discussed all we need to, we'll head out for a tour of the fascinating Patan. We'll also take you for a visit of the incredible Shining Stars Children's Home where we will join the children for a tradition welcome meal. There are so many success stories behind the kids who live here and, without donations such as yours, these kids wouldn't have a future. Part of your fee is donated directly to maintain this home.

Today you'll see exactly why Kathmandu is on so many travelers must-visit list and why so many of those who do visit, return year after year.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 3 (SATURDAY): POKHARA

This morning we start the drive to Pokhara which will take around 7 hours. On arrival, if time allows and if weather permits, we may have the chance to take a boat across the stunning lake here and hike up the hill to visit the Peace Pagoda; one of the highlights of Pokhara.

In the evening we'll get together to run through the group split. The adventurous trekkers will meet up with their guides for a briefing whilst our lovely volunteers will hear from a representative of our NGO partner. We'll have you fully prepared and ready for what comes next!

Please see below a summary of the Trekking or Volunteering options. You will only be able to join 1 of these options, please ensure you let our team know which one you would like to do when you book.

Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 - 10 (SUNDAY - FRIDAY): TREKKING OR VOLUNTEERING

Option 1 - Let's get trekking!

It's time!! On the morning of day 4 we will drive to Khande which will take around 45 minutes to begin the incredible trek across the Annapurna mountain range.

We will be climbing through the jungle, passing local villages and experiencing breathtaking views along the way. We will have plenty of stops during the day including lunch and to set up camp each night. Don't worry you will be accompanied by experienced guides throughout your trek to help you with anything you need.

You will be trekking for approximately 36hrs spread across the 6 days, starting at around 1800m and reaching a highest altitude of 4450m at Mardi Himal Base Camp.

The trek is a mixture of steep climbs and gentle inclines, make sure you bring suitable footwear and drink enough water throughout each day.

You may be lucky enough to catch glimpses of some of the abundant wildlife including deer, monkey and many species of birds that all live in this dense jungle. On the morning of day 8 you will wake early to catch the most spectacular sunrise views of the mighty Himalayas.

After the final bit of trekking on day 11 you will transfer back to Pokhara and meet up with those who have been living in the local village volunteering. You'll have an evening of swapping stories, photos and laughs about how your last 6 days were spent and get ready for the next part of your adventure back together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Nepal Stupa

 

Day 4 - 10 (SUNDAY - FRIDAY):

TREKKING OR VOLUNTEERING

Option 2 - Volunteering.

At the time of writing this, we cannot give you absolute, definitive, 100% nailed down details of the volunteering projects you'll be working on. It would actually be quite remiss of us to tell you now exactly what you would be doing months in advance as it's highly likely that what we plan to do will change in the coming weeks! We're not being awkward but when you are working in a developing country, plans tend to mean very little when it comes to helping others. Fear not, however, we are working with one of the most respected NGOs in Nepal, who have many years and thousands of hours' experience in working in these communities.

This is a general breakdown of the volunteering activities that we have agreed to help with:


1. Classroom and school decoration as well as setting up school libraries (as per the need of school management committee)

2. Basic maintenance work within the schools, health posts, communal buildings and youth clubs

3. Teaching School kids of different ages. Teaching will be as a classroom assistant and include English, Mathematics, arts and crafts and other educational activities

4. Activities such as environmental awareness, health awareness, sports and maybe even raising awareness of child marriage with women groups and/or youth clubs

The actual work will depend on various 'factors' such as where the work is most needed at the time your group arrives, the size of your group, logistics in Pokhara, budgets and more. If you have a particular skill that you feel could be put to good use, please let us know. We can't promise that it can be utilized but we'll do our best for you. We guarantee that you'll be working where needed. We won't waste your time, our time, the NGOs time or the time of those people that our work will directly aid.

On day 11 you will transfer back to Pokhara and meet up with those hearty souls who chose the trekking option. You'll have an evening of swapping stories, photos and laughs about how your last 6 days were spent and get ready for the next part of your adventure back together.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

*** Dinner is not included on day 9 for volunteering or trekking

DAY 11 (SUNDAY): BACK TO POKHARA

After breakfast we'll have a chat about what's going to be taking place over the next three days so that you can prepare your bits and bobs. Once we're ready we'll leave Pokhara and head south to Chitwan National Park. The transfer will be around 4-5 hours. On arrival in the national park, we'll have a sightseeing trip - this is an especially stunning area of a country overflowing with stunning views!

In the evening there's a dinner and a 'Tharu' cultural program to welcome you to this area of the world - something NOT to be missed!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Lunch

DAY 12 (MONDAY): SAFARI

Today will be filled with activities so make sure you have a hearty breakfast! Canoe trip, jungle walk, jeep safari and a visit to an elephant centre! O...M...G...we spoil you!! This is going to be one of the highlights of your trip to Nepal so make sure that you and your camera are both fully charged!!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 13 (TUESDAY): POKHARA TO KATHMANDU 

Before breakfast, for anybody who's up for it, we've arranged a special trip for a bit of incredible bird-watching. After breakfast we'll leave Chitwan for the transfer back to Kathmandu. All being well, we'll arrive back late afternoon so there'll be plenty of time to get yourself looking pretty before we have a final night dinner together at one of Kathmandu's best restaurants. This has to be a night to remember to finish off the most unforgettable team-trip in Nepal.

Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 14 (WEDNESDAY): DEPARTURE DAY 

It's over - OMG! There will be time over breakfast to swap phone numbers, emails and memories before a tidal wave of hugs and hi-5's! It's going to be emotional but we promise that you'll be completely in awe of every second that you've spent with our team here.

For those of you who need to head back to the airport, we can help you arrange transport. For those sticking around to discover Nepal further, our team will be there to answer any questions that you have and to make sure you're armed with all of the information that you need to go it alone.

Meals Included: Breakfast

 

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Nepali prayer flags

FAQ

1. What isn't included?

In short – anything that's not on the "What's included?" list in the info pack! The main things you’ll absolutely need to get that aren't included are:

International flights – we have people join us from all over the world so we leave these flexible so you can choose the departure airport and airline that suits you best.
Travel insurance – you can choose your own travel insurance or we can organize this for you. You can find details on the travel insurance here and will be able to add this on to your booking when you pay your program fee. Please note that if you are doing the trekking option, your insurance must cover you to the highest elevation of the trek and include emergency evacuation.
Visas – depending on the passport you hold you may need to get a visa before you travel. Please see section 3 for more info on visas.

2. How should I book my flights?

There are great online resources like www.skyscanner.com or google.com/flights. If you'd like to speak to an agent, you can contact our friends at STA Travel by completing an online form here: STA Flights

ARRIVAL

You need to book a flight that lands into Kathmandu's Tribhuvan airport (airport code KTM) on your tour start date. Providing you arrive on this day between the hours of 6am and 8pm, one of the team will be there to meet you on arrival and take you back to the hotel in the city.

If you arrive before the official start date, you will need additional accommodation. We can book this for you and you will just need to make your own way there from the airport and pay on arrival.

DEPARTURE

Your tour will end on day 14 in Kathmandu so you need to make your departure arrangements from there that day at any time.

3. What kind of visa do I need?

Passport holders of several countries can get a visa on arrival into Nepal for approximately USD $35 meaning you will not need to get a visa before you travel. A quick Google search will tell you whether you need a visa before travel or if you can get it on arrival and any additional requirements. 

4. How much spending money will I need?

This largely depends on you. All the breakfasts throughout the tour are included as are some other meals. Any meals not stated in your guide are up to you to purchase, if you are having local meals it will cost a couple of dollars, if you prefer western food it will be more depending on where you eat.

Make sure you bring some cash with you to change into the local currency (Nepalese Rupee) but you will also be able to withdraw more from cash points in the major cities whilst you are away.

Nepal Hugs

 

5. DO I NEED VACCINATIONS?

This depends on your home country and your vaccination history. You should visit a local travel clinic and see what they recommend.

6 - WHEN DOES MY DEPOSIT HAVE TO BE PUT DOWN?

There is no deadline for paying the USD $250 deposit but we cannot secure your place until we have received this. Places are limited and this is our most popular tour so we recommend you do this as soon as possible to be sure of a spot. Once we have received your deposit we will send you a confirmation email. If you do not receive this within 48 hours please check your junk/spam email folders and let us know if you cannot see it.

7. WHAT ARE THE PAYMENT OPTIONS?

Your final balance is due 90 days before you travel. We will send you an email shortly after you have secured a spot offering you two options for payment. You can either pay the program fee in full (at any point before the date it is due) or you can can set up weekly installments to pay a small amount off regularly until it is paid in full. You can choose either of these with or without travel insurance. Any changes to your trip must be made more than 90 days before you travel.

8. IS NEPAL SAFE?

Like any country in the world, there will always be some dangers (even when in your home country!) and it is important to exercise common sense, particularly when in major cities and tourist destinations. However, Nepal is a very safe country to travel in and around. You’ll also be with our experienced team throughout your stay and will be travelling with a group.

9. WHAT CURRENCY IS THE TOUR IN?

All of our prices are in USD. If you would like to see what this is in your local currency you can use a conversion site such as www.xe.com which will give you the current exchange rate. Please bear in mind that the amount will be taken in USD when you pay and exchange rates will fluctuate.

10. HOW CAN I BE SURE THIS IS NOT A SCAM?

We have been operating for over 15 years, have placed over 25,000 volunteers and have an experienced team with a wealth of knowledge and passion! But don't just take our word for it - if you visit our website verification page you can see our accreditation and recommendations for different worldwide organizations. You can also visit our Facebook page to see reviews from previous travelers and volunteers.

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