Prepare yourself for an immersive cultural and trekking experience like no other! Landlocked at the 'roof of the world', Nepal is renowned for its tiger-haunted jungles, temple lined medieval squares, and some of the most dramatic yet accessible trekking in the world. The perfect adventure travel location: explore Hindu temples and peace pagodas, before following winding mountain trails draped with lines of ubiquitous prayer flags and encountering the characteristic friendliness and charm of the local people.
Our 2-week expedition takes you from the dense forests and grassy plains of Chitwan National Park, to the panoramic summit of Poon Hill. Discover Nepal's vibrant culture and stunning scenery through our carefully planned expedition, balancing physical challenge, cultural exposure, and community volunteering. The ultimate Nepal experience!
- Interact with locals and make new friends as you volunteer on a 4-day community project
- Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif on a 4-day hike to the summit of Poon Hill
- Experience the thrill of White Water Rafting
- Spot exotic wildlife on a guided jungle adventure into Chitwan National Park
- Catch a glimpse of majestic elephants at an animal sanctuary
- Immerse yourself in Nepalese culture with a Nepali language class
- Enjoy the serenity of Phewa Lake with a boat trip to Barahi Temple
Day 1: Kathmandu
On arrival into Kathmandu, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your accommodation. The afternoon will be free time, giving you a chance to acclimatise to the weather and environment, whilst enjoying the hospitality and facilities of your accommodation.
Day 2: National Park & White Water Rafting
Your adventure starts with a journey to Chitwan National Park, Nepal’s first national park established in 1973. Meaning ‘Heart of the Jungle’, Chitwan is a world heritage listed reserve and one of the best wildlife-viewing areas in Asia. Ensuring your time in Nepal starts with a splash, we will break up the journey with a spot of white water rafting.
Day 3: Chitwan National Park - Jeep Adventure & Elephant Sanctuary
Your time in this enchanting, little-known corner of Nepal will treat you to some unique activities, none more so than a guided jeep adventure into the jungle and a visit to a local elephant sanctuary.
Day 4: Chitwan National Park - Jungle Safari
Further explore this stunning area with a deep jungle safari. The lush tropical forests of Chitwan National Park are home to the tank-like Asian Rhino, Elephant, Crocodile, Leopard, and the ultra-elusive Bengal Tiger.
Day 5: Travel to Pokhara
Today will be a travel day, as you make your way the lakeside town of Pokhara, the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit and the wider Himalaya. Pokhara itself is a hub for trekking, culture, and adventure sports, making it a perfect platform on which to launch the next phase of your expedition.
Day 6: Pokhara - Community Project & Nepali Language Class
Arriving into Pokhara you can look forward to starting your community volunteering work. You could be working in a Buddhist monastery or local school helping students with English classes and conversation, perhaps playing sports and games or even help with small maintenance projects on site. In addition to exploring the delights of Pokhara, you will also get the chance to attend a Nepali language class.
Day 7: Pokhara - Community Project, Phewa Lake & Barahi Temple
With project work in the morning, the afternoon is reserved to enjoy the majesty of Phewa Lake, with a boat ride on Nepal’s second largest lake. Whilst on the lake you’ll get to visit the stunning spectacle of Barahi Temple, a two-story pagoda temple located on a small island in the lake.
Day 8: Pokhara - Community Project, Devi's Falls & Peace Pagoda
After your day’s project work, take a trip to Devi’s Falls, also known as Patale Chango, meaning ‘underworld waterfall’, followed by visiting a World Peace Pagoda. The pagoda in Pokhara provides panoramic views of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Phewa Lake.
Day 9: Community Project & Cultural Evening
As your community volunteering work comes to an end, celebrate your achievements with a traditional Nepalese cultural evening followed by a kit check and briefing on the amazing 4-day trek that lies ahead!
Days 10, 11, 12 & 13: Poon Hill Trek
End your adventure on a high with a 4-day trek to Poon Hill (altitude: 3,200m). Walking between 5- 8 hours a day, this will be a physical challenge, but with the support of our leader and your fellow travellers you can look forward to reaching the top in time for a beautiful sunrise and unforgettable panoramic views onto the Annapurna Massif!
Day 14: Return to Kathmandu
After a well-deserved shower, the trip heads back to Kathmandu for your final evening in Nepal. Get ready for an unforgettable farewell meal and goodbyes all around!
Day 15: Depart from Kathmandu Airport
Pre-departure support • Airport pick-up • Gapforce Expedition leader • Volunteering project • Local project staff • Trek guides & porters • All accommodation for the duration of the trip • 3 meals a day • Project equipment and training • Program transfers • 24/7 emergency back-up • Return airport transfer
Included Trips & Activities
White Water Rafting • Jungle Hike • Jungle Safari • Elephant Sanctuary • Nepali Language Class • Phewa Lake Boat Trip • Barahi Temple • Devi’s Falls • World Peace Pagoda • 4-Day Poon Hill Trek
What is not Included?
Flights to/from destination • Travel Insurance • Visa & Vaccinations • Spending Money • Tipping & Gratuities
How much spending money do I need?
Knowing how much to budget can be troublesome because it’s hard to predict exactly how many optional activities you’ll want to take part in, and you can do the trip on a shoestring or more opulently depending on your preference. We advise you to budget approximately £40-£60/$50-$70 a week to cover items not included in the itinerary such as additional meals, drinks, snacks, and gratuities for local guides and porters.
What is the food like?
Nepal is known for its fantastic food and eateries! Typical meals will include lots of rice and vegetables, chapatis and amazing curries! Western food is available in the large cities like Kathmandu but it’s advisable to eat local food to really immerse yourself in the culture!
What type of transport will I be using?
The arrival and departure airport in Nepal is Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). You are responsible for booking these flights. During the trip, airport transfers are included. Internal travel throughout the trip will consist of a range of transport types, including public and private buses, jeeps, boats, and taxis. Please give us a call for more information on individual journey details.
Where will I be staying?
You will stay in a variety of diverse accommodation throughout your trip including local hotels, hostels, and tea-houses. Most accommodation will be dorm style with shared bathrooms.
Who takes part in this program?
This program is for anyone short on time but looking to experience all that Nepal has to offer. This trip is for those looking to volunteer and explore some of Nepal’s most sought-after destinations. There is no prior experience required, although the minimum age is 18 and you must also have your doctor sign our medical form confirming you are medically fit to participate.
Who will be supervising me?
Throughout your trip you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Expedition Leader. At various stages of your trip we utilise the services of local support staff including project coordinators, drivers, and guides.
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- Duration: 2 weeks
- Departures: March