Nepal & India Adventure



It doesn't get much more epic than this 2000-mile tour of the Indian subcontinent. From the high passes of the Himalaya; to steaming tiger-haunted jungles; to the beaches of Goa and everything in between, this is a journey of discovery that will open your eyes to things you have never seen before. Combine challenging high-altitude trekking with wildlife experience, exotic city exploration and rewarding community volunteering.


Highlights

  • Jungle Safari in the Royal Chitwan National Park
  • White Water Rafting on the Trishuli River
  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Sunset at the Taj Mahal
  • Visit the home of the Dalai Lama
  • Assist on amazing Tibetan Refugee project
  • Relax on pristine white sand beaches of Goa

NEPAL

Week 1: Kathmandu and Royal Chitwan Reserve 
The adventure begins in Kathmandu, ancient capital of the mountain kingdom of Nepal. After arrival you'll have the chance to get to know your fellow travellers as you navigate the secret ways of this vibrant city, exploring ancient temples and bustling markets.

Experience the rush of white water rafting to break up the journey to the little-known tropical south of Nepal. Here live an array of incredible animals, including elephants, rhinoceros, sloth bears, leopards and, king of them all, the Bengal tiger. In the Royal Chitwan Reserve, formerly the hunting ground of the ruling class, learn about the unique local culture; visit an elephant training centre; and venture into tiger territory for a thrilling jungle safari by jeep and traditional dugout canoe.


Week 2: Pokhara Community Volunteer Project 

From Chitwan the road leads north to Pokhara, an idyllic lakeside town among the foothills of the Annapurna range. Invest your time to undertake vital community work in a school and care centre for underprivileged children. Help with lessons and homework, plan activities and play with children whose intelligence and work ethic despite their background of poverty will amaze you. 

Swap town for country and lend a hand on a farm that provides food and essential skills training for the care centre, chilling out after a hard day’s work in beautiful hand-built cabins with views of rice paddies and forested hills.


Week 3-4: Trek to Everest Base Camp challenge

It’s time to step up. Following in the footsteps of famous mountaineers, we chart a course up the sacred Khumbu valley, a place hidden from the world until it was discovered that it led to the highest mountain on Earth. Passing timeless Sherpa villages, beautiful alpine forests and ancient Buddhist monasteries, each day will be different as you push into ever higher, more rugged territory. In the heart of the Himalaya, witness the jaw-dropping spectacle of Chomolungma, the Mother Goddess, better known to you and I as Mount Everest: our planet’s highest point. On the forbidding Khumbu glacier at its foot is our goal: Base Camp, the 5,360 metre launching point for attempts to the summit. Take in the otherworldly atmosphere of this legendary place, and push yourself further still by summiting Kala Patthar (5,600 m), a dizzying viewpoint offering the ultimate views of Everest.

This 12 day journey amid the most dramatic landscape on Earth may at times leave you breathless in more ways than one, but you’ll never forget it. For an insight into the trek, check out our our Everest Base CampChallenge FAQs, written by one of our Nepal Expedition Leaders


INDIA

Week 5: Dharamsala Tibetan Refugee Volunteering

For the next stage of your adventure, you will swap the delights of Nepal with the incredible sights and sounds of India! Your introduction will be the hustle and bustle of New Delhi, the county’s capital and economic powerhouse. From there you will take the long bus journey north to the   old colonial station of Dharamsala in the foothills of the Himalayas and now the home-in-exile of the Dalai Lama

During your time in Dharamsala, you will volunteer on anamazing project teaching English to Buddhist monks in training at the Tibetan Open School. Language lessons are incredibly important to newly arrived Tibetan refugees enabling them to build a new life for themselves in India. 


Week 6: Amritsar, Jaipur & The Taj Mahal 
Your journey continues with a visit to the city of Amritsar, home to the impressive Golden Temple, the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism. From there you will take a long journey south to Jaipur where you can enjoy a full day sightseeing places such as Pink City, city Palace, Amer fort Jantar Mantar, Hawa Mahal and Jal Mahal.

This week culminates with a visit to Agra Fort and The infamous Taj Mahal. Marvel at the 20 meter high double walls of the red sandstone Agra Fort before heading over to the Taj Mahal, an incredible marble mausoleum and recently included as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will have plenty of time to explore and enjoy the stunning sunset.


Week 7: Rajasthan & Mumbai
Continuing south, you will next head to one of India’s most visited states, Rajasthan, land of the Kings with majestic forts and lavish palaces, jungles and sand dunes. First stop here will be the Blue City of Jodphur with its winding streets and colossal fort.  From there, you will head to Udairpur, a firm favourite for Gapforce groups due to its tranquil setting and perfect place to relax. Here you will also find India’s second largest temple and the beautiful Pichola lake.

Next up is the city of Mumbai, Southern India’s economic powerhouse. Admire the Gateway of India Monument, shop in Crawford Market, take a stroll down Marine Drive and do some people-watching at Chowpatty Beach where Fakirs walk on fire, sleep on nails and climb ropes in mid air.


Week 8: Goa

The final leg of your epic journey brings you to the white sand beaches of Goa. For decades, travellers have been drawn to the pristine beaches and warm climate of Goa and it is very easy to see why. This makes it the perfect place to end your adventure relaxing on the sand, swimming in the warm waters and watching the beautiful sunsets over the ocean. 

Goa is also a great place to reflect on what will have been an unforgettable eight week journey through two incredible countries. 



DETAILS

Accommodation

You will stay in a variety of accommodations throughout your trip including local hostels, hotels, guesthouses, tea-houses and camping.


Meals

3 meals a day are included for the duration of your trip. Both Nepal and India are known for their fantastic food! Typical meals will include lots of rice and vegetables, chipatis and amazing curries!


Transportation

Transport to and from the airport, to each phase and for all tours on the itinerary will be included. Transport can vary from planes, trains and buses depending on the journey.


What is included – The Basics

  • Pre-departure support
  • Airport transfers 
  • Expedition leader 
  • Local project staff
  • All accommodation for the duration of the trip
  • Three meals a day
  • Project equipment and training
  • Transfers listed
  • 24/7 emergency back-up 
  • Financial bonding


What is included – Trips & activities

  • Nepalese language lesson
  • Guided Kathmandu city tour
  • Rafting
  • Chitwan safari
  • Guides and Sherpas on the trek
  • Trekking permit
  • Delhi city tour
  • Golden temple Amritsar
  • Jaipur tour
  • Agra: Fort & Taj Mahal
  • Jodphur Fort
  • Udaipur temple tour and boating on lake
  • Mumbai city tour 

Gapforce Ultimate India Experience

This was my first real traveling experience and as I was nervous about going on my own, so far away and for so long I wanted to know I'd be looked after. Gapforce made me feel confident that I would be in safe hands from the very start. Before going I was given plenty of information and if I had any questions my emails would be answered, usually within a couple of days. I was also contacted on a few occassions, including a few days before I went, to make sure I didn't have any further questions.While I was there I had an amazing experience. The coordinators were all very friendly and helpful. I felt they knew what they were talking about and welcomed questions. They were also more than happy to help you plan things to do in your free time.The only complaint I have is that I booked a 'beach week' as part of my trip, but soon after I arrived I was told this probabaly wouldn't be possible due to the monsoon season and that it would be a better idea to do an extra volunteer week. I was quite disapointed I hadn't been informed of this beforehand, especially as there was quite a large difference in price between the 2 weeks. However I requested a refund as soon as I got home and again my email was answered quickly and I recieved and apology and told a refund would be made.This also worked out quite well as I got more into the volunteering than I expected, so I was more than happy to do 2 weeks of it. I was quite worried about it to begin with, but again the coordinators were a great help and supported me the whole time. I knew I was not expected to do anything I wasnt comfortable with and I was given as much help or as much freedom as I wanted. Overall I had a lovely experience and definitely feel comfortable to travel again in future.


Nepal Road Trip

I am from China and study in UK. I traveled here with Gapforce from UK! This was an excellent trip when I spent one month in Nepal. Delicious food, friendly people! Chitwan national park was wonderful, wild animals and elephant riding! The experience in orphanage was memorable!! Meeting lots of children and staying with them was happy! Dan is a reliable guy who take care for one month! Many thanks

Vincent, China

To EBC and Back Again

To say that this trip has changed my life is a huge understatement. Within a matter of five weeks, I've been to dozens of temples in Kathmandu, went on an elephant back safari through the jungle in Chitwan National Park, worked at a wonderful orphanage and trekked to Everest Base Camp. While this trip isn't for the faint of heart, I can highly recommend it. GapForce has been a great company to travel with and I wouldn't change a thing about my time spent in Nepal.

Mary, Texas

Greatest Experience

I had a wonderful trip! I just did the nepal part, but it was amazing. We were able to see many various parts of the country. This gave me the chance to get to know different subcultures within the main culture. Of course the Everest Base Camp trek was a main part of the trip! It was beautiful to see the untouched nature. Luckily we were able to make it to Base Camp, that was an absolute highlite of the trip!! This was quite exiting because I suffered a day from altitude sickness, but thanks to the expedition leaders (who were of great help) I was able to continue! Thanks a lot GapForce for this experience of a lifetime

Quinten

My Nepal and India experience

My favourite memory is paragliding in Nepal, it is something that I never thought I could do and I was really proud of myself afterwards!I really enjoyed the EBC Trek a lot more than I thought I would. I have never done hiking like that before but after doing that I would definitely like to do more. Also I thought Narayan was a great leader and would highly recommended Gapforce to use him in the future! He was very knowledgeable and mixed well with the group.I would recommend to future participants to not pack too many winter clothes for the trek as they take up a lot of room in the backpacks and you end up wearing the same items quite a lot!I feel after this trip I can say that I have gained a lot more confidence! I was really nervous about the trip but India is always a place that I wanted to experience and I am so glad that i decided to do it. I liked the fact that I was on my own but was also in a group.

Harriet, 20, gap year student from the UK

Highly Recommend!

Overall, this trip was amazing! I didn’t expect to love Nepal as much as I did, it was absolutely beautiful, Chitwan and Pokhara were my favorite because it was more tranquil than Kathmandu. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to do the Mount Everest Base Camp Trek as I sprained my ankle a few days before in Pokhara (watch out for the potholes!) but the support I got from my leaders was amazing, Colin came with me to the hospital and was very comforting and helpful when trying to sort out what I was going to do. I met back up with everyone for the India portion of the trip which is so different to Nepal. I enjoyed the second half of India more because we went to calmer places (Dharamsala, Udaipur, Jaisalmer and Goa were my favorites). At first, it’s overwhelming with the list of all the places to go in India, but every place is worth going to because there is something to see and do in each place. Overall, Gapforce is a great program [provider] and they always seem to find [...] really cool hostels and restaurants that I would never think of going to! I’ve learnt so much on this trip about different cultures, dealing with difficult situations, being around a large group of people all the time and also about myself. Would highly recommend!

Ellie, 19, gap year student from the US

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