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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.
Discover Nepal's vibrant culture and stunning scenery as our group expedition takes you from the dense forests and grassy plains of Chitwan National Park to the winding mountain trails of the Annapurna base camp trek. Balancing physical challenge, cultural exposure, and meaningful volunteering, this is the ultimate Nepal experience!
- Explore the markets and marvel at the Himalayan views in Kathmandu
- Spot exotic wildlife on a guided jungle adventure into Chitwan National Park
- Immerse yourself in Nepalese culture with a Nepali language class
- Volunteer in a Buddhist monastery and help local school students with English classes
- Enjoy panoramic views of the Annapurna Massif on a 9-day hike
Week 1: Kathmandu & Chitwan National Park
Your journey starts in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, famous for its religious monuments and stunning views of the Himalayas. A day of city exploration with your fellow travellers is the perfect way to acclimatise to the altitude before heading off to Chitwan National Park, 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. 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.
Week 2: Pokhara Community Volunteering
Leaving the jungles behind we will make our way to 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 trip. Volunteer at a local monastery, help teach English in the village school, attend a Nepali language class, enjoy the serenity of Phewa Lake with a boat trip to Barahi Temple, marvel at Devi's Falls and visit a World Peace Pagoda. Pokhara has something for everyone!
Weeks 3 & 4: Annapurna Base Camp Trek
To bring your adventure to a fitting end, we’ve saved the best till last. You’ll end your experience on a high with a 9-day trek to Annapurna base camp, taking in stunning Himalayan views as you follow winding mountain trails draped with lines of ubiquitous prayer flags! 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 marvelling at beautiful sunrises and unforgettable panoramic views onto the Annapurna Massif! After a well-deserved shower, we will all head back to Kathmandu for a final evening in Nepal. You will be transferred back to the airport on the final day.
- Pre-departure support
- Airport pick-up & return transfer
- Gapforce Leader
- Local support staff
- All accommodation & meals
- All internal transport
- Trips & activities as listed in brochure
- 24/7 emergency back up
- Financial failure protection
What is not included:
- Flights to/from destination
- Travel Insurance
- Visa & Vaccinations
- Spending Money
- Tipping & Gratuities
Who is this program for?
This program is for anyone looking to explore and volunteer in one of Asia’s most ecologically and culturally diverse countries. 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.
Where will I be staying?
You will stay in a variety of diverse accommodation throughout your trip including local hotels and hostels, camping, volunteer guesthouses and home-stays. Most accommodation will be dorm style with shared bathrooms.
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! Vegan and vegetarian diets can be catered for, please check with us regarding further dietary requirements and/or allergies.
Who will be supervising me?
Throughout your expedition you will be accompanied by a Gapforce Expedition Leader. At various stages of your expedition we utilise the services of local support staff including project coordinators, drivers and guides.
What type of transport will I be using?
You are responsible to getting yourself to and from the start point of the expedition. 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.
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- Duration: 4 weeks
- Departures: April, September