Volunteering / Gap Year in Nepal

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Meals

Trip Grade

Maximun Altitude

3800 m

Attractions

Activity

Overview

This is a unique blend of various activities particularly devised for students taking a gap year. The multi activities holiday includes a volunteering service focused on the development of local community, cultural exchange activities, a soft adventure trek in a magnificent Langtang region and guided visits to the cultural and historical legacies of Kathmandu valley.

To make volunteer work most exciting and highly educative, we have conceived an idea of ‘homestay program’ where we put students together with local families of the region, at least 2 to 3 students share a family and we make sure that all the students are given a warm hospitality and maintain top hygienic level while catering to the guests. We are very hopeful that this program offers students a highly rewarding holiday where they can interact with local families involving themselves in various volunteering activities such as teaching in local schools, helping local health post, assisting in various community services and so on.

The activity concludes with a weeklong trek to Langtang region. The trek starts from Syabru Bensi after 5-6 hours drive from Nuwakot. Following a trail upstream Bhote Kosi river through ethnic Tamang villages, lush green forests and wide spread Kyangin valley.

Surrounded by snowy peaks from all fours sides, we ascend up to Kyangin at 3800 meter, where we get an opportunity to ascend Kyangjin Ri [4350m], from where the 360 degree mountain views are truly spectacular. After an ascent of Kyangjin Ri, we retrace our route back down the valley to Syabru Bensi and then drive back to Kathmandu. The trek is not considered strenuous, yet, it remains challenging as it reaches the altitude of 3800 meter at Kyangjin Ri at 4350 meter.

Volunteering in Nuwakot village, staying with local family, soft adventure trek in Langtang & exploration of three medieval kingdoms of Kathmandu valley.

 

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Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel, you will be briefed about your trip.

After the early morning breakfast, you travel along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, where more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome you. A day tour of the valley will take you to Boudhanath, where you will grab an opportunity for the insightful peep into the invaluable culture attached to Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been on a spiritual journey. Boudhanath is one of the largest dome-shaped stupas in the country where the practices of Buddhism can be observed at its best. Then it continues to Pashupatinath, the major Hindu shrine with countless temples dedicated to different Hindu deities within its widespread area. However, the main temple Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Destroyer - Shiva dwells here as protector of animal kinds as per the myth. A final destination to explore is Patan Durbar Square, where Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other places of Patan, will unveil before you as an open museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in pagoda style with sensual carvings and repose metalwork facades and many other exquisite facets.

After breakfast, you drive towards Swayambhunath, a sacred Buddhist site lying on a hill overlooking the Kathmandu Valley. The maroon-robed monks enchanting the holy prayers and the mega statues of Buddha indulged in different sects is a great opportunity to take hold of the practices of rich Buddhist culture. This prehistoric site is also popular for its gigantic stupa. Then you drive to Bhaktapur, where you will witness unique culture and finest display of craftsmanship. Lion Gate, Golden Gate, Art Gallery, Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla, Nyatapol Temple and fifty-five windowed Malla Palace are the living prides of Bhaktapur. After the tour concludes, your driver and guide escort you back to the hotel. In the evening you get thoroughly briefed out on all the necessary and important details of the trip.

You take a bus from Kathmandu to Nuwakot where you will involve in many volunteer activities.

We spend 27 days in Nuwakot contributing for the empowerment and development of the local community through our volunteer service. We can live with local family of the community to internalize their reality. This gives us clear perspectives and insights about the socio-cultural practice of the place. In the end besides the target group, we also benefit from our good cause. We can participate in various volunteering activities like teaching in local schools, helping local health post, assisting in various community services etc.

After you are done with your commitment, you make arrangements to venture into trekking adventure. From Nuwakot, you drive to Syabrubesi. You get to view the enchanting panorama of the Himalaya, including the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal and the peaks of the Langtang region.

You traverse the ridge on Syabru Besi’s main road and soon reach Ghopcha Khola. Terraced fields and dense forest with a variety of plant species like oaks, maple, alder and bamboo open up. En-route, you may get to see yellow-throated martin, wild boar, langur monkey, red panda and Himalayan black bear, the endangered species of Langtang region. Further on, the trail crosses a stream and a bridge. You pass by several small bhattis (tea shops). As you continue ascending steeply along the trail, you come across a steel suspension bridge at 2000m. The route further crosses to the north bank of the Langtang Khola amid the spectacular vistas of cascading waterfalls and opens into scrub oak forest. On reaching 2748m, you arrive at Lama Hotel where you conclude the trek for the day.

From Lama hotel, you continue the ascent above the Langtang Khola. As the trail progresses, it becomes steeper. You have the most exotic sights of Langtang Lirung, the highest peak of the Langtang region, lying at 7246m. The trail leads to a log bridge and on climbing further you come across lush meadows of Ghora Tabela at 3000m. you will see several lodges and police check post. Further on, the route opens up into a wide valley of yak pastures and scattered Tamang villages with water-driven mills and prayer wheels. You arrive at Langtang village after crossing a stream and reaching up a height of 3500m. Langtang village is the headquarters for Langtang National Park and has flat-roofed Tibetan style houses, hotels and cultivated lands yielding buckwheat, potatoes, wheat, turnips, barley etc.

The trail skirts gradually through rich yak pastures and interesting traditional villages of Muna to Singdun. You cross a wooden cantilever bridge and reach a wide valley after climbing a moraine. Finally, on ascending the mountain passes, you arrive at Kyagjin Gompa. There is a small monastery and a government-operated cheese factory, quite popular in the Langtang Valley.

You take a day off for acclimatization and a proper rest. You get to explore interesting places like the monastery, cheese factory etc. You can climb KyangjinRi located at 4773m from where amazing views of snow-capped mountains are spreading right next to you. You can walk up the moraine to see the spectacular mountain ridges and undulating glaciers.

From Kyangjin, you take the route back to Lama Hotel. As you retrace our steps, you follow the Langtang Khola to Langtang village and on to Ghora Tabela. You stop briefly for lunch and thereafter continue the steep descent to Lama Hotel.

From Lama Hotel, you head back to Syabru Besi. You can wander around the undulating path leading to the village. This gives us an opportunity to get an insight of the culture and custom of the Tamang community. You can also simply relax in the sun savoring the beauty of the majestic Himalayan Mountains.

You conclude your trip with a drive of 8/9 hours back to Kathmandu. You retrace the same way, this time with wonderful memories!

You can explore around the Heritage sites in the city, stroll down the streets of Thamel for local cultural experience, visit nearby monasteries, relax at a nearby spa centers or do some souvenir haunting in the local bazaar.

You have free time till departure. You will be assisted to Tribhuwan International Airport as per your flight time. Have a safe journey back home!

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Volunteering with multi activities ideal for students taking a gap year. These includes ‘homestay program’, cultural exchange activities and guided trek.

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