- Spend 3 weeks in the picturesque Himalayan country while engaging yourself with a meaningful volunteering project.
- Enjoy the view of the great snow capped Himalayan range at the backdrop of your accommodation.
- Explore the capital city of Kathmandu and its many ancient temples.
- Go for wildlife adventure tour to Chitwan National Park, which is also a renowned UNESCO Heritage Site.
- Witness the gorgeous sunset at Bhaktapur and go for boating at Pokhara.
- Immerse yourself in the culture, learn more about the Nepalese lifestyle and savor the taste of yummy momos!
Located between India and Tibet, Nepal is a beautiful landlocked Himalayan country that is breathtakingly beautiful and houses the world's highest mountain, Mt.Everest. It's also the sacred land where Gautama Buddha was born. Like any other developing Southeast Asian country, Nepal, too, has a huge underprivileged population whom you can help during your gap year abroad. Spending your time in this country will only give you the opportunity to help the needy, but you'll also get to live amidst nature and indulge yourself in some real adventurous endeavors! You can go for river rafting, paragliding and go for Himalayan treks if you wish to! You'll get to learn more about the life of the Buddha and his teachings. Come and spend your gap year in Nepal with GDA and discover the country in a unique manner!
Day 1 - Arrival in Kathmandu
You'll have to take a flight to Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, where our coordinator will receive you and then take you to the accommodation where you can take rest after a long flight. It's a free day, so you can go out and explore the nearby places in the evening.
Day 2 - Orientation
Today, our coordinator will conduct an Orientation Session where you'll be given a detailed idea about the tour and the places you'll visit, the volunteering work that you'll do and other necessary information.
Day 3 - 7 Volunteer work in Kathmandu
You'll be spending the week at your project site, making a difference to the lives of the little ones. You will be working in either Orphanage, Teaching Project, or at the Disabled Care Center, working with the mentally & physically challenged children. Your little contribution can make a big impact in their lives. Being a volunteer, your main role will be to shower these kids immense love and care and fill their lives with happiness.
Day 8 - Kathmandu City Tour
Today you'll head out to explore the capital city and visit the most popular tourist places including Durbar Square, Temple of Kumari (Living Goddess) and Pashupatinath Temple.
Day 9 - Free day to explore Kathmandu
You can either relax at the accommodation, or head out and explore the city on your own. Visit Thamel, a paradise for food lovers, and binge on some local delicacies. You can also go shopping and pick up some souvenirs for your friends and family.
Day 10 - 14 Continue working on the volunteer project
You'll be going to your placement on the weekdays, and spend more time with the little ones.
Day 15 - Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
You'll set out for a trip to Bhaktapur, one of the ancient kingdoms in Nepal. Explore the beautiful temples and pagodas before lunch, and then head out for Nagarkot. One of the picturesque destinations of the country, the sunset views will blow your senses and leave you spellbound. You'll get an amazing view of the entire Himalayan range from here. You’ll be returning back to Kathmandu after sunset.
Day 16 - Visit Patan and Swayambhunath Temple
Today, your first stop would be at Patan, another gorgeous location with some more ancient temples. Take a walk down the lanes and later, head towards Swayambhunath Temple.
Day 17 - Journey to Chitwan National Park
You'll be boarding an air-conditioned bus or car from Kathmandu and set out for Chitwan National Park, which has been marked as UNESCO World Heritage Site. You'll be staying at the forest lodge. For more information about the jungle activities, you can directly discuss your plans with the local coordinator.
Day 18 - Exploring Chitwan National Park
You'll be going for a jungle safari today and spot a few animals. If you are interested, you can also go for a nature walk or bird watching. There are a lot of options available and you can choose to do whatever you like.
Day 19 - Head towards Pokhara from Chitwan
After breakfast, you'll leave the national park and start your journey towards Pokhara, one of the most popular destinations in Nepal. Once you reach there, you'll check-in to your hotel and get some rest. Later that day, you'll be going for a tranquil boat ride in one of the brightly painted boats on the Phewa Lake. Being surrounded by the snowcapped Himalayas will surely soothe your senses. For dinner, you can explore the nice restaurants in Pokhara.
Day 20 - Sightseeing at Pokhara
Wake up early to catch the breathtaking sunrise at Sarangkot. Later, you'll have your breakfast and then go for a city tour, visiting the popular tourist attractions like Mahendra Cave, Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall, Peace Pagoda and Bindhyabasini Temple etc. You can pick up souvenirs from the market for your friends and family. If you are up for some adventure, then go for paragliding at Pokhara. Make the most of your time so that you don't head home back with regrets.
Day 21 - Pokhara to Kathmandu
This is the last leg of your journey! Board the bus/ car and return back to Kathmandu. You can take rest for the day, go out for some shopping and then binge a bit at Thamel before the trip ends.
Day 22 - Depart from Kathmandu
Like all good things, this trip will also come to an end, adding some beautiful memories to your life. You'll have to board the flight back home from Kathmandu. Seek help from our coordinator, in case you want us to arrange for your airport drop.
Dates & Cost
- Comprehensive pre-departure guide
- 24/7 Assistance from support staff and In-country program coordinator
- Airport pickup in Kathmandu
- Program orientation
- Accommodation in volunteer house during program
- Volunteering in Kathmandu
- Breakfast and meals as specified in itinerary
- City tour of Kathmandu
- Trip to Bhaktapur and Nagarkot
- Visit the ancient town of Patan
- Amazing weekend trip to Chitwan and Pokhara
- Accommodation in hotels during Chitwan-Pokhara tour
- International/Domestic Airfare
- Visa fees
- Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
- Entry fees at monuments
- Local transportation to and from program location
- Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
- Any personal expenses: extra meals, beverages, laundry and any other services which are not mentioned