A landlocked Himalayan country, Nepal is a popular gap year destination for students who are keen on knowing more about the roots of Buddhism. Marked by the Lonely Planet as 'the most budget-friendly destination in the world', Nepal will mesmerize you with its natural beauty and vibrancy. The capital city of Kathmandu has a number of famous temples where you can seek blessings before you head out to discover other places like Pokhara, Bhaktapur and Nagarkot. Gaze at the snow-capped mountains as they slowly turn golden when the sun rays fall on them. Explore the Chitwan National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visit Lumbini, where Gautama Buddha was born.
All set to travel to this beautiful country and look at the world below, from the top of the highest mountain in the world? Yeah, you guessed it right - we are talking about an adventure trip to Nepal. Housing 8 of the world's highest peaks, Nepal is a paradise for nature lovers.
Whether you're a college student looking for a gap year abroad or a backpacker wandering to seek some thoughtful lessons about life or an adventurous soul looking for some affordable thrill-seeking sports - GoDiscoverAbroad has everything in the palate to offer you in Nepal. And it isn't just trekking in the Himalayas, but you'll find world-class adventure sports including whitewater rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and bungee jumping. Take a tour of Chitwan National Park, sit by the lakeside at Pokhara while gazing at the snow-capped mountains and wake up to witness the gorgeous sunrise at Nagarkot. The amazing trips designed by GDA will shower you with the perfect combination of adventure, thrill, peace, nature and at the same time, you can get engaged in meaningful volunteering projects to give something back to the underprivileged societies in Nepal. The wait seems to be over - when are you planning to set out for a voluntour in Nepal?
Gap Year in Nepal
Volunteering in Nepal
As a developing nation, Nepal essentially needs support from the volunteers who can make meaningful contributions towards the society. No matter whether you are a student on a summer/ winter break or on a gap year, you can be a responsible traveler by volunteering for the underprivileged ones and helping them to live a better life. It'll be an amazing opportunity for you to live in close contact with the natives and know more about the Nepalese culture, history and lifestyle.
Adventure Tours in Nepal
Surrounded by the mighty Himalayas on all sides, there’s no dearth of adventure in Nepal! Whether it’s about high altitude trekking or white water rafting, bungee jumping or kayaking, cycling or camping - you can do whatever your heart calls for! Nepal is a paradise for thrill seekers and nature lovers. A tiny country sandwiched between India and China, Nepal is a cultural hotspot which can provide you with everything that you want! Just pack your bags and set out for most memorable and adventurous Asian journey.
You can get your visa on arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport itself or alternatively, you can also apply for Nepal Visa at your nearest Nepal Embassy. For further information, you can directly get in touch with your point of contact, who can assist you better.
It's your choice! You can explore the country as a solo traveler or hop around with your favorite people if they are willing to join you as well. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
As tourism is flourishing in Nepal at a rapid rate, it's pretty safe for solo travelers. You will be provided accommodation in a very safe locality. However, we would suggest you not to hang out with strangers till late night, and be with your fellow travelers in case you are heading out somewhere. We'll have our coordinators who'll be there at your service, 24/7. So you need not worry about safety.
You might come here alone, but you'll end up meeting some amazing people. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Nepal, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
It's good if you can consult your physician and take the vaccinations as instructed. We would suggest you to take the Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Tetanus vaccines. You must also check with your doctor for any other medicines that you might require.
There's something or the happening throughout the year, and each festival in the country has its own charm. The main festivals are Dashain and Tihar (Sept/ Oct), Buddha Jayanti (May/ June). Check your dates and our coordinator will guide you about the festivals you can be a part of.
You'll need money for your personal expenses, additional tour costs, weekend meals (at times, if you are heading out for lunch or dinner) etc. It'll be sufficient if you keep $40 - $50 for each day.
Nepal is surrounded by the Himalayas on all sides, and thus, the temperature is moderately cold throughout the year. We would suggest you carry woolens and warm clothes if you are traveling from October to March. If you are visiting from April to September, you can pack cotton clothes and a jacket would suffice. It's wiser to travel light and pack only the essentials. Don't make your luggage too heavy, as you'll get almost everything in Nepal!
Nepali is the official of the country, but people do speak English as well. Your coordinator will be well versed in English. Apart from that, you'll be given basic Nepali lessons during your orientation. So you need not worry about language barrier!