Nepal Adventure Travel & Cultural Experience

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1. In Brief

Nepal is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing destinations in the world – with its combination of mystical Buddhist origins, and peaceful and spiritual indigenous populations, it attracts those who wish to visit a less developed country where much of the ancient religious and cultural heritage has been sustained.

This excellent programme gives you the opportunity to combine spending time in the spectacular city of Kathmandu, where swallows swoop amongst the elegant spires of the ancient temples, with delving into vast nature reserves, and enjoying adventure activities in the dramatic mountain foothills. You will also have the chance to absorb local customs, observe traditional dances and festivals, and even learn to write and speak some basic Nepali.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit one of the most intriguing destinations in the world
  • Explore the ancient city of Kathmandu
  • Stay at the foot of the majestic Himalayas

FAST FACTS

Location Nepal
Activities Tour Kathmandu
Language lessons
Hiking
White water rafting
Jungle treks
Elephant rides
Transport Airport pick-up & drop-off
Accommodation Volunteer house / Tea Houses

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas & equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country Food
Accommodation
Airport pick-up & drop-off
Ground transfers to project
Project orientation
Project equipment
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up
Language tuition

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Nepal holds a strong appeal for travellers who wish to visit a culture that contrasts significantly with Western society. Buddhist and Hindu beliefs pervade every aspect of Nepalese culture, and influence the manner in which its people carry out their daily lives. The amalgamation of these two peace loving religions with their shared deities and colourful joint festivals result in communities where religion is highly significant and strongly apparent. As one of the least developed nations in the world Nepal has retained an ancient and mystical aura that has captivated visitors from all over the globe. This project gives you the chance to observe the Nepali social customs and etiquette; for example, affection between men and women is seldom expressed in public and is viewed as offensive, clothing is very conservative, and eating is only done with the right hand. Embrace this opportunity to visit an incredible and unusual destination, and have a gap year or year out that you will never forget!

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

You will arrive into Kathmandu, the heart of Nepal, where you will gain an insight into a society unique in today’s world. Throughout your time on this programme you will be bringing your own strengths and skills to the table whilst learning new ones helping to support local communities and children through your voluntary work at local schools and orphanages. Undoubtedly throughout your time on the project you will draw creative inspiration and ideas from the landscapes and livelihoods of the local communities that surround you. Your time on this exciting project will be split into three different phases:

Orientation and Culture

Upon arrival into the spiritual city of Kathmandu, you will spend the first phase of the programme exploring this vibrant and atmospheric city. You will learn basic Nepali which should help you make friends throughout the rest of your stay here and which will immerse you further into this spiritual culture. There will also be plenty of time for sightseeing, shopping and relaxing in local cafes.

Trekking

After spending some time in the bustling city of Kathmandu you will enjoy a 3 day trek through some of Nepals beautiful and diverse landscapes, giving you a chance to get to know your fellow travellers better.

Adventure

The final phase of the programme sees you escaping from Kathmandu to the rural area of Chitwan, five and a half hours south of the capital where the heat is turned up.  Chitwan is a haven for wildlife, and is home to the famous one horned rhinoceros.  The jungle adventure may involve wildlife spotting elephant rides, canoeing trips and jungle treks, as well as visiting baby elephants.

Continued Adventures………..

For those of you joining the 4 week programme you will then go on to visit Nepal’s wonderful second city, Pokhara, the city that wins a thousand hearts.  From here you can enjoy an extended trek into the Himalayas, staying in local Tea Houses en route, and join a breathtaking white water rafting expedition down the majestic Trishuli River.

Finally you will end your adventure by making your way back to Kathmandu to spend your last few days enjoying the city and having a farewell dinner with the countless friends that you will have made on your travels.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you will be met by project staff and transported to your first placement, where you will complete the first phase of the project before being swept away to the rural villages and stunning national parks. All project-related travel will be included, and at the end of the programme, staff will ensure that you are back in Kathmandu in time to catch your flight.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

Throughout your time in Kathmandu you will be staying in shared mixed sex accommodation at the volunteer home.  All bedrooms are basic but clean and comfortable and have locks on the doors; lockers are also available upon request.  At the volunteer house there is free wifi available, hot and cold showers, common room with TV and DVD’s, roof top terrace and an open kitchen as well as communal books and bicycle.  During your time in Chitwan you will be staying at a jungle hotel retreat and for those of you joining the four week programme you will be staying in local tea houses en route which are basic but full of character.  Single rooms can be arranged at an additional cost.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will be provided with 2 meals a day whilst in Kathmandu, consisting of typical Nepali food such as rice, lentils and soup with some vegetables.  Breakfast will be about 9:30am in the morning and evening meals at around 7:00pm in the evening. You will also be given tea in the morning and the afternoon.  During your stay at the jungle retreat in Chtiwan you will be provided with 3 meals per day.
 

4. The reviews

INCREDIBLE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES FROM NEPAL  | 31 Jan 2013
I had the most amazing 4 weeks in Nepal; time flew by. I was definitely nervous before I left, no...

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I am thrilled I was part of it  | 12 Aug 2012
  Thank you for this incredible, life changing experience. It is truly only a once in a ...

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Fit in as much as you can  | 2 Jun 2010
I've wanted to go to Nepal ever since my older sister went for her gap year and came back wit...

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Whilst the project schedule means that you will get the chance to do most activities as part of the programme, you may like to venture out into the city in your spare time and explore the shops, visit famous monuments, or try out your new language skills at local markets. If there any specific adventure activities such as hang-gliding that you would like to incorporate into your trip, these are very likely to be available- ask your local project staff for prices and more information.
 

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

2 weeks US$1,695

Extra week US$445

DEPARTURE DATES

Monthly

DURATION

From 2 weeks

This project is available throughout the Christmas period

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support & documentation
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Advice on visas & equipment
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Food
  • Accommodation
  • Airport pick-up & drop-off
  • Ground transfers & to project
  • Project orientation
  • Project equipment
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ back-up
  • Language tuition

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Kathmandu (KTM)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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