Nepal expeditions

Nepal at a glance

Population: 29.9 million

Terrain: Mountains

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Here is just a flavour of the amazing things your students can do on an expedition to Nepal.

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Nepal Update: November 2015

World Challenge is confident that all school teams due to travel to Nepal on expedition in 2016 will be able to do so safely after a comprehensive review of the destination, taking into account advice and information from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and our private security partners.

 

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Trekking

Scenic wilderness trekking

2 - 18 days

Nepal offers a range of treks from 2 to 18 days, all of which have a great blend of culture and breathtaking scenery; you’re bound to find a trek that suits your team's time line and ability.

2 - 18 days

You trek for up to eight hours every day, navigating your own way along trails. In your day sack you carry all the food, water and clothing you need, plus any group kit that the Expedition Leader has asked you to bring, while the Nepali porters carry the rest of your kit. Each night you camp in the beautiful wilderness or you may choose to spend a night in a traditional local teahouse.

Project

Work in a school

Since the earthquake which devastated Nepal in April 2015, many of the schools that we have previously worked with have been severely damaged and there is a huge need to rebuild and renovate these existing buildings, to allow children to be children and to learn in a safe and secure environment. We are working closely with our project partners and our project co-ordinator to find projects that are not only safe and suitable for our teams, but that will greatly benefit the local communities.

As earthquakes do pose a constant threat in this part of the world, we are going to double the project budget to allow for skilled workmen to be on site to not only assist our teams, but allow buildings to be built to the highest quality that they can be, so they can hopefully withstand any future earthquakes. Not only will this allow the schools to withstand shakes, and allow the local children to receive an education, it will also put vital money into the local economy and employ local people, many of whom have lost not only their livelihoods but their houses. The Nepal government has passed a new law stating any new school building must be up to their ‘earthquake proof’ standards. We have committed to doubling the project donation for 2016 – this is in reaction to the extra repair and renovation work that is required at the schools we work with.

In 2016 we are going to be focusing our efforts in and around the Kathmandu Valley which is one of the most affected regions and then as more areas open up again, and the FCO declares them as safe to travel, we will expand our efforts into the Langtang region. The FCO has already removed travel restrictions to the other areas we go to. Langtang is a trekking area that we will need to assess the safety of before sending our teams to trek there; we do not have any projects in the Langtang region. Our other projects are in the Pokhara and Chitwan regions; there is similar need in these areas, although less affected by the earthquake, but we do not have enough teams travelling in 2016 to send teams here, so we have decided to focus on the Kathmandu area this year as this is where there is most need.

Rest & Relaxation

White water rafting

Raft down the Trusili River three hours outside of Kathmandu, where you will find some of the region's best rapids. You can even camp overnight on the banks of the river. You will be in safe hands with our supplier and using top of the range equipment on this adrenalin-filled adventure.

In-Country Agent

Andrew Kumai

Andrew Kumai, along with the team at Summit Nepal Trekking, have been working with World Challenge for over 10 years. You are likely to meet Andrew for an in-country briefing on your first few days in Kathmandu, so ask as many questions as you can as he is a fountain of knowledge! 

Factfile

Languages spoken: Nepali (For tourism purposes many locals also speak basic English)
 
Time zone: GMT +5.45
 
Interesting fact: Nepal is the birthplace of the Buddha and is one of the few countries that has never been colonised.

 

Annapurna Sanctuary

The Annapurna Sanctuary trek offers fabulous walking and breathtaking scenery. Starting in the lush, green foothills of the Himalayas, this demanding route climbs up into the mountains and peaks at the British Expedition Base Camp. In 1957 there was a British-led attempt to climb Machapuchare, also known as Fish Tail mountain, and you’ll pass by the base camp used for this expedition. Machapuchare is considered sacred by Nepali Buddhists and climbers are now forbidden to scale it.

From October 2014 to April 2015, we sent

53 teams

to 20 different project sites across Nepal, from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan. Each team helped improve the village school, whilst staying on site.

A tour of your village project site is a great opportunity to meet the friendly local community and learn about their lives.
Meet the locals, immerse yourself in the culture and visit some of the country's many holy shrines.

Chitwan National Park

Take your pick! Whether you're on safari in the back of a jeep or cruising down the river in a canoe, keep your eyes peeled for glimpses of Chitwan's 43 species of mammals, including the Bengal tiger and the one-horned rhino!

Project

Mother and Children Art Foundation (MCAF)

In 2009, we started working with the Mother and Children Art Foundation (MCAF), a non-profit charity organisation working with women and children in education, health and employment. Through MCAF, teams work at schools with children from underprivileged families. Your MCAF hosts, school staff and the students at your school are warm, welcoming and love interacting with our teams.

Nepal is a magical place, but for me, the highlight has got to be the Nepalese people and their incredible generosity, warm spirit and willingness to help.
James, our Nepal Expedition Planning Manager

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