NEPAL VOLUNTOURISM

Experience the unique opportunity to take part in voluntourism with WWTrek sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project (HOP). We can customize an adventure of a lifetime that will simultaneously benefit local communities.

Plan a stand-alone voluntourism trip or add a project onto a WWTrek adventure. Trek to Everest Base Camp and stop at the Namche Dental Clinic on your way to resupply the clinic, which is the only dental clinic in the Khumbu Valley. Or you can make a detour to a secondary school in a small village to install a solar-powered computer center, a PA system, or an industrial water filter.

HOP Projects in Nepal

Nepal is the birthplace of Human Outreach Project. In 2004, Dean summited Mt. Everest along with his good friend and climbing partner Ang Pasang. A few months later, Pasang was killed tragically in an avalanche. Dean committed to doing whatever he could to support Pasang’s three children.

HOP continues to provide support and educational funds for Ang Pasang’s Children. Other ongoing projects in Nepal include supporting the Himalayan Rescue Association, trekking supplies to Namche Dental Clinic, and supporting Juving Secondary School.

MEDIA

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 NEPAL HOP PROJECTS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Check out this itinerary for inspiration and then call us! We will work with you to create your perfect trip.

Day 1: Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal (4,600')

  • Guests will purchase their visa, advance through customs, and be transferred to the hotel by a WWTrek representative
  • Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: D

Day 2: Kathmandu Cultural Tour

  • Morning orientation and briefing
  • Kathmandu Cultural Tour of parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kathmandu Valley, including:
    • Swayambhunath (“Monkey Temple”)
    • Bagmati River
  • Return to hotel for gear check
  • Overnight: Yak & Yeti Hotel
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 3: Fly to Phaplu - Trek to Thakshindu

  • Fly to Phaplu and trek to Thakshindu
  • Prepare for solar project
  • Goal Zero product shipped via plane to Lukla
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 4: Trek to Khari Khola

  • Trek to Khari Khola
  • Prepare for solar project
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Distribute Solar in Khari Khola

  • Distribute solar in Khari Khola
  • Overnight: Tea House
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 6: Trek to Surke

  • Trek to Surke to distribute solar
  • Prepare to trek the next day
  • Overnight: Tea House
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 7: Trek to Phakding or Monjo (9,428')

  • Trek!
  • Overnight: Tea House
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 8: Trek to Namche Bazaar (11,500')

  • Trek by Duh Kozi River and up Namche Hill
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 9: Trek to Khunde

  • Trek to Khunde
  • Install solar in Khunde
  • Trek back to Namche
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals included: B/L/D

Day 10: Trek to Deboche - Visit Tengboche Monastery

  • Trek to Tengboche (12,738′)
  • Visit Tengboche Monastery for call to prayer
  • Trek to Deboche
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: Trek to Pangboche (13,993')

  • Trek to Pangboche
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 12: Trek to Pheriche (13,993')

  • Trek to Pheriche (13,993′)
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 13: Acclimatization day

  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 14: Trek to Lobuche

  • Trek from Pheriche to Lobuche (16,203′)
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 15: Summit Kala Patthar (18,300')

  • Trek from Gorak Shep to Summit of Kala Patthar (18,300′)
  • Return to Gorak Shep
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 16: Everest Base Camp (17,688')

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 17: Rest Day

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tea house
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 18: Trek to Lobuche High Camp

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tents
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 19: Summit Lobuche (20,020')

  • Trek to Everest Base Camp
  • Descend to Lobuche for the night
  • Overnight: Tents
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 20: Pheriche - Lukla - Kathmandu

Day 21: Kathmandu Cultural Tour/ Sightseeing

  • Half-day cultural tour/shopping/sightseeing
  • Farewell dinner at the Hyatt
  • Overnight: Hyatt Regency Kathmandu
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 21: Departure Day

  • Depart Kathmandu for international flights home
  • Meals Included: B

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

  • Spring: March through May
  • Fall: September through November

This prime trekking weather is due in part because Nepal experiences two main seasons: wet and dry. You might end up drenched during the monsoonal period from June through September.

Arrivals & Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Kathmandu, Nepal. You will fly into and out of Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. WWTrek has an expert travel agent that can help you with all of your travel arrangements. Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

You will need a Nepal Entry Visa. Upon clearing customs in Nepal, you will be required to purchase a 30-day entry visa. The visa costs $40, so make sure to bring cash with you. It helps to have exact change. In addition, remember to bring two passport photos for the visa. Waiting to try and have these taken in the Kathmandu airport will not only cause you undue delays, but it also tends to be exceedingly expensive.

Accommodations:

Enjoy camping-style accommodations when climbing Kilimanjaro while we make every effort to impress. For us, it’s all about the details because the fine points make the difference. Sleep soundly in brand-new North Face tents. Eat delicious, fresh food in our huge, luxurious dining tent complete with solar lighting. Experience peace of mind in our private toilet tents.

Transportation:

A World Wide Trekking representative will privately transport you from the airport to your lodge. During the trek, travel light while carrying just your daypack. Porters carry all other bags and equipment up and down the mountain.

Meals:

Proper nutrition plays a vital role in the success of all our adventures. Rest assured that our full kitchen staff including chefs, dishwashers, and servers prepare hearty, western-style meals every day. Typical meals include breakfast complete with coffee and tea, lunch, and dinner. Enjoy all of your meals in our luxurious dining tents complete with tables, chairs, dinnerware, and solar lighting.

Health & Safety:

Our stringent commitment to safety means you have access to our medically certified guides before and throughout your trip. Our staff also carries emergency medical equipment such as satellite phones and medical kits.

Prior to the trip, you will need to get two prescriptions from your physician: Diamox for altitude sickness and Malarone for malaria. In addition, we recommend visiting your local travel vaccination clinic one month before your trip. Needed vaccinations include a current tetanus shot, annual influenza shot, Varicella, Typhoid, Hep A, and MMR.

For more information, feel free to contact Dr. Levy, our medical advisor, at 801.943.0264 or visit our trek tips series on YouTube.

Currency Exchange:

You can easily exchange money in Kathmandu after you arrive. We will allot time for guests to do so. Local currency is best on the trek. Spending varies depending on the person, but we always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals, sodas, snacks, or souvenirs.

Fitness & Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

A land locked sovereign nation, Nepal encompasses an area of 56,827 square miles. The rugged, mountainous terrain plays a key role in both the preservation of the nation’s deep cultural heritage, and as well as a hinderance to its worldly development.

Population:

27.8 million

Time Zone:

Nepal Standard Time (NPT) is the time zone for Nepal. With a time offset from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of +5:45, all over Nepal Standard Time is one of only three time zones with a 45-minute offset from UTC.

Capital City:

Kathmandu, Nepal

People:

Sherpas: The people of the Khumbu

The Sherpas are an eastern, indigenous people living in the eastern regions of Nepal. The word Sherpa is a combination of two Tibetan words, “Shyar,” meaning east, and “Pa,” or people. They are indeed easterners both in origin and present location of settlement, as they migrated from Eastern Tibet and now live in Eastern Nepal. Traditionally, Sherpas were farmers and traders. Known for their strength and relationship to the mountains, the Sherpas now primarily work in mountaineering, trekking, or portering. Therefore, the Khumbu region is well known as “Sherpa Land.”

Language:

There are over one hundred different languages spoken in Nepal by the various ethnic groups. The main language spoken throughout the regions of Nepal, is Nepali. Our trek will take us through the Khumbu Valley where the villagers speak Sherpa, a Tibetan dialect, as well as Nepali.

Culture & Religion:

The people of Nepal are as diverse as the land that sustains them. Inhabiting different altitudes, various ethnic, tribal, and social groups have maintained their unique heritage for centuries.  Since the 1950’s, many Tibetan refugees now call Nepal home and contribute to the country’s vast array of culture.

Eighty percent of the population practices Hinduism. Hinduism is the world’s third largest religion as well as the oldest. Originating in India, Hinduism’s eclectic religious, philosophical, and cultural roots are characterized by their belief in reincarnation—one absolute being or soul reborn multiple times in various manifestations until enlightenment is achieved. Ten percent of the population practices Buddhism while the remaining 10% are either Muslim, Christian, or Kirant (an indigenous religion). Both participants of Hinduism and Buddhism share many of the temples throughout Nepal, as their beliefs are similar. Often times, religious and cultural practices are difficult to distinguish as many individuals often employ dual-faith practices.

Money:

The official currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee Introduced in 1932, the Rupee is abbreviated Rs. Check online for current conversion rates.