Nepal

 

Student Travel in Nepal

Explore Nepal with No Barriers Youth Programming

No Barriers Youth offers a multitude of educational group travel opportunities that will quickly immerse any group into the people and environment of this beautiful high alpine nation.

  • Explore the Buddhist culture of Kathmandu and visit the world famous Boudhnath Stupa
  • Travel to Pokhara and trek among some of the highest peaks in the world including the majestic Mount Annapurna
  • Teach English and a variety of life-skills through a women’s empowerment program
  • Volunteer at an orphanage and help support the project and the inspiring children
  • Learn about the factors that contribute to the high rate of human trafficking in Nepal and engage in activities that address this human rights issue

You and your group will return home transformed by your Nepalese adventure with a new appreciation for the human spirit!

What to Know Before Educational Trips to Nepal

Nepal is a small mountain kingdom populated by warm, welcoming people eager to share their rich culture and guide you through their snowcapped vistas. With a mixture of religious traditions, Hindu temples dominate the Kathmandu Valley while colorful Buddhist prayer flags blow in the wind throughout the surrounding mountains.

Set amongst the impressive Himalayan mountain range and nestled between India and China, there are few places on earth that are as awe-inspiring as educational student tours in Nepal.

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Himalayan Cultural Immersion Experience

Day 1: Welcome to Nepal!
  • Evening: Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet, Kathmandu 
Day 2: Whitewater Raft the Sunkoshi River 
  • Morning: Wake up in the morning and head to the SunKoshi River for a day of rafting and adventure! After a comprehensive safety briefing and paddle training, set off on your full-day trip. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy lunch and finish your rafting adventure for the day. 
  • Evening: Arrive to your riverside camp and play games with your team members before enjoying an evening BBQ dinner. Participate in the No Barriers Opening Ceremony around a campfire before settling in to your accommodation for the evening. 
  • Accommodation: River Camp, Sunkoshi 
Day 3: Off to your Village Home 
  • Morning: After breakfast start your drive to Rayale Village, your host community for the next five nights. 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, arrive to your homestay community and meet your incredible host families. Settle in to your homes, learn about your upcoming service project, and spend the first night getting to know your community hosts. 
  • Evening: Participate in a welcome dinner with your host families and chat about the group’s expectations for the remainder of the trip. 
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Rayale 
Days 4-7: Village Homestay and Service 
  • Morning: After breakfast with your host families each morning, you will head to your service site for the day. Each project is defined by a local partner in the community of Rayale and can vary depending on time of year and/or current community needs. 
  • Afternoon: Each afternoon, take a break for lunch with your host families. Return from lunch and continue your service work for the rest of the day. Additional afternoon activities will include (but are not limited to) learning Nepali dance and playing cricket or soccer with local kids.  
  • Evening: Each evening, the group will participate in different immersion activities. Learn about Nepali culture and go shopping with your homestay family, participate in a cooking class with your family, participate in a henna party and learn more about this traditional South Asian art form, and participate in a final good-bye dinner with the whole community on your final night. 
  • Accommodation: Homestay, Rayale 
Day 8: Trek to Nature Reserve and Namo Buddha 
  • Morning: After five days with your local host community, it is time to say goodbye! Head out on the first day of your Himalayan trek to the community of Namo Buddha 
  • Afternoon: Continue your trek to Namo Buddha. Upon arrival, explore the town and learn more about this important Buddhist pilgrimage site, home to a stunning monastery that shares the same name as the town. 
  • Evening:  Enjoy dinner with your team and explore the town. Participate in a debrief about your first day of trekking and prepare for the journey to Kathmandu. 
  • Accommodation: Guest House, Namo Buddha 
Day 9: Namo Buddha to Kathmandu 
  • Morning: After breakfast, say goodbye to the beautiful Himalayan Mountains that have served as your home for the past week. Drive back to Kathmandu. 
  • Afternoon: Arrive to Kathmandu with time to explore Swayambhunath temple, also known as the Monkey Temple. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and participate in a closing ceremony.. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet, Kathmandu 
Day 10: Namaste, Nepal! 
  • Morning: After breakfast, participate in a morning tour of the city. Learn about the storied history of Kathmandu and explore many of the Buddhist and Hindu monuments located throughout the city. 
  • Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the local market before departing for the airport (depending on your flight time) 
  • Evening: Depart Nepal 
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Himalayan Adventurer

Day 1: Welcome to Nepal!
  • Evening: Arrive into Kathmandu, Nepal. Meet your No Barriers Expedition Leaders upon arrival and transfer to hotel to settle in and relax. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet, Kathmandu 
Day 2: Rafting the Trishuli River 
  • Morning: Wake up in the morning and head to the Trishuli River for a day of rafting and adventure! After a comprehensive safety briefing and paddle training, set off on your full day trip. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy lunch and finish your rafting adventure for the day. 
  • Evening: Arrive to your riverside camp and play games with your team members before enjoying an evening BBQ dinner. Participate in the No Barriers Opening Ceremony around a campfire before settling in to your accommodation for the evening. 
  • Accommodation: Himalika Camp, Dhussa 
Day 3: Head Downriver and Road Trip to Pokhara 
  • Morning: Wake up early and enjoy breakfast riverside. Continue down the river with your rafting guides, take a swim in the calm open waters, and learn more about the surrounding landscapes. 
  • Afternoon: Arrive at the takeout for lunch and then head to the town of Pokhara.  
  • Evening: Upon arrival to Pokhara, settle in to your accommodation and try a Nepalese favorite for dinner, Momos!  
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Pokhara 
Day 4: Explore Pokhara 
  • Morning: After breakfast, head out on a small tour of Pokhara, explore the Peace Pagoda and marvel at the town’s other special sites. 
  • Afternoon: In the afternoon, enjoy a traditional Nepali lunch and then participate in a short urban hike around the Phewa Lake. 
  • Evening: Spend the evening in Pokhara learning more about your upcoming trek. Get to know your hiking gear, ask questions of your guides, and pack your bags! Settle in for a delicious dinner of Nepali cuisine and retire to bed early for the following day’s adventures. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Pokhara 
Day 5: The Annapurna Circuit 
  • Morning: After breakfast, head out to the trailhead in Nayapul to begin your time hiking the world famous Annapurna Circuit. Marvel at the stunning mountains that surround you. 
  • Afternoon: Start your hike. Learn more about the flora and fauna around you from your naturalist porters and guides. In about 2 hours, arrive to a local tea house where you will have lunch and a mid-day refreshment. After lunch, continue on another few miles to your evening accommodation in Hile. 
  • Evening: Debrief from the day’s trek and participate in team building activities with your fellow travelers. 
  • Accommodation: Tea house, Hile 
Day 6: Trek through the Rhododendron Forests 
  • Morning: After breakfast, head back out on the trail. Today’s walk will take you through a stunning expanse of Rhododendron forest. 
  • Afternoon: Enjoy lunch prepared by your porters and guides, continue down the trail for 2 more hours before arrival to Ghorepani.  
  • Evening: During dinner, learn more about the people who inhabit this part of Nepal, try local food, and discuss Nepali life and culture. 
  • Accommodation: Tea house, Ghorepani 
Day 7: Climb Poon Hill 
  • Morning: Wake up early and hike up to the trip’s highest point, Poon Hill.  Marvel at the beauty around you, with Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Mountains in the distance (among the top 10 tallest mountains in the world). 
  • Afternoon: After lunch, trek down to Ghandruk, one of the most beautiful villages in the Pokhara region. 
  • Evening: Before dinner, explore the town and markets in Ghandruk. Learn about the Gurum community, who are native to the village and try a local dinner prepared by your village hosts. 
  • Accommodation: Tea house, Ghandruk 
Day 8: Continue Exploring Pokhara 
  • Morning: Enjoy your final tea house breakfast before the final walk to the Nayapul. Arriviing to Nayapul, take a moment to celebrate your journey through the Himalaya and the challenge and successes of the week. 
  • Afternoon: Travel back to Pokhara 
  • Evening: Relax along the lakeside and reflect upon your journey in the himalayas. Visit a local market and finish any last-minute souvenir shopping. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel, Pokhara 
Day 9: Enjoy the Last Night in Kathmandu 
  • Morning: After breakfast say goodbye to beautiful mountains of Pokhara and begin your drive back to Kathmandu. 
  • Afternoon: Have lunch on the way. Arrive to kathmandu in the late afternoon. 
  • Evening: Enjoy a final group dinner and participate in a closing ceremony at the hotel. 
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tibet, Kathmandu 
Day 10: Namaste, Nepal! 
  • Morning: After breakfast, participate in a morning tour of the city. Learn about the storied history of Kathmandu and explore many of the Buddhist and Hindu monuments located throughout the city. 
  • Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at the local market before departing for the airport (depending on your flight time) 
  • Evening: Depart Nepal 
  • Accommodation: Overnight flight home 

Getting immersed in the culture of India and getting to know and love the children was the greatest. When the students would cling to me at the end of class, and tell me how much they enjoyed having me there was heartbreaking.

Rachel W., Student

There is so much life, happening all the time. It's crazy to think that, after only three weeks, I feel like I've become accustomed to so much of how the world move.

Saul S., Student

I just wanted to take a moment to formally thank you for another unbelievable and life changing trip. No Barriers Youth made it all possible and took the guesswork out of a potentially nerve wracking and complicated task.

Amanda W., Trip Leader