With No Barriers Youth
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
- Travel to the village of Sermathang to engage in a trek and visit children in a small school high in the Himalayas
- 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!
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 Nepal.
Morning/Evening: Depart USA for flight to Kathmandu through Hong Kong.
Evening: Arrive in Kathmandu and meet your No Barriers Youth Expedition Leader at the airport. Transfer to your hotel for a good night’s rest.
Morning: Walk a short distance to the Boudha stupa and join Tibetans on a pilgrimage kora walk around the stupa. After breakfast, participate in a 45-60 minute orientation on Nepal, the program, do’s and don’ts, Q&A, etc.
Afternoon: Visit office and safe house of (NGO) Maiti Nepal. Power point presentation on trafficking and program interventions, distribution of information packets followed by Q&A and tour of facilities. Time at NGO: approx 1.5-2 hrs. Return to hotel for group discussion of what you have learned and experienced.
Evening: Presentation on Nepal’s history and politics or Nepali culture, religion, social customs, and modern society.
Morning: After breakfast, visit Saathi Nepal another NGO safe house. Presentation on human trafficking situation at national level; guided discussions with women and/or children using an “Appreciative Inquiry” (AI) participatory approach to identify opportunities to bring about change. Conclude with joint activity such as music, dance, and art.
Afternoon: Lunch at nearby restaurant and then visit nearby Patan Durbar Square and Swayambhunath, with time to explore and shop for gifts in Thamel.
Evening: Free time to journal and decompress. Prepare for field visit.
Morning: After breakfast travel by bus to Melamchi, en route to Sermathang. Meet with Chairperson of Mahila Atma Nirvarta Kendra – Melamchi (NGO). Learn what is being done at village level to combat trafficking.
Afternoon: Lunch in Melamchi at a local restaurant before driving to Sermathang village. Arrive in Sermathang (elevation 8560 ft) by early evening.
Evening: Welcome dinner and briefing on forthcoming activities.
Morning: Breakfast and village walk. Orientation to village socio-economic conditions.
Afternoon: After lunch, join Yangrima School students and begin an issues and opportunities workshop using an “AI” structure to identify what is working well in terms of stemming human trafficking and how it can be made better.
Evening: Cultural program and social evening with Yangrima School students.
Morning: After breakfast, continue the AI workshop, working toward “taking action now.” Lunch at Yangrima School with school children.
Afternoon: Participate in a group art project with students from the Yangrima School.
Evening: Dinner and guided reflection activity that promotes critical thinking skills.
Morning/Afternoon: After breakfast complete the collaborative art project followed by a soccer match with the local students. Enjoy lunch and say goodbye to your friends at Yangrima.
Evening: Pack for the next day’s trek and get a good night’s rest
Morning: Trek 4-5 hrs through moderately easy terrain with minimal elevation gain. Take in the stunning natural beauty as you evaluate the trip themes and topics so far. Lunch en route.
Afternoon: Arrive mid-afternoon and check into your lodge. Explore Tarkeghyang (elevation 8550 ft) and tour the historic monastery.
Evening: Free time to relax. Journaling.
Morning/Afternoon: Day hike to sacred peak Ama Yangri (elevation approx 12,200’) 4+ hrs each way. Experience rich Buddhist and Hindu cultures along the way.
Evening: Free time in Tarkeghyang to explore.
Morning/Afternoon: Trek to Sermathang (4-5 hrs), lunch en route. Photograph the natural beauty and take in the flora and fauna throughout the journey.
Evening: Farewell dinner in Sermathang with local folk music troupe.
Morning: After breakfast, drive to Bhaktapur and enjoy lunch along the way.
Afternoon: Take a guided walking tour of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is the most traditional of Kathmandu Valley’s three ancient cities, with narrow cobblestone lanes where people still make pottery by hand and dry grains. Visit the Royal Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its 3-400 year old temples
Evening: Farewell traditional Newari style dinner and transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Afternoon: Return home inspired to take action and enthralled by your adventure to Nepal!
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
“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”
– Robert Louis Stevenson
Facts & Figures
Special Note: Prince Siddharta Gautama, known as The Buddha, was born in present day Lumbini
Nepali - official
123 languages reported including Maithali, Bhojpuri, Tamang
Below Poverty Line
Carbon Emissions (%)