Welcome to Nepal, a land of stunning nature and rich diverse culture! Join Vision Nepal for a four or five week’s volunteer and trekking experience in this ancient Himalayan kingdom of Nepal. Vision Nepal’s volunteer and trekking program gives you an opportunity to volunteer and to engage in the most spectacular natural, cultural, and wildlife experiences Nepal has to comprehensive offer.
Do you prefer tours instead of trekking? Have a look at our volunteer-travel-tours page!
Why volunteer and travel with us?
Our volunteer and trekking program will allow you to discover as much as possible in your short time, while giving back to the local Nepali communities around you. Whether your dream is to watch basking Gharial/Marsh crocodiles, to splash with an elephant in a jungle river, to stroll in the medieval streets of Kathmandu or to relax on a boat in Fewa Lake with mirror images of Annapurna Himalayan ranges, we can make it real.
Where will you be going?
The volunteer and trekking program starts in the Kathmandu Valley, with its UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site cities of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur. From there the journey heads north to the fantastic Lake of Pokhara and then takes you into the mountains for a magnificent trekking. Your cultural journey through Nepal is enriched by opportunities to volunteer at one or more of Volunteer Society Nepal’s projects across the country: teaching English or IT in schools; helping the children with intellectual care, or with single women’s groups.
Who are you?
This volunteer trekking program has been designed for travelers seeking a unique holidays that combines volunteering, cultural engagement, and sightseeing in the mountains and jungles of Nepal.
Example of four week program
Day 1-4: Orientation, Language and Cultural Immersion
You will be greeted at the airport by one of the Vision Nepal staff and taken to your local host families or Hotel, where you will stay during your orientation and volunteering in Kathmandu. Here you will be welcomed, accommodated in your own room and be provided with all your meals while in their care. With easy bus routes around town and the surrounding countryside, this is the perfect base for your introduction to Nepal.
After arrival, your next 4 days will include the following:
- Introduction to your placement and volunteer responsibility
- Nepali cultural orientation describing the dos and don’ts’s of Nepal
- Nepali language classes (2 hrs. per day) plus spares time to study your free Nepali language booklet
- Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s main sites
- Getting to know the rest of the Vision Nepal team and volunteers
Day 02: Kathmandu
Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most sacred Hindu temples; during the annual Shivaratri festival thousands of devotees come here for pilgrimage. On the other side of the sacred Bagmati River is a funeral site, where bodies are cremated before the charred remains are swept into the waters that ultimately flow into the Ganges.
The Boudhanath Stupa area is home to Nepal’s largest Tibetan community, numbering twelve thousand people. The stupa itself is adorned with colorful prayers flags and built in a sacred geometrical mandala design with nine levels. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice.
Day 03: Swayambhunath Stupa
The Swayambhunath Stupa is situated on the edge of the city on a hilltop, and is believed to date back to around 500BC. Legend has it that a sage named Manjushree, who is credited with the creation of Kathmandu, saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the hilltop and blessed it. Swayambhu is an important pilgrimage site as well as a Centre of art, architecture, religion and culture in Mahayana Buddhism.
Durbar Square is Kathmandu’s focal point. Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who once ruled the city. Along with these palaces, the square also contains a series of temples, the oldest dating back to the 16th century. The square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, near the entrance.
Day 04: Patan Durbar Square
Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the oldest of the three Kathmandu Valley cities and is one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is situated on a plateau across the Bagmati River and is bordered by 4 stupas, one at each corner of its cardinal points, which are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar square is popular for its many ancient palaces, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings.
The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.
Day 05-13: Volunteering (the 5 week program includes more days of Volunteering)
You may choose to get involved in one of following volunteering programs:
- Teach English/ sports/ computer skills to school-children,
- Take part in a construction program,
- Help at an after school child care center
- Work with our women’s group
- Work in our center for children with difficulties
- Work in an elderly people’s home
Days 14: Preparation for Trekking
Day 15-26: Trekking Annapurna Base camp
- Transfers to start of trekking and guide and porters for the full 12 days on the trail
- Altitude: 4130
- Trip Duration: 10/14 days (depending on speed and time spent in Pokhara)
- Trek Grade: Moderate
- Accommodation: Tea house (Lodge to Lodge)
- Per day hiking: 5 to 7 hrs.
Day 27: Drive to Kathmandu
After breakfast we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu, along which you can enjoy stunning Himalayan mountain views. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be taken to your hotel, where there is not much left to do but trade Facebook details with your travel companions and organize photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last minute shopping and enjoy a celebratory dinner all together with Volunteer Society Nepal staff.
Day 28: Day off, shopping and relaxing in Kathmandu
Day 29: Fly Home, Farewell Our Friends
Your journey in Nepal sadly comes to an end today! We hope you enjoyed the tour with us, and are sure you’ll be back for another trip somewhere in the Nepali Himalaya again. Approximately 3 hrs. Before your scheduled flight, a representative from Vision Nepal will meet you to escort you to the airport. But there’s no need to feel sad about saying farewell, we’ll be here waiting to greet you again on your next journey.
Food and Accommodation
From the moment you land in Nepal you are in our care, and here at Vision Nepal we aim to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. From arranging airport transfers to providing you with comfortable accommodation, offering meals of your choice and assisting with logistical details and requests, we will serve you as best we can. Accommodation is provided in local Nepalese family homes or in our volunteers’ house, depending on availability. Both the home stay accommodation and the volunteers’ house are neat and comfortable and have running water, electricity, and all basic amenities.
4 weeks = USD$2349
5 Weeks = USD$2499
What is included?
- Food and accommodation from the moment of landing at the airport to the final day of your placement
- In depth cultural and language training
- Guided sightseeing to Swoyambhunath (monkey temple), Pashupatinath & Bhaktapur
- Fully trained host families
- 24hr availability of VN staff for emergencies
- Transportation (picks up and drops off to/from airport and placement)
- Support in booking any further travel in Nepal
- Meal and accommodation (typical Nepali food) with host family during placement
- Nights in a tourist hotel in Kathmandu
- Trekking cost either Everest Base Camp Trek (14 Days) or Annapurna Trek (14 Days)
- Includes an experienced guide, porters (generally 1 porter for 2 pax), their food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment.
- Farewell dinner
- Surface Transfer to destination from Kathmandu
What is excluded
- Visa fee
- Travel insurance
- Sundries such as personal items, extra beverages and entertainment (approx. $60/week)
- Entrance fees to the main cultural and Heritage sites total approximately 40 euro (
(Entry Fees to Heritage Sites, Museums and Others).
- Domestic flight costs
- Flight to Nepal and vice versa
- Extra meals
- Personal expenses (i.e. gift items, beverage, water bottle)
- Some entrance fees for the excursions