Cultural Adventure to Nepal

Overview

Embark on a journey of self-discovery in majestic Nepal. This trip gives you the opportunity to visit Nepal’s world-famous attractions while learning about social inclusion and community development. What makes this experience unique is the chance to spend a few days living with locals in a carefully selected homestay run by a Dalit community (considered untouchables). 

This program is presented by Asian Education Network in partnership with Hands-On Institute, Lalitpur, Nepal.

 

Highlights 

  • Learn about Nepal’s diverse cultures and religions

  • Live, eat, and work with locals 

  • Learn from changemakers, local women’s group, and youth club 

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Soyembhu, Bouddha) in Kathmandu and beautiful sites in Pokhara 

  • Enjoy hiking with stunning views of the Himalayas 

  • Try Nepal’s simple yet exquisite cuisine  

  • Share meaningful connections with new people

  • Learn about sustainable tourism through input sessions, discussions, and real-life observations 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Nepal

  • Check-in at hostel

  • Introduction, orientation, health and safety guidelines 

  • Visit Swayambhu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site also known as Monkey Temple

  • Free time before dinner

  • Welcome dinner with an invited expert/changemaker to give an overview of Nepal’s history and present situation

Day 2 - Live like Locals

  • Travel to community (5 hours by private car and 1 hour hiking)

  • Reach village, welcome by villagers and transfer to homestays 

  • Live like locals (follow the family members, help them in household work and learn from them) 

  • Reflection of the Day 

Day 3 - Community Consultation

7 - 9 AM: Help families in doing household chores (it could be cooking, teaching English to kids in the family, milking buffalos, feeding livestock)

9 AM - 4 PM: Learning Traditional Skills and Consultation
Participants will get the opportunity to choose two options from the following skills: bamboo work, iron work, mud jewelry and playing traditional musical instruments.

Evening: The youth club and women’s group will perform a cultural program that will also serve as a farewell program and a chance for cultural exchange. Participants are invited to perform songs and dance from their home countries. 

Day 4 - Australian Base Camp

  • Hike down to Damauli and Travel to Fedi 

  • Hike to Australian Camp (4 Hours) from Fedi

  • Reach and transfer to Hotel in Australian Camp and enjoy the view of the Himalayas

  • Reflection on community stay

Day 5 - Journey to Pokhara

  • View sunrise from Australian Camp 

  • Hike down to Lumle after lunch at Australian Camp

  • Travel to Pokhara 

  • Free Evening in Pokhara 

Day 6 - Free Day in Pokhara

Spend a day exploring Nepal’s most popular touristic city. Activities may include visiting World Peace Pagoda and boating at Fewa Lake. Participants may explore the city further on their own after dinner.

Day 7 - Reflection and Closing Program

  • Travel back to Kathmandu 

  • Reflection and closing program

  • Awarding of tokens of appreciation

  • Farewell dinner at Bouddhanath, UNESCO World Hertiage Site

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