Nepal is anything but the average travel destination. This magnificent country lies along the southern slopes of the Himalayan mountain ranges.
If you love hiking or trekking, then this country is definitely one to put on your bucket list. For a truly perspective altering travel experience, the less-crowded Annapurna Trek is worth the effort. Scattered with suspension bridges and prayer flags, this 2-3 week journey takes you through a multitude of ecosystems as you ascend through the jungles, pines and high desert of Nepal’s enchanting Himalayas. All that trekking will work up an appetite, and there’s not a better place than Nepal to taste the local Dal Bhat and the rich spices accompanying the savory lentils, rice and legendary naan bread.
The picturesque city of Pokhara is a must-see. This Himalayan town is home to the Tal Barahi Temple: a 2-story pagoda that sits on an island in the lake. You won’t be disappointed by this culturally rich and scenically spectacular country. Since many world religions are rooted in this country, it is rich in holy sites and religious festivals. Roam the old city of Kathmandu and visit the palaces or enjoy a jungle safari. You may be lucky enough to see a sloth-bear, red panda, gharial or wild bengal tiger. Whether you are trekking or tasting the local cuisine, Nepal is an excellent destination for budget conscious travelers.
Nepal is a landlocked country located on south east of Asia. It is the poorest country in South Asia and ranks as the twelfth poorest countries in the world. Over 40% of Nepalese live on less than $14 per person, per month.
Over 80% of the population in Nepal live in rural areas and depend on farming to survive. These families have no access to health care, education, clean drinking water and sanitation. Half the children under the age of 5 have malnutrition and for every 1000 babies born in Nepal, 30 die before their first birthday.
Your volunteer experience will be spent working helping to build an orphanage along with participating in their feeding program.
After the 2015 earthquake that left almost 9000 people dead and many children orphans. Mission Nepal took children living in the streets in and gave them a home.
Until the orphanage is completed these children live in foster homes which is not ideal as families are being split, but it gets them off the street and away from sex traffickers. Currently 40 children (ages 3 ½ to 12) are living with various foster partners that are struggling to care for their own children. Resources are stretched and everyone goes with a little less.
Light Construction – Hiking – Walking
Dates: COMING SOON
Difficulty: Moderately Hard
Age appropriateness: 14+
Location: View map
- Transportation in and around the country
- All hotels
- Accommodation while volunteering
- All meals while volunteering (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Breakfast while travelling
- 6 lunches or dinners
- Volunteering costs
- Breakfast is included in all accommodation while travelling.
Additional Costs NOT included
- Meals (aside from while we are volunteering)
- International flights
- Water and snacks
- Food you wish to buy for the local children (optional)
- Items of a personal nature
Q – How long before we leave should I book?
A – We have spots for maximum 12 people, so the sooner you book and pay a deposit, the sooner we can confirm your place on the team.
Q – Do I have to book my accommodation while travelling through Saving The Hungry?
A – If you would like to keep your costs down we suggest you book your accommodation through us. Saving The Hungry has negotiated lower rates with the local hotels.
Q – Do I need to stay with the team while volunteering?
A – Yes, this is not optional! Everyone needs to stay together to make it convenient for our partners to transport us.
Q – What deposit do I need to pay?
A – 10% deposit is required to hold your spot.
Q – When is the final payment due?
A – Final payment is required 45 days before you leave.
Q – Will I get my deposit back if I cancel?
A – No sorry deposits are non-refundable.
Q – Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
A – Nepal makes things easy for foreign travelers. Visas are available on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and at all land border crossings that are open to foreigners, as long as you have passport photos to hand and can pay the visa fee in foreign currency (some crossings insist on payment in US dollars). Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a whole free page for your visa.
Q – What is the Nepal currency and conversion rate?
A – The Nepal currency is the Nepalese rupee (You can exchange Canadian dollars in Nepal at banks and money changers) For 1 Can $ you will get around Nepali Rupees NRs. 70
A – Most places in Nepal take US and Canadian dollars. If you are paying in US or Canadian, expect to be refunded in the local currency.
Q – How much money should I budget on spending a day?
A – $40 Canadian Dollars per day would be a realistic budget (additional sightseeing, liquor and souvenirs excluded)
Q – How much do I tip?
Y – Trekking guides, cab drivers, waiters and porters generally expect a tip of 10-15% for a job well done.
Q – What kind of accommodation can I expect?
A – Lodging while volunteering is clean but very simple and rustic. Several of the rooms have nothing more than a bunk bed, ceiling fans and a shelf. When traveling you will be staying in 4- star accommodation
Q – Is Nepal hot?
A –Nepal’s climate is influenced by maritime and continental factors, and has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May, and is warm with rain showers, and temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green.
Q – Is Nepal safe?
A – It is very safe. Nepal feels safer than most other countries around the globe, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. … The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming.
Like any other developing country, you should still be cautious and travel in groups in the evening.
Q – What tours would you recommend?
A – The tours that we recommend are all built into the cost of the itinerary. Should you wish to book additional tours we can assist but they will be considered an “add on”
Q – How will I get around?
A – From arrival to departure all your travel is taken care of.
Q – What kind of clothing should I bring?
A – We will send you a list of suggested clothing and items to bring 30 days before you depart.
Q – What vaccinations will I need?
A – Typhoid, rabbis and Hep B and A are highly recommending. Please contact your local health authority 60 days before you travel to set up an appointment to ask about vaccinations.