The Youth International Nepal program is an experiential learning travel program in Nepal, beginning with a 1-day orientation in New York.  The Fall 2021 Nepal program will run November 28 to December 22, 2021.

Detailed Itinerary: November 28 to December 22

Nov. 28 to 29: New York:  Team members meet up in New York City for one day and one night. They take part in a series of orientation workshops on topics including health, safety, cultural sensitivity, and team building, in preparation for their Nepal adventure.  On Nov. 29, the team flies from New York to Kathmandu, arriving in Nepal on Nov. 30.

Nov. 30 to Dec. 2: Kathmandu: The team has three days to begin exploring the colorful capital city of Nepal.  Exploration will include: the UNESCO world heritage sites of Swayambhunath (“Monkey”) Temple, Boudhanath Stupa, Pashupatinath Temple, Durbar Square, and the living open-air museum of Kathmandu itself.

Dec. 2 to 8: City Home Stay: During this week, team members learn first-hand about city life, while living with a Nepalese family in a suburb of Kathmandu.  They help out by volunteering on renovation and construction projects at the local school, as well as teaching and running educational workshops for the children. On Dec. 8, travel by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with a segment of the journey done by whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River.

Dec. 8 to 10: Pokhara: Time to begin exploring this beautiful city at the base of the Annapurna mountain range and to prepare for the upcoming trek in the Himalayan Mountains.  Exploration includes boating across scenic Phewa Lake and hiking up to the World Peace Pagoda, wandering through Old Pokhara, and visiting the International Mountain Museum.

Dec. 10 to 13: Himalayan Mountain Trek:  For four days the team will trek in the Annapurna range of the Himalayan Mountains, through lush valleys and small Nepalese villages, with spectacular views of some of the world’s highest mountain peaks.  Return to Pokhara on Dec. 13.

Dec. 13 to 15: Pokhara:  Rest and recovery from the trek, and more time to explore Pokhara.  On the morning of Dec. 15, the team flies from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, with great Himalayan mountain views on route.

Dec. 15 to 16: Kathmandu: Time for further exploration of Kathmandu, including a visit to the Royal Palace.  On Dec. 16, the team travels by bus to a nearby village and moves in with home stay families.

Dec. 16 to 21: Village Home Stay: During this week, the team lives with families in a rural village in the Himalayan foothills near Kathmandu. They learn about Nepalese village life by living it themselves.  They also help out by doing renovation and construction work at the local school, and teaching and running educational workshops for the children at the school.  Travel by bus back to Kathmandu on the morning of Dec. 21.

Dec. 21 to 22: Kathmandu: Time for final exploration of Kathmandu, group reflection, and final team celebrations.

Dec. 22:  The team flies from Kathmandu back to New York, and then onwards individually to each team member’s final home destination.

*Although unlikely, it is possible that the starting and ending point in the USA could change due to flight schedules and availability.