Nepal Spring Intensive
The Youth International Nepal program is a 3 1/2 week experiential learning travel semester in Nepal, beginning with a 1-day orientation in New York.
Spring 2021 Daily Itinerary (April 24 to May 18)
April 24 to 25: 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 April 25, the team flies from New York to Kathmandu, arriving in Nepal on April 26.
April 26 to 28: 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.
April 28 to May 3: 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 May 3, travel by bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara, with a segment of the journey done by whitewater rafting on the Trisuli River.
May 3 to 5: 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.
May 5 to 8: Himalayan Mountain Trek: For four days the team treks in the Annapurna range of the Himalayan Mountains, through lush valleys and past small villages, with spectacular views of some of the world’s highest peaks. Return to Pokhara on May 8.
May 8 to 10: Pokhara: Rest and recovery from the trek, and more time to explore Pokhara. On the morning of May 10, the team flies from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, with great Himalayan mountain views on route.
May 10 to 11: Kathmandu: Time for further exploration of Kathmandu, including a visit to the Royal Palace. On May 11, the team travels by bus to a nearby village and moves in with home stay families.
May 11 to 16: 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 May 16.
May 16 to 17: Kathmandu: Time for final exploration of Kathmandu, group reflection, and final team celebrations.
May 17 to 18: 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.