Nepal Summer Trip for High School Students
Immersive Cultural Service Program with Trekking in the Himalayas!
Interested in a teen service program that has extra adventure? Travel to Nepal on this travel experience of a lifetime. The focus of this program is a jungle and elephant safari in Chitwan, followed by trekking adventures around Pokhara. We will assist local children and connect with community members along the way. This program travels from the jungle to the mountains, leading students on a unforgettable summer service adventure. Pack your bags and put on your hiking boots for this international trip for teens!
Fly to the stunning Kathmandu Valley framed against the backdrop of the mighty Himalayan mountains. After a long flight the group arrives on day 3 and retreats to our hotel in the center of Kathmandu. We begin the trip with orientation activities and a visit to some of Kathmandu’s most important landmarks, including Durbar Square, Swayambhunath “the Monkey Temple,” and the Bodnath Stupa — the largest in the world!
Chitwan, meaning “Heart of the Jungle,” is the best wildlife viewing national park in Asia and home to Bengal tigers, wild elephants, one-horned rhinos, sloth bears, and many other exotic species. We take a guided jeep or elephant safari and visit the Elephant Breeding Center. Bring your bathing suit and help bathe an elephant—you may even be rewarded with a trunk full of cold water! We partner with a local community on needed projects to support kids and the schools.
Transfer by bus to Pokhara, where we get prepared for a four night trek looping from Nayapul, Ghandruk, Ghorepani, Tikhedunga, and back to Nayapul. We travel with knowledgeable guides that take us from village to village where we stay in trekkers lodges and guest houses. We witness incredible views of Annapurna, and experience Gurung culture. Other highlights include breathtaking views from Poon Hill and numerous scenic and friendly villages.
Leaving Pokhara, we head to the regional airport and board a short flight back to Kathmandu. On our final day in Nepal, we explore the winding brick streets and witness the effects of the earthquake in the ancient city of Bhaktapur, just outside of the capital. Finally, it’s time for some souvenir shopping and then a celebratory last dinner. The next day, we start our journey home via Singapore.
Global Works will arrange a chaperoned group flight from New York (JFK) for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. When flights become available, please contact us for the latest airfare pricing or visit our Flight & Travel Arrangements page for more information about travel days.
Please note that, given the unprecedented nature of travel currently, this itinerary is subject to change.
Participants may be subject to additional expenses related to entry requirements to your destination and/or re-entry to your home country. Global Works does not cover these expenses. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, COVID tests, insurance, or other. See our Covid-19 FAQ’s for more information. The most up to date requirements can be found via links on your login page on the Flight and Travel Day Instruction form after enrollment.
Community Service Projects
Adventure & Cultural Activities
Our hotel in Kathmandu offers the perfect place to rest up after our long flight days and to start exploring the capital city. This three-star hotel offers modern amenities, double and triple rooms, and air conditioning. The hotel also has ample room for group games and meetings. We stay at the same hotel for our last night in Nepal, as well.
Our bungalow-style lodging on the banks of the river is the launch point for our jungle adventures. Rooms are for 2-3 students, offer air conditioning, and are small and basic, but comfortable. Local guides help introduce us to the wildlife in the region with an introductory slideshow and a meet-and-greet with the resident elephants. All meals are provided by the hotel.
On the trek we primarily stay in guest houses with shared rooms for our group participants, meals, and hot showers!