Evolve Nepal is an unforgettable two weeks of adventure and community volunteering. So if you're facing the possibility of starting the next school year with nothing accomplished except playing video games until your controller (and brain) turns to dust, put away that broom and dustpan and come on Evolve Nepal!
From day 2 to 7 you'll visit beautiful temples in the city, volunteer at a local organization that helps children, play with the kids and practice your Nepali. Then on Day 8 things will take a turn for the epic: we'll go whitewater-rafting on the gorgeous Trisuli river all the way to the city of Pokhara, stopping overnight to camp out on the riverbank and quietly kick anyone who snores into the river.
When we reach Pokhara we'll go for a three day trek on foot through the Annapurna region, where unprepared eyes have been known to explode from the staggering views of Himalayas, rice fields and rural villages. Finally we'll have a traditional Nepali ceremony back at Kathmandu before heading back home.
Day 1: Touch down
You'll arrive at the airport, transfer to basecamp in Kathmandu and enjoy our opening night ceremonies, which may or may not include flamethrowers (okay: they won't).
Day 2: Intro
We'll spend the morning in a workshop on Nepal's cultures, etiquette, history, religions, and family structures, as well as covering safety and health. This is a critical part of the journey as it will prevent us from embarrassing ourselves horribly in front of the very cool people of Nepal. Then we'll head out on a tour of the city and visit some beautiful temples.
Day 3-7: Service project
Today we dive headfirst into helping the local community by meeting the grassroots organization we're supporting and the kids it benefits. Over the next few days, we'll be painting, cleaning, constructing, and repairing so that the kids have a better facility - but we'll also play with the kids, interact in English and Nepali, and share cultures with each other.
Day 8-9: Whitewater rafting
Today's an adventurous day on the rapids, traveling from Kathmandu towards the city of Pokhara on the Trisuli river. Each raft will be guided by a local pro and safety kayaks will travel with us like sweet protective whales for the whole trip. We'll set up camp at night right on the riverbanks. When we reach Pokhara, we'll get cozy in our new dorm digs.
Day 10-13: Trekking
We'll go on a Nepali trek, exploring the Annapurna region by foot and visiting small villages. The views are unparalleled - Poon Hill and stunning mountain vistas - like something out of a TV commercial for a luxury car, except right in front of you and without a man raving about the smooth ride and leather seats in a low voice. Then we'll return to Pokhara for our last night there.
Day 14: Kathmandu
We'll return to Kathmandu on our private bus. Then we'll go to a traditional Nepali dinner looking awesome in Nepali clothing, and say our goodbyes to the country and our new friends. On Day 15, we'll fly home.
Service project and orientation
Kathmandu walking tours
All meals are provided
1-2 Evolve Staff
Local Nepal staff
Ground transfers by private van or bus
Dorm accommodation: Kathmandu
TeaHouses or Camping: During trek
Crash course in Nepali, with opportunities to practice with locals, staff, and children at service project
Working with local organizations and builders to improve the physical conditions of facilities, reducing workload to the organization while improving living, working, and learning environments for the communities served.
Exchange cultures and language through the service project, orientation and adventure travel.
Learn about the Nepali culture, what it means to live in a rural area versus urban cities. Opportunities to visit Nepali villages and farms during trekking. Participants will join a traditional Nepali meal and ceremony their last night in Kathmandu with the opportunity to arrive in traditional wear.
3 day trek around the Annapurna region featuring exotic plants, rural villages, and mountain vistas.
White Water Rafting
2 day trip down the Trisuli River with rapids levels II to IV with guides and safety kayaks, and equipment.