Tour and Volunteering Program

Travel and Volunteering Program: 3 Weeks

Key Information

  • Duration:21 Days
  • Primary Activity:Travel and Volunteering
  • Group Size:1-25 Peoples
  • Country:Nepal
  • Arrival on:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy
  • Meals:As per itinerary
  • Accomodation:Hotel and Homestay
  • Max-Altitude:1350 m.
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle
  • Departure from:Kathmandu
  • Culture:Tharu

Travel and Volunteering Program: 3 Weeks

Sign up for our Volunteer and Travel – Experience Nepal Program!

Want to travel Nepal but also support local projects by volunteering?

Join Travel Society Nepal for a three or four weeks Volunteer and Travel Experience! Our program gives you an opportunity to volunteer in one of our projects and explore three different regions of the country.

This trip will allow you to discover Nepal as much as possible while giving back to the local communities.

This three-week program has been designed for people seeking a unique experience that combines volunteering, cultural engagement, and sightseeing in the mountains and jungles of Nepal.

Sign up to volunteer at one of the following opportunities:

  • Teaching English, Sports, or IT at a Monastery
  • Teaching English, Sports, or IT in a local school
  • Being a homework guide/activity organizer at our child care centre
  • Helping children with intellectual disabilities at our care centre
  • Working with at our women’s centre, teaching English or giving empowerment workshops.
  • Taking part in small construction projects
  • Working at an elderly people’s care home

Your travel itinerary includes visits to all of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Sites in the Kathmandu Valley, Patan, and Bhaktapur. It then takes you south to Chitwan to explore a National Wildlife Jungle Park famed for its unique wildlife such as rhinos, elephants and Bengal tigers! From there the journey heads north to the fantastic lakeside city of Pokhara.

Want to stay longer? Get in touch with us for a customized travel and volunteering itinerary just for you!


Day 01-05: Orientation, Language and Cultural Immersion in Kathmandu

You will be greeted at the airport by one of the TSN staff and taken to your local host family’s home, where you will stay during your orientation and volunteering in Kathmandu. Here you will be welcomed, accommodated in your own room and be provided with all your meals while in their care. With easy bus routes around town and the surrounding countryside, this is the perfect base for your introduction to Nepal.

After arrival, your next 4 days will include the following:
– Introduction to your placement and volunteer responsibility
– Nepali cultural orientation describing the do’s and don’ts’s of Nepal
– Nepali language classes (2 hours per day) plus spare time to study your free Nepali language booklet
– Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu’s main sites
– Getting to know the rest of the Travel Society Nepal team and volunteers.

Day 1

Day 2: Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa 

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: Survival Nepali language and cultural class

1:00 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Pashupatinath and Boudhanath Stupa

Pashupatinath is one of the world’s most sacred Hindu temples; during the annual Shivaratri festival, thousands of devotees come here for pilgrimage. On the other side of the sacred Bagmati River is a funeral site, where bodies are cremated before the charred remains are swept into the waters that ultimately flow into the Ganges. The Boudhanath Stupa area is home to Nepal’s largest Tibetan community, numbering twelve thousand people. The stupa itself is adorned with colorful prayers flags and built in a sacred geometrical mandala design with nine levels. Altogether 108 Buddha images and 147 prayer wheels adorn the base of the huge circular edifice.

Day 2

Day 03: Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class

1:00 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Swayambhunath Stupa and Durbar Square.

The Swayambhunath Stupa is situated on the edge of the city on a hilltop and is believed to date back to around 500BC. Legend has it that a sage named Manjushree, who is credited with the creation of Kathmandu, saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the hilltop and blessed it. Swayambhu is an important pilgrimage site as well as a centre of art, architecture, religion, and culture in Mahayana Buddhism. Durbar Square is Kathmandu’s focal point. Durbar Square holds the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings who once ruled the city. Along with these palaces, the square also contains a series of temples, the oldest dating back to the 16th century. The square is also known as Hanuman Dhoka, a name derived from the statue of Hanuman, the monkey god, near the entrance

Day 3

Day 04: Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar Square

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00: Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class

11:30 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square Patan, also known as Lalitpur, is the oldest of the three Kathmandu Valley cities and is one of the oldest Buddhist cities in the world. It is situated on a plateau across the Bagmati River and is bordered by 4 stupas, one at each corner of its cardinal points, which are said to have been built by the famous Emperor Ashoka. Patan Durbar square is popular for its many ancient palaces, temples, and shrines noted for their exquisite carvings. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects.

Day 4

Day 05: Thamel

8:00 – 9:00: Breakfast

10:00 – 12:30: Survival Nepali Language and Cultural Class

1:00 – 17:30: Sightseeing trip to Thamel and shopping for equipment or other necessities

Thamel is located in northern Kathmandu past the government district in Tridevi Marg. It is a haven for tourists visiting the city as it contains numerous hotels, restaurants, and shops that cater to tourists’ needs. Though some feel it is overcrowded and too commercial, it has been romanticized by its designation as a hippie hangout since the 1970s and retains its alternative atmosphere.

Day 5

Day 06 – 13: Volunteering Program

You can take part in one of these Volunteering Programs:

  • Teach English/ sports/ computer skills to school children,
  • Take part in a construction program,
  • Work in our women’s centre
  • Work in our centre for children with difficulties
  • Work in an elderly people’s home
Day 6-13

Day 14: Preparation for Chitwan and Pokhara Tour

Day 14

Day 15: Drive to Chitwan

Our journey across Nepal starts today after an early breakfast with a 5-hour drive through mountains along the winding course of the Trishuli River to Chitwan. After checking into your hotel our nature guide will brief you about the full jungle safari program that awaits you: the activities organized include a guided jungle and village walk plus a promenade along the banks of the Rapti River to watch the sunset over the sub-tropical jungle. After dinner in the evening, you can enjoy a cultural program including a special performance by a local ethnic tribal community.

Day 15

Day 16: Full Day at Chitwan National Park including Jungle Safari

The Chitwan National Park has been declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site and preserves an important variety of wildlife, some of which are endangered and rare. During your visit, you can be almost sure to spot water buffalo, egrets, woodpeckers, and deer in their natural habitat. The park is also home to rhinoceros, tigers, leopards, sloth bears, wild bison, Gangetic dolphins, 500 species of birds and butterflies, as well as the near-extinct Gharials crocodiles. A number of activities are available here – an elephant safari, nature walks, bird watching, a jungle drive or a canoe trip. You can even take a bath with an elephant!

Day 16

Day 17: Drive to Pokhara

After another early breakfast, you will have time to enjoy some more activities of your choice before we drive north to Pokhara, about 5-6 hour’s drive from Chitwan. The drive will take us back into the mountains, again following rivers for much of the day. Pokhara, also nicknamed the Lake City, is one of Nepal’s most beautiful places; it offers magnificent views of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machhapuchhare Mountains, the five peaks of Annapurna, and more. Pokhara is also the gateway for trekking into the Annapurna Region. After arriving in Pokhara, we will take a sightseeing trip to some of Pokhara’s marketplaces and landmarks. In the evening, we will explore the surrounding lakeside areas.

Day 17

Day 18: Explore Pokhara

Today is a full day to explore Pokhara. In the early morning, we can drive to Sarangkot Hill to see the sunrise over the Himalayas. The rest of the day’s sightseeing includes a walk along the banks of Phewa Lake, admiring the stunning reflection of the Fish Tail Peak in the blue waters, a boat trip around the lake, and an hour’s walk on the other side to the World Peace Pagoda. We will also make a short visit to the holy Gupteshwar Gufa Cave (also called Shiva Gufa). Some of the other places to visit include the Seti River Gorge, Devi’s Fall, and the mountain museum.

Day 18

Day 19: Drive to Kathmandu

After breakfast, we start our 200 kilometers drive back to Kathmandu with stunning Himalayan mountain views from the window. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be taken to your hotel, where there is not much left to do but trade facebook details with your travel companions and organize photos. You can spend the evening leisurely, perhaps catch up on some last-minute shopping and enjoy a celebratory dinner all together with Travel Society Nepal staff.

Day 19

Day 20: Free Day

Your day is free. Do some last-minute shopping in Thamel, get a Nepali massage, revisit one of the sites or hang out with your host family and relax. In the evening; you will be invited to a well known Nepali kitchen for a delicious farewell dinner of authentic Nepalese cuisine. Stay overnight at your hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 20

Day 21: Transfer to Airport/Bus Stop for your Onward Travel

Our driver will escort you to the airport or bus stop for your onward travel. We will send you on your way with good luck and gratitude that you chose us for your adventure of a lifetime. (B)

Day 21

Cost of Tour and Volunteering Program(3 Weeks): $945

Service Included

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • All transportation
  • Meals in Chitwan – Breakfast, Veg Lunch & Non-Veg.Dinner
  • All Activities:- Elephant Ride, Canoeing, Jungle Walk, B0ird Watching, Visit to Elephant Breeding Centre, Tharu Village Tour, Culture Program, etc
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local tour guide (optional)
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • Heritage sites entrance fees
  • All government and local taxes

Service Excluded

  • International air fares/ airport taxes
  • Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Drinks hot and cold.
  • Bottled drinks (cold and alcoholic)
  • Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tips to guides

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