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6 Weeks From £ 2,845
Code: NPHE0145A

Volunteer and Adventure Experience in Nepal

Journey to Mount Everest’s base camp before volunteering on community projects in breathtaking Nepal

Program Information

Embark on an adventure trek to the famous Mount Everest base camp before discovering magical Nepal as you volunteer on community development projects and help us improve the lives of disadvantaged community members through community upliftment such as educational enhancement, healthcare education or teaching initiatives.

United Nations
Sustainable Development Goals


Immerse yourself in magical Nepal, one of the most spiritual countries in Asia. This volunteer and adventure programme combines supporting one of our vital projects with a two-week trek to the base camp of Mount Everest.

Before your volunteer placement begins, you will have the chance to discover Nepal at its wildest, taking in an action-packed few weeks including trekking to the base camp of the tallest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, visiting ancient Hindu temples and white water rafting.

Following the 2015 Nepal Earthquake, our projects adjusted focus to provide disaster relief to those in need. In conjunction with our partners, trucks of supplies and family care packages were taken to some of the most affected areas. Now our projects are focused on initiatives within our local communities, who have needs around education and improving educational facilities.

This is a very active project so you will need to be physically fit to complete the trek.


Making a genuine contribution to the education of underprivileged Nepalese children; discovering the culture, traditions and spectacular landscapes of Nepal; living in mountain lodges on the trek; immersing yourself in Nepalese culture through living with a host family during your volunteer placement; getting involved in pulsating activities in spectacular locations; exploring the world’s tallest mountain range, meeting volunteers from across the world.

Program Details

Life On Base

The breathtaking views you will have of the Himalayas during your mountain trek make the tough trek to Everest base camp well worth the effort. The ascent will take you through picturesque meadows and mountain villages, so make sure to have plenty of space on your camera’s memory card…! You will be spending your nights in tea houses (lodges) and meals will be provided. Expect to be tucking in to local food such as spring rolls, fried rice, boiled vegetables, Momos (dumplings) and noodles.

During your volunteer placement, you will work in a care centre, school or children's home, according to your skills and the needs of the community at any given time. In planning and supervising English language lessons, sports and educational games, computer skills workshops or conservation-community based initiatives, you will be heavily involved in the children’s education.

Days can be long and demanding so you will need to be as energetic as the children!

Field Conditions

During your volunteer placement, Your accommodation will be based in a homestay with a Nepali family and the volunteer group in shared bedrooms and bathrooms, giving you the rare opportunity to truly experience life inside a Nepalese community. While trekking you will be staying in local tea houses (lodges), with shared bathroom facilities. Typical food will include fresh vegetables, beans and rice for breakfast and evening meals, both of which are provided for you.

Accommodation Upgrades

If you would prefer to stay in private accommodation while on the volunteering part of the project, this location does offer upgrades. Contact us for more information, or mention to your Country Expert who will be able to assist you.

Project Details

You will have the opportunity to make a real difference to the personal and educational development of underprivileged children and disadvantaged community members. Many of the care facilities would not be able to continue running without the continued support, hard work and enthusiasm volunteers provide.

Within a care centre, school, or children's home, you will be matched according to your skills to a teaching or childcare or other community development project in Nepal. English teaching, conservation-community based initiatives, sports, and computer skills are all areas which may need your assistance.

How this project makes a difference

Many of the people you will be helping come from difficult backgrounds. It’s important that they are given the opportunity to develop to their full potential in a safe and nurturing environment. GVI supplies the necessary support for many care centres, schools and children's homes to continue operating. By providing community members with an education, they will have the chance at a brighter future.

*There are many religious and cultural festivals throughout the year in Nepal, as well as school holidays and exam periods. During these periods we may run activities and programs that are slightly different to our regular programs. Its possible that during these periods you might support the running of 'Holiday Programs" for children in local communities, create lesson plans and resources to support our work, facilitate adult training programs related to a range of issues or help out with some construction or maintenance work to improve educational facilities. Where possible we would also like you to enjoy the festivities and engage with our partners in the community to share these experiences. There may be times when we are able to enjoy the celebrations, food and traditions that Nepal has to offer.

Nepal's short, mid, and long-term objectives

All of our programs have short, mid and long-term objectives that fit with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This enables us to report on our collaborative impact across the world in a streamlined manner, measuring which UN SDGs we are making a substantial contribution to. Furthermore, this will help our local partners and communities measure and visualize their contribution to the UN SDGs.

Upon arrival to base, you will be educated about the history of the UN SDGs. You will learn about the specific goals of your location, the long-, mid- and short-term objectives, and also clarification of how your personal, shorter-term involvement contributes to these goals on a global level.

Our aim is to educate you on local and global issues, so that you continue to act as active global citizens after your program, helping to fulfil our mission of building a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference.

Learn about the long-term objectives you will be contributing to in Nepal:

1. Support students to reach learning goals appropriate to their Age (under 5s) Grade level (5-18 year olds) or Individual Need (students with Special Needs)

2.Support students to expand their English vocabulary

3. Increase the knowedge and understanding of Healthcare in the community with an emphasis on prevention

4. Develop the skills of women in the community in order to improve their potential to generate income or to become more self sufficient

5. Support the local community with improved facilities with an emphasis on educational and health and safety needs

6. To minimize our environmental impact in Lakeside and raise awareness of environmental issues amongst volunteers and the students with whom we work


A GVI program is an investment in your career. No matter which you choose, you will be working toward improving your employability by mastering new social skills, gaining further technical expertise and earning qualifications in many cases. Most of our staff are, in fact, GVI Alumni, and we have helped many of our Alumni discover, move toward, and earn their own personal dream jobs. Each program includes introductory workshops, ongoing presentations, as well as on-the-ground professional support provided by our very own trained staff members. In addition, our training programs are critical for helping us to ensure the long-term impact of our sustainable development projects around the world.

What's It like?

If you’d like to find out what the experience of joining a GVI project is really like, simply contact us and we’ll put you in touch with one of our many Alumni.

We’ll try to match you to an Alum based on your location, nationality, age, stage of academic career, gender, and program interests. This allows you to gain insights into the experience that is most relevant to you.

Depending on your location you might be able to speak to an Alum over the phone or online, or meet up with them face-to-face at a coffee shop nearby. We also run a series of small events around the world where you can speak to GVI Alumni, Ambassadors and staff members.

Our Ethics

Below is a list of core ethics and best practices we believe are essential to the operation of high quality, ethical volunteer and sustainable development programs. We believe that all responsible volunteer and sustainable development operations should focus upon these principles. If you are considering volunteering, these are some of the key considerations you should question, to ensure that your time and money contributes towards positive change.

Our 10 Ethical Commitments


Locally Driven, Collaborative Projects

We aim to design all our projects in collaboration with local organizations and communities and ensure that they are locally driven.


Clear Objectives & Sustainable Outcomes

We aim to clearly define short-, mid-, and long-term objectives with sustainable outcomes for all our projects.


Impact Reporting

We aim to track, record, and publish the impact of each of our projects.


Working Against Dependency

We aim to build in-country capacity by assisting local organizations in becoming self-sustaining.


Responsible Exit Strategies

For each local organization we work with, we aim to have a plan in place for withdrawing support responsibly.


Clear Roles & Specialized Training

We aim to ensure that ever participant is assigned a clear role and that they are fully trained and supported to carry out their work by specialized staff.


Respect for all

In all our actions we aim to respect the skills and efforts of all and seek to protect the rights, culture and dignity of everyone who engages with GVI.


Local Ownership

We work to ensure that credit for the results of any project, along with any data collected, research conduct, or Intellectual Property developed, remains the property of local organizations.


Transitioning from the Orphanage Model

We do not condone and aim to withdraw support of orphanages and residential care centers.


Child and Vulnerable adult policies

We will live by our Child Protection and Vulnerable Adult policies.

Continual Development

As an organization, GVI is committed to striving toward best practice, and to educating both our potential participants, our partners, and the world at large about them. Both the volunteering and sustainable development sectors are increasingly, and rightly, under scrutiny. Many recent local and global articles highlight poor practices and questionable ethics. GVI is widely recognized for striving to apply global best practice in the volunteering, education and sustainable development sectors throughout our operations by reputable organizations such as ChildSafe.

However, global best practice is always evolving and we dedicate both time and resources to engage with internationally respected experts and learn from the latest research to ensure our programs both fulfil their potential to create maximum positive impact, and minimise their potential to create unintentional negative impact. Along with and as part of the sustainable development and volunteering community, we are constantly learning and applying this learning to practice. We do not always get everything right, but we seek feedback from our community members, partners, participants and our staff, and react accordingly. We know are already doing a great job, and feedback we have received confirms this, but we aim to do even better and are continuously refining our operations to improve upon our already excellent reputation.

What's Included

  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • 24-hour in-country support
  • A day tour of Kathmandu
  • Access to Alumni Services and Discounts
  • Airport pick-up (unless otherwise stated)
  • All necessary project equipment and materials
  • All necessary project training by experienced staff
  • Immersion in the Nepali culture
  • Language and culture classes
  • Location orientation
  • Long term experienced staff
  • Meals while on project (except on work placements for long term internships)
  • Safe and basic accommodations (usually shared)
  • Two meals a day on orientation and volunteering; all meals on rafting and trek
  • Undertaking the challenge of trekking to Everest Base Camp, including return flights from Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Welcome meeting
  • White Water Rafting - Two days white water rafting on the Trisuli River, including an overnight stay at a riverside camp

What's Not Included

  • Additional drinks and gratuities
  • Extra local excursions
  • Flights
  • International and domestic airport taxes
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • Personal items and toiletries
  • Police or background check
  • Visa costs (where necessary)

Support & Safety

We won’t sugarcoat it — Traveling abroad is usually a complex process that carries an element of risk. But this is exactly why we’re passionate about providing extensive support throughout the process as well as the highest safety standards during the in-country phase. We believe that volunteering abroad should not only be impactful, but an enjoyable experience that carries as little risk as possible. This is exactly how we’ve been able to maintain our reputation as the most highly respected volunteering organisations in the sector over the past two decades.


Once a participant books, they will be assigned a personal support coordinator who will oversee their pre-departure journey. The support coordinator helps to bridge the gap between program enrolment and arrival at one of our field bases. Your personal support coordinator will ensure that you are provided with all the necessary information required to apply for visas, background checks, and any other documentation.


Upon arrival at the airport participants will be greeted by a GVI staff member. All GVI staff are our own and all our programs around the world are run by our staff. All GVI field staff are background checked, Emergency First Response and safety trained. The minimum staff to participant ratio on GVI’s programs is one to six, although on several bases we have a ratio of one to three. When finishing the experience, participants will provide feedback on all aspects of their program.

Health & Safety Case Studies

19 Nov


It takes courage to book a GVI program, get on a flight, and head off to somewhere new. Volunteering offers a level of cultural immersion that typical backpacking or holidays just can’t achieve. This is why thousands of people around the world participate in paid GVI programs.

1 Nov


As the saying goes: ‘Expect the best, plan for the worst’. Cliched or not, we take it to heart. This tenet is at the core of how GVI operates when it comes to promoting the health and safety of our participants, staff, and local community members at all of our 20+ bases around the world.

6 Nov


The weather isn’t just a topic for polite small-talk here at GVI. We have emergency action plans in place for all scenarios. So when the weather, or other natural forces, takes a nasty turn, we are prepared to respond to stormy situations.

5 Nov


Once GVI has matched a participant to a program that suits their passions and goals, our team aims to set the right expectations for them. In the event that false expectations around a program are created, the GVI team takes immediate action to ensure that the situation rectified.

Country Exploration

Volunteering with GVI not only allows you to participate on programs assisting disadvantaged communities or endangered ecosystems but it also offers wonderful opportunities to travel in the local area in your down time or further afield either before or after your program. Many decide to travel after volunteering, solidifying the lifetime friendships established on program.

Our long term field staff are a great source of advice and are here to help you make the most of your time abroad. Remember to ask about discounts on local activities and side trips through your association with GVI. Our field teams have helped us put together the following information on trips and travel options in Nepal!

Included Side Trips

During your orientation you will visit the Tal Bahari temple which is situated in the middle of the beautiful Fewa Tal Lake surrounded by the Annapurna Himal. You will also get the opportunity to learn about the local culture with local Nepali language lessons and cooking classes.

And who can forget the adventure side of your trip! See below for an outline itinerary for your trek to Everest Base Camp. Please note due to weather and unforeseen events, the itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Fly to Lukla and trek to Phakding

Take a stunning early-morning flight to Lukla, the ‘Gateway to Everest’. Start the trek from this region of the legendary Sherpas, trekking north towards Phakding along meandering trails which are lined with stone walls, eventually leading to the night stop.

Day 2: To Namche Bazaar

Following the Dudh Koshi, the trail heads north as it gently starts to rise through rhododendron and magnolia forests with giant fir trees to the village of Jorsalle. After a brief stop-over for lunch, the climb proceeds towards Namche Bazaar, a delightful mountain village and the so-called ‘Sherpa Capital’ of Khumbu.

Day 3: In Namche Bazaar

This particular day is used to allow you to get acclimatised to the high altitude. You can explore the local markets, mingle with the people, walk up to the Everest viewpoint, visit the museum, or just happily laze around and bask in the sun later in the afternoon.

Day 4: To Tyangboche

The trail turns northeast from Namche along a tributary valley and the mountain views start to open up, becoming more dramatic as the steep climb approaches the holy ground of Tyangboche. Tyangboche Monastery is the highest monastery in the world, which offers amazing views of a myriad of impressive mountains, including Mount Everest, Mount Kwangde, Nuptse, Lhotse & Ama Dablam, and it is also the home to the highly revered Rinpoche, a Buddhist Monk.

Day 5: To Dingboche

Continue to trek from Tyangboche past Pangboche, where a Gompa holds the famous 'Yeti scalp'. This region lies in high altitude, which makes agriculture only barely possible, and therefore the lives of the local Sherpas are Spartan by any standard. Much of the walking in this area is comparatively of gentle gradient, although a leisurely pace is recommended due to the high altitude.

Day 6: In Dingboche

There will be another acclimatisation day. There are day hikes available to Nagajun Hill (approx. 5050m) or Chukung village, which offer magnificent views of the Amadablam and Makalu mountains and other peaks, as well as those of lakes and glaciers in that region.

Day 7: To Lobuche

Leaving Dingboche, the trail ascends gently but still at easy pace. Walking past frozen rivers, we reach Lobuche where stone houses sit amongst an icy wilderness of stunning beauty.

Day 8: To Everest base camp (5300m) and Gorakshep

You will spend the whole day trekking to Everest Base Camp, and then back to Gorakshep. The trek Sirdar will navigate the Khumbu Glacier as the trial makes its way to the base camp of Mount Everest. The infamous Khumbu icefall can be seen at the base of the tallest mountain on Earth. Eventually, the reverse set off descends back to Gorakshep for the night.

Day 9: To Kala Patthar (5545m) & Pheriche

The day will start earlier than usual as we aim to reach Kala Patthar before sunrise – the best vantage point for viewing Everest and the other surrounding peaks. As you ascend to the top of Kala Patthar, the views are amazing views and Everest is breathtaking. You will continue to descend to sandy flat expanse of Gorakshep, and then travel on to Pheriche, where an overnight break is taken.

Day 10: To Tyangboche

Trek down back towards to Tyangboche on a trail that descends gently, then cross Dudh Koshi through a wooden bridge. The trek continues downwards, passing several yak herders and tea shops to Shomare. Leaving behind alpine meadows, the trail descends to Tyangboche for the night stop.

Day 11: To Monjo

Descend to Monjo via Namche Bazaar where the trail descends steeply to Dudh Kosi River. The slightly warmer climate of Monjo greets you at this altitude.

Day 12: To Lukla

On the last day you spend in the Khumbu Region, the trail you follow is fairly easy. You will have some steady climbs through scrub forests, then a final steep ascent that leads to a Tamang village and shortly thereafter to Lukla, where you will have time to relax and experience the Sherpa ambience.

Day 13: Contingency day

Guides will use this day as they see fit, depending on how group is doing and/or how bad the weather is.

Day 14: To Kathmandu

The flight back to Kathmandu is short but spectacular. The rest of the day can be spent exploring, shopping or simply just chilling out in numerous cafes in Thamel, before the group meets for an end-of-the-trek celebration dinner at The Rum Doodle Restaurant.

Optional Side Trips

In Nepal, you are in a true adventure region. Don’t worry if you forget to pack your adrenalin, with these options, there are ample opportunities to top it up!

From a two day rafting or kayaking trip on the white-water of the Trisuli or Seti Rivers, to paragliding over incredible scenery to mountain biking, canyoning and bungee jumping, you could spend weeks here and still not do everything.

But if the adventure side of things becomes too much, Nepal will continue to provide and surprise you. Besides sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you could try a three-day/two-night elephant safari in the Chitwan National Park staying at the Royal Park Hotel, chancing upon tigers and rhinos out on drives. Also, if throwing yourself off of high places attached to a kite is not your thing, Nepal boasts some of the best hiking trails in the world. Embark on a four-day trek in the Annapurna Mountains, where you will immerse with the villages and communities of the High Himal.

Further Travelling Opportunities

There are a wealth of opportunities in Nepal for further travel and exploration of the rest of the country. This can include the foothills of the Himalayas in Langtang National Park, the ancient temples and villages of Tansen, Newari architecture in Bandipur, the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, Everest Base Camp, the ancient Hindu centre of Janakpur, and so many other options that will leave you wondering why you didn’t give yourself more time…

Cultural Immersion

Engaging intimately with a new context teaches not only global awareness but adaptability and critical thinking, skills highly valued in the modern marketplace. Local and cultural immersion is encouraged on all our programs around the world, and is also one of the most enjoyable aspects of the GVI experience. Luckily, there are many activities you can get involved with in your free time, or before and after your GVI program. On our community programs the focus is on cultural topics, while on marine or wildlife programs the emphasis is more on the environmental element. Use your evenings and weekends to explore diverse and eclectic topics like Theravada Buddhism in Laos or how plastic pollution and climate change affects Indian Ocean coral.

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Parent Info

‘If only every student could do this. It changes your life in all the right ways,’ says Chris Heritage, parent of Luke Herritage, one of our teen volunteers who has participated on two GVI programs, one in Costa Rica and another in South Africa.

We are a parent-run organisation that is incredibly serious about health and safety, and increasing the impact, as well as the long-term career benefits of our programs. Our programs help young people develop the skills to select a career path that is personally fulfilling, and live a life aligned to the well-being of our planet and the global community.

Ken and Linda Jeffrey, whose son Sam volunteered with GVI in Thailand, talk about how the experience affected Sam. He also went on to volunteer with GVI again in South Africa. ‘I know it sounds like a cliche but in a sense, he did go away as a boy and he came back as a young man. Both of us could recommend GVI without any hesitation to any other parent thinking about exploring an opportunity for their children to explore the world and to see different parts of it.’

Parent Info Pack

Download the Parent Pack and learn more about:

Our staff: All our projects are run by staff, selected, vetted, trained, and managed by our central office.
Health and safety: Our safety practices include a child and vulnerable adult protection policy and high participant ratios.
Staying in touch: See what’s happening on base, by following a hub’s dedicated Facebook page.
Free parent consultations: We would love to talk to you about exciting opportunities available for your child.

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Follow GVI Pokhara's Facebook page for live updates straight from the field. Get an idea of the types of projects you might be involved in, meet our staff and participants, experience life on this GVI base, hear about free time activities, and learn about the local culture and environment.


When it comes to support, we ensure that each participant is provided with unparalleled, 360 degree support, from your initial contact with the GVI Family, all the way through your program, and even after, as you become part of the GVI Alumni Team.

As part of this promise, we will ensure, whenever possible, that one of our dedicated staff will be available to meet you at the airport. We will arrange with you prior to your departure that, should you arrive in the agreed upon pick up window, a member of our staff will be there to welcome you, easily identifiable in a GVI t-shirt or holding a GVI sign and wearing a friendly smile. This means there will be someone there to greet you as you land, and from there you will be transported to your GVI base to start your adventure and meet the rest of your team.