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My name is Christina Lee and I was born in South Korea. My family moved to Cairns when I was 12 years old. I completed my International Baccalaureate Diploma at Cairns State High school in 2016. Now I am studying Law and Arts (Human Rights) at the Australian National University in Canberra. And my dream is to become an international human rights lawyer. In November 2016, four days after graduating from high school, I went on a life-changing trip to Nepal because of my passion in human rights. I volunteered in Batase village, across from the Himalayas … It was an absolutely phenomenal experience to finally see the village and the people I met there were the most beautiful human beings. But behind their smiles, they had traumatic scars. The girls, their sisters and mothers are constantly human trafficked to India with the false promise of hope. From that moment on, I decided that I will give everything I have into anything I can to eliminate injustice, such as modern slavery, in our international communities through education. That’s what this expedition is all about. Click here to read more about my mission and this journey.

Christina Lee - Team Leader

Expedition 2020 is going to be the start of the project to start training more women and girls climb mountains and be able to guide. This process will not only train them in the technical skills in mountaineering as in the ropes, rescues, first aid, and climbing techniques but also how to work with clients on the mountains and to help them grow in their confidence that women too can have a place in this mountain world. The other hope that I have for this expedition is that it will help bring more people into these remote villages and educate them about the very real threat of Human Trafficking here. Hopefully, in the future we will be training the girls in the villages, so they will not be sold into sex slavery. In addition, we can help those who come back from being trafficked, and give them a chance at having a stable job and make a life for themselves.

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Sandra Carter - Team Leader

First of all, we are amazed and delighted to see Nepal as a country had not only attracted tourists, serious trekkers, and also volunteers, exerting such positive vibe throughout our travels. Take on Nepal generously allowed us to be behind the scene of Ultra Trail Nepal (due to pleasant surprises) to take photos and videos and arrange for us the epic EBC Trekking. We are too grateful for both experiences.

For Ultra Trail Nepal, it is more than a race! Its a race that feels similar to a big big family organised event for many kilometres across the mountain. You have both the challenge (they are fast, fearless and gearless) and support (they are friendly and welcoming) of strong locals runners, running throughout the rugged mountain of Batase. Remember to indulge in the best home cooked check point food – Dal Bhat ! Along the trail, Batase energetic children running alongside you at parts of your trail journey. The kids will be hopping on and off  organiser’s jeep ride, to run a few kilometres here and there with the runner, so they will appear on and off running alongside the runners whether you are in 26km or 63km or 84km trail.  Mind you, they are small kids / teenagers, but too strong runners. We reckon it is one of the best mountain races with a true community feelings. 

Next, our EBC Trekking. Take on Nepal has introduced us our porter guide – BK. Everyone knows Nepali porters are strong in physical and mental, though we would like to think BK is special. He is above all, calm and patience, and full of humour ! Though we could not have long conversations due to language limitation (simple conversations and a lot of gestures), but we laughed together, and had fun with card and table games. One time Hui Ee was feeling the altitude sickness after a night sleep at Dingboche (4360m), BK said let’s try to walk around and hike up to 4460m (100m ascent). Very slowly and surely and with BK singing, we reached Nangkartshang Peak (5083m). We can’t thank enough of BK’s patience and his confidence in our capability. BK was very proud of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. If we arrived at each day’s destination early, he offered to bring us around for sight seeing (each ‘sight seeing’ is a few hours hike), we only agreed depends on our energy level that day 😀 Take on Nepal porters feel no less happier than us when we reach our goal at Everest Base Camp !

Our trip to Nepal has been epic. Take on Nepal / Ultra Trail Nepal has offered us an experience on a personal level. Most importantly, we felt as we are part of Take on Nepal family, starting from our experience with Batase community. 

Marc + Hui Ee (Spain + Malaysia, April 2018)

Marc and Hui Ee

What can we say except WOW- what a trip!! Thank you all for organising, it was truly amazing and not a trip I will easily forget. A country whose awe inspiring landscape is as humbling as its incredible people; sure to set fire to even the most experienced adventurers’ heart. Take On Nepal offered us an in-depth look at the culture and people and were integral in making sure our experience was truly once in a lifetime. Their passion for what they do and the smiles they wear everyday left as much an impression as the striking scenery. Sagarmatha (Everest) National Park was one of the most challenging experiences and one that will stay with me always. Speaking of which, the team were absolutely amazing and have left such a special place in both mine and Gui’s hearts- their smiles are firmly imprinted in our memory’s, so again, from the bottom of my heart – Dhanyabad/ThankYou!

Danny Crutchley - (UK, June 2017)

What an absolutely amazing experience trekking to Everest Base Camp with Take on Nepal! It was challenging and tough – without the support, expertise and assuredness of the TON staff, our group’s trek would not have been such a success. I am so glad to have had the opportunity to get to know all the staff (guides, training guides and porters) as friends even before our trek began. After my time with TON, I would definitely return to Nepal in a heartbeat to trek more of this wonderfully beautiful country.

Jeremy Chan - (Australia, March 2017)

Take on Nepal took myself and five of my friends on the Manaslu Circuit trek in April 2018. From when we got off the plane, Take on Nepal were with us every step of the way, from airport pick up to organising permits to buying last minute clothes for our 10 day hike. Our Take on Nepal team (Mane, Anil, Anil and Amrit) were amazing, they involved us in our trek route, were flexible, very knowledgeable of the area and alleviated any concerns we had along the way whether it be distances or altitude. Their charisma and energy is commendable and made our trek. I highly recommend Take on Nepal for any groups and looking to trek through the Himalayas. You will have an incredible experience and support a great organising at the same time.

Briony Jane

The 10-day Manaslu hike far exceeded all expectations and was unlike anything I have ever experienced! The elevation range from 500m to 5,100m enabled the group to see the vastly different landscapes of the Himalayas; the dry, hot and steep terrain at lower altitude, the mild pine forests filled with rhododendrons at mid-altitude, and the glacial valleys and snowy mountain peaks at higher altitude. The size and scale of the mountains is breathtaking, pictures do not do it justice. The Himalayas are a must do for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. Aside from the obvious beauty and uniqueness of the scenery, the trip was made by the team from Take on Nepal. Their model challenges the status quo of trekking in Nepal, such as empowering women and integrating porters into the tour group. Not only does this benefit the staff members, but it enhances the tour and provides a more genuine Nepalese experience. Most importantly, it fostered some close friendships that I hope to hold onto! Big thanks to Mane, Anil, Anil and Amrit – can’t wait to do another one with you lads!

Cam Jarvis

I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to trek with Take on Nepal around the Manaslu Circuit in April 2018! Flying into Kathmandu I didn’t feel at all prepared for what lay ahead, however as soon as we landed Dinesh (Take on Nepal) took care of everything. He organised all our permits and paperwork, as well as taking us to the best hiking stores scattered through the Thamel markets where we could stock up on any last minute needs. We also completed a day trip hiking in the mountains above Kathmandu which gave us a taste for what lay ahead in Manaslu. Once we got out the Kathmandu Valley, we were looked after by the excellent team of Mane, Anil, Anil and Amrit. The guys took it upon themselves to make the 10 day trek as comfortable and easy for us as it could have possibly been, which enabled us to just walk and enjoy the incredible scenery around us. I will treasure the time spent with the boys as their passion for their country was infectious. It was not just the picturesque environment they cared about, but also the local people in their villages and communities they are trying to empower through the charity; and of course us, the tourists! Even after the hike was over they went out of their way to improve our experience in Nepal and I will never forget that. The Manaslu Circuit provided a beautiful setting to complete the trek. I was amazed by the diversity of the environment we experienced – from dry, dusty roads to lush forests and of course the snow covered paths to Manaslu Base Camp and the Larke Pass. Each day it felt like we woke up to something totally new, and even though we only trekked for 10 days it felt like we saw so much more. Mane as the group leader did a great job of keeping us all happy and motivated throughout the journey, in spite of the challenges you face on such a trip. His knowledge of the circuit and the flora and fauna around us was really interesting to learn about, and it also enabled us to alter our days of walking if required. Whilst we didn’t vary much from our original plan, his suggestion allowed us to do a day hike up to the Manaslu Base Camp that we hadn’t originally factored in, and this turned out to be one of the most memorable days of the entire trek. It was my first visit to Nepal, but I definitely want to return and see more of this beautiful country with Take on Nepal!

Bassie Reid

Highly recommended!!! I left with Take on Nepal three days after my final IB exam and my life completely changed. Please take this opportunity.

Christina Lee - Former CSHS Student

Doing the Everest Base Camp trek has been the single most incredible experience I have ever done in my life so far. It demands from every inch of your body, both physical and mentally, and gives you the opportunity to learn about your limits and how far you can push yourself. The rewards from this experience are as big and beautiful as the breathtaking landscapes that surrounds you the entire time. Thank you for every single one at Take on Nepal for providing such beautiful memories – your support and kindness will forever stay in my mind. Your smile kept me going.

Gui Pacheco - (UK, July 2017)

I could not imagine a better way to see and experience Nepal than by joining with Take On Nepal. My time spent trekking to Everest base camp were the most wonderful and rewarding few weeks of my life and making memories that will truly last a life time. The team of staff and guides will make you feel safe, loved and cared for and will absolutely ensure that your time spent with them will not just meet but exceed all expectations of your trekking experience. These people care about you and want you to experience only the best of what Nepal has to offer.

Allison Hudson - (Australia, March 2017)

Trekking with Take on Nepal has been one of the highlights of my life. What is so outstanding is their genuine care for their clients. This is easy to see by how much and how well they look after you, they go above and beyond in making sure your Everest Trek is really comfortable and super enjoyable. You can set your own pace and you will always have some staff with you and supporting you. Quickly you will become good friends with each of their very friendly, knowledgeable and responsible staff. Would do it again!

Tiffany Harvey - (Australia, March 2017)

I can honestly say that trekking to Everest Base Camp was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. Before commencing the trek we were told that a successful trek to EBC is reliant on ones mental and emotional resilience. As we trekked it became increasingly obvious to me that the mental side of the Everest game was something that could only be managed through the help of the people around me. The Take On Nepal team was there for myself and the group every step of the way and the relationship and bond we shared with them was something that went above and beyond what we saw amongst other trekkers and there guides. I plan on returning to Nepal in the near future and will definitely be trekking with the TON team again.

Bree Phillips - (Australia, March 2017)

Trekking to Everest Base Camp has been my dream for many years and I have absolutely no regrets in my choice to trek with Take On Nepal. Not only were the staff experienced, knowledgable and professional, but they were also caring and supportive. I saw many other large trekking groups with only one guide, meaning less attention was given to each client’s needs. We, on the other hand, had enough staff with us to ensure that everyone felt looked after at all times, no one had to walk alone if they were far behind or in front, and measures were taken if people got sick to ensure them recovery and a successful completion of the trek. It was a truly amazing, once in a life time journey and I know it would not have been so positive if I had gone with anyone other than Take On Nepal.

Maia Coghlan - (Australia, March 2017)

We chose Take On Nepal after hearing about them through family. What a fantastic choice it was for our family. There has been a personal touch in all aspects of our dealing with them from early conversations, booking and then throughout our time in Nepal. We were met at the airport and efficiently taken to our Hotel. We were taken around Kathmandu and assisted with all our needs. Once we started our trekking, we were looked after brilliantly. Take On Nepal ensure that their staff get to know you, provide support and encouragement and maintain a sense of humour too. I cannot speak highly enough about the guides and porters, they are wonderful young people, eager to assist and very supportive. It was such a delight to not have to worry about bookings, meals or rest stops. Everything was organised for us and around our needs. Thank you so much for everything. We can hardly wait to join Take On Nepal again in the future and catch up with you all again.

Jeannette Albert - (Australia, January 2018)

There are many trekking companies out there that promise lifelong experiences and breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Take On Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children provide more than that by putting the money towards helping to provide a home, education and opportunities to young Nepalese kids that otherwise would not. It was truly inspiring to see the work Som has done and is continuing to do in the small village of Batase. The culture and concept of education to the students in the school is nothing I have ever experienced. Being a teacher back home in Australia, I have seen how western society takes education for granted. The students in the school have a visible hunger for learning – unfortunately due to their realization of the harsh reality of the lack of opportunity their homeland provides. I will cherish the experiences I had volunteering in Batase and trekking to Everest Base Camp with me for a long time as well as the impact I know I made in the lives of those young kids.

Mitch Clisby - (November 2016)

There is no better way to see Nepal for the first time than doing a joint Volunteering program and Everest Base Camp trek with this incredible team. To see the work and incredible effort Som and his organisation put in all year round to create what they have is just wonderful and the sense of involvement from this experience is like no other. I felt as though I found another family in everyone I shared my time with there. I don’t think there are many programs anywhere else in the world that give you a feeling as strong as this. It really sets fire to something in you that makes you want to start doing things, helping, changing, continue to see the children grow and keep in contact with everyone who was a part of the journey. Six weeks in Nepal could not have been spent any better, apart from staying longer. From running with incredible athletes through the Nepalese hills and witnessing the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen every day I spent there, to trekking to the base of the highest mountain in the world with people I could trust from spending the past few weeks with, I am over the moon I chose to go with Take on Nepal. I’ll be back very soon!

Alex Aves - (February 2017)

My time in Batase village and on the Mt Everest base camp trek, with Take On Nepal, was honestly the most amazing month of my life! I could not have had a more eye opening or rewarding experience, and without the Take on Nepal Team, the memories that I will forever cherish, would not have been possible. I recommend this amazing company to any person who craves an authentic and real experience. Any person has the power to make a difference such as the simple act of a smile or creating a sense of hope. This is possible with education and love as the vector of change, through challenging and broadening perspectives, which is exactly what Take on Nepal strives for.

There were some moments on this trip, where I was completely taken back in awe when learning the incredible stories of some of the Batase villagers, as well as hearing the pure passion, dedication and determination, which Som and Susan both share, in making a difference to the lives of those in Batase. The work that Take on Nepal does has really inspired me personally and I am sure I will be back to help Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children, in any way that I can!

To our Take on Nepal team, I really want to say thank you, and I can honestly say that although I came to Nepal with the ambition to help others, Nepal helped me in a way that I will forever be grateful for! Thank you so much!! If anyone who is reading this is thinking of going to Nepal, please take a a leap of faith and just do it! You will not regret it!”

Lizzy Georgopoulos - (January 2018)

I initially came to Nepal to volunteer and teach the students of Batase village through Take on Nepal. I immediately wished that I had organised to also do the Everest Base Camp trek and the team was very accommodating and allowed this wish to come true. Throughout the trek our guides were extremely supportive and went out of their way to ensure we successfully achieved our goal of reaching Base Camp, this included making alterations to individuals itineraries in order to accommodate delays due to illness. This allowed myself to sleep at lower altitudes and achieve the rest I needed to recover, and catch up with the rest of the group as soon as possible to continue the trek. I can’t recommend Take on Nepal highly enough as their care and attention to each individual member of the trekking team goes above and beyond what I could have ever expected and is far greater than the level of care I witnessed of other guides we met while trekking to and from our destination.

Michael Schmidt - (Australia, March 2017)

Best Nepalese Experience of my life. Don’t expect luxury or luxurious. But Enjoy the basics and healthy Environment, good tracks and fantastic hospitalities of families and young strong guides who can get you anywhere from the most basic place to the most Remote area of Nepal. I say JUST DO IT.

Ruben Coppoolse - (April 2017)

My 5 weeks in Nepal were incredible! Everyday was so memorable and life changing. I felt very welcomed into the community and village life of Batase. Teaching and playing with all the gorgeous, kind kids of the hostel and school was so rewarding. It was such an eye opening experience to learn all their heartbreaking stories. Som, Susan and all the hard working FHC team have created such a safe, happy and family oriented environment, in the hostel, for these kids. Batase has captured my heart and I will be back. Trekking to Everest Base Camp was both physically and mentally challenging but so worthwhile. Being surrounded by the world’s tallest peaks was such a surreal experience. Our team of Mane, Prem, Bimmaya and and Som were fantastic. Their constant support, kindness, and positivity ensured our trek was a success. It was so unique and special to be trekking with a company that empowers women through providing training and employment. Take on Nepal is making positive changes in the lives of so many people. I am so happy I chose them for my Nepal experience!

Emma Kendall - (January 2018)

We have always wanted to volunteer overseas and hadn’t thought to do so in Nepal until we came across the Take on Nepal website. From the moment we made contact we knew that this was the absolute right decision to make. Take on Nepal have been with us every step of the way from the planning stages, to airport pick ups and drop offs and every activity in between. Volunteering in Batase village has been a highlight for each of us. Being able to work so closely with the villagers to provide positive learning and living experiences for the young children, particularly after the devastating 2015 earthquake, has been invaluable. Take on Nepal also gave us an opportunity to hike to Everest Base Camp. Our trekking guides, Mane and Bir were absolutely incredible, providing us with support throughout the 2 week trek. We cannot fault their continued support, hospitality and flexibility during this time. Their willingness to share with us the local culture and language is a testament to the pride they both have for Nepal. They were definitely our Himalayan Heroes.

Nicole & Troy - (Australia, July 2017)

My experience with Take on Nepal was not only humbling but very enriching. It started with a rather long walk (by my account of 27km) to Batase Village with Jitay (my guide) and Anil (my porter and guide in training). Volunteering in Batase was a great way to start my trip. Learning a few basic phrases and understanding the way of life in the village was eye opening to say the least. Everyone I have met along the way were happy and smiling despite the hardship faced every day. I thoroughly enjoyed running with the children from the hostel, despite it being at 5am every morning. After spending time in the village, it was time to start my trip to Everest Base Camp with Jitay, Phulmaya and Anjana. The initial plan was to go with children from the village who were going to compete in the Base Camp Half Marathon but due to cost I was saddened to learn they were going to do another race instead with Anil. Hopefully next year they will compete and I may even be back to join them. What I did enjoy was the fact that Phulmaya and Anjana were training to be guides and porters for the future. Safely, I have now made it up and back to Lukla via Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar (which I almost didn’t make it up to) thanks to the girls and the knowledge and positivity of Jitay. I will definitely be recommending to my friends and family if they come to Nepal to travel with Take on Nepal I have seen first hand where that money is invested back into the community and for the future.

Isabel McLernon - (June 2016)

When Mitch and I started planning our next overseas trip, we decided it was time for something different. Rather than relaxing on a tropical beach somewhere, we wanted to do something more meaningful and adventurous. After hours of scrolling through websites of large volunteering organisations, I came across the Take on Nepal website. Once I read Som and Susan’s story, I immediately knew they were a genuine company which was exactly what we were looking for. Just over six months later, we found ourselves in the chaos of Kathmandu airport and completely out of our comfort zones! But as soon as we were greeted by our friendly guide, Sandip, we were put at ease and welcomed into the incredible country of Nepal. The experiences we had over the next three weeks are hard to put into words. Our time volunteering at Batase was eye-opening and inspiring. Our trek to Everest Base Camp was physically and mentally challenging, but the laughs and views of the Himalayas made everything worthwhile. A big thank you to our guides, Sandip and Phulmaya, for everything they did for us throughout the trek. I would encourage anyone who is wanting a break from their day to day lives to book a trip with Take on Nepal. They are a truly incredible company who are making positive changes to the lives of many, and you will get to experience this first hand. We will never forget our time in Nepal and are so grateful to Som and Susan for accommodating us.

Emma Bulling - (November 2016)

Being fortunate enough to know some of the people behind Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan children I have only two words to describe this undertaking, Passion and Dedication. This is truly a once in a lifetime experience to stick with. Discover happiness where you didn’t expect to find it! Awesome!!!!

Tim Tettenborn - (April 2014)

Our time in Nepal has been truly special. Teaming up with Take on Nepal was invaluable as Mane and Prem guided us through so many aspects of this country, of which we have only just scratched the surface! We trekked to Annapurna Base Camp sharing many stories, laughs and songs along the way. Mane and Prem were awesome throughout, including when we needed to change some plans due to illness, and even helped us to fit in a visit to Chitwan National Park in our already tight itinerary, which was incredible! We came to Nepal wanting to trek with a company that provides opportunities to locals – they know their environment and culture best after all. We are so pleased to have experienced this adventure under the wing of Take and Nepal and support all the work they do.

Jessie Anne McMath and Grace Elizabeth Manners Wood

My experience volunteering and trekking with Take on Nepal has exceeded all of my expectations and been extremely incredible, this would of course not have been possible without my amazing guide Mane and all of the take on nepal team! I have now come to feel that Nepal is like a second home to me and the friendships I’ve made will last a life time. I can’t recommend Take on Nepal more and can’t wait to return in the near future.

Sophie Regan - (Australia January 2018)

My husband and I decided to do the Annapurna Circuit trek from Khudi to Tatopani, March 20-April 2, 2017. Take on Nepal was recommended by my husband’s friend who knows Som Tamang and his efforts to educate and empower Nepali girls. We decided to hire a female porter to carry my pack while my husband carried his own pack. We were introduced to Phulmaya Tamang, Som’s sister, who spoke terrific English and was full of energy. I cannot say enough how much fun and reassuring it was to have Phulmaya as our porter, but she was more of a guide even though this was her first time on this particular route. She would find out recommendations of guesthouses in our next destination by talking to the locals or arrange transportation for us. She truly was invaluable. Phulmaya was so friendly, cheerful and encouraging; she was so supportive while I was acclimatizing and feeling the altitude while we went over Thorong La! We also received so many compliments about a female porter! Female trekkers were asking how we arranged it. I hope more people will utilize Take on Nepal and support the wonderful Batase people!

Jan Opdahl - (April 2017)

I had an amazing experience with Take on Nepal. My time in Batase and Nepal was utterly life changing and eye opening. I cannot recommend this company or at the very least Nepal more! Everyone should come to Nepal.

Chante' Bock - (June 2017)

There is something special about the Batase community, and about the Take On Nepal team. I’d say you have to go to experience it for yourself, but it’s basically like being greeted by old friends, except you’re just meeting them. There is nothing more exhilarating or nerve-wracking than going to a foreign country to practice doing something you’re passionate about. Thanks to Som, Susan, Dinesh, Mane, Phulmaya, Somjana, and the tens of others from the Take On Nepal team, our transition and welcome to Nepal and Batase was easy. Take On Nepal makes you a part of the garland of flowers that makes up Nepal, and makes Nepal a part of you. I’m counting down until I can return to Nepal, to Batase, to my students there, and to the incredible team of my old friends!

Jasmine Bayani - (March 2017)

I thoroughly enjoyed the Take On Nepal program. It was great to experience the rural village lifestyle firsthand. All of the staff and the local people were so friendly and welcoming. Our guide in particular, Sandip, created such a fun environment and was extremely knowledgeable about the flora and fauna in Nepal. He went above and beyond to make us feel at home. As a university student completing a Bachelor of Primary Education, I found the opportunity to teach at a local school in rural Nepal to be extremely rewarding, valuable and eye-opening. It presented me with diverse challenges and experiences to what I have experienced previously in classroom settings. I feel that this experience has pushed me to become not only a better teacher, but a better person by finding ways to connect to the students in my classes in spite of the language barrier. The activities in Kathmandu and Chitwan were also great and really gave us a taste of life in different parts of Nepal. This program is unique as it gives you authentic insight into Nepalese culture and lifestyles. I highly recommend it – it is an experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!

Brielle Spicer - (January 2017)

Take on Nepal was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. The local people are a delight to be around, and the scenery is some of the most beautiful I’ve seen. It was such a joy to teach the children of the school, as they were always eager to learn. The community of Batase was so welcoming to me and all of my fellow volunteers, and it really felt like a family from day one. I would highly recommend this program as it is truly empowering and all around a wonderful experience.

Megan Jagolinzer - (August 2016)

Highly recommended!!! I left with Take on Nepal three days after my final IB exam and my life completely changed. Please take this opportunity.

Christina Lee

Good company we are working together very well and we work very had to provide very best service to achieve real Nepali life experience.

Anjana Tamang - (June 2017)

Take On Nepal truly has changed my views and outlooks on life and I will be forever grateful for this experience which you have so kindly offered. Even though I was unwell it was the most inspiring and eye opening 3 weeks which I would happily do once again.

Amy Neish - (Scotland, July 2016)

My experience volunteering and trekking with take on Nepal has exceeded all of my expectations and been extremely incredible, this would of course not have been possible without my amazing guide Mane and all of the Take on Nepal team! I have now come to feel that Nepal is like a second home to me and the friendships I’ve made will last a life time. I can’t recommend take on Nepal more and can’t wait to return in the near future.

Sharron Lau - (December 2017)

Take On Nepal encompasses the heart, soul, and culture of the Nepal. Breathtaking views of the ridged Himalayan mountains engulf the tiny cottages like a picture from National Geographic. The generosity, hospitality, and warmth of the Nepalese people in Batase is unwavering. Children at the school are undoubtedly the most respectful and engaged students because of their desire to learn and pursue higher education. The journey with Take on Nepal is completed by the addition of enthusiastic, kind hearted volunteers. The interpersonal growth, perspective and appreciation I acquired through this journey is absolutely priceless and irreplaceable.

Katie Lucernoni - (USA, July 2016)

Take on Nepal along with Friends of Himalayan children are incredible organisations and i could not have enjoyed my experience enough. My time in Batase was some thing I’ll never forget. I enjoyed everyday whether it was trying to get warm in the sun to playing with the hostel children and teaching at the Village school. We got a view into Nepali life watching and getting involved with the hostel children’s chores and eating the best food that Norbu cooked for us. From the beginning to the end of the 21 day program we had a wonderful guide named Sandip. He was informative, confident and always happy to help. Sandip taught me and my group a lot about Nepal’s rich culture, the different religions and all the different fauna and flora of Nepal. It was also a privilege to meet such strong, smart young women who worked as our porters and training guides.

Savannah Norton - (January 2017)

I think it is going to be quite impossible to try and capture the brilliance of my experience with Take on Nepal in words. I visited Batase for two weeks and it was, and will continue to be, one of the most memorable experiences of my life. The Nepalese culture is perhaps the loveliest I’ve ever encountered, and I experienced nothing but warm welcomes and beautiful smiles during my time in Batase. Take on Nepal provides such a grass roots experience, you get involved in the day-to-day life of the village and there’s this rawness and authenticity about it that I never realised was missing from much of Western culture until I visited Batase. I was also so inspired by the unprecedented dedication of many of the village members towards improving the lives and education of the children who live there. I feel so lucky to have been welcomed into such a remarkable place and, like many others, I left seeing the world through a different lens. If you visit Nepal with Take on Nepal, expect to be planning your next trip back before you’ve even left Batase. There’s nothing so wonderful.

Lisa Cosgun - (January 2017)

I went to Batase village in July 2016. It was an incredible experience for many reasons which are difficult to put into words here. But, I can say that I highly recommend this volunteer program and Nepal. Som and the Take on Nepal team are amazing – they deeply care about the people in their village and you as a visitor to their home. This program is authentic and real. I experienced Nepalese life on different levels than I would have with any other volunteer organisation or tourist group. The village is really special and though the trek is hard at times it is worth the journey and a must if you want to gain an understanding into village life. The children have stayed in my mind long after I have left and I am already making plans to go back.

Jaz Anderson - (Australia, August 2016)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, I had no idea what to expect. Even after hours of research and preparation, I still felt completely out of my comfort zone. The feeling of uncertainty quickly vanished when I was promptly greeted at the Kathmandu airport by the most welcoming and kind employees of Take On Nepal. Everything was organised and taken care of in anticipation of the volunteer’s arrival. The next couple of weeks were comprised of incredible views, unforgettable people and conversations, and amazing interactions with the children and families in Batase Village. As an American with very little travel experience, my eyes were opened to cultural differences and similarities. Every need I ever had was met with a smile and allowed me to focus on learning and experiencing as much of Nepal as I could. I will always be grateful for the hospitality and kindness that was shown to me, and I will never forget my trip with Take On Nepal.

Brianna Swenson - (USA, July 2016)

To say that my experience with Take on Nepal has been amazing would be an understatement. From the hikes, to the mud fights, to the water fights and fig fights, to planting in the fields, stripping beans and cutting grass, our days in Batase Village has been filled with fun and adventure. But what I believe really defines this experience is the people. Their hospitality and generosity made us feel so welcome and truly a part of the village life. The children are bright and loving, and are an absolute joy to teach and play with. This side of Nepal is well off the beaten tourist track and provides an incredible opportunity to really experience the country. It’s fantastic to witness the difference that volunteering has on the community and the memories I have made here will stay with me always.

Bharathy Shanmugam - (Australia, July 2016)

I’m not sure how you can really describe such an incredible experience like this – but I’ll do my best… Being in Batase Village has been like finally being able to see the world with clear vision. Back home, we act and look and think about things in a certain way – but here in Batase, the slate has been wiped clean. What’s left are simply genuine, kind hearted men and women with a vision that empowers young people to gain an education, and leave the world better then they found it. My experience has been teaching and playing with children, relaxing in one of the most raw and scenic places I will ever hope to see, as well as enjoying good food, and even better company. All the while, knowing that my experience here raises both the funds and the awareness to encourage young girls and boys to break free of social and cultural chains, and achieve knew heights of equality and education. Regardless of age or ability, if you are someone who yearns for new adventures and enough inspiration to last a lifetime, please, follow in our footsteps and Take On Nepal.

Britt Ferguson - (Canada, July 2016)

Take on Nepal was a life changing experience. Som and his awesome team of guides took us to some epic places but, more than this they showed us the real nepal. From spending time with local farmers, to hanging out with the village children from Batase. It was so much more than a trail running experience. Still, the Langtang area which, is less travelled, provided days and days of challenging trails and jaw dropping scenery. If theres anything worth doing in 2018, it is going to Nepal with the ‘Take on Nepal’ team. Lived it. Loved it.

Joel Fitzgerald - (Australia November 2017)

I already visited almost 20 countries but this trip in Nepal was definitely the best, combining the passion for travelling and for running. Nepal offers an amazing opportunities for mountain lovers. The trail organized at beautiful non touristic locations was a real challenge. Som and his team know how to make you feel comfortable while pushing your motivation to maximum during the race. Every running day full of emotions was finished by a good dinner in front of the tea hourse’s fire. Many thanks to Som for this organisation and his big heart that he gives to Friends of Himalayan children and his guests.Thank you to Dinesh to created a crazy daily ambiance and for his exceptional talent of cook.Thank you girls Phulmaya, Samjhana and Anjana for their good mood and friendship. After 2 weeks in Nepal, I coming back not only with completed challenge but also with plenty of exceptional people as friend.

Nataliya Mikhalyeva - (France November 2017)

I went to Batase village in July 2016. It was an incredible experience for many reasons which are difficult to put into words here. But, I can say that I highly recommend this volunteer program and Nepal. Som and the Take on Nepal team are amazing – they deeply care about the people in their village and you as a visitor to their home. This program is authentic and real. I experienced Nepalese life on different levels than I would have with any other volunteer organisation or tourist group. The village is really special and though the trek is hard at times it is worth the journey and a must if you want to gain an understanding into village life. The children have stayed in my mind long after I have left and I am already making plans to go back.

Jaz Anderson - (from Australia, August 2016)

More incredible than I could have imagined, planned or expected, Take on Nepal was the most amazing experience I have ever had. I had originally planned on volunteering in Nepal with a different company which unfortunately was struggling to get a team- a misfortune that was in fact the luckiest thing that has ever happened to me because in my desire to come to Nepal it lead me to find Take on Nepal which I switched to immediately. A decision I’ll never regret.

I’ll forever cherish the deep and true friendships I made during my time in Batase. From day one of the trek I felt at home and apart of the family. Immersed in the culture and welcomed into their lives, we planted millet, cut grass and washed in the flowing spring (if you choose). I feel blessed to have met the young boys and girls with beautiful hearts and who I believe are destined for success whatever path they choose in life. A choice they have as a result of Som’s efforts and work with FHC and Take on Nepal, assisted by volunteers. Highlights and memories are enough to write a book about- mud fights, tiger watching in the forest, singing and dancing with children and riding on the top of a local bus!!! You will never regret your decision to go but you will regret the decision not to so GO! or as the Nepalese would say: JUM!!!

Katherine - (from Australia, July 2016)

Take On Nepal truly has changed my views and outlooks on life and I will be forever grateful for this experience which you have so kindly offered. Even though I was unwell it was the most inspiring and eye opening 3 weeks which I would happily do once again.

Amy Neish - (from Scotland, July 2016)

Upon arrival in Kathmandu, I had no idea what to expect. Even after hours of research and preparation, I still felt completely out of my comfort zone. The feeling of uncertainty quickly vanished when I was promptly greeted at the Kathmandu airport by the most welcoming and kind employees of Take On Nepal. Everything was organised and taken care of in anticipation of the volunteer’s arrival. The next couple of weeks were comprised of incredible views, unforgettable people and conversations, and amazing interactions with the children and families in Batase Village. As an American with very little travel experience, my eyes were opened to cultural differences and similarities. Every need I ever had was met with a smile and allowed me to focus on learning and experiencing as much of Nepal as I could. I will always be grateful for the hospitality and kindness that was shown to me, and I will never forget my trip with Take On Nepal.

Brianna Swenson - (from the USA, July 2016)

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