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We are the Nepal touring and volunteering specialists. Based in Australia, with personnel here and in Nepal, we’re 100% committed to customer service and satisfaction, providing experiences which enrich and enliven not only their participants, but also the villages and people of Nepal. We create employment, provide training and improve educational outcomes for children.

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“Because of Take on Nepal, I have found a place that will forever hold a very special place in my heart! Experiencing the real Nepal in Batase village is something that you will never forget, offering authentic experiences which have left me with memories and connections … for the rest of my life.” – Chloe Hearn.

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The Take on Nepal volunteering and trekking trips visit some remote locations, at high altitude, with sometimes extreme weather conditions. We’re pleased to provide a comprehensive packing list, in regard to clothing and equipment, for your easy reference. Please note, much of this can be purchased in Kathmandu on your arrival, ensuring its suited to the local conditions, while also supporting the local economy. What to bring and not bring.

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We’re 100% committed to safety, yours and that of our representatives, your guides and porters. We have all the appropriate policies, procedures, risk management and first aid training and compliance in place. In addition to that, you can be confident that team leaders have been police checked and have a comprehensive medical kit with them at all times. Our safety information covers all of this, as well as issues regarding water, acclimatisation and access.

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Take on Nepal was founded and is owned and operated by Nepali born Som Tamang and his Irish life partner Susan Devitt. Based in Cairns, Australia, Som and Susan oversee a dedicated team of people who are committed to providing guests with life changing experiences. Our team is based in Nepal and Australia and from time to time we have new positions vacant, which are promoted on this site.

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Take On Nepal has a responsibility to protect children at all projects and locations in Nepal, where we place volunteers. We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the wellbeing of children. All volunteers working in Batase Village must have a blue card. We’re also pleased to provide a list of requirements and expectations, for those participating in the village volunteer programs.

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I’ve known that volunteering is something I’d like to be a part of for some time but many of the organisations I researched did not satisfy my criteria of priorities in allocation of funds. Take on Nepal had a very personal approach to organising volunteering with me, with private calls from the CEO making me feel very appreciated. Now that I’m here it is obvious how fantastic the results of this organisation’s work are; a large hostel has been built and houses 23 children and 3 teachers, with room for around 15 volunteers and another whole hostel in the process of being built. I feel very privileged to have been a part of this work and the inspiration and motivation has seeped into me; not only do I intend on coming back, but also to start a branch of the organisation in Adelaide and sell Nepali crafts at the local markets. This is only the beginning!

Riley Hosking

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 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 - June 2017

Take on Nepal has changed all aspect of my life. It is not only for changing the lives of the kids with education, but changing your own life with their culture and not being as materialistic as other countries. The smiles from Batase village will forever enlighten my life. Life is not to be taken for granted, you must seize every moment as every moment you have is a gift. I wish to be back again to this amazing beautiful country Nepal.

Jake Kerr - March 2016

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

As a photographer Take on Nepal has been a rewarding, creative and motivational experience. The program allowed enough time to reflect on life goals while also keeping my mind active by organising and teaching a grade 2 class. The biggest thing I noticed was community. Without our online devises, as a group we communicated with the local villagers, played outside and had deep conversations. We no longer had to rely on the outside world for our source of social communication, it was just outside our door. From this I built lifelong friendships, heard positive stories of change and learnt that life is not to be taken for granted, you must seize every moment as every moment you have is a gift.

Jason - Australia, August 2016

Take on Nepal does not provide the classic ‘touristy’ sight-seeing experience. It immerses you in beautiful country dealing with devastation and confronts you with incredible people who continue to demonstrate strength and resilience. Coming out of high school, this is a trip which has provid-ed me with greater perspective, gratitude, independence and motivation to help those who need it most. I will not forget the group leaders, guides, volunteers and the people of Nepal who made this a unique, extraordinary and worthwhile journey.

Emily Grundy - January 2016

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 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

Choosing the “Take on Nepal” program was definitely the best decision I could have made for my 2015/16 Uni holidays. When comparing it to all the other programs available, I found it a perfect balance of volunteering and exploring. All of the staff went out of their way to make the experi-ence comfortable, safe, enjoyable and personal. I really do feel like I have another home in Ba-tase village that I would be welcome back to at any time. This was the first time that I was in-volved in a volunteering program and by exceeding all of my expectations, it has convinced me to partake in many more.

Dharani Nadarajah - January 2016

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

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