This tour has been designed for those who want to experience, engage and connect with the real Nepal. Experience life in a remote village and enjoy spectacular views of the Langtang Himalayan range, this experience will change your life. Your time in remote Batase village will be spent meeting the children, assisting them with their homework, visiting the local school and being guided around a traditional village. You will be amazed by the beauty of this village, and its people.
Elevation: 1,400 – 2,100 m
Distance: 11.5 km
Time to hit the road, so put on your walking boots. The day starts early, with a 7am breakfast at you hotel, after which a car will take you on a one hour drive to Sundarijal, on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Your walk to Chisopani will begin in Sundarijal. The trek from Sundarijal to Chisopani takes about six hours. The unpaved road from Kathmandu turns into a trail near a small hydroelectric plant. The trail enters through the Shivapuri Watershed and Wildlife Reserve. The first settlement you will come across is Mulkharka, with Tamang inhabitants. The route takes you up to 2500m and heads down the ridge through a forest of oaks and rhododendron to Chisopani (2200m.) This will be a long day, taking in some truly stunning scenery, and should provide you with some great memories. The pace will be slow, so you don’t need to be super fit to enjoy the experience.
[Lunch & evening meal included]
Elevation: 2,100 – 1,800 m
Distance: 8 km
Wake up early to enjoy the sunrise over the Himalayan mountain range. We strongly encourage everyone to wake up to this unforgettable experience. After breakfast, we will commence our downhill walk to Patybanjyang, where you will experience some great views of the Himalayas. After a short stop in Patybanjyang, we will walk uphill towards Batase Village. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking, looking across a vast valley to see rice fields, villages and people going about their daily lives in rural Nepal. This section of the walk will take you along the ridge of a mountain overlooking the other surrounding mountains. Many travellers have commented on it being a humbling experience. Upon arriving in Batase village at approximately 3pm, you will meet Som’s family and enjoy your first meal in the village.
[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]
Accommodation: You’ll stay in our purpose built volunteer home in the village, where you would prepare and eat your meals. The only transportation within the village and surrounding area is your own feet, so a pair of comfortable walking boots or runners is a requirement. Though many of the villagers go barefoot, we don’t expect that from our visitors.
Elevation: 1,800 m
Distance: 5km – 10km Village tour
The sounds and sights of the village, children chattering, cocks crowing and a sunrise over the Himalayas, is what will greet you this morning. Enjoy it with a hot cup of tea, in the shadow of snow topped mountains. After breakfast, you will be guided to the village and to the community school where you will be introduced to the principal, teachers and students.
[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]
Elevation: 1,800 m
Distance: 5km – 10km Village tour
Today is a special day, where you will spend time with the village school community again or go for hike up to Batase View Point. You will gain an understanding of the challenges faced by students in the Nepalese education system and we’re certain you will respect the commitment shown by the students to gain a good education. The staff and students will be very happy to meet you and to learn about you and your culture.
[Breakfast, lunch & evening meal included]
Elevation: 1,800 m
Distance: 40km, 4WD Drive back to Kathmandu
On your final morning you will enjoy breakfast, before commencing the 2 – 3 hour downhill walk to catch your transport back to Kathmandu. You’ll depart Batase village at approximately 8am. The walk is an incredible experience in itself; you’ll pass through small villages with spectacular mountain views. Arriving in Kathmandu at approx. 3pm, you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and given much needed time to relax and shower.
A sleeping bag, a comfortable pair of boots or runners that have been worn in before you start this adventure, a warm fleece jacket, any medications you might require, basic pain killers such as Panadol, toilet paper, some energy bars or chocolate for those times that you tire of the local food, your mobile phone (there is mobile reception in the village thanks to a new mast on a nearby peak). A head torch (Petzel or Black Diamond) is essential in the village as the electricity supply is unreliable. The head torch makes it easier to do washing, use the toilet, brushing teeth, reading, etc. at night.
Don’t weigh yourself down with too many electronic devices. While we all love our Kindles, there’s no Wi-Fi in the village, so you won’t have the opportunity to watch any YouTube videos—but isn’t that the whole point of the trip, to experience real life in rural Nepal?
There isn’t much to spend money on in the village, so lots of cash is not a requirement. Your food and lodgings are all taken care of by Take On Nepal. If you bring travellers cheques, you won’t have anywhere to cash them. They’ll only be of use to you if you plan to spend time in Kathmandu independently after your stay in the village.
Please note: If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days trekking.
Our leader is Nepali born and raised and now an Australian citizen, Som Tamang. Som spent many years working as a guide in Nepal and has much experience guiding groups to the Everest and Annapurna Regions of Nepal. Som has all the local knowledge required to ensure you get to know the “Real Nepal”.
Som is passionate about providing help and support for the people of Nepal and believes that real change can happen through the skills of volunteers. Som is friendly, happy and has strong leadership skills.
Som is the founder and president of the charity “Friends of Himalayan Children” and has been awarded a Pride of Australia Medal for the outstanding charity work that he has undertaken in Nepal and in Australia. The team leader and guides are all qualified in First Aid.
Payment of a nonrefundable deposit of $400 is required to secure your place. The easiest way is through PayPal or directly into our back account. Final payment is due 10 weeks prior to departure.
Not a problem! Please inform us of your dietary requirements prior to departure and we will ensure that you are provided with suitable food options. During your time in the village, you will be eating as the villagers do, which is mainly vegetarian. Meat is a luxury the majority of Nepali people only enjoy on a rare occasion.
You will always be in the company of someone who is trained in first aid. In the case of serious health concerns, you will be transported back to Kathmandu, where you will be treated in a Western Hospital. During your time in the village, there is the option of 4WD or helicopter back to Kathmandu in the case of an emergency. All medical costs incurred should be covered by your health insurance. When booking your travel insurance it is important to enquire about the extent of your coverage, ensure that travel from remote areas is covered. We also encourage you to seek advice from your doctor prior to departure about the vaccinations required for visiting Nepal.
The short answer is yes. Nepal is safer than most countries around the world, possibly due to the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growth in visitors, from all over the world. The people are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy and are very welcoming.
Yes. You can obtain your visa prior to departure through the General Consulate of Nepal. Please visit their website to download the details and relevant form Nepal Australian Consulute
Alternatively, you can obtain the visa upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu. You will be applying for a tourist visa. If you choose this option, we advise you should have 4 passport sized photos ready and AUD or US dollars in cash to pay for the visa. The cost for a 30-day visa is between $30 and $50. There is an EFTPOS facility at the airport, but this is unreliable and we recommend you have cash ready to avoid any issues that could arise. The process at the airport is straightforward and easy. Please download the visa application form, fill it in and take it with you in your hand luggage, this will save you some time at the airport.
Please see attached a scanned copy of the visa application form, this form gives you an idea of the information they require upon arrival. We recommend that when you disembark from the airplane that you don’t dilly dally, head straight for the visa applications, fill it out and get in line! Sometimes there can be quite a line up (I’ve been caught out a few times!) but that may not be the case as you are travelling in the off season.
Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.
Nepal has four distinct seasons. Spring lasts from March to May and is warm with rain showers; temperatures around 22°C. Summer, from June to August, is the monsoon season when the hills turn lush and green. Temperatures can get quite warm, up to 30°C. Autumn, from September to November, is cool with clear skies and is the most popular season for trekking. Temperatures are not too warm, with daily maximum about 25°C and cool nights with minimum of 10°C. It usually does not rain for more than one or two days during the autumn and the winter season. In winter, from December to February, it is cold at night with temperatures sometimes below zero. However, the maximum temperatures can still reach up to 20°C. Then the mountains are covered with snow.
You do not need to learn Nepali. Prior to departure, we will provide you with a document of key words and phrases in Nepali, in order for you to be prepared. On your first day in the village, you will be given a lesson in Basic Nepali. We are encouraging the village children to learn English, as this is the key to better opportunities for them in the future. The children are keen to learn and to practice their English with you.
You will have access to the internet and telephones in Kathmandu and in Chitwan. We encourage you to open a Skype account, to reduce the costs of calling from Nepal to Australia.
In the village your team leader will have a reliable phone connection, you will be provided with his number prior to departure, to leave with family members who may wish to contact you during your time in the village. We encourage volunteers to distance themselves from internet and technology, as this allows for a more authentic village experience.
You will need to book your own flight and travel insurance. You’ll be met at the airport and transported from there to your accommodation in Kathmandu.
Upon acceptance into the program you will be sent a comprehensive Preparation Pack, this will outline all that is required to be fully prepared for your exciting experience. It will include a list of items that we encourage you to take with you to Nepal.
The water in Kathmandu and Chitwan is unsafe to drink, we will provide you with free bottled water. In the village, the water is clean and safe to drink but it will be treated to ensure your protection against any water borne issues.
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Treks depart each month, throughout the year. Dates vary depending on the arrival date of a particular group. We can accommodate different departure dates in the same month if required.
No. If you are a couple or small group, and you wish to travel alone, we can accommodate you. We try to bring trekkers together into groups as we find it’s a more enjoyable experience for all, but if you wish a more individual trek for yourself or your companions, we’d be happy to arrange this.
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You will have access to ATMs in Kathmandu. We recommend that you carry a minimum of $100 cash with you, make sure this is in $10s and $20s, as you will be paying for your visa at the airport and it safeguards against any issues when you have the correct money.
Some people have asked how much extra money they should take with them. Most of your expenses are covered by the money you have paid, but if you enjoy shopping (and the shopping in Kathmandu is fantastic!), we recommend that you budget around $350 for your stay.
All volunteers should have access to an emergency fund, in the event they decide volunteer life is not for them, or they decide to take a break from village life for a few days. In circumstances such as these, the volunteer would need to cover the costs of transport when departing the village early, and the costs of any extra stays in hotels. For this reason, we recommend that volunteers carry an ATM card so that they can access emergency funds from home if required.
Your accommodation in Kathmandu and Chitwan will be in a hotel with ensuite facilities. You will share your room with someone of the same sex. In the village you will be housed in hostel type accommodation. You will share your room with a maximum of 3 other people and the facilities are shared. Village accommodation is basic but comfortable, and the rooms are clean.
We are very happy for you to share the experience with your friends and we will work with you to ensure that you can be accommodated together during your time in Nepal.
You must be 18 by the date of departure. We do provide the option for a parent/guardian to sign paperwork that grants permission for you to join the program if you are under 18. We would also encourage you to consider inviting an older family member to accompany you on the program to Nepal.
Yes! As long as you are willing to volunteer and improve the lives of the villagers in Nepal, we are more than happy for you to join the program.
We strongly encourage your parents to contact us, as we welcome parental involvement. We will answer any questions your parents may have through email or telephone contact.
Once we have accepted your application, we begin to incur costs for you, as we book accommodation, internal travel, reserve your spot in the game park and so on. So your deposit is non-refundable.
Make sure you wear an old, trusted pair of reliable and comfortable trekking boots or shoes. If purchasing a new pair, do so a minimum of 4 weeks prior to departure, to allow time to break them in properly. It is so important to avoid the possibility of getting blisters, something as simple as that could negatively impact on your trek. We recommend you wear woolen socks when trekking, as they keep your feet warm and dry.
Your trekking fee covers most of your costs, including all of your meals, accommodation, permits and the flight in and out of Lukla (where this destination is included in your trek). However, the costs of “luxuries” are not covered (such as coffee, sweets, alcohol and other souvenirs you may wish to purchase along the way). We recommend you budget approximately $20 per day, to comfortably cover any additional expenses you may encounter.
This can happen due to weather conditions. If your flight in or out of Lukla is delayed, you may end up having to wait 1-2 days for another flight. We recommend that you allow an extra couple of days, when booking your flight out of Nepal, to allow for such an occurrence. The additional time spent in Lukla or Kathmandu will be a personal expense to you, but we will be very happy to organise any logistics, such as your accommodation in Lukla or Kathmandu. Another option is to use a privately chartered helicopter. The cost for this is high, but it’s a guaranteed way to ensure you meet any deadlines you may have.
We’re different to most other trekking companies, in that our porters are often female (to empower and provide employment), and we set the limit at 15kg for our female porters. Our recommneded load for male porters is 20kg unless they choose to carry more, we don’t encourage this but some of our porters are used to carrying heavier loads; we don’t allow any team members to carry more than 30kg’s. 10kg is plenty for your trek and you would also be carrying your personal daypack, which generally weighs 5kg.
You will have reliable Internet access in most places. Many lodges on the Everest Base Camp Trek have Internet access, but you must purchase usage. On other treks it varies, but overall, coverage in Nepal is reasonable but slow. Our team has access to satellite phones during treks, to call for support in the event of an emergency.
Yes, please famialise yourself with our detailed terms and conditions and our cancellation policy. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re always happy to help!
If you’re in doubt about whether or not you would be able to undertake the trek, we recommend that you visit your doctor for a health check. Overall good health and determination, combined with good coordination and balance, will all work in your favour.
Your safety is our number one priority. Our professional guides are skilled and experienced when responding to emergencies. Take on Nepal have a comprehensive risk management document, that ensures most possibilities have been carefully addressed and plans put in place. Our guides are all trained in First Aid and through their experience and knowledge, know when to call a helicopter for an emergency evacuation. With Take on Nepal, you are in safe hands.
At altitude, sickness can set in at any time. We pace our treks to allow your body to adjust to the change in climate and our team monitoring your wellbeing, throughout the trek. The most common form of altitude sickness is actually called “Acute Mountain Sickness” (AMS). It’s the least dangerous form and symptoms include a light headache, nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia and fatigue. To prevent this from happening we highly recommend that you see your doctor to discuss the medication “Diamox” Diamox works to prevent you suffering from the very real risk of AMS, we want you to make it to Base Camp and highly recommend that you take this medication, it works! If your condition worsens, you will be evacuated out of the region by helicopter, to receive medical treatment at a hospital.
As a female, Nepal is generally very safe. Many of our team members are female and much of our work centres around empowering young women and girls. Most, if not all of our treks, will have a female staff member on board, who will give you strength and inspiration as you trek through the mountains of Nepal.
You will trek for between 4 and 7 hours every day. Our treks are moderately paced, it is not a race. We want you to enjoy the experience and to learn about your surrounds from your guide.
Most accommodation during your treks will be in trekking lodges; the lodges provide basic sleeping facilities and tasty meals. Local families usually operate the lodges. Your evenings will be spent chatting to your guides, porters and fellow trekkers. Unless you have paid an additional charge for a single room, you will share your room with 1 or 2 other trekkers of the same gender. Couples will share a room of their own. Again, the lodges are basic; do not compare them in your mind to any accommodation you have stayed in in Western countries.
On the more heavily touristed trekking trails, such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna treks, you will be able to choose from menus with quite a few choices. You will eat dinner and breakfast at the lodge you are staying in, lunch will be at another lodge along the way. Daal bhaat is guaranteed to be on the menu at every stop off, and you can be sure this will be what you guide and porters will be eating. Daal Bhaat isn’t just the most popular meal in Nepal, for many Nepalis it’s the only meal they ever eat. Twice a day, every day of their lives and they don’t feel they’ve eaten properly without it!
All our leading guides undergo a training course to receive their license. We do not allow our clients to trek without an experienced, licensed guide leading the way. Our guides also do first aid training and will be offered every opportunity to attend mountaineering, hiking and biking courses wherever possible.
Take on Nepal believe that a well-trained team of professionals, will guarantee positive outcomes. We are also one of the only companies that fly our young trainee guides into Lukla, to begin their journey as trainee guides/porters. Most companies hire their team at Lukla as it reduces their flight expenses.
You will be able to purchase bottled water all along your trekking route. As a general rule, the cost increases the more isolated you are. We highly recommend you take water-purifying tablets with you, or a water-purifying pen. These can also be purchased in Kathmandu. During your trek, it is crucial that you drink plenty of water, if you don’t, the risk of becoming unwell is much higher.
Travel Insurance is compulsory if you wish to participate in the program. We will require a copy of the insurance certificate and you must also bring a hard copy of your insurance certificate with you to Nepal. You need to ensure that the travel insurance purchased insures for helicopter evacuation above 5500m.
Nepal does not require any vaccinations in order to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that participants consult with a doctor before departing for Nepal, for information about immunisations and advice on how to stay healthy while traveling.
The mistake many people make is having too much stuff. There is nothing worse than carting clothing and equipment with you for 2 weeks (at altitude) in Nepal and ultimately not having needed it. The list below outlines the standard clothing we recommend, for trekking 14 – 15 days in the mountains.
Your packing list should include the following equipment:
If you do not already own these items, we highly recommend that you purchase or hire these items in Kathmandu. They are made to a high quality and it’s always great to support the local economy. Another option is to hire a sleeping bag and jacket at a cost of approximately AUD$50 for each item for a period of 14 days.
Jeans, Jumpers / Sweaters, Dress Shirts, Dress Shoes, Dresses or Hair Dryers.
We organise all this for you. All the costs are included in the cost of your trek.
All seasons have their pros and cons, but as a general rule, the best time to trek in Nepal is from February to May, when the temperature has warmed after Winter. September through to December is also a fabulous time to trek, during these months the clouds start lifting after the Monsoon rains of June and July, which often leaves you with spectacular views of the Himalayas.
Yes! If you are physically fit, if you love the outdoors and if you have a positive attitude, you will make it. Altitude sickness or injury can end your trek, but this only affects a small percentage of people who trek. Being amongst the tallest peaks in the world is a feeling that cannot be described in words and we recommend that you undertake some basic fitness training, prior to your departure, to ensure it is a positive experience for you.
You can go it alone, but we can assure you it would be a vastly different experience. Our guides bring with them knowledge and experience; this becomes a bridge between the two cultures. You are guaranteed to learn so much more about Nepal and the terrain through which you are trekking, when you are guided. You are also providing employment to people who rely on tourism to survive, they are passionate about their work and we are sure your guide will soon become a friend to you.
In the mountain villages of Nepal, opportunities for women are few. Many young girls have little or no education, and marriage at an early age is still common. Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children Charity have been working to change this, for many years.
As Take on Nepal has grown, we’ve begun hiring young women and girls from Batase, first to work as porters and then as guides, roles that up to now have been seen as exclusively male. For young village girls, early exposure to paid work as porters and the experience of interacting with Western women, is an eye opener. It provides them with a glimpse of other possible futures, futures far different from the lives their mothers lived and to the lives they may have thought they were going to live.
The trekking industry in Nepal is a male dominated environment. Women guides are unheard of, which is surprising when you consider that a huge proportion of Western trekkers visiting Nepal are women. Spend a few nights staying at various lodges on the trails and you will see that 60% of all trekkers are women, many coming from European countries. At Take on Nepal, we’re all about empowering women, giving the village girls the opportunities that their brothers have and opening their eyes to the possibilities of a larger world.
It is becoming quite common for families to trek to Everest Base Camp together. Children aged 9 and upwards have trekked comfortably to Everest Base Camp and why not take your parents too! Age should not be a barrier to undertake this experience, as long as family members are fit, healthy and have a positive frame of mind, it is a possibility. We can tailor a trek specifically for the needs of your family, as we do recommend adding a few extra days on to the trek.
This is highly recommended as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. We offer a helpful training program for you, once you have booked, and we’re always on hand to answer your questions. Our team will support and encourage you throughout your trek. Our treks are paced to allow plenty of time for you to reach your daily destination. However, if you choose to undertake the trek without prior training, you will be fine, as long as you have great willpower and plenty of stamina to get you through the tough times.
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to the extraordinary team of Take on Nepal and Friends of Himalayan Children. You are all amazing and are doing such a wonderful job supporting your village, the children at FHC hostel and helping out at your local school. Truly impressive, I’m so grateful I have met you all.
Everyone of you is a great inspiration to me. I’ve learnt so much from you and the kids in the past 4.5 weeks. Thank you for letting me be part of your team and making me feel like home. I had the most incredible time!See you all in a few months!
I volunteered with Take on Nepal in June 2018 and was amazed by the entire experience – the culture, people and organisation itself are truly inspirational. I am very humbled to have had the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to the children of Batase Village. Teaching English was a rewarding experience especially with the children being eager to learn and help one another. Take on Nepal staff ensured I felt safe and welcomed, I highly recommend this volunteering experience. I can’t wait to go back and see the friends I made in Nepal again soon.
Siobhán Mulcahy - (Australia June 2018)
Omg the best three weeks of my life! So amazing, such an awesome time and everyone was so kind and hospitable. Everyone in Batase makes you feel so welcome and the kids at the hostel are some of the best kids you’ll ever meet. It was such a pleasure to meet all the porters and guides, I’m so looking forward to coming back soon.
Would 100% recommend this company if you are thinking of travelling to Nepal.
Sarah Schaefer - (Australia December 2018)
My experience with Take On Nepal has been outstanding! All team members both in Cairns and Nepal upheld a professionalism second to none. I visited the village of Bátase, which I would highly recommend walking the two day trek there. The Everest Base Camp trek was life changing in so many aspects of my life, health, happiness, appreciation and a completely different perspective to my everyday challenges. I discovered I was stronger than I had previously thought. I feel as though I now have an extended family in Take On Nepal and my fellow participants too.
Timena Rhodes-Scott - (Australia, October 2018)
Nepal has been a bucket list for me for a number of years now. I really wanted to go over and volunteer with children, and to do a trek while I was there. Having only evertraveled to Bali in the past, it was safe to say that I was very nervous about travelling to a Country which felt so far away from home. I had heard about Friends of Himalayan Children and Take on Nepal, and the incredible work that the organisation did over in rural Nepal. Intrigued, I sent an email to the organisation, and was surprised to receive such a prompt response. Susan and Som were so lovely to speak with, I instantly felt my nerves calm. They explained what they did and how they did it, and what the trip would look like if I decided to travel with them. There was absolutely no pressure, and after the conversation, Susan promptly sent through the itinerary which clearly explained day by day. Instantly, I knew that this was exactly what I wanted. First stop : volunteering in Batase Village, second stop : Everest View Trek.
Claire Anderson - (Australia- November 2018)
My time in Nepal has finally come to an end and what an amazing experience it has been! I cannot thank or recommend #takeonnepal enough for all the great memories, life changing experiences, and the many enduring friendships I have made along the way!
From greeting us with open arms at the airport in Kathmandu, to bidding us farewell and organizing our transport home and all the logistics in between the team at Take on Nepal were a constant source of guidance during my stay in Nepal.
Bridgette Cottrill - (Australia 2018)
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