-Nepal is a landlocked country in Southern Asia.
-Geographically speaking, it is placed on the Himalaya, surrounded by China and India.
-The population in Nepal is 27.5 million people.
-Nepali is the oficial language and it is spoken by 47,8 % of the population as their native language. Other languages are mahithili (12,1 %), bhojpuri (7,4 %), tharu (5,8 %), el tamang (5,1 %), el newari (3,6 %), el magar (3,3 %) y el awadhi (2,4 %).
-Nepal was a monarchy for hundreds of years until it was declared a republic in 2008.
-Hinduism is the most popular religion, being present in 81.3% of the population.
-This country contains 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world, including Mount Everest! It is one of the best places in the world for trekking and climbing.
-This area is also great for rafting/kayaking or for other activities such as mountain biking.
-Climate is so varied that it caters for any traveler’s needs. In the North and mountains the weather is arctic-like, while it is tropical in the South.
Nepal is considered a multicultural, multilingual and secular state. Even though it is a very small country in comparison to its neighbors, Nepal has widely diverse landscapes. They go from the rainforest flat areas in Terai to the highest and coldest peaks in the Earth. Nepali people are mainly Hindu, although they have deeply rooted ancient Buddhist tradition in the town of Lumbini, where Siddharta Gautama –the founder of Buddhism– was born.
Nepalese culture is influenced by Indian culture in the South and Tibetan culture in the North. Many similarities may be observed as regards clothing, lifestyle, language and eating habits. Dal-bhat is one of the most traditional meals in Nepal. It consists of lentils, rice and other vegetables.
Our programs in Nepal allow our volunteers to live and participate in the locals’ daily lives and activities, while helping the ones in need live a better lifestyle. Our projects focus on the local people and their specific needs. We work along with the local community, so you can be sure that your work will help them directly. Volunteering is about giving and receiving, and we want to make sure you have the best intercultural experience.
Visas are available on arrival at the international airport in Kathmandu and at all land border crossings that are open to foreigners. Your passport must be valid for at least six months since the moment of arrival and you will need a whole free page for your visa. You also need to have passport photos to hand and be able to pay the visa fee in foreign currency (some crossings insist on receiving payment in US dollars). All foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa. Nepali embassies and consulates overseas issue visas without any difficulties.
A Nepali visa is valid for entry for three to six months from the date of issue. Citizens of South Asian countries (except India) and China need visas. However, if you are only entering the country once in a calendar year then these are free.
Kathmandu offers the best-quality clinics and hospitals in Nepal, but these high standards at medical facilities decline the closer you get to the rural areas. In mountainous areas, there may be no health services at all. Trekkers who face health issues in the mountains are generally evacuated to Kathmandu, or even overseas if it happens to be a really serious condition. Always have your travel insurance with you to cover the costs of clinical treatment and emergency evacuations.
You do not legally require any vaccines to enter Nepal, unless you have come from an area where yellow fever is present – in that case, you must show proof of having been immunized. Your best choice is to seek medical advice at least six weeks before traveling, because some vaccinations require multiple injections over a period of time. Be aware that some vaccinations should not be given during pregnancy or to people with allergies.