Give and take in the Himalayas

If you want to volunteer and trek in a rural community in the Himalayas while supporting their grassroots community tourism initiative, Nómadas Solidarios will take you and provide backup during your stay for a period of three to four weeks, according to your plans.

Depending on your skills and experience, you will give classes in the local school, work in the nursery garden or help out in the health clinic as part of a small group in the village of Nangi in the Annapurna region. The community is also very open to environmentally friendly initiatives.

About the community

Nangi is at the heart of a community of ten villages in the Annapurna region of the Himalayas.

It is the birthplace of social entrepreneur and visionary Mahabir Pun who founded the Himanchal Education Foundation to support education in remote areas of Nepal. Thanks to his vision, the locals have embarked on a range of collective

initiatives, including community tourism, to help finance their school and the clinic.

Volunteers stay in the community tourism lodge and enjoy meals at the community café, thereby supporting the project which has given employment to many in the area and kept the community thriving.

Volunteer and trek

If you are about to share some of your skills with the Nepalese students in Nangi’s primary and secondary school – such as art, technology, sport, music, dance and English – we will help you to prepare your classes.

In exchange, you will become immersed in various aspects of the local culture and enjoy the peace and beauty of a Shangri-La, away from the noise of traffic and stress of modern life.

There is also the option of having one or two hours daily of conversation in English with your native English monitor, which will help you to communicate fluently during your stay if you are not a native English speaker yourself.

A trek to the top of the Mohare 3,400 m ‘hill’ is also on the agenda, where you can enjoy sunrise gazing at the spectacular peaks of Annapurna, 8,091 m, and Dhaulagiri, 8167 m.

Flexible itinerary

Day 1: Kathmandu to Pokhora by plane or bus.

Day 2/3: Pokhora, a city built on the shores of lake Phewa Tal. To see: World Peace Pagoda, Paljorling Tibetan Refugee Settlement, Devi’s Falls…

Day 4: Local jeeps to Nangi. Last leg can be trekked.

Day 5/6/7/8/9: Volunteering activities/ local independent trekking.

Dat 10/11: trek to Mohare (one night).

Day 12/13/14/15/16: volunteering activities/ local trekking.

Day 17/18: alternative trek with overnight stay. Or return to Pokhora.

Day 19/20/21/22/23: Volunteering activities with independent local trekking.

Day 24: return to Pokhora.

Day 25: Kathmandu by plane or bus

Day 26/ 27: Visit Kathmandu. To see: Durbar Square, Kathesimbhu Stupa, Bhaktapur

Approximate cost

Three weeks: €1,500 including flights and travel within Nepal, accommodation and food and 2-day Mohare trek.

Four weeks: €1,700 including flights and travel within Nepal, accommodation and food while volunteering, 2-day Mohare trek plus one other 2-day trek.