KIS JeJu Nepal Service Learning Adventure 2019

KIS JeJu Nepal Service Learning Adventure 2019

Trip Highlights

  • Participate in truly sustainable and impactful project work in a Himalayan mountain community that is rarely visited by westerners
  • Experience a fully supported camping based trek with three meals per day prepared by our cooks
  • Return home with an intimate insight to the Nepalese people
  • Take in the sights in Kathmandu including Pashupatinath and the giant Buddhist stupa at Boudhanath
  • Take in stunning views of the Himalaya mountains

Trip Summary

For a trans-formative experience for youth in their formative years, there is simply no other destination like Nepal. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we explore the atmospheric squares and temples of Kathmandu Valley, taking a half day guided sightseeing tour of the most significant places for the Hindu and Buddhist religions. We drive 2 hours north of Kathmandu to the Shivapuri district and hike four hours into the village of Thaprek, where we spend the next four days installing a bio gas oven (perhaps two depending on group size) to bring methane gas into the kitchen of 1 or 2 families. The bio gas oven brings a clean and efficient cooking fuel to the beneficiary and also protects the surrounding environment from deforestation. During the service work students will apply mathematics and science, they will work as a team, collaborating with their fellow students and the local community, they will be taken outside of their comfort zone to build resilience and independence and return home to South Korea with an authentic insight into rural subsistence lifestyle in Nepal.


You will need a reasonable level of fitness for the hiking component of this trip. We suggest 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging three times a week for the three months leading up to your trek. Remember the fitter you are, the more you will be able to enjoy the experience.

Sample Itinerary

We depart Incheon at 1:25pm and arrive into Kathmandu at 6:05pm. Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. Upon arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by your group leader and transferred to the comfortable and well located Radisson Hotel. The hotel is in a very central location and is close to a variety of shops and restaurants and you will have an opportunity to go with your guides to exchange money or visit the ATM machine. A short briefing will be given on arrival at hotel regarding hygiene and drinking water. Accommodation: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  Nil

Today your adventure really begins. After breakfast we have a pre-trip briefing where arrangements will be made for the distribution of kit bags, sleeping bag, liner, closed cell sleeping mat and down jacket and also gives you an opportunity to get acquainted with your guide. You will have an opportunity to go with your guide to exchange money or visit the ATM machine. We embark on a half day private sightseeing tour taking in the key attractions in and around the Kathmandu valley. In the afternoon you have time to explore Thamel where you can do some last minute shopping in preparation for your trek. Kathmandu has an amazing range of fascinating highlights, whatever your interest. Excellent bookshops, extensive markets, and novelty and handicraft shops contrast with fantastic centers of cultural and spiritual significance - Kathmandu has more World Heritage sites than any other city in the world. A group welcome dinner will be taken in one of the nearby restaurants. Accommodation: Radisson Hotel

Meals:  B,D

This morning we depart Kathmandu by private vehicles and drive north for 4 hours to Saathbise in the Shivapuri district. We disembark the vehicles at the trail head and begin a 1.5 hour steep trek to reach the community of Thaprek, where we will be based over the coming 3.5 days installing a bio gas oven (depending on group size we may install two ovens) that will benefit 1-2 families by providing an efficient and safe fuel source for cooking. Thaprek is a Tamang village and the main language is Tamang and they follow the Buddhist religion. There are approx. 100 to 115 houses and the population of Thaprek village is around 1000 people. Accommodation: Wilderness Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

The day begins with breakfast and a project briefing where the objectives of the day are discussed, the group is divided into sub-groups and tasks are assigned. Throughout the day sub-groups will rotate through the tasks. You will be working alongside local volunteers and experts to ensure the job is completed. All materials and equipment required will be on site and ready to be used. The work will be hard although very rewarding. Regular breaks will be provided to ensure that energy levels remain high. Please be prepared to working in variable weather conditions. We encourage you to wear clothing which you do not mind getting dirty. In the afternoons of the service days you will be taken on optional short hikes from the village to gain views of the surrounding Himalayan mountain range including the Ganesh Himal, Gaurishanker Himal and the Langtang Himal. On the last night of service there will be a thank you ceremony, where all community members come, the local children have dances prepared, the family who received the bio gas tank will say a few words of thanks before we partake in a communal dance party. Accommodation: Wilderness Camp

Meals:  B,L,D

Early this morning we bid farewell to the community of Thaprek and begin the walk back to the trail head. We will be met by private vehicles for the drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival in Kathmandu we return to the Radisson Hotel to shower and freshen up and have dinner, before collecting our luggage before transferring to the airport for our evening flight departing at 8:20pm.

Meals:  B,L,D

We arrive at Incheon at 5:30am.

Meals:  Nil

What's Included

  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners (safe drinking water on trek)
  • Use of private vehicle with driver for all airport transfers, sightseeing, and trailhead transportation
  • Expert bilingual group leader, sirdar, assistant guides and kitchen staff
  • Extensive group medical kit carried at all times
  • Good quality accommodation in Kathmandu at the Radisson Hotel on a twinshare basis
  • Trek pack including sleeping bag, down or fiber filled jacket and a souvenir World Youth Adventures kit bag which is yours to keep
  • All park entrance fees, trekking permits and site entry fees
  • Porters to carry all personal and group equipment and porter's insurance
  • Half day guided sightseeing in Kathmandu including all entry fees
  • US$750 group fee per bio gas oven, 1 bio gas = 15-25 students and 2 bio gas = 26-50 students

What's Not Included

  • International return flights from Korea to Nepal
  • Bottled water or aerated drinks
  • Items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc
  • Tips - USD$60.00 approximately
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Travel Insurance - compulsory


Duration:8 Days
Starting Point:Kathmandu International Airport. From 20 Students
Community Project
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5563
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Day 02

Date: 10 March 2019

Location: Kathmandu

Activity: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Weather: Low of 14 / High of 27 degrees Celsius. Sunny

Local guides comments: Today the group enjoyed touring Kathmandu and this evening we will enjoy dinner at Nepali Chulo. All is well with the group.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: Safe and sound and surrounded by the Himalayas.

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Day 03

Date: 11 March 2019

Location: Thaprek

Activity: Drive and hike into Thaprek, lunch at camp and visit the project site.

Weather: Low of 10 / High of 23 degrees Celsius. Sunny

Local guides comments: Everyone is good and having fun, the campsite is great.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: Great experience. Students have a great attitude, even though it was a bit hot hiking. Students really enjoying themselves at the campsite.

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Day 04

Date: 12 March 2019

Location: Thaprek

Activity: Service in Thaprek.

Weather: Low of 10 / High of 24 degrees Celsius. Sunny

Local guides comments: All is well with the group, no health issues.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: We dug holes (6ft deep x 9ft diameter) for the biogas ovens at 2 home sites. After lunch we returned to the sites for more work. After tea students rested and did yoga.

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Day 05

Date: 13 March 2019

Location: Thaprek

Activity: Service in Thaprek.

Weather:  Hot and Sunny

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: The students completed phase 2 of the bio oven at one site and at the other site they completed the digging for phase 1. After lunch they continued to work at the project site and then did some yoga and collected some litter as part of the 10 Pieces program.

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Day 06

Date: 14 March 2019

Location: Thaprek

Activity: Service in Thaprek.

Weather:  Warm and Sunny

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: Students completed phase 3 of service project by closing in the oven with a dome. After the project the students engaged in some local cultural experiences.

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Day 07

Date: 15 March 2019

Location: Thaprek to Kathmandu

Activity: Complete service in Thaprek, travel to Kathmandu

Weather:  Hot and Dry

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: We had a warm closing ceremony at camp and thanked the community. We hiked out quickly and drove to Kathmandu. Students were able to shop and pick up some souvenirs, after a great shower and delicious meal. Thanks Bikash!