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Journey to the land of Himalayan peaks, gorgeous valleys, and monsoon showers. Experience the culture of the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding area, then head to a nearby village in Kavre district where you’ll live with a local family and work on a service project selected by the community. Learn local dance steps, play games with Nepali students, and learn how to cook traditional Nepali food. Take a break from the hard work for a few days of whitewater rafting and bungee jumping. From homecooked dal bhat to views of the Himalayas, this program will be full of firsts.

With our No Anxiety Escrow Policy, you cancel for any reason up until the day of travel, and escrow 100% of the program fees for up to two years from the cancellation date.

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2017 Departures

Departs (USA) Returns (USA) Availability
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June 28 July 13 Sold Out

Program Profile

Community Service Focus
Education, Infrastructure

Connecting Programs

Schedule two or more programs in a row to create your ideal Rustic Pathways experience.

This program connects especially well with:

  • Day 1

    Depart USA

    Meet up with your group at your gateway airport and board your flight to Kathmandu, Nepal, and start getting to know your fellow travelers. You’ll be escorted by a Rustic Pathways flight leader to Nepal.

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Following the flight to Nepal, clear customs and be met by your trip leaders, who will take you to the hotel, so you can freshen up before getting a great night of sleep in a quiet and comfortable hotel.

  • Day 3

    Kathmandu to Dhulikhel

    The morning starts with a brief group orientation to Nepal’s customs and group expectations over a delightful breakfast. Later check-out of the hotel and head out to a scenic one hour drive to Dhulikel and Mechchhe Village. Dhulikhel has been for centuries an important trading center on the commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet. Since time immemorial, people of Nepal travel to Tibet to bring home salt and gold. Likewise, the Tibetans every year with their flocks of sheep enter into Nepal to purchase chilies and other daily necessities in Nepal and return to their homeland.

  • Day 4

    Dhulikhel to Rayale

    After breakfast in Dhulikhel, you’ll drive to Rayale where you will be welcomed by your homestay families with a traditional ceremony. After the ceremony, you’ll participate in an orientation of the village and get introduced to the way of life in Rayale. Enjoy dinner with your homestay families before heading to bed.

  • Day 5 - 8

    Service and Homestays in Rayale

    Wake up to the cool mountain air and enjoy your home cooked breakfast. For the next five days you’ll put on your service shoes and dig into the ongoing projects of the village.  These projects will be identified closer to the program start day and may range from earthquake relief, to construction, to education enrichment.

    Spend the morning with your homestay family for breakfast then meet as a group for your service project.  Have lunch together and then jump back into service in the afternoon.  Evenings will be spent exploring the village and the culture of Nepal.  Play cricket or soccer with the village students and enjoy evening chaya with your homestay families.

  • Day 9

    Head to Last Resort

    After breakfast, say goodbye to your host families. You’ll travel by van to a nearby river for your next adventure – white water rafting!  Get briefed on the specifics of rafting by your instructor and then get on your rafts and into the river. You will stop for lunch on the side of the river and later continue you the ride till you reach the spectacular spot where the guide will make camp tents for the night.

    Enjoy your dinner and share your experience with your friends over campfire before you head to bed.

  • Day 10

    Bungee Jumping!

    Wake up to the beautiful sunrise at the river bank. Sip your morning chai and have breakfast at the camp. Get back to your rafting gears and continue your white water adventure.  After a morning of Rafting you’ll take out and head to the Last Resort for dinner, hot showers, and a good night of rest.

    Today you’ll have the day to get your adrenaline pumping or relax and enjoy the peace of Nepal. Go for a bungee jump, mountain bike on trails, or swim and relax at the resort pool.  This evening after dinner you’ll come together as a group to debrief your adventure experiences.

  • Day 11

    Return to Rayale

    It’s time to head back to Rayale! Say goodbye to Last resort and get back into the vans for the drive back to the village. You’ll settle in with your homestay families, enjoy a meal, and get a good nights rest.

  • Day 12 - 14

    Service and Homestays in Rayale

    During the next few days, you will continue service and homestays in Rayale. Each morning and afternoon will be spent on your service projects. In the evening, you’ll participate in various cultural activities and learn more about the Rayale way of life.

  • Day 15

    Rayale to Kathmandu

    Say goodbye to your host families for the last time and depart Rayale for Kathmandu. Take advantage of the wonderful bazaars and markets in town – enjoy any last minute shopping. 

    It’s time to bid Nepal farewell as you head to the airport for an evening flight back to the US.

  • Day 16

    Return to the US

    On the final day of the trip, your flight lands you safely back in the US. We hope you had an amazing time in Nepal. Come back soon!

An Important Note About Schedule Changes

Rustic Pathways reserves the right to change, alter, or amend the daily itinerary for this trip at any time. Changes can be made for various reasons including changes in flight or program schedules, changes in the schedules of various external tours incorporated in our trips, the addition of new activities into a trip, or the substitution of an old activity for a new activity.

The itinerary shown here provides a good outline of the anticipated daily schedule for this program. As with any travel program, some changes may occur.

“Optional Activities” are fully included in the cost of your program, but you can choose to not do these activities.

“Add-On Activities” are not included in the cost of your program and must be paid for separately. Add-on activities are rare, but include things like skydiving, bungee jumping, or weekend side-trips. Not every program has add-on activities.

For more information, email nepal@rusticpathways.com

  1. a

    Here is where your adventure begins!

  2. b

    Dhulikhel has been for centuries an important trading center on the commercial route linking Nepal to Tibet.

  3. c

    While in the village of Rayale, you’ll put on your service shoes and dig into ongoing projects. These projects will be identified closer to the program start day and may range from earthquake relief, to construction, to education enrichment. During this time, you will also stay with a host family.

  4. d
    The Last Resort

    Take a few days off from service for adventure. Spend time at The Last Resort bungee jumping and whitewater rafting.