From the colors and magic of Kathmandu’s markets to the serenity of Himalayan trails, this adventure offers a blend of well-paced excursions through ecosystems and cultures. Raft and trek in the rugged foothills of the Annapurna Range which will reward those willing to break a sweat with stunning views of mountain vistas, you’ll come away with a full and real appreciation of this land and its people.
Travel this program in 2025!
Packing the right gear (and the right amounts) is the first step to an incredible travel experience. Follow these tips to pack like a pro:
Travel light. Pack only the essentials. You’ll need less than you think!
Consider no checked bag. We strongly recommend that you consider packing only a carry-on size bag. This prevents your luggage getting lost or separated from you, keeps your bag manageable, and helps you be more mobile on your travel day.
Bring the right clothes. Pack clothes that are culturally appropriate for your destination and acceptable for service projects. This means bringing long shorts (think Bermuda and basketball shorts), t-shirts with sleeves to cover shoulders, and appropriate footwear.
Leave your valuables behind. While traveling, it’s easier for things to get lost, stolen, or damaged. Keep any prized possessions safe at home.
Check with TSA. Make sure your luggage complies with TSA regulations, especially your carry-on. Useful tip: Pack an empty water bottle and fill it up after security.
Extra paperwork? If you need additional forms filled out to get credit for your service hours, no problem! Bring these forms with you so they can be completed in-country.
A school backpack is ideal as it will be used for daily activities and outings.
- $40 USD – for visa on arrival
- Photocopy of Passport
- 2 Passport size pictures of yourself
- Book and/or journal
- Ear phones
- Water bottles
- Change of clothes
- Rustic Pathways emergency contacts
- Consent to Travel Letter (for students under 19, recommended by the US State Dept but not required)
A 40-50 liter duffel bag or backpack is ideal.
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Waterproof rain pants
- Quick drying t-shirts – 4 – these should be made out of fabrics such as nylon and polyester. See this site for more information.
- Cotton t-shirts – 2
- Long sleeve t-shirts – 2
- Lightweight, quick drying pants – 2 – ask for the lightest weight trekking pant at your local outdoor retailer
- Midweight hiking pants – 1
- Shorts (Knee length) – 2
- Quick drying underwear – 6-8
- Quick drying socks – 6-8
- Trekking socks – 1-2
- Medium weight fleece jacket – 1
- Warm Base layer – 1 top and 1 bottom
- Water based shoes or sandals (keens, chacos)
- Waterproof hiking boots – these should be completely waterproof and broken in!
- Shampoo and Soap
- Toothpaste and Toothbrush
- Insect Repellant (35% DEET)
- Hand Sanitizer
- Contact lenses and solution
- Extra medication
- Tissue travel packs
- Watch or Clock with an Alarm
- Backpack rain cover
- Water bottles – 2 liter capacity
- Hat for sun protection
- Sunglasses (w/ cord)
- Quick drying towel
- Headlamp with extra batteries – 1
- Lightweight work gloves
- Nepali phrasebook
- Deck of cards
- Pictures of friends and family
- Personal med kit
- Sneakers – for wearing around town
- Gaiters – for leech prevention
- Travel duct tape
- Portable, packable umbrella
- 2 large garbage bags – used to protect clothing / gear from rain
- Don’t forget the Big Five: Water Bottle, Sunscreen, Bug spray, Rain jacket, Closed-toe shoes.
- Students must bring additional hand sanitizer and one disposable mask per day of the program, or three hand-washable masks.