A Raleigh Expedition in Nepal is a unique opportunity to help raise environmental awareness and tackle poverty, whilst experiencing real Nepal. You’ll work alongside local people on the issues they face; and to challenge yourself to tackle new terrains.
A stunning country, Nepal is home to eight of the world’s ten tallest mountains; snowy peaks and fluttering prayer flags will dominate your view. On your Nepal Expedition, you’ll be enchanted by the country’s landscape and friendly people.
Nepal is the second poorest country in Asia with nearly one quarter of the population living below the poverty line. It is also the fourth most climate vulnerable country in the world. Inequality remains a major challenge; only 6% of women are in formal employment, and only 10% of working women receive payment for their work.
Young people constitute 40% of the country’s total population, but many of these young people (nearly 14% of the total youth) are leaving Nepal to travel abroad for employment and education. Recent estimates show that 1,500 youth are leaving the country every day.
Whilst volunteering here you will aim to address some of the challenges people in rural Nepal face. A five, seven or 10-week Expedition in Nepal provides exposure to different people, new cultures, situations, and environments. You will get the chance to take part in up to three projects, dependent on the length of your Expedition: Community, Environmental and Adventure.
During your community project you will improve access to water & sanitation facilities for those still struggling after the earthquake.
You will be living and working alongside a Nepalese community. You’ll be working on a water and sanitation project to help improve access to drinking water, hand-washing and toilet facilities, as well as raising awareness of these issues in the community.
Your team will be working alongside local project partners and community members to create lasting change. You could be helping construct toilets one day and be building hand-washing stations the next.
It might be hard work at times but your effort and energy will make a real difference.
In your adventure phase you will trek through the stunning Ruby Valley (climbing up to 2500m) & pass through rural mountain villages.
This is an adrenaline-fuelled adventure trek in the Ruby Valley in Dhading. You’ll trek up hills, through local villages, beautiful farm terraces and see stunning views of the central Himalayas.
Led by our local guides and Raleigh leaders, your trek will allow you to explore the incredible scenery that Nepal is famed for.
After a day’s trekking through the foothills of the Himalayas, you and your team will set up camp out under the stars and cook outside together. It’s a pretty magical time.