The breathtaking Himalayas. Storied Kathmandu. Chitwan National Park. Really big cats. Teahouse treks. Wise Buddhist monks and lamas. Schoolkids proud of their culture yet eager to learn more about the outside world. An arts tradition preserved in exquisite terra cotta throughout the town of Bhaktapur. The Road Less Traveled hits all the high spots of Nepal.
As a painted silk tapestry of Indian, Tibetan and Mongolian influences, Nepal is a proudly unique nation. But its resilience has been tested by earthquakes, so we are honored to work with local organizations as they rebuild homes and restore lives in the Kathmandu Valley.
We also share the nation’s reverence for its largest citizens. We visit an elephant stable to help care for the residents, bathing them in the Rapti River, taking them for walks in the jungle and giving some love to the babies.
At The Road Less Traveled, we work hard to make sure our visits leave a positive impact on both the travelers and the hosts.
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learn more about the road less traveled teen community service and earthquake relief trip nepal: bodhisattva
Overflowing with wild rhododendron forests, scenic mountain passes, charming teahouses, and wild peaks, the Annapurna circuit is an iconic, world-class trek. As we wind our way through local villages and over steep mountains, we utilize teamwork to forge meaningful connections with nature and build international connections with locals along the way. A pinnacle moment in the journey occurs at the height of our journey when we watch the sunrise over the snow-capped peaks of Annapurna South and Macchupucchare.
Our community service program in Nepal is focused on helping the communities in and around Kathmandu rebuild and heal from the effects of the 2015 Earthquake. During our time near Kathmandu, we exchange stories with students at Chandrajyoti Higher Secondary School and teach English classes. We help class 10 students prepare for their School Leaving Certificate (SLC), a critical end of high school exam, with a challenging English component. Our lesson plans include everything from grammar instruction at the chalk board to interactive sports and sing-a-longs in the courtyard.
This muddy festival celebrates the end of rice planting season in Nepal and is an opportunity to reward all of the challenges and hard work that goes into planting successful fields. Nepalese celebrate this special day with delicious food, local folk bands, and covering themselves head to toe in mud. We are fortunate enough to join in the celebration and have some fun every June!
I placed my faith and trust in your team to make this trip a life time memory for my son. That, it did! I wanted to especially thank Shane’s group leaders, for contributing their knowledge, experience and passion for travel. Although Shane has been home now for over a month, we are still hearing and learning about his adventures. The pictures, of course, tell a story, but to hear the verbal descriptions and details of various happenings that occurred on the trip, are simply amazing," Karen H., Bodhisattva Alumni Parent
I have really found out who I am as a person. I have learned that I am powerful and I can do anything I put my mind to," Kyra M., Bodhisattva Alum
Interested in hearing more? We have hundreds of alumni families who can tell you more about their RLT experience. Please contact our office at 773-342-5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
The Road Less Traveled is committed to providing exceptional travel experiences for young adults. In 2016, the American Camp Association recognized The Road Less Traveled as the winner of the 2016 Gordie Kaplan Program Excellence award. This ACA award honors outstanding student travel programs and recognizes organizations that develop positive and creative responses to the needs of people and ecosystems across the globe.
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To experience the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain range, the Himalayas
To visit ancient temples, pagodas and the current home of Kathmandu’s living goddess
To admire the public art in the royal city of Patan – wood and stone carvings, metal statues and ornate sacred architecture – as well as fine arts and handicrafts
To head into the jungle of Chitwan National Park to see rhino, deer, monkeys, leopards, elephants, sloth bears and some of the 450 species of birds
To assist in recovery efforts from the April 2015 earthquake
To teach English to needy kids so they can develop language proficiency and cultural understanding and contribute to the development of their country
To find a quiet spot at the Kopan monastery to work on yoga and meditation practices
Paddle a canoe through Pokhara, City of Lakes
Trek for a chance to view three of the world’s 10 highest mountains: Annapurna, Manaslu and Dhaulagiri
We invite you to start your journey to Nepal today.