From high snowy mountain peaks to flourishing jungles with endangered wildlife, to UNESCO World Heritage sites - Nepal offers an incredible travel experience to suit any traveler’s taste. We’ve listed below some of the popular places to visit and things to do during your time on the IVHQ Nepal program, as recommended by our past volunteers.
In and Around Kathmandu
The great stupa of Boudhanath is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and classed as one of the largest and most significant Buddhist monuments in the world. Located just 6 kilometers north east from the center of Kathmandu Valley, the stupa is very accessible for travelers to join the many festivals and ceremonies that occur here.
From trekking gear to local handicrafts, and everything in-between, Thamel has an endless choice of wares for travelers to browse and buy at their leisure (while trying their hand at bargaining with the local vendors)!
If you’re up for an adrenaline rush, the Kathmandu Bungy Jump is located 12 kilometers from the Tibetan Border, which requires travelers have to cross the Arniko (Kathmandu/Lhasa) Highway to reach the jump spot. Dare devil volunteers will get to experience jumping off a bridge suspended 160 meters over a gorge above one of Nepal’s wildest rivers!
In and Around Chitwan
Chitwan National Park
Chitwan National Park is one of Nepal’s most famous treasures and was declared an UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1979. It is home to one of the world’s last populations of the single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and the Bengal Tiger. If you’re able to spend a few days trekking in the jungle, you may also be able to spot leopards, wild elephants and sloth bears.
Based in the Chitwan National Park, volunteers can stay in a jungle resort and experience many adventurous activities during their stay. Some highlights of the Jungle safari include; an elephant safari, jungle walk, canoe trip, visit to an elephant breeding center, elephant bathing and dancing with the locals from the Tharu tribe.
In and Around Pokhara
Jump off at the take-off point at Sarangkot (approximately 30 minutes from Pokhara) and float gracefully over local villages, stunning turquoise lakes and 1,000 year old monasteries - experiencing adventure sightseeing at its best! If you’re lucky enough to take flight on a clear day, you will have the Annapurna Mountain Range as your back drop!
World Peace Stupa
The Pokhara Shanti Stupa is a Buddhist shrine, built to inspire peace and unite people around the world in the search for world peace. It is an impressive monument and its location on top of a hill next to the Phewa Lake provides incredible panoramic views of the Annapurna Range, Phewa Lake and Pokhara city. Volunteers have found that climbing the hill to visit the Stupa just before sunset or sunrise will offer an unforgettable view and stunning photo opportunities!
There is a multitude of trekking trips available throughout Nepal, catering to all fitness levels, time spans and budgets. Treks can vary in length from 1 day to 3 or more weeks and can be arranged once in Nepal. Our local staff will be happy to assist you in finding and booking through a suitable operator specific to what you wish to do.
If you would like more details on any of these locations or activities, our local team in Nepal can assist you once you are registered onto the IVHQ Nepal program.
To apply for the program or explore the volunteering opportunities available in Nepal, visit our Volunteer in Nepal page.