Inside/Outs‘ Humanitourism adventure to Nepal will help both the people and animals recover from the devastating earthquakes that rocked the country and severely damaged its tourism economy in 2015. We will intimately explore the landscape and the culture in a way most other tours aren’t able to offer. You will have the opportunity to immerse in the local culture throughout both the project and the adventures and truly experience the people that make this country so special.
Our trip will coincide with the Tihar festival, a five-day-long Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal on the second day of which the dog is honored as human companion. We will work on projects improving the health and lives of street animals in Kathmandu and the nearby village of Bhaktapur with a local veterinarian and his burgeoning animal welfare society and then embark on trekking in some of the most famous territory in the world.
The Tihar (Nepali: तिहार) five-day festival is considered to be of great importance as it shows reverence to not just the humans and the Gods, but also to the animals like crow, cow and dog, who maintain an intense relationship with the humans. The second day is called Kukur Tihar or Kukur Puja (worship of the dogs). It is also called the Khicha Puja by the Newars. Dogs, which are believed to be messengers of Lord Yamaraj, are honored once each year on this day. People offer garlands, tika and delicious food to dogs and acknowledge the cherished relationship between humans and dogs.
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||Accommodations – Private single room
All Local Transportation during program
Meals – Breakfast and lunches
Volunteer opportunity logistics and supplies
||Transportation to Athens
Passport & Visa Fees
We offer two options for this adventure so that is accessible to all abilities:
- Option 1 will be a gentle village adventure with several shorter treks to villages along the base of the Himalayas.
- Option 2 will include a Himalayan mountain trek in the Everest region requiring a greater degree of fitness and preparation.
Our local guides are natives of the Nepal Himalayas and will lead us on these spectacular adventures along the foothills of some of the world’s highest peaks. We will travel into the heart of the majestic Himalayan mountains or intimately explore the nearby villages. Either way, it will be an adventure of a lifetime.
For our treks, you will only need to carry a day pack with personal gear since we will stay in tea houses. In town, we’ll stay at locally or family owned guesthouses and you will have your own private room unless you prefer to share with a travelmate. Single accommodation is included in the trip price. No single supplement!
This trip includes breakfast, lunch and dinner meals during the volunteer and trek portions, breakfast on off days.
Learn more about the inside/out tour company and their programs at www.theinsideandout.com.