Trip Details

Explore Buddhism in Nepal and experience Buddhist monasteries, meditation and yoga on this spiritual journey!

This program is tailored for those who are interested in Buddhism and would like to witness Buddhist culture and teaching in Nepal. You will also experience meditation and yoga and stay in different monasteries in Nepal which will give you the unique opportunity to immerse in the day-to-day lifestyle and learn about Buddhism.

During the first few days on this exploring Buddhism program, you will receive cultural and language lessons in order to make you feel more comfortable in beginning your journey in Nepal. You will visit the sacred Bauddhanath Stupa and Swoyambhunath temple. Take part in yoga and meditation sessions. Take a drive to Dhulikhel and hike to Namobuddha where you will stay at a Monastery and spend time with Monks immersing yourself in their culture and life style. You will hike to Panauti and spend some time before heading back to Kathmandu for the weekend.

The second week starts with your tour to ‘Lumbini’, the birthplace of Lord Buddha. After the tour and overnight stay in Lumbini, you shall be driven to Pharping to take part in a pilgrimage tour.

 

Trip Itinerary

Take a look at what to expect on your 2 week Buddhism Experience Tour with Tru.

Week 1
Sunday
Arrival
Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Monday

  • Orientation
  • Rituals and Do’s and Don’ts
  • Visit to Bauddhanath Stupa
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Tuesday

  • Language Lesson
  • Cross culture lesson
  • Visit to Swoyambhunath Stupa
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Wednesday

  • Yoga and meditation session
  • Drive to Dhulikhel and hike to Namobuddha
  • Overnight stay in Namobuddha

Thursday

  • Visit Namobouddha monastery
  • Immerse yourselves in the day to day life of monks
  • Overnight stay in Namobouddha

Friday

  • Hike to Panauti
  • Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Saturday

  • Free time to relax and explore Kathmandu

Week 2
Sunday

  • Free time to relax and explore Kathmandu

Monday

  • Bus ride for Lumbini ‘the birthplace of Lord Buddha’
  • Overnight stay in Lumbini

Tuesday

  • Lumbini Tour
  • Overnight stay in Lumbini

Wednesday

  • Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Overnight Stay in Kathmandu

Thursday

  • Drive to Pharping
  • Pharping pilgrimage tour
  • Overnight stay in Pharping monastery

Friday

  • Drive back to Kathmandu after lunch
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu

Saturday
Departure

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Trip Accommodation

Kathmandu, the capital and largest city in Nepal, is like no other city in the world. The decaying buildings in the heart of the city are a contrast to the lively atmosphere that permeates the streets. The smell of incense wafts from the stores while street sellers push their wares, and people go about their daily lives, all against a backdrop of historic temples and carved statues.

For several hundred years, Kathmandu was one of three rival royal cities, along with Bhaktapur and Patan. Situated in close proximity to each other, today these three almost run together. The highlight of Kathmandu has long been Durbar Square, the largest of the palace squares in the three royal cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Temples and monuments of varying shapes, sizes, styles, and faiths can be found here.

Kathmandu’s Durbar Square was severely damaged in the 2015 earthquake, with many buildings destroyed beyond repair.

For most visitors to Nepal, Kathmandu Valley is the arrival point and the primary focus of the visit. This small, mountain-sheltered valley is the historical centre of Nepal, a place where kingdoms rose and fell, where palaces and temples were built and rebuilt, and where Nepali art and culture was developed and refined. Rivers and streams interlace with the landscape, the brick-red villages cling to ridges to preserve precious land and even from the bustling centres of each of the cities, it is possible to catch a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Himalayas against the intense blue skies.

Accommodation & Food
There is a mini library where you can read, a beautiful garden to relax in and dining and lounge areas where you can hang out with fellow participants. Rooms are shared on a single gender basis 4-6 people a room, there are also private rooms available, this is subject to availability. There is a curfew of 22.30 at the house,to ensure the safety of yourself and others.No alcohol can be brought into the houses. You will also experience over night stays in Buddhist monasteries.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a mix of Western and Nepalese food, consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes including rice and vegetables. You can expect to have a chicken dish about once a week. You can also choose to eat out at any of the local restaurants.There is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Facilities
Our house is located five kilometres away from the city centre, where you can find anything you might need. The nearest ATM and supermarket are located a 15 minute walk away from our accommodation.

Sights & Surroundings
Shopping in Kathmandu is an experience in itself. Thamel, Kathmandu tourist hotspot, is where shoppers can find Nepalese, Tibetan and Indian artifacts, wood carvings, handicraft and an assortments of unique clothing and apparel. There are also several malls where you can find fashionable clothing and grocery stores offering everything from wine to breakfast cereals. There are numerous dining options available throughout the city, including Italian, Indian, Thai, Korean and Chinese in addition to a variety of local cuisine.

Transportation
From this location we provide free transport to your next program at the following location(s):

  • Buddhist Monastery
  • Kavre
  • Mate
  • Pokhara

Trip Country Info

Nepal

Population: Approx. 28.98 million
Capital: Kathmandu
Language: Nepali
Currency: Nepalese rupee (NPR)
Time zone: UTC +5:45

Namaste and welcome to Nepal, a country of high Himalayan Mountains, artistic monuments, exotic wildlife, and diverse cultures. Located between 80 12′ east longitude and between 26 22′ and 30 27′ north latitude, Nepal extends along the south slopes of the Himalayas in central Asia.

Although Nepal is small, it has the greatest latitudinal variation of any country. The land rises from the southern plains of the Terai, barely above sea level at 70 meters, to the top of the Mt. Everest, the highest peak on Earth at 8848 meters above sea level, in a distance of less than 200 km.

Book your volunteer travel  holiday and experience one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world as well as the highest mountain ranges. Nepal has lush valleys that team with exotic wildlife ready to be explored on your gap year adventure.  It is a beautiful country located in South Asia bordering both India and China.  As you enjoy your volunteer travel experience in Nepal you will come across many remote monasteries and villages that adorn the stunning landscape where you will experience the best of Nepal.  The outstanding beauty and friendly Nepalese people are the main reasons people book gap year holidays to Nepal and why they are a popular choice with us.   We have a compreshensive selection of gap year holidays in Nepal with a number of teaching and community programs on offer.

Have a look at our latest gap year experiences in Nepal or contact us for more about work & travel in Nepal or your questions about specific programs.  The volunteer Nepal program is a very good way for you to experience the most of what the spiritual and enchanted land of Nepal has to offer. You may also choose to trek Mount Everest or smaller mountain hikes like Poon Hill.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa