Does your School want to do something extraordinary?
We design bespoke itineraries for students, giving young people the opportunity for adventure outside the classroom, where they can test their limits, experience new things and gain exposure to other cultures that will help them become self-assured and well-rounded individuals.
We aren’t limited to trekking in the Himalayas, although this is a great way of helping your pupils grow into capable individuals and can be integrated into every itinerary. Alongside trekking we offer students the chance to experience a Nepali school, becoming involved in the curriculum and daily routine.
Work experience is also an important part of our trips, where students can get hands-on with arts and crafts, traditional and modern musical instruments, or clothing and textiles.
One of the most important aspects of our trips is showing students a whole new way of life, very different to that in the UK, for example unlimited electricity is easily taken for granted in the UK, whereas in Nepal electricity is more limited.
As a part of our service, we offer features such as preparation for the trip; language workshops, cultural orientation, health and safety briefings, 24/7 contact prior to departure, advice on what to pack, and information on vaccinations, visas, passports and insurance.
We will be with you at all times during the trip, with unlimited contact and support, to ensure that everything goes smoothly, safely and that everyone has a great time.
As we are locally based there will be time after the trip for reflection with students about their experiences. We offer follow-up discussion and activities, such as help with presentations to fellow students and parents.
What does Nepal have to offer to Geography Students?
Nepal is unique in the world for its varied landscape, reaching from near sea level to the highest peak in the world.
Students could visit the tropical lowland jungles of the Terai then travel up through semi-tropical valleys and into temperate forests and onto alpine slopes, before trekking above the tree-line up to the vast arid plateaus of the High Himalaya. Students would be able to experience first-hand the amazing biodiversity in these different eco-zones, as well as the different cultures and languages that exist here.
We would offer a glimpse of real subsistence farming in action, and could show students the farming systems that exist in different parts of Nepal, for example rice terracing in the lower areas, wheat fields further up. Each place has its own limitations on what can be grown.
A trek would include experiencing village life in different places, looking at different styles of housing according to the landscape and climate; finding out how villagers get water and fuel, if their land meets their food needs all year round or if they have to supplement their food stores, and how they do this.
We could also discuss the development/ aid situation in Nepal.
What Does Nepal Have to Offer the Creative Departments?
Nepal is a living museum, where bronze statues are worshipped today as they have been for centuries, where artisans of metal and stone have handed down their skill through their families for generations, and where modern city life swirls around ancient temples.
Nepal is a country where both Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions have produced an extraordinary amount of devotional art expressed in all mediums.
Students could visit the Buddhist Thangka Schools where they would learn about how these religious paintings are made and what their purpose is: students would even get the chance to paint a thangka.
There is a strong contemporary art scene and numerous art galleries and opportunities to meet artists and sculptors. We also could go to Potters’ Square to see the famous potters of Bhaktapur sculpting the clay of this ancient city into everyday wares.
There is a strong musical tradition in Nepal, both religious and secular. We could take students to music schools and show them the traditional instruments of Nepal, as well as experiencing the devotional music of Nepal, such as Buddhist chanting, in the monasteries around the Kathmandu Valley. As well as seeing inside these monasteries the beautiful pieces of architecture, artwork and contain holy relics that are the source of their magnetism.
Exploring Patan Museum, home to collections of stone sculptures and wood carvings, among archives of photographs and thematically presented Hindu, Buddhist and Tantric iconography.
What does Nepal have to offer the CCF?
Udaya was commissioned as an officer at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst and served in the Nepal Army. He is uniquely qualified to lead trips that develop teamwork, resourcefulness and that test cadets’ stamina in the Nepal Himalaya, the training ground of the Gurkhas!
There is a long-standing military relationship between the UK and Nepal dating back to the1800s when the British in India marched into Nepal across the border to Sindhuli, and were defeated by a platoon of Nepali soldiers hurling rocks, hornets’ nests and wielding khukris. The British Army decided that they needed these men in their army and began recruiting Nepalis, who then became known as the British Gurkhas (from Gorkha, in the mid-hills of Nepal).
For a CCF trip we can offer
- An expedition into the hills with walking and hill climbing that will exercise cadets’ stamina, and teamwork.
- We can combine this with insights into current Nepal Army training and training for the British Gurkas in the mountains, as well as visiting sights relevant to the UK and Nepal’s military history.
- We can arrange a visit to a Nepali Army Barack to see how soldiers and officers live and operate in Nepal.
- We could visit the Nepal Military Academy from where two officer cadets come to train in Sandhurst every year
- We can arrange a talk by personnel from the Nepal Police or Army to talk about disaster management, for which the armed forces in Nepal are used a lot. This is highly relevant given the current climatic changes in the UK and the role of the army this year in flood rescue.
What does Nepal have to offer the Biology Student?
This trip offers students a chance to see up close how the health care system in Nepal differs to the UK. Its unique biodiversity and different ecozones means that we can organize accessible yet fascinating treks.
- On this trip we can look at a variety of health care issues in a context very different to the UK. We will look at access to healthcare in cities versus healthcare in the villages and mountains. We will arrange sessions in government and private hospitals.
We will trek to villages in hill and mountain areas to see first-hand how the system of health posts works in rural Nepal and the implications of specialists being largely based in cities, as well as the biology of living at high altitude. There will be a chance to see how traditional medicine and healers continue to be important in Nepal.
- We can also look at the health implications of rapid urban development (air and water pollution) as well as health problems arising from rural life (smoke from cooking fires, women having to carry heavy loads).
- We can also design a trip focusing on the natural biodiversity of Nepal and the Nepal Himalaya, leading a trek in national conservation areas of high biodiversity and outstanding natural beauty.