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October 12-27, 2017

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Price: $2895-$3245

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Our Humanitourism adventure to Nepal will help both the people and animals recover from the devastating earthquakes that rocked the country and severly 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. 

Nepal Himalayas

We will 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 in most cases, you will have your own private room unless you prefer to share with a travelmate. Single accommodation in 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.

Reserve your spot on this trip by registering now. Group size is restricted due to the authentic accommodations. Limit of 8 singles and one couple or 6 singles and 2 couples, so register early. Slots are filled on a first come first served basis. A $500 deposit is required for registration. Enter the name and dates of the trip and deposit amount on the next screen.

Tihar Festival


Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu, met by staff and transport to lodging in Kathmandu
Free time to relax or explore Boudha
Overnight in Boudha Kathmandu

Day 2
Explore Boudha and the World Heritage site of the Boudhanath Stupa
Overnight in Boudha Kathmandu

Day 3
Briefing on Humanitourism project and begin work
Late afternoon and evening free to explore the culturally rich Bhaktapur area Overnight inBoudha

Day 4
Work on animal welfare project
Evening time to relax and explore
Overnight in Boudha

Day 5
Work on animal welfare project
Tihar Festival in morning and evening
Overnight in Boudha

Day 6
Work on animal welfare project
Evening project closing and group dinner
Overnight in Boudha

Day 7
Kukur Tihar Festival Day
Immerse with the locals in celebrating dogs as they are honored on this day of the festival in morning and afternoon
Evening time to relax and explore
Overnight in Bhaktapur

Day 8 Option 1 Bhaktapur to Nagarkot Trek
Trek from Bhaktapur to Nagarkot (approximately 5-6 hours). We will catch our first glimpses of some of the most impressive peaks of the Himalayan Mountain Range as we near Nargarkot. We'll relax for the evening at a local guesthouse.
Overnight in Nagarkot

Option 2 Fly from Kathmandu to Lukla
Trek from Lukla to Phakding (approximately 3 hours)

Day 9 Option 1
Trek from Nagarkot to Kattike with early morning stunning panoramic views of the Himalayas. Then on to the village of Sankhu (approximately 5-6 hours ). We will take a spur to explore the World Heritage Site of Changu Narayan temple (approximately 1 1/2 hrs).
Overnight in Changu Narayan

Option 2 Trek from Lukla to Phakding

Day 10 Option 1
Trek from Changu Nayaran to Boudha, then travel to Pokhara for rest and recharge.
Overnight in Pokhara

Option 2 Trek from Phakding to Namche Bazar

Day 11 Option 1
Annapurna region trek

Option 2 Trek to Khumbu, home village of our Sherpa guide, and Khumjung with views of Mt. Everest

Day 12 Option 1
Annapurna region trek

Option 2 Return trek to Lukla

Day 13 Option 1
Annapurna region trek

Option 2 Lukla to Kathmandu
Free day in Thamel Kathmandu. Visit the Monkey Temple or relax and finish some last minute souvenir shopping

Day 14 Thamel Kathmandu
Free day in Thamel Kathmandu. Visit the Monkey Temple or relax and finish some last minute souvenir shopping

Depart Kathmandu or opt to extend your stay. Our local guides can help you extend your time in Nepal and can plan and guide peak climbing opportunities for you.